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All schools within a 90 minute commute window sorted neatly by 4 year graduation rate and college classes after graduation rate. A smaller chart for schools between 90 and 105 minutes away - anything further than that is insane and we're not doing it. (For reference, the DoE historically hates giving kids transfers outside of the 10th grade transfer system, but one of the few reasons they'll do it is if you have a 75m commute one way. If Eva wants to go to school off the Island like Ana does she'll have to resign herself to spending at least that long in travel, but there's no reason to go nuts.)

The real trouble is that Eva already is thinking she wants to go to a high school with a drama or an arts focus. Ana wants to go to a high school with a science or a writing focus. There isn't much overlap. I'll have to start largely from scratch omg kill me now.
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Age of first chief's ancient tomb reveals Pacific Islanders invented new kind of society

A library that brings books by sailboat

Surgeons use nose cells to repair damaged knee joints

What School Lunch Looked Like Each Decade for the Past Century

Plant discovered that neither photosynthesizes nor blooms

Mexican Taco Stand Switches Menu to Haitian Food for Refugees

Boosting the prospects of foster children: Ohio ups the age limit

Feral cats find work at Javits Center in exchange for food and shelter

Records, Descendants Help Weave Stories Of George Washington's Slaves

Mice smell, share each other's pain

Breast Cancer Death Rates Are Down, But Racial Disparities Persist

Out With the Poor, In With the Rich: The Landlord’s Guide to Gentrifying NYC

Inequality Is Still the Defining Issue of Our Time

Valentine Strasser was once the world’s youngest dictator, ruling Sierra Leone for four turbulent years. But his fall from power left him broken, exiled, and eventually back home as a mysterious and feared recluse.

How the owners of Fidelity get richer at everyday investors’ expense

What's really going on in PTSD brains? Experts suggest new theory

Most Farmers Still Doubt They Have Anything To Do With Climate Change

Scientists in California just discovered a new type of earthquake

In the Chicago Police Department, If the Bosses Say It Didn’t Happen, It Didn’t Happen

Where Zika struck hardest, Brazil moms say more help needed

Small-scale agriculture threatens the rainforest

Internet Attack Spreads, Disrupting Major Websites

Central America's rampant violence fuels an invisible refugee crisis

Working in tobacco fields can make kids sick. But they still need the money.
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but for whatever reason, all their tours are in the morning and I just can't hustle out of the house at 6:30 for this school.


In a first, mouse eggs grown from skin cells

Pets at work may help atmosphere - but bring their own risks

5,000 years ago, rodents were apparently considered food in part of Europe

In fume-choked Kochi, a solar rickshaw glides to the rescue

Monkeys are seen making stone flakes so humans are 'not unique' after all

How the World’s Biggest Costume Maker Cracked Halloween

The unexpected answer to the biggest mystery of the American Revolution

New room found at San Jose's Winchester Mystery House

Autism Speaks No Longer Seeking Cure (So they say. I'll reserve judgment.)

Scientists get their first look into how bacteria construct a slimy biofilm fortress

Trump? Clinton? Many young Americans prefer giant meteor, poll finds

Teaching Seventh Graders in a ‘Total Mess’ of an Election Season

Fearless teacher helps children of Albania's blood feuds

Kids Are Tiny, Judgmental Snobs When It Comes to Morality

The U.S. recess predicament: Extraordinary photos of what we can learn from play in other parts of the world

Success Spoils a U.S. Program to Round Up Wild Horses

Voter Suppression Is a Much Bigger Problem Than Voter Fraud

Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks

When Mom is in prison

In Philippine drug war, a family struggles to stay safe

The white flight of Derek Black

A lot more kids killed in gun accidents than gov't says, study finds
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Ana was surprisingly happy with this school, if not hugely enthusiastic. The students were clearly pleased with their coursework, the teachers were happy to talk about what they do. They were eager also to demonstrate that they encourage authentic parent involvement by having a parent room where you can visit with the teachers or even just use the computers.

Interesting thing I noticed: This is the third school where most teachers are referred to by their first name. (They aren't rigid about this - one teacher was referred to as Ms. So-and-so.)

