Politics

Iowa Mayor Cleans Filthy Commode Himself After Complaints

Ready for a feel-good edition of our weekly restroom column?

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Chicago Teachers Strike Puts Charter Schools in the Spotlight

With traditional public schools out of session, will parents make the switch?

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We Remember: September 11, Eleven Years Later

Private moments at public gatherings in New York and Washington.

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How to Create More Latino-Run Businesses

Latino immigrants open fewer small businesses than other groups. Here's how we can close the gap.

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Mapping L.A.'s Endangered Pot Shops

Facing a citywide ban, dispensaries prove to be far less plentiful than feared.

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The High Cost of Stadiums: Best #CityReads of the Week

Our weekly look back at the stories you may have missed.

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Baby Formula Is Out at Tulsa Hospitals: This Week in Bans

Also, Sioux City bars texting while driving and a notorious hoon gets jailed in Australia.

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The Netherlands' Awkward Intersection of Drugs, Tourism, and Local Culture

An effort to ban marijuana sales to foreigners threatens more than just the economy.

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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.