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  • Five US cities that ban smoking in public parks

    New York City lawmakers voted Feb. 2, 2011 to ban smoking outdoors in public parks, public beaches, and even Times Square. The Big Apple is the latest major US city to prohibit smoking in parks and other public spaces, adopting laws that are tougher than its home state's. Such laws are a boon to public health and reduce litter in urban parks, say supporters. Critics say they are yet another instance of "big government" encroachment on personal freedoms and are almost impossible to enforce. In all, almost 500 cities, counties, and towns have banned smoking in public parks. Here are five big cities that have done so.
    02/03/2011 05:44 pm

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  • Diggin' It Community gardening grows in popularity

    When plots in a community garden are assigned, plenty of people turn up to claim one. Growing vegetables is very popular.
    06/07/2011 03:16 pm

  • On eve of Chicago election, a call to confront city's legacy of corruption

    A report on 'Patronage, Cronyism and Criminality' in Chicago is released in the waning days of the campaign. The next mayor, the authors say, has the power to end the city's scourge.
    02/14/2011 08:07 pm

  • Five US cities that ban smoking in public parks

    New York City lawmakers voted Feb. 2, 2011 to ban smoking outdoors in public parks, public beaches, and even Times Square. The Big Apple is the latest major US city to prohibit smoking in parks and other public spaces, adopting laws that are tougher than its home state's. Such laws are a boon to public health and reduce litter in urban parks, say supporters. Critics say they are yet another instance of "big government" encroachment on personal freedoms and are almost impossible to enforce. In all, almost 500 cities, counties, and towns have banned smoking in public parks. Here are five big cities that have done so.
    02/03/2011 05:44 pm

  • From our files: The legacy of Eunice Kennedy Shriver – A short history of the Special Olympics

    Where no anthems play, the world's foremost feel-good sports festival attracts athletes from around the world
    08/11/2009 01:00 am

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What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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