I told Ana, when I was a kid, a school where you called most of your teachers by their first name would have been astonishingly hippy-dippy. I mean, they existed, but.... Even having one teacher who preferred to be called by their first name would've been some sort of liberal virtue signalling. And thus far, we've encountered three schools like this!

I have a few ideas:

1. Two of those schools are CTE ("vocational") schools. Maybe this sort of thing has always been more common in that sort of program and I just didn't know about it. (The third is a portfolio school. Teachers being referred to by their first name is exactly what you expect from them.)

2. I'm really behind the times and in the past 20 years, most high school teachers (at least in NYC) have shifted to being called by their first name. Given that nobody outright says "Oh, yes, we call our teachers by the first name" or asks "When you refer to Luke, is that a student or a teacher?" this is an actual possibility.

3. This is a statistical fluke.

4. There is a common factor somewhere, and that common factor is what got Ana interested in these schools in the first place.

Tomorrow we've got two schools to visit, one at the impossibly early time of 8:15 am. God help us all.


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Wild chimpanzee mothers teach young to use tools

Penguin Bloom: how a scruffy magpie saved a family

Observable universe contains two trillion galaxies, 10 times more than previously thought

Superheroes Are Real

DNA-based single-electron electronic devices created

Sleep habits of the animal kingdom (Image)

Intestinal diversity protects against asthma

How brothers became buddies and bros

Oldest known squawk box suggests dinosaurs likely did not sing

Did the Greeks Help Sculpt China's Terra Cotta Warriors?

Vaccinating babies without vaccinating babies

Mars: Inside the High-Risk, High-Stakes Race to the Red Planet

Today's most successful fish weren't always evolutionary standouts

The Secret Lives of Mexican Nuns (Photos)

The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Is Pretty Much Meaningless

Tatooine worlds orbiting two suns often survive violent escapades of aging stars

Court seems favorable to defendant claiming jury race bias

New York’s painter of “cheery street urchins”

What's a slum? In India, Dharavi's thriving informal economy defies the label

How One 19-Year-Old Illinois Man Is Distorting National Polling Averages

Love or hate it: Marmite becomes symbol of Brexit impact

The Massacre at Monkey Hill

Millions of containers, thousands of ships, hundreds of scientists, 30 laws, 15 federal agencies, and we still can’t prevent the next foodborne illness outbreak

Most Afghan women serve sentences in elders' homes, not prisons

The long history of the U.S. interfering with elections elsewhere

New York's oversight agency for the disabled has no record of forwarding abuse or neglect reports to the state Medicaid inspector general, a legally required step that's a key part of cracking down on problem facilities.

New York City Will Stop Putting Teenagers in Solitary Confinement

The prison system seems intent on ensuring that a man convicted of stealing $264 in 1981 dies in jail.

Guards Sympathize With Striking Prisoners: “We See It As A Moral Issue”

They survived Boko Haram. Now many of them are on the brink of starvation.

Study: Human-caused warming burns more Western forests

Trees are much better at creating clouds and cooling the climate than we thought

The numbers are clear: In 2015, work started on more new barriers around the world than at any other point in modern history. There are now 63 borders where walls or fences separate neighboring countries.
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And it happened to be a Wednesday, which means suggested admission at the Bronx Zoo! So I took the girls and a friend up to the Bronx Zoo, and beforehand we went to a special program at a South Street Seaport printer's shop where they got to operate real, antique presses and make their own cards and a few bags labeled "FRUITS AND VEGETABLES". (And it was educational, too. Apparently it took quite a while to invent a workable roller for applying ink to the press, so they used to just sort of hammer it on. I had no idea!)

Anyway, while we were there one of the other children asked "In the past, did they use real oil, or was it, like, whale oil?"

Which seemed to me to be a strange phrasing. It was clear what he meant, but obviously whale oil is also real oil, right?

I chalked it up to youth, but today I heard it again from an adult - "Some of the characters in this sketch were real characters, like Spiderman, but mostly they were original characters."

How long has this been going on, and why haven't I noticed it before? (Now I'm sure to hear it all the time, of course!)
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Naturally, the first comment is all "But this just perpetuates our shitty two party system!"

