Casey Schreiber

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Afghan Cycles: Pushing Gender and Cultural Barriers on Two Wheels

I didn’t go to Afghanistan to ride a bike. Yet six years ago, I started mountain biking in various parts of the country. I was working in the country with women and girls and discovered that despite the flood of bikes that swarmed the roads in cities and villages across the country, girls were not …

National Geographic Travel

Cleveland Is Mapping Every Abandoned House in the City, the Old-Fashioned Way

Eight pairs of surveyors are covering every street in the city to determine exactly how many homes are vacant.<p>Scribbling on a map doesn’t change the territory. But walking around the territory, jotting notes on an iPad, may be the best way to change the map.<p>That’s the idea in Cleveland, where the …

Qatar builds seven 'cities' to house 258,000 World Cup migrant labourers

Officials say all seven will be up by 2016 but the largest, Labour city, will house workers on 2022 World Cup projects in next few weeks<p>Qatar will build seven “cities” to house 258,000 migrant labourers who are building major infrastructure for the 2022 World Cup, officials said on …

Housing

These 3D Floors Turn Your Home Into a Magical Scene

Brush your teeth in the middle of the ocean.<p>Look out, the floor is lava! Or a gentle waterfall or an ocean's wave — in fact, you can have any scene you'd like to see underneath your feet thanks to 3D liquid floors. Made by Dubai's Imperial Interiors, these custom floors use poured epoxy to encase a …

LAPD's Police Reforms and the Legacy of Rodney King

The department's reforms in the decades following the 1992 Los Angeles riots could provide direction for other police forces.<p>No small part of the outrageous injustice around the death of Freddie Gray is its familiarity. Mr. Gray's severe spinal injury in the custody of the Baltimore Police …

Grading Baltimore's Mayor on Her Own Advice for Police

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other mayors put together a January set of guidelines for cities on improving police-community relations. She's followed few of them herself.<p>Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake couldn't have known in January that a citywide standoff between protesters and police …

There Are Plenty More Baltimores

In truth, Baltimore’s economy has weathered the post-industrial transition better than most.<p>To get to Sandtown-Winchester, Freddie Gray’s neighborhood and the neighborhood where he was killed, you'll need to exit the highway and travel west on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.<p>Soon you will pass the …

It's Never Been This Easy to Find a Great Topographical Map

A new open-access tool from the U.S. Geological Survey lets you browse maps of any place, time, or scale.<p>The cartography arm of the U.S. Geological Survey has been on an open-access roll. First they send their constantly updating stream of satellite imagery to what's basically a public dropbox, so …

How a Quick Glimpse of Nature Can Make You More Productive

Green roofs are great for the environment. Turns out they're great for tired workers, too.<p>A nice walk through a city park can do wonders for a work-weary brain, reducing mental fatigue and improving attention. But if you're trapped on the high floors of an office tower all day, you can't exactly …

WW1 women at work: In pictures

Roger Goodell still doesn't get it

This afternoon, Roger Goodell fielded questions for the first time about Ray Rice's two-game suspension. His responses were weak and bureaucratic, …

NFL Cheerleaders' Latest Indignity

As NFL cheerleaders file lawsuits about low wages and cite invasive personal-hygiene policies, the league has a new indignity in store for its …