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Recoding Places: A Social Entrepreneur’s Concept for Regenerating Cities

Thomas Ugo Ermacora at the Limewharf Adhocracy Exhibition. ( Jana Chiellino)
Thomas Ugo Ermacora at the Limewharf Adhocracy Exhibition. ( Jana Chiellino)

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  • The JPMorgan Chase Co. headquarters on Park Avenue on May 29, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

    Morgan Stanley’s $2.6 Billion Adds to the Tens of Billions Paid by Banks for Role in Mortgage Meltdown

    As the latest bank paying the consequences in the post-recession fraud sweep, Morgan Stanley agreed to a $2.6 billion settlement with the United States Department... Read more

  • A research assistant with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA carries a portable cooler marked with a biohazard label past the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Feb. 19, 2015. (Damian Dovarganes/AP Photo)

    Hospitals Incubate the Vilest Superbugs

    Superbugs are the three horsemen of the post-antibiotic apocalypse, and they do the most harm where people go to get well—hospitals. Superbugs lurk in the... Read more

  • NBC newscaster John Cameron Swayze was television’s first “anchor man” – though not for presenting the news. The term referred to his status as permanent panelist of the quiz show Who Said That? (Wikimedia Commons)

    The Origins of the All-Powerful News Anchor

    Amidst the media tumult over NBC anchor Brian Williams’ apparent journalistic crimes, a little history on the role of the news anchor can help with... Read more

  • A man shop at the JCPenney store at the Newport Mall on November 27, 2014 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Kena Betancur/Getty Images)

    Why Do Americans Save So Little?

    Americans are ill-prepared for unexpected expenses, such as a car needing repairs or a trip to the emergency room, according to a recent Bankrate report... Read more

  • In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, Michael Kiefer of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., checking out a display of rifles at the Rock River Arms booth during the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  Nevada is one of several states considering allowing guns on college campuses. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

    Numerous States Debate Allowing Guns on Campuses

    Several state legislative bills currently being considered would expand the reach of guns on college campuses in the United States. The proposals have met with... Read more

  • Naseen Kashfh looks on during a news conference in front of the Oakland Federal Building to speak out against a proposed military campaign against ISIS on February 17, 2015 in Oakland, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Extremist Acts in America Not Limited to Jihadist Threat

    At the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism where representatives from over 60 countries have convened to discuss best counter-terrorism practices, the focus has... Read more

  • A little girl holds the American flag during a rally in support of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration policy in Washington on Nov. 21, 2014. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

    What It Means to Grow up American When You’re Not American

    ATLANTA—He looked sturdy and confident, wearing a pressed dress shirt and an orange tie. But Mercer University senior Raymond Partolan was taking a risk by... Read more

  • A boy gets a ride on a snow disc from his father, David, as they speed down a snow-covered street in Roanoke, Va., on Tuesday (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Don Petersen)

    From the Gulf to New England, Cold and Snow Grip the US

    DURHAM, N.C.—A powerful winter storm dumped snow from Nashville to Nantucket, and arctic-like temperatures gripped much of the United States and hundreds of thousands of... Read more

  • Pedro Rojas holds a sign directing people to an insurance company where they can sign up for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, before the February 15th deadline on February 5, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Senate Democrats Have Their Own Idea About ACA Individual Mandate

    When the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, one of the most controversial parts was the individual mandate. A person who does not buy... Read more

  • U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during a police-community relations roundtable with elected officials and community leaders Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. The Department of Justice is intervening in a class-action lawsuit against Clanton, Ala. for unconstitutional bail-setting practices. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

    If You Can’t Pay $500, You Can Get Sent to Prison for Committing a Misdemeanor

    In Clanton, Ala., people arrested for misdemeanor offenses like petty theft are sent straight to jail if they can’t pay a $500 cash bond, according... Read more

  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2008 file photo, then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. delivers a speech supporting Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., at a rally in Orlando, Fla. A still undeclared candidate, Clinton sits atop the prospective field of Democratic presidential candidates for 2016. But as she has said before, if Clinton runs again, she'll work as hard as any underdog. Clinton's 2008 presidential bid stumbled against President Barack Obama, undermined by anti-war activists who opposed her vote to authorize the Iraq war, infighting among her staff and a large entourage in the early states where retail politics matter. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

    Troll Army Swarms #ILoveObama on Twitter

    For President’s Day, someone started the Twitter hashtag #ILoveObama. Within seconds, a troll army had formed. Long story short, some anonymous folks do not love... Read more

  • The Boston-area transit authority has had major disruptions and shut-downs this winter. (MaxVT/Flickr, CC BY-SA)

    Extreme Weather Exposes the Vulnerability of Our Cities to Climate Change

    Despite the Patriots winning the Super Bowl, January and February were not kind months for the people of Boston and New England. By February 10th,... Read more

  • N.C. State University sophomore Firdaws Chahrour, right, and Danyah Dahbour before a vigil on their school campus to remember Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha's sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015.  The three were killed Tuesday evening in Chapel Hill. (Ethan Hyman/ The News & Observer/AP)

    Proving Hate Crime Motivation Is Difficult, Says Criminologist

    While authorities continue to investigate whether the shooting of three Muslim-Americans in Chapel Hill, N.C. Tuesday constituted a hate crime, criminologist Jack Levin says hate... Read more

  • In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Charlie Day, left, and Jennifer Aniston appear in a scene from "Horrible Bosses 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, John P. Johnson)

    What Makes a Bad Boss?

    Some call their bosses weasels. Some call them horrible. Researchers at the University of Louisville call them skunks. An estimated 36 percent of Americans work for dysfunctional or full-on... Read more

  • Women take part in a vigil for three young Muslims killed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at Dupont Circle on February 12, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

    FBI Investigating NC Triple Murder of Muslims

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama offered condolences to the families of Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Deah Shaddy Barakat, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha ,... Read more

  • Bestselling author Ayana Mathis reads from "Guantanamo Diary" during New York City book event. (Nicola Bailey/PEN American Center)

    Torture and Humor Inexplicably Meet in Book by Guantánamo Detainee

    NEW YORK—The most surprising thing about Guantánamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s book is how downright hilarious it can be, despite the inherent darkness of his predicament... Read more


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