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Why Is the Smithsonian Standing Behind Bill Cosby?

November 24, 2014 Bill Cosby did not want to talk about rape with the Associated Press. That muchhe made clear in an interview with AP arts reporter Brett Zongker, who interviewed Cosby and his wife, Camille, upon the opening of an exhibit of their collection of African American art at the Smithsonian’s National ...

Marion Barry, D.C.'s 'Mayor for Life,' Dies at Age 78

November 23, 2014 Marion Barry, the man known as the Mayor for Life in Washington, D.C., the city that he served for decades, died early this morning. The District is mourning a complicated man who steered the city through periods of devastation and renewal. Many people who don't live in D.C. can't wrap ...

A What's-Next Moment for San Francisco's Housing Crisis

November 20, 2014 The San Francisco Planning Department swears that its new video campaign on the city's housing crisis isn't advocacy. A spokesperson for the department says that the video it released this week, which runs nearly six minutes, is strictly informational. "We want it to spark the appetite," says communications manager Gina ...

D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets

November 11, 2014 On Veterans Day, performers including Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, and Eminem will play the first-ever Concert for Valor on the National Mall. It's a salute to the nation's veterans and armed forces, who have been deployed at war for nearly 15 years now, and it will feature figures including Oprah Winfrey ...

Graffiti Artist 'Creepytings' Is Defacing National Parks

October 24, 2014 Make no mistake: Casey Nocket has earned all the ire coming her way. On Tuesday, Modern Hiker called her out for painting graffiti in maybe a dozen different national parks. The publication did not take kindly to the lowbrow portraits she painted near Telescope Peak in Death Valley, on an ...

Oakland Can Now Order Landlords to Evict Sex Workers

October 23, 2014 Residents and reporters in Oakland watched closely on Tuesday night as theOakland City Council took up legislation designed to protect tenants from landlords seeking higher rents. Against the backdrop of rapidly rising housing costs as well as stories of Ellis Act–style evictions creeping in from across the Bay, the Oakland ...

How a Houston Housing Project Earned a MacArthur Grant

September 19, 2014 Nestled in Houston's Third Ward are six blocks chock full of art. Art you can touch, art built with slats and nails, art that people live in and live with. It's work that takes the shape of a neighborhood. And though it's the work of many people, including the residents ...

Can Cities Ease Homelessness With Storage Units?

August 27, 2014 Back in the fall of 2009, some three-dozen San Diegans were taking in a Sunday church service when they lost everything. These people were homeless, so while they enjoyed food and worship inside the church, they parked their belongings outside. That's where agents from the city's Environmental Services Department rounded ...

Should St. Louis City and St. Louis County Consolidate?

August 19, 2014 "We're in a fight for our lives on the world stage," said St. Louis County Executive Charlie A. Dooley during a recent gathering of leaders. He wasn't talking about the situation in Ferguson, which hadn't yet happened. Although he didn't know it then, Dooley was talking about the steps that ...

Justice Reform in the U.S. Should Start With Probation

August 15, 2014 The day after Missouri Governor Jay Nixon switched up the police presence in Ferguson, the scene looks much transformed. Ron Johnson, above, captain with the Missouri Highway Patrol, led protesters in a peaceful march last night—the same protesters on whom St. Louis County Police Department officers trained rifles the day ...