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McDonald's Conspires to Keep Olympic Visitors From Real English Chips

If this sounds trivial to you, you don’t know Britain.

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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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When National Parks and Industry Collide: 3 Cautionary Tales

Examples of industrial operations edging in on public lands, and the people who oppose them.

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A Day in the Life of Lagos

Photos from around Africa's new most populous city.

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Watching the Cost of Employee Benefits Rise in Philadelphia

Pensions and benefits are making up a much bigger portion of the city budget over time.

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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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An L.A. Artist Makes Immigrant Workers Impossible to Ignore

Ramiro Gomez plants cardboard cutouts of domestic service employees in wealthy neighborhoods.

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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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The Park at the Forefront of Cincinnati's Revitalization

Recently refurbished Washington Park is grounding an impressive historic preservation movement.

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California's Bankruptcy Cocktail

Foreclosures and high employee compensation could add more cities to the state's string of bankruptcies.

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Can an Ancient Chinese City Pursue Preservation Without Disney-fication?

One of China’s last walled cities is having an identity crisis.

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The New Geography of the Working Class

Which metros have the largest share of working class jobs?

This Is What It Will Look Like When the Plants Take Over London

One British designer imagines future office space as symbiotic orchid farms.

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Why Crowds Can Turn Deadly

New research confirms that human psychology isn't the cause. Physics is.

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Abandoned Tunnel Use of the Day: An Underground Disco

London pays tribute to Saturday Night Fever with a party in some abandoned train tunnels.

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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.

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Who Should Get Their Name on a Bridge?

Queens Councilman Peter Vallone wants to end the trend of naming infrastructure after living people.

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An Experiment Worth Watching: All-Door Bus Boarding in San Francisco

Allowing bus riders to board in the rear as well as the front is common outside the U.S., but few American transit agencies have been willing to try it.

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A Vast Universe of Olympics Ticketing Blunders

Spotty sales, an illegal black market, and corporate favoritism have marred the ticket buying process for this summer's games.