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Idea: Give Prostitutes Amnesty to Catch a Serial Killer

Might making prostitutes and their clients unafraid of police lead to a serial killer's arrest?


The photo above is of Megan Waterman with her daughter, Lily. Waterman was 22 last year when, after going out one night to work as a prostitute, she was killed. Her body was dumped along with three others on a beach in Long Island. Like Waterman, the three other murder victims had advertised themselves as escorts on Craigslist, leading police to believe they may have a serial killer on their hands.

The problem with trying to catch a killer who kills prostitutes is twofold: Firstly, the public and the authorities frequently don't attack crimes against sex workers the way they do crimes against people in other professions. The prostitute's violent death is seen by many as a penalty for a dangerous life of "sin"—she shouldn't have been a hooker.

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Winners of the Build a Better Burb Competition Reimagine Downtown

Long Island asked architects to kick 'burbs to the curb in this recent design competition.

This past week winners were announced for the Build a Better Burb competition. Architects, planners, designers and students were charged with re-imagining a better future for Long Island downtowns. Their ideas, some pedestrian (literally) included walkable neighborhoods and the seemingly simple but game-changing inclusion of accessory-dwelling units (aka granny flats) which increase density and enhance community; some old-fashioned, such as the reintroduction of agriculture to regions where it once reigned supreme; and others more cutting edge like those that propose utterly transforming Long Island's transportation systems. You can check out the winners here. In the spirit of community involvement, all entries were put up to a public vote and discussion of the pros and cons of each entry was strongly encouraged. Full disclosure: I was on the team of jurors, and reported on my experience earlier this summer for the New York Times.

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