What Life Is Like on the Micronation of Sealand: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

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The Murky Law on Free-Range Kids

Why location matters for parents who choose to let children explore neighborhoods on their own.

How Colorado Is Trying to Convince Marijuana Enthusiasts Not to Drive Stoned

Among the state's 420-related tactics: A special car that's filled with smoke.


When Police Brutality Goes Beyond a 'Bad Apple' Cop

Video footage documents rotten behavior by as many as 11 deputies in San Bernardino County, California.

Reuters/South Carolina Law Enforcement Division/Handout

The Legal Right to Videotape Police Isn't Actually All That Clear

And that includes in South Carolina.


Seattle's Radical Approach to Drug Crimes Is Working

New research shows the city's experimental Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, or LEAD, has helped dramatically reduce recidivism among participants.

Randall Hill/Reuters

What the Shootings in Ferguson and North Charleston Do and Don't Have in Common

A new report shows Ferguson is an outlier among U.S. cities with its predatory court fees—but the racial disparities between its police force and the public are not so different.

AP Photo/Jane Flavell Collins

It's Always Been About the Death Penalty

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev already admitted to his role in planning and executing the Boston Marathon bombing. Today's guilty verdict is just a prelude to his sentencing trial.

Reuters/Adrees Latif

The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Police-worn body cameras may be necessary, but we still need citizens who are brave enough to capture video of conflict.

Shot in the Back, 15 Feet Away

Video footage taken by a bystander played a key role in the arrest of a North Charleston police officer on murder charges Tuesday.

AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

Indiana's Other Shame: A Reluctance to Authorize Needle Exchange Programs

As long as we're piling on Governor Mike Pence, let us not overlook a recent HIV outbreak in his state.

Check It/Indiegogo

These Teens Found Family in a 'Gay Gang'

The upcoming film Check It follows three years in the lives of a crew of gay and transgender teens in Washington, D.C.

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How Better Data on Bike Crashes Could Lead to Safer Streets for All

A new survey of collision reporting practices reveals a ton of room for improvement.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

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.

Courtesy Miami Downtown Development Authority

Miami Takes a Big Step Toward Walkability

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

AP Photo/Josh Reynolds

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.

Flickr/wikileakstruck, Wikimedia Commons/Paethon, Laura Bliss

The 'Oculus Rift' and the Courtroom

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

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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.