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In Seattle, Hundreds of Same-Sex Couples Line Up to Marry

Gay marriage became legal in Washington today. And some couples weren't wasting any time.

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Salt Lake City Battles Metastasizing Parking Lots: This Week in Bans

Also, an Indian town tries to prevent adultery by taking away women's phones and Washington, D.C., stops being so uptight about booze.

The New Rise of Segregated Schools

Districts that stopped forcing schools to mix students by race have seen a gradual but significant -return of racial isolation, especially at the elementary level.

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Inevitable Commercialism of the Day: New Hampshire May Sell Naming Rights to Infrastructure

Seriously, how did it take this long?

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How Dave Brubeck Used His Talents to Fight for Integration

As a white jazz musician in a segregated country, he fought for his black bassist.

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Who Will Keep America From Going Over the Infrastructure Cliff?

Highways and bridges need trillions in upgrades. And more and more, it's local governments that are bearing the costs.

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Diversity: Another GOP Disadvantage

At what thresholds of diversity does a single county turn blue?

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Unsolicited Political Advice of the Day: Mitt for Mayor!

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When Calling Someone Australian Is Racist

An international incident sheds light on the trans-Tasman rivalry with New Zealand and the limits of criminalizing speech.

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The Leading U.S. Cities for LGBT Equality

They are mostly found on the coasts, according to a new study.

Why the Urban-Rural Voting Divide Matters

Partisan lines that once fell along regional borders can increasingly be found at the county level. What does that mean for the future of the United States?

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What Made Newark Teachers Agree to Pay Reform?

It's the first city in the country to create a comprehensive merit pay system. Here's how they did it.

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Brussels Tests Out Broken-Window Theory by Targeting Public Jerks

Also in This Week in Bans: a lonesome howl is heard as Germany outlaws bestiality, Cambridge University orders its students to stop throwing flour at each other.

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From Coffee Cups to Climate Change, Do Local Efforts Really Matter?

Plastic bag and Styrofoam bans may seem like small potatoes. But local legislation often inspires bigger fixes.

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6 Questions for Defenders of D.C.'s Height Limit

This urban economist would really like to know the answers.

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How Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Got Himself Removed From Office

The controversial mayor of Canada's largest city is out of a job as of this morning, thanks to a technicality.

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What Republicans Are Really Up Against: Population Density

To win in 2016, the party needs to revamp their stance on urban policies.

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A Vision of a Carbon-Zero Urban Future: An Interview with Alex Steffen

How the world's wealthiest cities can beat back climate change.

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Is Cory Booker's Star Fading?

An attempted power grab nearly started a riot at the Newark City Council meeting.