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The LAPD Made a Meaningful Change to the Rules Governing Deadly Force

A subtle, but crucial policy tweak recognizes the importance of officer behavior pre-shooting. 

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Why Black Democratic Mayors and GOP Governors Are BFFs

The alliance between Georgia's Nathan Deal and Atlanta's Kasim Reed makes more sense than it might appear.

Having a Gun in the House Doesn't Make a Woman Safer

In cases where self-defense matters most, women tend to find their weapons turned against them.

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A Dictator's Guide to Urban Design

Ukraine's Independence Square, and the revolutionary dimensions of public spaces.

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In Paris, Every Mayoral Candidate Has an Extravagant Plan to Revamp the City

Swimming pools in the Seine, restaurants in old metro stations, and more.

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What the Most Violent Nations in the World Have in Common

High rates of intentional violence are strongly associated with inequality, both in terms of class and gender.

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The Complicated Relationship Between Cities and Suicide

Living in an urban area might mitigate the effects of loneliness, a new analysis suggests.

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Life Along Route 1 in the 1940s

What one photographer discovered documenting life between the Nation's Capital and the Mason Dixon Line.

A New Attack on a Symbol of Racial Integration in Mississippi

Someone hung a noose around the neck of a James Meredith statue, prompting some soul-searching at the University of Mississippi.

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A Website That Wants to Help Republicans Win in Cities

A party without much urban infrastructure starts thinking about the future, from council races on up.

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We Watched Rob Ford's YouTube Show So You Don't Have To

It's ... something.

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Mexico City Could Be Home to the Most Important Marijuana Decriminalization Effort Yet

Roughly 60 percent of Mexico's federal prison population is serving time for drug crimes.

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You Are Subsidizing a Fancy Beach House That'll Be Destroyed in a Flood

Hundreds of property owners have successfully lobbied to pay less in insurance premiums. But they'll receive the same payout if disaster strikes.

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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.

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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.

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

A harbinger of things to come? 

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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.

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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.

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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.