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U.K. Sex Workers Report High Job Satisfaction

While punitive laws aimed at "protecting" sex workers gain steam, workers themselves frame their experiences more positively.

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Springfield, Illinois, Has Given the Keys to the City to Cobra Commander

The leader of the nefarious "terrorist organization" now holds a U.S. capital city in his leather-begloved hands. Here's what you need to know.

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Why Some U.K. Cities Thrive While Others Decline

An intriguing new report looks at long-term economic trends in metros across Britain.

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A Day in the Life of an L.A. Graffiti Buster

Larry, a 20-year crew member of L.A.'s graffiti removal team, will never be out of a job.

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The Inglorious History of Los Angeles Football

Right now, L.A. is the most important football city on the map. But that's been true for a long time.


Mapping the Global Super-Rich

The favored locales of the 0.002 percent.

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The Puzzling Geography of Workers' Compensation

In Pennsylvania, losing an eye on the job warrants as much as $261,525. In Alabama, it can only get you $27,280.

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Albert Maysles Left Behind a New Documentary About Train Travel

The late filmmaker followed Amtrak long-distance passengers dealing with both salvation and loss.


Mapping Drake's Love Affair With Toronto

Pitchfork pinpoints all the Toronto locales that have appeared in the rapper's lyrics.

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What 27 Weeks of Unemployment Does to the American Worker

Though the economy is improving, a third of those still looking for work have been jobless for more than six months.

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As Expo 2015 Nears, Milan Embraces the Sharing Economy

Milan is about to get 20 million visitors over six months. It will be the biggest test yet of "collaborative consumption."

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With Less Pollution, L.A. Kids Are Growing Stronger Lungs

Millennial children have better respiratory health than did those in the smoggy '90s.


The Cowboys of Compton

"You're going to be a gangbanger or you're going to be a cowboy. You can't be both."


Which Lucky Tree Will Be Crowned 'European Tree of the Year' Tomorrow?

We're rooting for the Slovakian mulberry.

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Why Are We Still Calling Postal Workers 'Mailmen'?

It's an outdated way to refer to letter carriers, of whom more than a third are women.

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The Forgotten Story of America's First EMT Services

A new documentary tells how a paramedic unit from a troubled part of Pittsburgh became a national model.

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A New Campaign Takes Aim at New York's Growing Chain Stores

#SaveNYC was inspired by a similar effort to help local businesses in London, but it also has detractors.

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Sorry, London: New York Is the World's Most Economically Powerful City

Our new ranking puts the Big Apple firmly on top.