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Debt of the Day: Berlin Owes the Town of Mittenwalde 'Trillions'

Compound interest can really compound when you leave a loan unpaid for 500 years.

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The Olympics Are Making the London Assembly Relevant

The left-leaning city council may have lost legislative power, but it is regaining its influence as the sole chink in Britain’s official policy of Olympic boosterism.

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This Week in Bans: No Sex In a British Graveyard

Also, Atlanta outlaws smoking in public parks and a Massachusetts town stops feeding the bears (after one licks a human).

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Tea Party Mayor Janice Daniels Facing a Recall Vote

Voters in Troy, Michigan, still seem annoyed at their leader's refusal to accept federal funding.

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Demand for Foreign-Born Workers Is Spiky

Many U.S. cities cannot access the skilled workers they need.

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As Olympics-Only Lanes Near Opening, London Taxi Drivers Protest

Upset over being excluded from the lanes, some 200 London cab drivers blocked traffic in Parliament Square.

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A Brief History of NYU Land Battles

With a City Council vote on NYU 2031 imminent, a look back at four classic town-gown confrontations.

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Spoofs, Send-ups, and Other Taunts for London's Brand Police

The London Games have been an exercise in image control, but that has only encouraged the jokers.

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Large U.S. Cities and Tolerance

How America's biggest metro areas stack up.

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Throughout England, Signs of Security Shortages

Dozens of G4S staff failed to turn up for guard duty at a Manchester hotel hosting Olympic athletes.

Number of the Day: 50,000

The number of people evacuated from their homes on Japan's Kyushu island due to floods.

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London's Bus Drivers Might Not Strike Before the Opening Ceremonies After All

After walking out last month, a deal could be signed by next week.

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Why You Should Be Skeptical of Statistics on City vs. Suburban Population Growth

Columbia University planning professor David King on why calling the contest is beside the point.

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Mayor Mitch Landrieu Imagines the Future of New Orleans

The mayor discusses the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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This Week in Bans: Massachusetts Whiner Gets American Flags Removed

Also, a tony California beach town shoos away smelly persons from its libraries, and the Olympics outlaws everything.

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A Day in the Life of Lagos

Photos from around Africa's new most populous city.

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When Public Clinics Beat Private Practice

According to a new study, community clinics keep costs down and do a better job treating patients.

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How the World's Top Security Firm Bungled Olympic Security

G4S, which has a record of mismanagement in Britain, faces scrutiny in the press and from lawmakers.

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What Could Have More British Troops Than Afghanistan? The Olympics

The British Armed Forces could provide up to 16,500 personnel for the Olympics, 7,000 more than are in Afghanistan.