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How Police Rules of Engagement Differ Around the World

From city to city, law enforcement guidelines on crowd control and the use of force and firearms vary widely.

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How Local Governments Could Work More Like Cell Phones

A young American in Guatemala wants to bring a spirit of entrepreneurship to municipal governance through his think tank, the Startup Cities Institute.

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In Pictures: An Awful Night in Ferguson

Peaceful demonstrations were quickly overshadowed by violence.

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In the U.K., a Case for Shifting Political Power to the Cities

A year-long independent effort has identified the most practical strategies for empowering the U.K.'s cities and metro areas.

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Witnesses Saw Michael Brown Attacking–and Others Saw Him Giving Up

Officer Darren Wilson was spared criminal charges in part because of significant contradictions in the testimony of bystanders who saw the Ferguson, Missouri, teen get shot and killed.

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Scenes From a Ferguson Protest in New York City

"I’m so fatigued that I don’t even know if I have space to be angry.”

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No Indictment

The grand jury's decision on Monday means Ferguson Police officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Rio's 2016 Olympics Have Already Done One Thing Better Than London 2012

These mascots are actually kind of cute.

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The World's First Marijuana Credit Union Will Open in January

Thanks to an overlooked law, Colorado's legal pot enterprises will finally get the legitimate banking services they need. But discord with the feds still casts a shadow over the industry.

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Why the Delhi Metro Needs to Get Rid of the 'Ladies Compartment'

Grouping female passengers into single cars underscores the idea that women can't use transit freely.

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Vancouver Experiments With Prescription Heroin

One of North America's most progressive cities in respect to drug policy is trying a radical attempt at harm reduction. Will it work?

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The Best Reads on Marion Barry, D.C.'s Mayor for Life

With his death early this morning, the District is mourning a complicated man.

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The Fight to Bring Pittsburghese to Merriam-Webster

Some jagoffs are trying to get Pittsburgh's go-to insult into a real English-language dictionary.

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Big-City Mayors Line Up Behind Obama's Immigration Order

Leaders plan to meet next month in New York to discuss how their cities can work with the new federal action.

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Rethinking Whole Foods in Detroit: 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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This 'Beer Price Index' Will Streamline Your Party Budget

If you love cheap beer, steer clear of Oslo and head for Warsaw.

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Why People Write on Bathroom Walls

The study of "latrinalia" reveals deep connections between environment, social mores, and why dudes draw penises while women tend to scribble romantic poetry in public potties.

The Ideas That Led Calgary to Choose a 'Wonkish, Dorky' Mayor

Naheed Nenshi talks urban development, affordable housing, and how national governments fail cities.

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It's Not Easy Being Green Czar

Matt Petersen is L.A.'s first chief sustainability officer, charged with drafting an ambitious plan for a city grappling with drought.