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What Daily Life Looks Like in Syria

The daily indignity of life at war.

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Stop Banning Public Nudity

Why blanket prohibitions are misguided.

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America's Most Conservative Green Community

Walkability? Check. Car-free zone? Check. Glenn Beck endorsement? Check.

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A Ridiculous Proposal to Jail Boston's Saggy Pants Wearers for 3 Years

A Boston non-profit pushes the city to enforce the state's "chastity, morality, decency, and good order" laws more forcefully. What is the world coming to?

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Rob Ford Is Still the Mayor of Toronto

Three months after a judge ruled to remove him from office, our  favorite mayoral personality is back in business.

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Tough Talk from Cuomo: 'Maybe Mother Nature Doesn't Want You Here'

The governor proposes using some of the money from the Sandy relief bill to buy out property owners in the hardest-hit coastal regions.

Superhero Mayor Cory Booker Strikes Again

He saved a freezing dog.

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Tree-Climbing Obama Heckler Exiled From D.C.

Also, politicians in Naples are sick of you assuming they're all criminals, and the U.K. suspends the coolest teacher ever.

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Look Out Coastal Cities: Greenland Is Melting, Fast

The summer melt in 2012 alone added a millimeter to the global sea level.

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Urban Planning's Role in Making India Safer for Women

A month after a gruesome gang rape, New Delhi takes aim at the lowest-hanging fruit: Improving public spaces.

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Beijing Gets Aggressive on Cutting Smog, But It May Not Matter

The municipal government can only do so much without support at the national level.

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Cities With Too Many Men

India's unbalanced sex ratio has created a slew of social problems and exacerbated violence against women.

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The Fight for Jackson's Last Abortion Clinic

A new bill could rid Mississippi of its clinics. Here is what's at stake.

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'I Pledge to Walk Alone': Activists Demand Safer Cities for Women in India

Pressing for a deeper change in gender attitudes.

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Zara Matheson

Gun Violence in U.S. Cities Compared to the Deadliest Nations in the World

New Orleans is like Honduras, Detroit is similar to El Salvador.

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Inauguration 2013: A Ballet of Logistics

This is what it looks like when hundreds of thousands of visitors stream through downtown Washington.

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Soon, the Only Place to Smoke in San Francisco Will Be Alcatraz

Also recently banned: a throat-slitting kite string in India and an Aussie grandma who made $1 million worth of false emergency phone calls.

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How a Reluctant Mayor Rescued San Francisco's Budget

Ed Lee came into office facing a $385 million deficit. By rethinking the pension system, he managed to save the city $1.3 billion over 10 years.

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Beijing's Air Quality Crisis May Have Had a Silver Lining

Typically, the Chinese press tries to put the best spin on Beijing's pollution. But  the national media covered "airpocalypse" with startling frankness.