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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.

Turns Out the CIA Really Is Trying to Control the Weather

Conspiracy theorists, rejoice! The Agency backed a $630,000 scientific study on controlling global climate.

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With a New Curfew, Is Downtown Greensboro Telling Young Black People to Stay Away?

The city's redevelopment strategy is starting to pay off, but some familiar tensions have followed.

San Diego's Mayor Is Rewriting His Upcoming Speech to a Womens' Group

Bob Filner was going to accept an award for his work on sexual assault. In light of revelations about his harassment of staff, terms have changed.

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Lessons From North Korea on Using Brown Sugar to Smuggle a Bunch of Weapons

Inside the bizarre international controversy that's washed up on Panama's shores.

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Americans Own Nearly Half of the Privately Owned Guns on Earth

That's 88 guns per every 100 Americans.

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Turkey's Slide Into Urban Planning Autocracy

A new Bosphorus bridge is fast becoming Istanbul's most contested project – not least because the government will stop at nothing to get it built.

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Spitzer and Weiner Lead in New Poll

A little disgrace never hurt anyone, especially in New York City, where the scandal-plagued comeback kids are beating their straitlaced opponents.

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How Becoming Mayor Changed Rahm Emanuel on Immigration Reform

The former White House Chief of Staff has started to push for more liberal policies on the issue. Will the feds follow his lead?

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It's Not Just Zimmerman: Race Matters a Lot in 'Stand Your Ground' Verdicts

The Trayvon Martin case and how the definition of justice differs across America.

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The Important Difference Between a Public Space and a 'Common'

On building places that give a community its identity, and knit us together.