Politics

This Week in Bans: It's Criminal To Say Men Have 'No Balls'

Also, a British city forbids its own employees from watching the Olympics and a Tennessee burg attacks noisy street preaching.

Why America's Religious Jews May Not Be Able to Move Back Downtown

Constructing the necessary "religious infrastructure" takes much more effort in existing dense neighborhoods.

For L.A. Residents Fed Up With Helicopter Noise, a Final Straw

A violin solo at the Hollywood Bowl gets drowned out, and a revolt is born.

How Much Should a Bankrupt City Pay Its Retired Police Officers?

A former chief in Stockton, California, is making $204,000 a year. This is unsustainable, and it needs to stop.

How Sewage Reveals a City's Drug Habits

A multi-city study of wastewater shows how drug use varies.

Confessions From Sin City

Private fears of unrequited love, heartbreak, and dying alone are put on display for all to see.

Why New Orleans Should Have a Daily Newspaper

Who does the city's newspaper really belong to? Not the Newhouses.

Maps

Decline of the Day: Stop and Frisk Down 34 Percent in New York

With legal challenges mounting, the NYPD conducted 70,000 fewer stops last quarter.

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Greenland Might Not Be Melting As Fast As We Thought

A new study in Science suggests the ice sheet may be able to slow its melting rate.

The Increasingly Connected Countries of Latin America

The informal shift to a more united (and powerful) continent.

Maps

Mapping a City's Surnames

An amazing new tool tracks the names and nationalities that dominate parts of London.

Manila, Under Water

Days of rain have flooded giant swaths of the city.

The Failure of Walmart's Sustainability Measures

The retail giant's push has generated a lot of publicity, but it's not fixing the fundamental problems.

Why the Amish Population Is Exploding

The number of Amish people in the U.S. has doubled in the last 20 years, and the sect is spreading across the United States.

The Link Between the U.S. Drought and Climate Change

We’re not creating weather patterns we’ve never experienced before, but they're exacerbated by a warming climate.

Is Toronto's Mayor a Barrier to Good Planning?

As the city finally hires a new chief planner, concerns about politics persist.

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The Secrets Frackers Are Allowed to Keep

How much do you know about natural gas drilling? Turns out, it depends a lot on what state you live in.

Beach Volleyball Bikinis and Women's Bodies in Public Space

The perception of women’s bodies as public property to be commented upon and regulated is one of the universal undercurrents of urban life.

What India's Massive Power Outage Looks Like

Due to a massive grid failure, half of India's population is without power.