No, the fact that we have a two party system perpetuates our two party system. Voting third party won't fix that. At best, you'll end up replacing one of the two parties with your party, and that won't actually fix anything.

If you really hate the two party system, I suggest you figure out why we've got one and then start trying to fix the "first past the post" election system that caused this whole mess. (And also? Try to make some headway into the fact that both parties are bought and paid for by big business. Adding more parties into the system without fixing that will really not fix anything.)
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Feral chickens spread light on evolution

You Say ‘Anguria,’ I Say ‘Cocomero’: Italy’s Many Dialects

Secure passwords can be sent through your body, instead of air

It feels as though we learn better via our preferred learning style, but we don’t

What's in a face? Study shows puberty changes facial recognition

New analysis shows social norms can cross tipping points faster if new behavior is difficult for others to ignore

The 'Great British Bake Off' of the 1600s Would Have Been All Alphabet Cookies

Understanding of norms: Children overeagerly seeking social rules

Impossible Cookware and Other Triumphs of the Penrose Tile

Universal flu vaccine designed by scientists

Denmark Capitalizes on Culture to Stop Food Waste

Ancient global cooling gave rise to modern ecosystems

Fact Checks of the Second Presidential Debate

Spring starting earlier in U.S. national parks, study finds

Police use-of-force data is finally coming to light

Rescue ‘Fortress’ In Tanzania Protects Albinos From Human Hunters (Photos)

We’re All a Little Biased, Even if We Don’t Know It

Almost diplomacy: US ex-officials, North Koreans quietly meet

Police enlist young offenders as confidential informants. But the work is high-risk, largely unregulated, and sometimes fatal.

How America Outlawed Adolescence

The Not-So-Wholesome Reality Behind The Making of Your Meal Kit

How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds

Each year, dozens of Canadian Aboriginal women are murdered or disappear never to be seen again. Some end up in a river that runs through the heart of Winnipeg.

'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' worse than expected

In Fight for Aleppo, Tangled Alliances in Syria Add to Chaos
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Horses found able to use symbols to convey their desire for a blanket

What Is Shakespeare’s Most Popular Play?

String pulling bees provide insight into spread of culture

8 Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Bring Back

Artificial blood vessels developed in the lab can grow with the recipient

The People Who Collect Strangers' Memories

New colors, a new world of pigments continue to evolve from accidental blue discovery

Italian Grows Forgotten Fruit. What She Preserves Is a Culture.

Apparently, some (all?) non-human apes can pass the Sally-Anne test.

Silkworms Spin Super-Silk After Eating Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene

How beige took over American homes

Ice Man, Ötzi: A treacherous murder with links to Central Italy

How long can people live? New study suggests there's a limit

Why Do Obese Patients Get Worse Care? Many Doctors Don’t See Past the Fat

Corporal punishment is still legal (and used) in US public schools in 19 states

'Press 1 for child labor': Garment workers use cellphones to report abuses

The cobalt pipeline

The nation's top gun cops are buried in bureaucracy—just the way the NRA wants them.

No touching. No human contact. The hidden toll on jail inmates who spend months or years alone in a 7x9 foot cell.

The Southwest Will Probably Suffer a Crippling Megadrought This Century

No country on Earth is taking the 2 degree climate target seriously

Wild grass species found unable to adapt rapidly enough to survive global warming

Anti-India clashes erupt in Kashmir city after boy's killing
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Yeah, I didn't watch that either. It's amazingly freeing not watching the debates.

Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, this list of defining features of fascism has been in my head lately. And I figured that if you're going to read that, you may as well read (or re-read) The Authoritarians.
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Ana and I were doing her math, and it was going swimmingly. (One downside of homeschooling is that Ana doesn't realize exactly how well she's doing. I'm going to have her take the Regents in June. Do you know, when I said that she went "But everybody else already took it!" Uh, no, honey. Only about half of all students take any Regents in middle school. Admittedly, if they do take a Regents it's probably the Algebra one, but that's beside the point.)

