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An Oil Spill Has Shut Down the Port of New Orleans

At least 26 vessels got caught in the "traffic jam."

REUTERS

The LAPD Made a Meaningful Change to the Rules Governing Deadly Force

A subtle, but crucial policy tweak recognizes the importance of officer behavior pre-shooting. 

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Why Black Democratic Mayors and GOP Governors Are BFFs

The alliance between Georgia's Nathan Deal and Atlanta's Kasim Reed makes more sense than it might appear.

Having a Gun in the House Doesn't Make a Woman Safer

In cases where self-defense matters most, women tend to find their weapons turned against them.

Courtesy of Doug Most

The Fascinating History of New York and Boston's Race to Build a Subway

Doug Most's new book, The Race Underground, tracks the rivalry that emerged with the tracks.

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Wind Turbines Can Act Like Big Magnets for Lightning

They can be hit by bolts every three seconds for hours-long periods, even if thunderstorms are not nearby.

James Powers

Great Urbanism, Bad Architecture: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A round-up of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.

Andreas Scheiger

Old Bicycle Parts Become Brilliant New Bike Racks

Recycling, Picasso-style.

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The Future of Mapping Is Inside Your Home and Office

According to Google.

Associated Press

The Chicago Spire May Actually Get Built After All

Construction of the tallest tower in the western hemisphere ground to a halt in 2008. But it may be back on track, thanks to a new deal.

Reuters

A Dictator's Guide to Urban Design

Ukraine's Independence Square, and the revolutionary dimensions of public spaces.

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In Paris, Every Mayoral Candidate Has an Extravagant Plan to Revamp the City

Swimming pools in the Seine, restaurants in old metro stations, and more.

Reuters

Safe Streets Champion Bill de Blasio Was Caught in a Speeding Car

It's a pretty awkward situation.

Reuters

Why a Minimum Wage Hike Could Be Good for Walmart

The retail behemoth might not feel much pain from a hike, but some of its competitors would.

Reuters

What the Most Violent Nations in the World Have in Common

High rates of intentional violence are strongly associated with inequality, both in terms of class and gender.

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The Commuting Penalty of Being Poor and Black in Chicago

Low-wage black workers have longer commutes than whites traveling to the same kinds of jobs.

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Believe It or Not, January Was Full of Big, Warm Climate Anomalies

Here's a primer to last month's significant floods, droughts, and overall hotter-than-average temperatures.

A Fearlessly Crass Send-Off to a 650-Foot Smokestack

See if you can spot what went wrong in the media coverage of this Australian demolition.

Reuters

How Driverless Cars Could Save the Government Lots and Lots of Money

In an autonomous world, many long-delayed improvements will be rendered obsolete.