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Las Vegas’ Future Is Dry and Fucked

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Once upon a time, a lot of gangsters got together and built some casinos in the middle of a desert. For inexplicable reasons, these casinos were allowed to flourish into a major metropolitan area: Las Vegas. Now, that city is staring down a dry, waterless future.Read more…

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British PM accused of sowing religious strife with ‘Christian country’ remarks

Britain is a ‘plural society,’ and characterizing it as a Christian country ‘fosters alienation and division in our society,’ public figures urge David Cameron in letter

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‘Baby hatches’ are no substitute for a social welfare system

<!– google_ad_section_start –> A controversy is raging over the growing phenomenon of “baby hatches” on the mainland amid Guangzhou’s abrupt suspension of its new facility after being overwhelmed by abandoned babies. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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1,400 homeless in Hong Kong, double government estimate: study

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The number of homeless people in Hong Kong is likely to be double that of previous government estimates, a City University study has found. The university, with the help of three other community organisations, puts the figure at 1,414 – far higher than the government’s last citywide tally of 674 made more than 15 years ago. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Berlusconi’s latest political strategy: pet adoptions

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has unveiled a scheme to boost his flagging popularity: finding homes for hundreds of thousands of stray dogs and cats to win the hearts of animal lovers, media reports said Sunday. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Animals ‘live a good life’ at Copenhagen zoo, where culling comes naturally

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Copenhagen zoo caused horror when it killed a healthy giraffe and fed it to the lions. Now it has put down four lions. But staff and visitors say it’s just doing what’s needed to stop inbreedingEven the first sunshine of spring is not enough to prevent the lion enclosure at Copenhagen zoo from looking forlorn. One female lion lounges on a branch basking in the rays, while the other lolls on the dusty ground beneath her. Otherwise the pen is empty.”They’re shifting around the pack a little that’s why those females are here alone,” explains Martin, a young zookeeper passing by with a tray of fruit. “We have a new male lion in the holding facility and before we can introduce him to our females, they need to get comfortable.”

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Erdogan’s name and face dominate as Turkey heads to the polls

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The prime minister is not even standing in Sunday’s local elections, but in the divided capital the talk is of no one elseTurkey may be in turmoil and the vast city of Istanbul in ferment, bridling at the antics of a government struggling to cope with scandal and sleaze, but in Kasimpasa quarter, the prime minister’s troubles raise barely a shrug.A conservative, lower-middle-class district bordering the Golden Horn and predominantly inhabited by Turks from the Black Sea coast, Kasimpasa loves Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the powerful prime minister increasingly reviled across Turkey and tarnished internationally.

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How Hong Kong’s government subsidises those who need it least

<!– google_ad_section_start –> We hate the poor and favour the rich and well-off. The way our government has favoured our tycoons and helped them to unimagined fortunes is well-known. Far lesser-known is how much we have directly subsidised the middle and upper-middle classes since 2004, mostly through property-related concessions. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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David Johansen of the New York Dolls on 1970s Loft Parties, Downtown Art, and His Malcolm McLaren Wardrobe

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As told to Jennifer Vineyard We used to rehearse in this bicycle store up on the West Side, Columbus and 82nd. The guy used to rent bicycles in the summertime and then he would have a set of drums and a couple of amps, and we would go in and … More »

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State Official Appointed by de Blasio as Leader of Child Welfare Agency

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio called Gladys Carrión a “change agent” who would focus on making sure New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services protects vulnerable children.

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Gift Cards Are Corporate Welfare

Starbucks sold out 1,000 rose-gold $450 gift cards in seconds last week.

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