Midway through her math, my nose cleared, specifically, the left nostril. And I actually cheered, I was so happy to be able to breathe. Which led to a small discussion on why your nose stuffs up one nostril at a time. (Because some chemicals are better detected in slow-moving air and some in fast-moving air, your nostrils take turns becoming slightly swollen to change the airflow within.)

Eva commented that this was completely off-topic, and I was suddenly beset with a memory. I don't remember what class this was, or what teacher, but I was sitting in a class in high school once and our teacher talked about how Jimmy Carter's brother capitalized on his presidency to better sell his peanuts. Or attempted to, anyway.

That, too, was completely off-topic, and yet I suspect I remember that incident more than anything I actually learned in that class. (Hard to tell, since I don't exactly remember which class it was, but....)

I also remember a particular math teacher explaining that radical and radish and root are all related words, and I know for a fact I don't remember anything math-wise from that class. It is amazing how the human mind works, or fails to.
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Exactly how many speed-based enemies with a bizarrely one-sided grudge against him does the Flash even have? And will we ever see the end of them? Maybe a nemesis that doesn't care if he's defeated in the 100-meter dash?
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(That goes double for the writers.)
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After much googling, the answer seems to be "this month".

Apparently, a lot of schools don't realize they're supposed to treat sign-in sheets at the high school fairs the same way as sign-in sheets at open houses. You know, this really does screw it up for poorer kids, or those whose parents are new to the system.
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HIV cure close after disease 'vanishes' from blood of British man

FDA approves 'artificial pancreas' to manage diabetes

No blood, just sweat and tears for diabetes care (Cute headline!)

To train doctors, Vermont school shifts to hands-on learning

Primitive signs of emotions spotted in sugar-buzzed bumblebees

UK opens secret files about 'Jewish terrorists' in 1940s

Scientists fix fractures with 3D-printed synthetic bone

Most of Singapore’s population speak the unofficial language or dialect known as Singlish. But why would the government rather it went away? James Harbeck takes a look.

After 170 years, remains of US troops return from Mexico

The Illustrated Map of America's Worst Utopias

A Fish Tale: Artist's Hoax Memorialized 400 Souls Lost in Staten Island Ferry Octopus Attack — and People Bought it

The Year Hundreds of Bombs Went Off in New York City

Some elephants learning to avoid dangerous areas: Expert

Young Rural Women in India Chase Big-City Dreams

A Health Benefit of Roller Coasters (Found because the manager at the park that day suffered from kidney stones. That's the detail that kills me.)

Migratory bird struggles for shelter as chimneys torn down

It's a (controversial 3-parent baby technique) boy!

Michigan inmates get job training in 'vocational village'

Netflix's catalog has shrunk by a whopping 50% in the past few years

A Toilet, but No Proper Plumbing: A Reality in 500,000 U.S. Homes

Colleges lavishing more financial aid on wealthy students

North Korean defectors sold as brides in China want kids back

Chinese Jews of Ancient Lineage Huddle Under Pressure

An Ivy League professor on why colleges don’t hire more faculty of color: ‘We don’t want them’

Bias Isn't Just A Police Problem, It's A Preschool Problem

Black communities: overpoliced for petty crimes, ignored for major ones

Calls to 911 From Black Neighborhoods Fell After a Case of Police Violence

Across the country, women are locked up for decades because their children were abused — not by the women themselves but by their boyfriends or husbands. A 2014 BuzzFeed News investigation has now helped one of those women win her freedom. This is her story.

Across US, police officers abuse confidential databases

The making of Rodrigo Duterte

Thailand’s “Failed” Drug Policy Is Full Of Lessons For The Philippines

First evidence of deep-sea animals ingesting microplastics

Reservoirs play substantial role in global warming

Plan to Let Migrant Children Attend School Enrages Many Greeks

Building a life in Germany, a Syrian watches war at home

Cities of Tomorrow: Refugee Camps Require Longer-Term Thinking

Children of Syria's Aleppo bear brunt of violent onslaught
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We're going to celebrate by not actually taking two days off of school this week (because we did that last week), much to Eva's annoyance. (She wanted to have a sleepover.)

