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Your Wine Habit Is Threatening Endangered Pandas

Climate change is forcing a showdown between vineyards and sensitive habitats.

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After the School Closings, the Real Estate Mess

As school districts downsize, they leave behind shuttered buildings. Finding new uses for them can be difficult, to say the least.

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Sustainable Raritan River

How to Protect an Urban River From Pollution

A million people live in the Raritan River watershed, so any environmental action requires an impressive level of regional cooperation.

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The Painfully Obvious Punishment We Should Impose on Cops Who Shoot Innocent People

Take away their guns. Forever.

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Paris's Newest Lawnmowers Are ... A Flock of Black Sheep

It's all part of the city's new "eco-grazing" effort.

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San Francisco's Trash Inspectors Get Up Earlier Than You Do

Behind the scenes of the city's aggressive campaign to monitor and educate people about exactly what should get thrown away.

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China's Deadly Air Pollution Jumped 30 Percent This Year

In 2010, air pollution contributed to 1.2 million deaths and 2013 looks like it could be even worse.

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Are Armed Guards in Schools a Civil Rights Violation?

Instead of funding an armed guard program, the Mississippi legislature should invest in a more holistic approach to discipline.

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Saudi Arabia Will Let Women Ride Bicycles — But Only For Fun

No transportation!

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New York Mayoral Hopeful Malcolm Smith Arrested for Bribery

The state senator was accused of trying to buy the support he needed to get on the Republican's mayoral ticket.

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The Secret Lives of Garbage Men

Anthropologist Robin Nagle on the vital, hidden, and arcane sanitation system that enables cities to function.

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How the Density of Your County Affects How You Vote

There's a decisive break between Democratic and Republican support at a population density of 800 persons/per square mile.

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Bloomberg's Blind Spot on Class

From Sandy to the soda ban, the mayor really doesn't seem to be aware of his own subtext.

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Do School Districts Matter?

According to a new study, their quality has little effect on student performance.

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An Innovative Model for Helping a City's Most Vulnerable

Social impact bonds infuse private capital into public-sector activities, helping build a better safety net while reducing the state’s burden.

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This Is What It Looks Like to Stop a Bank Run Before It Starts

After two weeks of chaos, Cyprus opens its banks again. But borrowing was tightly controlled.

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Should You Buy That Beachfront Home in the Sandy-Ravaged Rockaways?

Homes ripped apart by the superstorm are proving to be magnets for bargain hunters—but not everyone is getting a good deal.

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Is Bloomberg the Right Leader of the Anti-Gun Movement?

The blunt-spoken billionaire mayor may be popular in Washington and New York, but that popularity doesn't extend to other parts of the country.

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Parking Ticket of the Day: The One Rep. Louie Gohmert Isn't Paying

Will the Texas congressman pay up?