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A Brief History of Bottle Recycling

A story of trash and class in America.

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Could We Model a National Energy Policy on 'Race to the Top'?

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm wants to see states and metro areas compete for green energy funding. 

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A Pope Says Goodbye

The 85-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic world gives his last general address.

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The Ku Klux Klan Protests as Memphis Renames a City Park

Many white Southerns have cherished the memory of Nathan Bedford Forrest -- a Confederate general and founding Klansman. But a new controversy reveals how much Civil War remembrance has changed.

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What's at Stake in the Voting Rights Act Case

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments challenging the Voting Rights Act of 1968, civil rights advocates are rising to support the anti-discriminatory law. But why?

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The Real Forces That Keep Low-Income Kids Out of College

The labyrinth surrounding scholarships and admissions doesn't account for the messy realities of poor families' lives.

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Scientists Hunt for Sewage in New York City’s Harbors

After Sandy, researchers are heading out to sea for a forensic look at the storm’s impacts.

Why Computers Alone Can't Eliminate Corruption in Redistricting

America’s political geography makes defining an algorithm that doesn’t disenfranchise voters incredibly difficult.

Dru Nadler

In Connecticut, Unplowed Streets Might Be the New Normal

It's been 2 weeks since the blizzard, and many city streets are still covered in snow. Another storm is on the way -- do residents just have to deal?

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The Islamic Urbanist Tradition Is in Danger of Going Extinct

"Mosques are being built in suburban communities only accessible by car."

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Washington, D.C. Unveils an Ambitious New Sustainability Plan

Proposals seek to halve the city's greenhouse gas emissions, boost walkability, and cut the obesity rate.

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No More Alcohol for Egypt's Suburbs

Also, a Sydney mall muzzles screaming children and Winston Churchill gets the axe from downtown Nottingham.

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Is Building a Multimillion Dollar Project on Connecticut's Waterfront Really Such a Good Idea?

After Sandy, a major development is in doubt.

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The Incredible Rise of Government Spending on the Poor, in One Chart

Where is all of this spending growth coming from? New programs, new people, and health care.

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America's Infrastructure Is Under Attack... By Chinese Hackers

A crippling cyber attack that shuts down our power grid and poisons our water? Not so impossible anymore.

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The Problem With Police Line-Ups

False eyewitness identifications are the leading factor in wrongful convictions. Washington, D.C., wonders if it can fix that.

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The End of the Neighborhood School

A spate of closings is leaving children without local education options.

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What Is It Exactly That Makes Big Cities Vote Democratic?

Not all urban areas are bastions of blue. Population, density and education all play a role.

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Beijing Can't Catch a Break

Rumor has it the Chinese government is considering moving its capital to Xinyang, a small city in Henan Province.