That's all right, maybe she can have one for Columbus Day. Or Yom Kippur. Gee, the October days off just don't end!
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The girls loved it (they stole my New Vic membership badges!) and I clearly must be doing something right, because Eva got a pretty oblique metaphor right away.
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Over the summer, I bought tickets to see a bunch of plays at the New Vic. And then I forgot about them, which is how I'm going to end up taking Eva and a random friend to see 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea today.
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First, their information on their open houses runs: We encourage you to come see us on Governors Island. On your visit, you will (standard stuff, blah blah blah). You will also get to ride a ferry.

(In fact, we will get to ride two ferries.)

Secondly, I went to sign up for an open house and... well... I guess it's not completely ridiculous that they ask for our address. And it sorta makes sense that they include "country" in that. But given that it's a New York City public school, why the hell put United States of America all the way under U? If you don't live in the US, you're not eligible to attend! Why should I have to scroll down, down, down for this?

I'm just saying, it doesn't show good judgment on the part of their web design.
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They must have been pretty bad, though - my sister talked about "looking into the abyss" and Ana ranted about it with a friend via text for quite a while.

Kiiiiinda glad I opted out to play Sudoku, actually.
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(She was a bit of a surprise guest.)

We were discussing the election (again) which segued into how no, we can't just "build a wall" and what Mexico finally said to that... which turned into a conversation on the Mexican-American War and since we were already discussing how the President can send troops wherever, I asked a general question - "Exactly how many wars have we been in since WWII?"

Ana guessed "All of them?" and her friend, stuck on the spot, dithered a bit while my mother hinted at her with things like "So, do you know a word that rhymes with hero?" before finally guessing - "None of them?"

Hah, trick question, they're both right. On the one hand, Congress hasn't declared any wars, and on the other hand, I sure can't think of any wars we haven't been involved in! Maybe there have been some, but really, if America isn't involved, is it really a war? (Given the number of people - including my mom, who really ought to know better! - who state that Pearl Harbor is "when WWII began" I'm thinking the answer might actually be no.)

I made sure to point out that we've been at war* for their entire lives, and they did their best to act duly impressed by this fact.

* Except not
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How America’s First Popular Comic Shaped the 19th Century Newspaper Wars

The Age of the Wordless Logo

Dept. of Interior Finalizes Rule to Recognize Native Hawaiian Government

Simulation posits why legendary leapers have different 'spring' stiffness

How The World’s Most Beautiful Typeface Was Nearly Lost Forever

From the Obscure to the Everyday, 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health

How songbirds island-hopped their way from Australia to colonize the world

Life Aboard a Renovated World War II Tugboat

How Morality Changes in a Foreign Language

The untold stories of Japanese war brides

After the Vietnam War, America Flew Planes Full of Babies Back to the U.S.

More Evidence That the Moon Contributes to Earthquakes

Finding Europe Untenable, More Migrants Return To Their Home Countries

Dishonesty in politics is nothing new; but the manner in which some politicians now lie, and the havoc they may wreak by doing so, are worrying.

This study reveals why the gender wage gap explodes when women hit their 30s

Smoking has a very broad, long-lasting impact on the human genome

An American tragedy: why are millions of trees dying across the country?

The Sound of Climate Change

A mysterious polio-like illness that paralyzes people may be surging this year

The Idea That Women Use Guns For Self-Defense Against Men Is A Big Lie

Yemen: The Graveyard of the Obama Doctrine
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God, the rules make it sound interminable, but it's not that hard and it's actually pretty fun. (And I won, so yay!)

Eva is super enthused about our board games right now. I was thinking when I was at the drugstore today, I'm pretty sure that girl has actually never played a game of Monopoly. We had an English travel Monopoly once I got at the thrift store, but it turned out it was missing all its houses and hotels so we never played it.

And you'll never hear me say that our games aren't generally better than Monopoly, but if the girls have friends over it might be nice to be able to play a game those friends are already familiar with rather than having to explain the rules from scratch every time. We have Parcheesi (as we're a 5 person family I keep planning to get a custom-made 6 or 8 person board, so we can have all of us and a guest), and we have Scrabble, and we have Clue Master Detective (more rooms, weapons, and people than standard Clue) but that's about it. (Oh, and we have Uno, I suppose, and Jenga if I find all the blocks. And a chess/checkers set. And cards, and dominoes. And Yahtzee.)

