Attorney Scott Rynecki and Kimberly Ballinger, the domestic partner of Akai Gurley, filed a lawsuit seeking $50 million against the city, the NYPD and officers Peter Liang and Shaun Landau. Bebeto Matthews/AP hide caption

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Desiree Akhavan plays Shirin in Appropriate Behavior. Akhavan says she chose the name Shirin because it means sweet in Farsi. "Even though she's insane, she has a sweetness," says Akhavan. Desiree Akhavan hide caption

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Outside New York City Hall, a policeman watches a protest against racial disparities in marijuana arrests. The majority of those arrested are black or Latino, even though those groups are not more likely to smoke pot. Andrew Burton/Getty Images hide caption

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