Politics

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Beijing Can't Catch a Break

Rumor has it the Chinese government is considering moving its capital to Xinyang, a small city in Henan Province.

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Why Are There So Many Bosnians in St. Louis?

A mix of international politics and extended networks explain why some cities become hotbeds for refugees.

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Mayor Bloomberg Is Coming After Your Coffee Cups

He is expected to propose a sweeping ban on plastic foam food packaging in his State of the City today.

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Why Is the U.S. Capitol Still Burning Coal?

Also, a London neighbor fights against public gobbing and Sydney's wealthy whine about public-park weddings.

Photos

How Much Would You Pay to Live Like a Homeless Person?

Sleep on a park bench or under a train track for just $16 a night.

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How to Turn Gang Members Into Ex-Gang Members

What makes some people act heroically and empathetic toward others?

Maps
Derek Eder & Juan-Pablo Velez

SimCity Reference of the Day: Chicago Zoning Map

Complete with in-game music.

After a Brutal Gang Rape, India Tries to Lure Women Tourists Back

But questions of safety linger.

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Hacking the Emergency Broadcast System to Warn of a Zombie Attack ... Good Idea?

We think not.

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Will Construction Ever Come Back?

How the recovery is proceeding in housing markets across metros.

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Michael Bloomberg, Civil Libertarian Extraordinaire?

Sure, the mayor crusades against soft drinks and cigarettes. But he's got a great record where it counts.

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The Lessons We Haven't Learned From London's Killer Fog of 1952

Because of global urbanization, the number of people exposed to catastrophic levels of pollution is growing exponentially.

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America's Schools Won't Be Saved by Great Teachers

Disconnected and muddled curriculum does more damage to our schools and colleges than bad teachers do.

Videos

Terrifying Footage of the Mississippi Tornado

A monster twister ripped through the town of Hattiesburg, destroying hundreds of homes and injuring at least 12.

How Capital Cities Distort Reality

What's lost when the only lens into a place is its major metropolis?

Jeff Wilcox

Apparently, Most Cities Aren't Getting Any More 'Literate'

It's the District's third year atop Central Connecticut State's literacy rankings.

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Charlottesville, Va., Says 'No' to Drones

Also, BART tries to get public poopers to keep it in their pants, and Penn State fights against a boozy "State Patty's" tradition.

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The Study That Could Upend Everything We Thought We Knew About Declining Urban Crime

An NYU sociologist now says New York's famed police tactics had nothing to do with the city's turnaround.

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The White House Has a Powerful New Advocate for Healthy Living

Sally Jewell, Obama's pick for Secretary of Interior, is a former CEO of REI.