Now that I type it all out, lol, it looks like we have a lot of standard games! So maybe I shouldn't worry so much after all! (But I'm still wondering if somehow the girls are missing an essential part of American life by not playing Monopoly.)
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I've ripped out the relevant pages from our high school book, and my plan is to get in, get out. I'm going to stop at all high schools on our list which are "limited unscreened" and sign in - that gives Ana priority in admissions for those schools. If they're not there I'll make a note to go to their open house. I'm going to stop at all the ones which are "screened" (they give admissions to the highest grades and state test scores who apply) and "ed. opt." (half the admissions are by random lottery, the other half are chosen from a bell curve of grades and test scores so they have some at each grade level) and ask what their policy is for homeschooled students who, perforce, don't have grades and opted out of the statewide tests. If they can't rattle off their policy, or if they're not there I'll make a note and call them.

And then we'll leave!

So I'm browsing the list of schools which have signed up to appear at the high school fair and I'm amused to see that there is a high school in the Bronx called "HERO High". That's "Health, Education, and Research Occupations", but still. (The Bronx is way too far away to go to school, so I didn't even look at that section.)
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Coffee-infused foam removes lead from contaminated water

Health benefits of evening classes revealed

Some Mexico City residents see future in rain harvesting

How to Shop for the Revolutionary War

Inside The Violent, Geeky World Of Hardcore International Medieval Combat

We Know What Color Dinosaurs Were

Before Beijing: A Rare View of China's Last Dynasty (Photos)

New fabric uses sun and wind to power devices

What Happens When Architectural Designer Tries Baking Desserts

Pigeon flock members can 'overrule' incompetent leaders

Women of the CIA: The Hidden History of American Spycraft

The Commune in Ethiopia Where Feminism is the Law

Maybe you don’t need to burp your baby

77% of Ad Blocking Users Feel Guilty about Blocking Ads

Sanctuaries across US prepare for influx of lab chimpanzees

Gun inequality: US study charts rise of hardcore super owners

Russian toddler survives three days lost in Siberian wilderness

Unusual Suspects: Finding the Humanity in Vintage Mugshots

Do these genes make me lonely? Study finds loneliness is a heritable trait

Chainsaws in hand, some de-horn rhinos to stop poaching

Skeleton of teenage girl confirms cannibalism at Jamestown colony

Forced evictions leave Roma children vulnerable in France, say campaigners

NYPD can’t count cash they’ve seized because it would crash computers (And I bet with all that cash, they're saving up to buy the Brooklyn Bridge.)

How Washington Blew Its Best Chance to Fix Immigration

'Traumatized every day': prison sexual abuse survivor jailed again – as a witness

The Origins of the Phrase 'Black-on-Black Crime'

Charlotte protests continue as family views video of shooting

Inspired by the U.S., West Africans Wield Smartphones to Fight Police Abuse

Aren’t more white people than black people killed by police? Yes, but no.

Trump praises 'stop-and-frisk' police tactic (Well, of course he does. Jerk.)

Nearly 6 Million People Will Be Barred From Voting in November

He sexually abused her as a child. She became a police officer and hunted him down.

Islamic State and the crisis in Iraq and Syria in maps
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Between a rock and a hard place: Biologists unearth sandstone-excavating bees

The Screw Heads That Tried, But Failed, to Topple Phillips

Bird brain? Pigeons have quite a way with words

Birds choose spring neighbors based on winter 'friendships'

FDA okays 1st muscular dystrophy drug; awaits proof it works

Archaeologists Find Ancient Pot With Traces of 3,000-Year-Old Burnt Cheese

America's first wave-produced power goes online in Hawaii

Math study shows our brains are far more adaptable than we know

American Hippopotamus

Take That, Instagram: The Enduring Allure of Vintage Snapshots

A Caiman Wearing a Crown of Butterflies

From He to She in First Grade

A nose by any other name would sound the same

They're cowboys - and they're coming straight outta Compton

Miss America 1968: When civil rights and feminist activists converged on Atlantic City

