TABLE of CONTENTS April 2010

Cover Story

DNA Becomes Routine in Crime-Solving

BY John Buntin

It was as if, Detective Phil Stanford sometimes thought, Washington Park was being burglarized by ghosts. Most burglaries follow a pattern. Typically they occur during...

FEATURES

Sensors Make Cities Smarter

Call it City 2.0: a metropolis where officials instantly monitor all of the urban environment's constantly changing dynamics--the outside temperature; snow or rainfall; traffic; and perhaps... BY Zach Patton

Greening Historic Buildings

Dubuque, Iowa's most sustainable buildings are a century old--and older. The Victorian homes, aging storefronts and 19th-century warehouses are sustainable in that they're positioned to... BY Tina Trenkner

Taxing Services to Ease Budget Woes

Jim Wayne is getting an earful from Kentucky hot air balloon operators these days, and it's easy to understand why. Wayne, a Kentucky state representative,... BY Josh Goodman

Waste Not

Elkridge, Md.'s material recovery facility sorts 65 tons of recyclable material per hour. BY John Buntin

DEPARTMENTS

Dispatch

Ground-Level Engagement

Tax season is a good time to examine how citizens interact with government. BY Paul W. Taylor

POLITICS+ POLICY

Economic Development

Axing the Taxman

Tax collectors might not be the most popular government officials, but as Arizona recently discovered, they might be the very worst to cut in a... BY Josh Goodman
Public Safety & Justice

Is 'Sexting' a Crime?

Sexting is a source of angst for parents and public schools. But should it be a crime? That's the question that, almost overnight, state after... BY Josh Goodman
Management & Labor

A Vote for Appointed Offices

For years, California cities have debated whether their city treasurers should be elected or appointed officials. Now a new paper provides empirical evidence as to... BY Josh Goodman
Politics

Kansas Democrats' Best Case Scenario

In a year when Republicans are expected to make gains, the best hopes for Kansas Democrats are two unlikely candidates: Though Dennis McKinney is the... BY Josh Goodman
Potomac Chronicle

The Looming Infrastructure Crisis

Financial, policy and political problems are hurting efforts to fix our infrastructure. BY Donald F. Kettl
Public Safety & Justice

Guns on Campus

After the 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy and in the wake of the recent University of Alabama in Huntsville shooting, people who study or work on a... BY Tina Trenkner
Energy & Environment

Losing Its Luster

Green-minded consumers looking for certified energy-saving alternatives can find the Energy Star logo on products such as refrigerators, freezers, light bulbs, TVs and windows, to... BY Elizabeth Daigneau
Politics

Grading Tobacco Control

Did you know smoking costs the U.S. economy more than $193 billion each year? This includes $96 billion in health-care costs and $97 billion in lost productivity,... BY Jessica B. Mulholland
Economic Engines

Airport Economics

Big city airports need federal regulations to help weather airline instability. BY Alex Marshall
Urban Notebook

From Canals to Computers

Water power from Holyoke, Mass.'s surrounding canals will eventually power an $80 million high performance computing center. BY Tod Newcombe

PROBLEM SOLVER

Courts & Corrections

Policing the Police

Though troubling, the recently leaked video of a Springfield, Mass., police officer beating an apparently helpless suspect with a metal flashlight while three other officers... BY Jonathan Walters
Smart Management

An Unproductive Bump

During layoffs, the effect of 'bumping rights' on the workplace is more than demoralizing. BY Katherine Barrett & Richard Greene
Tech Talk

The Innobucks Start Here

A small Texas town has turned civic participation into an online game, complete with virtual currency. BY Steve Towns
Public Money

New Pension Math

Nationwide, public officials scramble to change new-hire benefits formulas. BY Girard Miller
Energy & Environment

The Wave of Influence

In this era of instant climate information from The Weather Channel, Weatherunderground.com and Accuweather.com, the United States' 49 state climatologists might seem like dinosaurs.... BY John Buntin