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Amsterdam's Latest Quest to Tame Legalized Prostitution

The city is tightening the rules governing its famous red light district. Will the efforts cut down on sex trafficking or make the problem worse?

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The Inequality of Playgrounds

Public parks in upper-income, predominantly-white communities in Kansas City were more likely to have playgrounds, water features and trails.

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How the Focus on 'Energy Intensity' Is Hurting the Fight Against Climate Change

It's a misleading metric that actually tells us very little about efficiency.

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The Silver Lining to the 14,000 Dead Pigs in Shanghai's River

The scandal has prompted China's government to acknowledge the nation's intense problem with food safety.

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Is Racial Profiling Institutional at the NYPD?

New evidence from the stop-and-frisk lawsuit.

Are Urban Explorers Really a Threat to Our National Security?

A federal agency worries they could aid terrorists. But really, they expose our vulnerabilities.

4 Ideas for Fixing Stop and Frisk

Experts weigh in on how law enforcement should engage in and implement these tactics.

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How Does One Get Banned From Every Public Library in the World?

You probably don't want to know.

Making Peace With the Decline of Alt-Weeklies

The death of the Boston Phoenix may signal the approaching end of these storied city institutions. But there's also a lot more news outlets to choose from today.

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The Next Marijuana Legalization Fight? Copenhagen vs. the Rest of Denmark

The city wants to wrest the soft drugs trade away from criminal gangs, but the national government may not let it proceed.

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Can a Booming Bay Area Avoid Running Out of Water?

San Francisco's sources of drinking water are threatened on multiple fronts.

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Why Are Leaders Allowing the Destruction of Historical Sites in Islam's Holiest City?

The strange alliance of clerics and businessmen in Saudi Arabia.

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Bloomberg Swaps the War on Soda for the War on Cigarettes

The mayor is pushing a new city law that would force retailers to keep all their cigarettes stocked out of public view

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10 Years After the Iraq War, How Has Baghdad Changed?

The city is bustling, with parks and nightclubs, but deep scars remain.

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Lessons in Self-Defense for Women, From Tahrir Square

An American Indian woman living in Cairo wants to take what she's learned and bring it back to North American reservations.

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The Sequester Is Hitting the Country's Neediest Students the Hardest

Children from poor families and special needs kids are disproportionately impacted by the cuts.

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Woman Files Suit Alleging She Was Arrested for Criticizing 'Stop and Frisk'

The NYPD's aggressive policy has come under increased scrutiny in recent months.

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D.C. Lawyer Appointed as Detroit's Emergency Manager

Kevyn Orr has a background in business restructuring, and worked on Chrysler's 2009 bankruptcy.

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Moscow Says 'No' To New Mosques

The mayor says citizens are "irritated by people who speak a different language" and have "different manners."