Crime

Smile, NYPD Officers, You're Being Recorded

A cop taunts, intimidates, and disrespects an immigrant Uber driverand is caught and punished because a passenger captured it all on video.

A Horrific Building Collapse in New York

Little is known about how an East Village building exploded and erupted in flames Thursday afternoon.

Miami Takes a Big Step Toward Walkability

The city wants to convert car-friendly Biscayne Boulevard into pedestrian-friendly Biscayne Green.

25 Years Later, a Renewed Campaign to Solve Boston's Greatest Art Heist

In a city still reeling from the Marathon bombings, questions of what's been lost resonate.

The 'Oculus Rift' and the Courtroom

Immersive virtual reality could shake up jurors and judges across the globe.

Most U.S. Pot Smokers Do Not Hold College Degrees. So What?

There's zero indication that the availability of legal weed will somehow be worse for lower income users.

U.K. Sex Workers Report High Job Satisfaction

While punitive laws aimed at "protecting" sex workers gain steam, workers themselves frame their experiences more positively.

Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket

Most of Scandinavia determines fines based on income. Could such a system work in the U.S.?

Next Economy

How Do Americans Feel About Where They Live?

The most recent Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll asked Americans to assess the cities and towns they call home.

'Madison, Wisconsin Is Not Ferguson, Missouri'

The death of Tony Robinson, an unarmed black teenager shot by a white police officer, has inspired new protests under the banner of #BlackLivesMatter.

This Police Brutality Map Shows 'Ferguson Is Everywhere'

The activists behind the project aimed for a comprehensive national snapshot of police violence.

The Department of Justice Is Asking Ferguson To Do the Impossible

Ferguson needs to drastically revise its court system. But how is a city supported by predatory court fees supposed to fund reform?

Top Cops in New York and D.C. on Weed: A Study in Contrasts

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier disagree on marijuana and its relationship to violent crimes. Or do they?

The DOJ Report on Ferguson Is Damning, and It's Just the Beginning

A 6-month investigation into the Ferguson Police Department shows grave violations of constitutional and civil rights. But residents face even deeper problems.

Maps

Why Boston's Girl Scout Cookies Suck Compared to NYC's

An L.A. Times investigative report reveals that not all Thin Mints are created equal.

Scientists Agree: In Case of Zombie Outbreak, Leave the City

Researchers at Cornell University modeled what would actually happen if zombies attacked. Spoiler: The news is not good for city-dwellers.

A Fatal Police Shooting Shows How the 'Safer Cities' Initiative in Los Angeles Failed Skid Row

Over half of the neighborhood's homeless population has been arrested or harassed in recent years, according to a survey.

When Sex Means Survival for LGBTQ Teens

A new study reveals the reasons that LGBTQ teens find themselves pushed into the sex trade—and why the cycle is so hard to break.

Behind 'the Disappeared' of Chicago's Homan Square

A criminologist dissects the so-called black site, where military interrogation techniques are allegedly substituted for questioning.