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Why the Expansion of Paris Is a Pretty Big Deal

The French capital plans to form a huge new urban authority, with roughly three times its current population and four times the land.

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Still Not Resigning, But Will Enter 'Intensive' Counseling

But will it be enough to quell demands that he step down?

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New Polls Show Weiner's Latest Idiocy Is Too Much for New York City Voters

His favorability has plummeted, along with his chances of winning the primary in the mayoral election.

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How Sprawl Makes Fighting Childhood Obesity So Much Harder

Walking to school shouldn't be a big deal. But it's become one because of short-sighted planning and dangerous, difficult roads.

These Gilded Government Buildings Explain Exactly Why Beijing Is Banning New Ones

China’s Communist Party took another swipe at excessive government spending, with a five-year hiatus on constructing state buildings.

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Anthony Weiner and the Forever Scandal

Of course, there are new graphic photos and messages. In the political scandals of the future, the leaks come long and slow.

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Armenia's Biggest Celebrities Are Offering People Free Rides Around Yerevan

The program, dubbed Free Car, is part of a public transit strike to protest huge fare hikes.

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North Korea Really Wants Its Own Bavarian Beer Garden in Pyongyang

The country's well-connected elites are crazy for beer, with palates developed under the reign of Kim Jong-Il.

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Casinos, Corporate Sponsorship, and Tuition Hikes: How Madrid Is Trying to Beat the Recession

An unlikely mix of state pruning and raw commercialism is taking hold in Spain's capital.

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Barack Obama and Ray Kelly Are Saying the Exact Opposite Things on Racial Profiling

Two parallel conversations on race, violence, and stop-and-frisk.

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Police Geese: This Chinese Crime-Fighting Plan Isn’t as Ridiculous as It Sounds

Turns out they actually make excellent guards against approaching strangers since outsiders cannot calm them into silence.

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The Most Thrilling City Council Commercial Ever

Courtesy the town of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

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Judge: Detroit's Bankruptcy Filing Is Unconstitutional

Citing the state's constitution, which bars actions that would reduce the pensions of public employees, a Michigan judge blocked the historic filing.

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Poverty Is What's Crippling Public Education in the U.S.—Not Bad Teachers

We are becoming a nation of test preparation factories, and there's no evidence this strategy actually works.

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Detroit's Bankruptcy Was Inevitable, Though It's Tempting to Think Otherwise

Stories of plucky urban homesteaders and community gardens may have distracted us from reality.

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Only 3 U.S. States Bother to Study How Sentencing Rules Affect Minorities

How an idea borrowed from the environmental movement could help narrow racial disparities in the prison system.

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'Blue Paint Is Not Enough'

London's bicycle advocates say they're fed up with a city government that promotes cycling but isn't serious about safe bike infrastructure.

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Why Madrid Should Host the 2020 Olympics

Istanbul is everything the Olympic committee wants -- and everything it fears. Tokyo is boring. Really, there's only one choice.

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A Philadelphia School's Big Bet on Nonviolence

In a desperately poor, dangerous part of town, Memphis Street Academy decided to ditch its metal detectors and focus on supporting students. Violence dropped by 90 percent.