How the LAPD has changed 25 years after the riots

April 29, 2017

… screens around the country, exposed what black residents of Los Angeles had known for a long time: the LAPD was broken. Twenty-five years later, expert observers say the LAPD is a department transformed — and that the change was made possible, in large part, by a consent decree, a police agreement with the federal government. The future of similar agreements with 15 US cities — including Ferguson, Missour; Cleveland and Baltimore — was thrown into question this month …

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Rebuilding a Nepali village, one block at a time

April 25, 2017

… received in earthquake preparedness, “like to crawl under beds and tables, could not have helped people survive.” Since the quake, many of Takure’s men have left to find work in bigger cities like Kathmandu. For those who stayed, corrugated makeshift shelters made from salvaged materials have become their new homes. …

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British and Irish Lions tour 2017: All you need to know

April 19, 2017

(CNN)Four nations, one rugby team. One goal — to win a Test series against the mighty All Blacks of New Zealand. The 2017 British and Irish Lions tour is approaching, one of the most anticipated events in world rugby. It happens every four years, and the privileged players to be selected for this summer’s party are set to be announced Wednesday. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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9 of the greatest rivalries from breakfast to best Australian city

April 10, 2017

… politicians, even more-despised international rivals and a hundred other things that confirm these two places actually have way more in common than they’d ever care to admit. Every Barcelona has its Madrid. Every Dallas its Houston. Moscow its St. Petersburg. Sao Paolo its Rio. But Australia’s two biggest cities have been relentlessly butting heads since Melbourne was founded in 1835 by exactly the sort of industrious Tasmanian pastoralists that Sydney’s founding felons …

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The rise of the urban jungle

April 6, 2017

(CNN)What do an avenue of grand oaks, a community park and a rooftop vegetable patch have in common? They can all form part of a city’s “urban forest”, which numerous studies over the past decade have concluded make people happier. And that’s not their only job: urban forests protect our cities from extreme weather, climate change and water scarcity. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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A revealing new photo series captures LGBTQ celebrities in their homes.

April 6, 2017

15 years ago, Tom Atwood noticed something flipping through photography books capturing gay life: Everything looked the same. The subjects were young. The aesthetics were trendy. They only featured people and stories inbig cities. Atwood, a gay photographer himself, had an idea: Why not capture LGBTQ people ordinary folks and celebrities alike living in the everyday? In “Kings & Queens in Their Castles,” a photo book documenting members of the LGBTQ community in their homes …

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‘People who just dont exist’: 6 things to keep in mind as gay men disappear in Chechnya.

April 5, 2017

… with gay pride parades an irrational threat to any homophobe. GayRussia.ru, a gay rights group, had begun applying for permits in order to hold LGBTQ pride parades in many cities across Russia. The group didn’t expect any of the applications to be accepted under President Vladimir Putin’s notoriously anti-gay policies, of course (and, in fact, none of them were), but GayRussia.ru was planning to use the permit denials to build a civil rights case to take to the European Court of …

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Shanghai: Insider Travel Guide

March 24, 2017

(CNN)Welcome to the future. This is the best of Shanghai, home to more than 20 million residents, 6,000 high-rises (and growing) and a constant chorus of jackhammers. It’s a city striving to set all the benchmarks for the modern world. …

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