Politics

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The Urban Legacy of Amiri Baraka

The controversial poet and playwright's work in Newark still offers inspiration to those who would speak truth to local power.

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The World's Fight Against Polio, in 1 GIF

India is almost "polio-free."

Duke University

The Map That Reveals 5,900 Natural Gas Leaks Under Washington, D.C.

Researchers say a dozen of them are bad enough to cause explosions.

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The Polar Vortex Returns Next Week

And it could be even worse than last time.

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Rolezinhos: The Flash Mobs Currently Freaking Out Brazilian Authorities

Low-income youth have been gathering in São Paulo shopping malls to chant lyrics from a music genre called funk da ostentaçã o.

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China's Pollution Problem Is Also a Food Safety Crisis

Eight million acres of Chinese farmland is so contaminated that it's now closed to farming.

Reuters

Plans For a Bike-Friendly Boulevard Are Met With Anger, Protests in Spain

Outcry over irresponsible spending on a beautification project have led to 40 arrests in the city of Burgos already.

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The Decline of the Family-Friendly City

In our rush to promote high-density urbanism, we may have inadvertently created zones that are inhospitable to people with kids.

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Marijuana Arrests in Colorado Have Plummeted 77 Percent Since 2012

Law enforcement have largely respected the will of Colorado voters—and then some. 

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Florida Might Revamp the State's 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Now, it'll protect people who fire warning shots.

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A Century Later, the Expensive Lesson of Reversing the Chicago River

Running the numbers on a proposal to separate the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River.

Los Angeles Public Library

The L.A. Public Library Is About to Start Offering High School Diplomas

Not GEDs. Diplomas.

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The Disastrous Consequences of Europe's Huge Bee Deficit

"We face a catastrophe in future years unless we act now."

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The Life of a Los Angeles Homicide Detective

A short documentary follows a 27-year veteran of the LAPD.

Maps

A Grim Map of California's Drought

The state is facing what could be its worst water-shortage in four decades.

Reuters

How the Politics of Transportation Made Chris Christie, and Could Break Him

The New Jersey governor became a conservative icon after shutting down a major tunnel project. Now, his reputation hangs in the balance.

REUTERS

Think Twice Before Asking Police to Deal With the Mentally Ill

"What cops do is arrest people. If you don’t want to be arrested, you probably shouldn’t call the police."

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Hamburg's Neighborhood Redevelopment Battle Has Led Police to Declare a State of Emergency

An explosive struggle has pitted developers against the city's ultra-left.

Marcelo Duhalde

Charting the Life Expectancies of the World's Countries

If you want your newborn to live a long life, try traveling to Europe.