Crime

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.

As More Cities Adopt 'Vision Zero,' a Grand Experiment Emerges on U.S. Streets

Seattle has joined a growing list of major American cities trying out the Swedish approach to reducing traffic deaths.

The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit

All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.

A Kentucky City Issues an Arrest Warrant for Frozen Queen Elsa

Police in Harlan, Kentucky, put out an all-points bulletin for the character as a suspect behind record-cold temperatures. But what about Mr. Freeze?

Native American Tribes and the Future of Marijuana

Forget the handful of states that have legalized the drug. There are 566 tribes currently mulling whether to sell pot.

CityFixer

The Next Generation of Complete Streets Is Unfolding in New Haven

The city's new approach puts an emphasis on fast, cheap, and lean designs.

The Science of Road Rage

Psychologists still don't fully understand driving-related violence. But technology and improved transit infrastructure offer solutions to minimize it.

Maps

More Cities Should Make Mythbusting Maps Like This

An interactive map takes down D.C.'s urban legends. Expanded, it could offer a hyperlocal look at the lore of cities across the country.

Who Should See Recordings From Police Bodycams?

The dilemma with letting cops choose what to turn over—or releasing everything they see.

Here Are the Tools to Hack into Your City's Public Advertising

But you probably shouldn't do that, says the artist making them.

Adventure Climbers Conquer Hong Kong's Sky-High Towers

The result: footage so arresting it should be prescribed as a diuretic.

Are Mobile Crime Alerts Making You Racist?

Citizens want details on crime in their neighborhoods, and law enforcement agencies are giving it to them. But there is such a thing as too much information.

Seattle Tries Shaming Its Citizens Into Participating in Composting

The city's "scarlet letter" system joins a long line of policies designed to embarrass. But do they work?

The Sorry State of 'Good Samaritan' Laws

Whether you can safely help a stranger during a crisis largely depends on where you live.

White Privilege, on a Bicycle

The perils of "biking while black" came into sharp focus this month.

Poll: Police Are Still Incredibly Popular

Even after widespread protests over police brutality and racial profiling, a majority of the public thinks cops are doing well "protecting the safety and rights of minorities."

To Reduce Gun Violence, Know Thy Neighbor

How a sense of community can help stop a bullet.

The Perils of Excessive Policing, in Both the U.S. and France

Neither country can afford to let the recent attacks in Paris distort the policy debate on the role of law enforcement.