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Why Rebuilding After Disasters Is Largely a Legal Challenge

Without addressing the complexities of local law, even the most resilient designs risk lingering on computer screens and drawing boards without implementation.

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Study: Almost Half of Public School Students Are Now Low-Income

A new study reminds us that poverty is the giant backpack dragging down American students.

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Why Energy Boomtowns Are a Nightmare for Law Enforcement

Officers explain in their own words what happens when city services can't keep up with a population explosion. 

Associated Press

Cory Booker Is a Senator-Elect—What Kind of Senator Will He Be?

As expected, he won a New Jersey special election Wednesday night, but the path ahead is far from clear for Washington's newest political celebrity.

Reuters

And There Was Joy in Washington

Scenes from a city reopened.

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What the Shutdown Revealed About the Economic Divides in U.S. Politics

Tea Party America doesn't look much like the base of the big-business Republican Party.

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The Politics of Fear Surfaces in New York Mayor's Race

Joe Lhota's "white woman clutching a subway pole with a black man in the background" moment.

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Could Stiffer Penalties for Illegally Carrying a Gun Reduce Violence in Chicago?

Experts are divided over a law currently being considered by the Illinois State Legislature. 

Reuters

How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet

Farmers today produce 145 percent more food than just a few decades ago, but they're also responsible for a third of greenhouse gases.

Reuters

The Ukrainian Army Just Got a Little Less Soviet

It will call its last conscript this week, a tradition left over from the USSR.

Reuters

Despite Successes in Colorado and Washington, Marijuana Advocates Still See Cities As Their Best Bet

The working theory: If big, liberal cities won't liberalize their marijuana laws, statewide initiatives are bound to fail. 

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How Gentrification Is Reshaping Oakland's Schools

The city's incoming middle- and upper-class families are rallying around public schools.

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The Neverending Evolution of 'Quality of Life' Rankings

Society has been quantifying the "best" places to live for a long time, but the things we care most about are never fixed.

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Welcome to Madrid! Here's a Long List of Things You're Not Allowed to Do

Spain's capital is banning everything from dangerous rollerblading to jumping in a fountain.

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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Pleads Guilty to Criminal Charges

He won't face any jail time though.

Reuters

Catholics in Germany Aren't Happy With This Bishop's $42 Million Residence

The bathtub alone cost $20,000. 

AP

Why Residents of Disaster-Prone Areas Don't Move

A few ideas for how to ensure more resilient communities.

REUTERS

Why Kwame Kilpatrick Should Not Serve 28 Years in Prison

It's a waste of space and money to imprison the former Detroit mayor for that long when he's unlikely to commit his crimes again.

Reuters

How the National Parks Became the Shutdown's Biggest Battleground

What was different, and what was similar, in 1995 and 1996.