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The Perils of Rust Belt Memes

National coverage of ruin and revival gloss over deeper truths about these cities.

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Athens Erupts in Anti-Merkel Protests

Lots of police clashes, and even a bit of nakedness.

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Bostonians Committed to School Diversity Haven't Given Up on Busing

Mayor Thomas Menino says busing is unpopular and outdated. So why are 10,000 Boston kids on a waiting list to be bused to higher-quality schools?

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The Geography of the Latino Vote

Hispanic voters could influence the presidential race in key battleground states.

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The Grim Consequences of Closing Urban Hospitals

New research from Philadelphia finds that the city's newborn mortality rate spiked after a spate of hospital closures.

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The Irreplaceable History Being Destroyed in Aleppo

The city's cultural treasures, including its Grand Mosque and centuries-old souk, are in danger of being permanently lost to the war.

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Yes, This Ad Is Offensive. But Free Speech Rides Public Transit, Too

Sometimes embracing free speech means sharing the subway with an ad that churns your stomach.

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Belgrade Cancels Its Gay Pride Parade, Again: This Week in Bans

Also, Britain bans curves from school architecture and two chaps get exiled from an all-you-can-eat Mongolian restaurant.

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A 50,000-Person, 217-Mile March for Land Reform

Landless Indians are taking their concerns to the capital en masse.

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The Aftermath of Hong Kong's Deadly Ferry Crash

37 people were killed after two boats collided.

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How Michigan Duped Canada Into Buying a New Bridge

Canada agreed to front the money after Tea Party activists voted against paying to replace the aging Ambassador Bridge.

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Will Ousted Georgian President's Instant City Live On?

Plans to build a city of 500,000 from scratch may not survive after he leaves office.

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Thousands of Gandhis March Through India's Streets

Celebrations in time for the former leader's 143rd birthday.

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Don't Take Your Gun to the Playground in This North Carolina Town: This Week in Bans

Also, the Mongrel Mobsters can't pretty up their tombstones in a New Zealand town and New York City clamps down on blood-sucking circumcisions.

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Urbanites Read News Differently Than Their Rural Counterparts

For one thing, they're more interested in night clubs and restaurants.

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Americans Still Trust Their Local Government, Even as Faith in Washington Crumbles

Blame the remoteness of D.C., or its partisan rancor.

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Obama vs. Romney: Who Has the Better Graffiti?

Predicting the outcome of the 2012 election with a highly scientific analysis of wall doodles.

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Here We Go Again: Retail Trucks Run Into Permitting Issues Everywhere

Mobile vendors selling clothes and shoes instead of food are popping up all over the place. How should cities treat them?

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Dearborn: Where Americans Come to Hate Muslims

How a city of 97,000 became a must-visit location on the newly established anti-Muslim protest circuit.