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2An-Itinerary-for-a-Fun-Family-Day-in-Philadelphia-7e90abfebb7c4eadaf06433a937b02c6-300x199While big cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are often associated with the threat of violent crime, none of these cities made this year’s Most Dangerous Cities List.

The list, compiled by neighborhood search engine NeighborhoodScout, is based on the most up-to-date reports of violent crimes from all law enforcement agencies. Violent crimes include “murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault,” meaning that theft and burglary data is not taken into consideration.

Small and mid-sized cities dominate the 2016 list. With a population of 680,250, Detroit, MI–the third most dangerous city in America–is one of the largest cities included. Detroit averages just over 20 violent crimes per 1000 residents every year. For comparison, the national average is 3.72.
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Stephen_Hewitt-Brown-elevator-bronx-300x169One of the most heroic acts of 2015 took place in the year’s final moments, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Just a few minutes before midnight on New Year’s Eve, 25-year-old Stephen Hewett-Brown helped a woman climb safely out of a stalled elevator before being crushed to death by the malfunctioning elevator car.

Stephen was attending a friend’s New Years party at the Grand Street Guild Apartments on Broome Street. The elevator he and his friends were riding stalled between the second and third floors. Continue reading →

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Bill_CosbyFor decades, Bill Cosby and his legal team have successfully deflected sexual assault allegations by writing them off as nothing more than “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories.” After Monday’s unsealing of court documents from a 2005 lawsuit, exposing Mr. Cosby’s admission to purchasing Quaaludes for women with whom he wanted to have sexual intercourse, the actor-comedian will be forced to change his tune.

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Paris has long held the reputation of a premier tourist destination for international travelers. It’s the second most visited city in all of Europe behind London, and for Asian tourists in particular Paris holds a singular regard as the romance and shopping capital of the world.Just under a million Chinese men and women visited Paris last year and spent over a billion euros shopping in the city-more than both the US and Japan. And for a while these numbers were growing rapidly, with a 23% increase in Chinese visitors to France from 2011 to 2012.

Why then are we now seeing a sudden falloff in the number of Asian tourists to Paris?Disappointment, for one. Because of its popularity as a travel destination, Paris is the first experience many Asian tourists have with a Western country, and it can be a rude awakening to the cultural differences between Asia and Europe. Common complaints include the city’s less than pristine streets, dodgy neighborhoods, and occasionally discourteous service.

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