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Why Cutting Michael Sam Was a Mistake for the Dallas Cowboys

The subversive NFL moment that never happened

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Michael Sam was waived yesterday and finds himself without a team.

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Meet the Filmmaker Who Infiltrated the Underbelly of Commercial Oil Development

Rachel Boynton's film follows the quest to drill for oil off the coast of West Africa, and Ghana's attempt to protect its people.

Rachel Boynton never meant to make a film in Ghana. When the documentary filmmaker started making trips to Africa, her flights landed in Lagos. After her 2005 film Our Brand Is Crisis, which follows an American politial consulting firm's work in Bolivia during the country's 2002 presidential election, she wanted to investigate why underserved Nigerian citizens were attacking federally maintained pipelines. But when an upstart Texas oil company, Kosmos Energy, discovered the first major oil field off the coast of Ghana, and invited Boynton along to film their negotiations with the country's government, it set in motion the story that forms the backbone of Big Men–a scathing and unfettered look at the cross-cultural clash and universal greed that infects the world's most coveted resource.

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Take out some paper and write down how you’d rate yourself as a philanthropist. Then write down the names of five people you know that you’d assign an equal or greater rating. On this scale, a one would be for occasional organization event attendees; five would be for regular volunteers of a few nonprofits, and 10 would be for philanthropists who have weaved do-gooding into their daily lives—maybe even into their careers.

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Which Cities Are Most Ready for Electric Vehicles? You May Be Surprised

Dallas and Memphis are better equipped than San Francisco and Seattle, according to EV software maker Xatori.


According to Xatori, makers of electric-vehicle-related software, Dallas is the second-most EV-ready city in the United States. Now, they're using the incidence of charging stations as their metric, and as Armen Petrosian, Xatori's chief technical officer, told me, that's not necessarily a great indicator of where the actual electric vehicles are, but it is a pretty interesting statistic.

Here are the rankings, based on data stored in PlugShare, the company's EV-focused social network, public charging locations, and 2012 U.S. Census data. These are the number of public charging locations per 100,000 residents.

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Encouraging Small Businesses

Vacant storefronts keep a healthy block from feeling complete. How to bring small, local business activity to these under-utilized commercial spaces?

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Even the most vibrant neighborhoods haven't emerged unscathed by the recession. Small commercial districts have suffered a loss of small businesses, and with them come vacant storefronts, which not only become targets for vandalism, but also keep a healthy block from feeling complete. As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Dallas, the Elmwood Neighborhood Revitalization team tackled the challenge of bringing small, local business activity to these under-utilized commercial spaces in the community of Elmwood, in Dallas. After conducting research in the neighborhood, the team realized that myriad issues—from absentee owners to a lack of identity—contributed to the high vacancy rate, but the one way they could quickly improve the area was to increase the vibrancy on the street with unique, affordable-to-execute experiences.

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Super Bowls (and Other Major Sporting Events) Are Terrible for Homeless People

The city of Dallas threatened its homeless with arrest if they frequented places close to Super Bowl events. This sort of thing happens a lot.


As Mother Jones notes, the Green Bay Packers' wide receiver James Jones became a Super Bowl champion yesterday just 12 years after getting out of homelessness. Sadly, Jones' triumphant story didn't prevent Super Bowl planners from treating the homeless of Dallas, where the big game was held yesterday, like second-class citizens.

In December the Dallas City Council outlawed panhandling in the city's toniest tourist areas, which included several places where Super Bowl events were to be held. The city also picked up and moved homeless people from certain sections of town outright.

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