Politics

Reuters

Portugal's Bid to Fight Tax Evasion With Free Cars

The country is launching a lottery that recipients can enter every time they make a purchase.

Associated Press

De Blasio's Decision to Keep New York Schools Open Demeans Teachers

The mayor's failure to declare snow days puts outsized pressure on educators and their students.

REUTERS

Bill de Blasio and the NYPD Are Off to a Rocky Start

A harbinger of things to come? 

Associated Press

San Diego's Mayoral Race Tells Us Nothing About 2014

Some people say that a Republican beating an Obama-endorsed Democrat foreshadows bad news for the DNC. They are wrong.

Reuters

Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World?

 Russia's balmy weather could be a sign of things to come, a new study says. We're running out of places cold enough to host the Games.

HBO

Why Gayborhoods Matter

We're still limited in our ability to track the U.S. LGBT population, but there does appear to be a connection between gay neighborhoods and some of the markers of gentrification.

Associated Press

Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty of 20 Charges of Corruption

Including conspiracy, bribery charges, wire fraud, and money laundering.

Associated Press

Keeping School Open During a Snow Storm Is a Bad Idea

Kids stay home anyway, which means they fall behind in their lessons.

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Policemen Who Shoot Dogs

A journalist is tracking incidents of gratuitous pet deaths around the country.

Reuters

Amid Brazil's Stadium Boom, a Massive Water Infrastructure Project Drags On

The diversion plan has doubled in cost and remains years away from completion.

Associated Press

Atlanta Claims That It's Ready for Snow This Time

We'll see how it goes.

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How a Low-Crime City Became the New Center of America's Gun Debate

Sunnyvale doesn't have much of a gun violence problem. But the NRA is worried anyway.

AP

The Global Map of Homophobia

As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.

NKM

Paris's Abandoned Métro Stations, Reimagined as Theaters and Pools

Ideas for putting the city's "ghost stations" to good use. 

Associated Press

Here Come the Cossacks

Russia's unarmed, heavily costumed guards may look intimidating, but their actual power is pretty limited.

Reuters

Police Officers Who Shot at Two Innocent Women 103 Times Won't Be Fired

They'll just get some additional training.

Reuters

Finally, Vancouver Gets a Lebowski-Themed 'Dude Chilling Park'

Although technically, it should be the "Dude Abiding Park."

Reuters

How Much Power Do Cities Really Have to Combat Climate Change?

A global survey.

Reuters

Sochi's Plan to Rid Itself of Stray Dogs

Local officials see extermination as the most efficient method, though it's controversial among activists.