Politics

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3 Sizes Fit All: Norfolk's Downtown, Urban, and Suburban Designations

Easing revitalization by placing the city's neighborhoods into one of three groups.

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How California's Carbon Market Will Work

This week, over 100 businesses got their first taste of GHG cap-and-trade.

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The Criminalization of the RNC Protesters

Tampa's excessive police presence is having a "chilling effect."

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The Anti-Environmentalist Roots of the Agenda 21 Conspiracy Theory

There's a surprisingly longstanding tradition in American politics of fighting land use regulations.

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Tampa's Two Conventions

A look at the Republican National Convention and the protesters outside.

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How the Drought Is Imperiling the Water Supply of New Orleans

It's not the way you think.

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Louisiana Preps for Hurricane Isaac

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu tells residents "the best part of wisdom is to prepare for the worst and to hope for the best."

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India's Quixotic Quest to End Human-Hauled Sewage

Hand-emptied toilets could be outlawed, but they're not likely to disappear any time soon.

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In Port-au-Prince, Isaac Intensifies the City's Suffering

The tropical storm left at least 19 people dead, causing flooding and mudslides.

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How an Exclusive Los Angeles Suburb Lost Its Whiteness

The once homogenous community of San Marino has been rapidly diversifying for decades.

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The Summer of the Gun

The problem is not that the rest of the world seems so meaningless, it's how numbed we've become to the horror stories in our midst.

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Why Are Champaign-Urbana's Jaywalking Arrests Almost All Black?

Between 2007 and 2011, about 90 percent of those arrested were African American. How did this happen?

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The Rise of the Majority-Asian Suburb

In southern California, the number of Asian suburbs is growing rapidly.

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The Path of Tropical Storm Isaac: Will the GOP Get Drenched?

An update on the chances that an awful lot of comb-overs could get blown to smithereens.

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10 Signs the RNC Is a Way Bigger Deal for Tampa Than the Super Bowl

The city has plenty of experience putting on the NFL's big event. But hosting a convention will be something different.

This Week in Bans: The English and Their 'Extreme' Dog Dancing

Also, Oklahoma City outlaws Michigan sportswear and a face-kicking preacher is turned away from the U.K.

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This Is Your City on War

Scenes from Aleppo, Syria.

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Who Has the Right to Preserve a City's Past?

As an out-of-towner applies for historic designation, a city considers changing its rules on preservation.

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The Mississippi Drought, as Seen From Space

Satellite images show just how critical the situation has become.