Politics

Sochi Is on Track to Be the Most Expensive Olympics in History

Russia may spend as much as $50 billion on new sports venues, better public transit, and modernized electric power systems.

2 Unpublished Studies Say Stop-and-Frisk Doesn't Work

There's no evidence stop-and-frisk works, but there's burgeoning evidence that it doesn't. 

Detroit Police Are Learning How to Do Stop-and-Frisk

The department says its traffic unit will evolve its mission "toward the prevention of crimes."

Videos

Anti-'Stand Your Ground' Ad Recreates Trayvon Martin's Death

A highly controversial new video from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's Friends Have Criminal Histories and Tend to Live With Their Parents

Police and local reporters are slowly putting the complicated puzzle behind Ford and his strange circle of associates together.

Bob Filner's Back From Therapy (and No One Wants Him Around)

While rumors whirl of a resignation, a recall effort is under way for the embattled San Diego mayor.

How the Fracking Boom Could Lead to a Housing Bust

People looking to purchase a home anywhere with drilling need to do their homework before buying.

Maps

A Visitor's Guide to Florida's Most Notorious Law Enforcement Agencies

Seven police and sheriff's departments that have proven they won't hesitate to wreck your life. 

Next Economy

Chattanooga, America's Next High-Tech Hub?

Tennessee was once the worst state in the country for new business creation. How one Southern city is trying to change that.

The 'Two Bloombergs' of New York's Three-Term Mayor

The very things that made Bloomberg's tenure so transformative also helped to hurt the city.

California's Unusual Plan to Cut Greenhouse Gases

The state is relying on cities to figure out how to cut emissions in their region. Will it work?

Philly's Schools Are So Broke They're Borrowing Cash to Start the School Year

Parents call it "the deliberate starvation of one of the nation’s biggest school districts."

So Pitbull Wants to Make Charter Schools 'Cool' and 'Sexy'

Is this good for America?

One Swiss Town's Disturbing Apartheid Policy for Asylum Seekers

Bremgarten has banned refugees from 32 public spaces, including churches, sports facilities, even swimming pools.

Here Are All the Different Ways People Die Behind Bars

Murder is not nearly as prevalent as you might think. 

Idea of the Day: A Twitter Account To Shame Bike Thieves

The San Francisco police are taking their anti-bike-theft efforts to social media.

Meet the Conservative Texas Sheriff Who Refuses to Put Potheads in Jail

Sheriff Arvin West doesn't have time for dumb marijuana laws. 

Why Is Inequality So Much Higher in the U.S. Than in France?

Blame Wall Street.

The Prisoner Suicide Puzzle

The D.C. Jail has seen a rash of suicide deaths in the last six months. Will their latest efforts make an impact?