In Zimbabwe, comedy thrives as country slowly falls apart

The Catkeeper of Aleppo

A Former Janitor Collects And Photographs The Items Seized From Immigrants And Thrown Away By U.S. Customs And Border Patrol

Banks focus more on new accounts _ and the fees they bring More

Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet

Climate change 'significant and direct' threat to U.S. military: reports

Poll: Americans favor slightly higher bills to fight warming

The Trouble With Double Jeopardy

Why Prisoners Across the Country Have Gone on Strike

California turns to civilians as inmate firefighters dwindle

Some 10 million children in the U.S. have parents who have been incarcerated. These innocent youngsters, studies show, face long odds of success in life. But slowly, efforts to help them are growing.

Pro-painkiller echo chamber shaped policy amid drug epidemic

Detroit civil rights lawsuit attempts to assert a constitutional right to literacy

In Connecticut, a Wealth Gap Divides Neighboring Schools

The strange history and ugly core of Donald Trump Jr.'s Skittles tweet, explained

My teen boys are blind to rape culture

'Children's cafeterias' combat poverty, neglect in Japan

The Secret History of Colombia’s Paramilitaries and the U.S. War on Drugs
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Good god, that was a lot of work.
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For first time, individual atoms seen keeping away from each other or bunching up as pairs

See If Your Kid Is Going to Sleep at the Right Time Based on This Viral Bedtime Chart

Look for the Dots!

Complex materials can self-organize into circuits, may form basis for multifunction chips

Poll shows most Europeans sympathize with Syrian refugees, 'have not lost their hearts'

England’s Forgotten Muslim History

Enrollments surge at historically black colleges amid rise in racial tensions

Pipeline protest site a city unto itself with school, meals

'Let's go' - Lost generation of refugee children gear up for school in Greece

The Irish Orphan Abduction

For ants, 'elite' individuals are not always so effective

Why polyamorous people fear ‘coming out’

Apocalypse Meow: How a Cult That Believes Cats Are Divine Beings Ended Up in Tennessee

Employers turn to workers to help slow health cost growth

Water protests in tech hub expose urban India's growing pains

The Bush administration thought an elective war would make America safer. Then Katrina hit. The untold story of the Iraq war’s toll on New Orleans.

Too sensitive? Sex toy maker sued over collection of intimate data

How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat

Conditions in many older county jails are grim, dangerous

Jails, prisons still trying to meet federal anti-rape rules

Japan confronts disability stigma after silence over murder victims' names

Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities

DNA Dragnet: In Some Cities, Police Go From Stop-and-Frisk to Stop-and-Spit

The man who cleans up blood after murders
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I brushed Callie's teeth, and when we were done she neither ran away nor bolted under my bed. She's not yet as sanguine about it as she is about nail trimming and combing, and we had a lot of head turning during the process, but we've definitely made progress! Good girl, Callie!


The Green, Brown, and Beautiful Story of Compost

Tower of Light: When Electricity Was New, People Used It to Mimic the Moon

Flowers critical link to bacteria transmission in wild bees

Fewer orders, more coaching: Army rookies learn to fire guns

5 Annoying Latin Errors from an Ancient List That Predicted Latin's Descendants

Sound-proof metamaterial inspired by spider webs

The Mail-Order Brides of Jamestown, Virginia

Alternative Courtship: Matrimonial Advertisements in the 19th Century

Stunning Videos of Evolution in Action

The Demand for Lego Is so High That Their Factories Are Strained, So They’re Expanding

A Less Lonely Way to Lose Your Faith

Mexican politicos hit back at Donald Trump, hint at repealing treaty granting California to U.S.

An Effective but Exhausting Alternative to High-School Suspensions

Enrollments surge at historically black colleges amid rise in racial tensions

How to Raise a Genius: Lessons from a 45-Year Study of Supersmart Children

These guys were so fucking injured by a teenage girl’s awesomeness that they literally threw a hissyfit and hung up a sign that said “NO GIRLS.”

Non! Nein! No! A Country That Wouldn’t Let Women Vote Till 1971

American schools have a chronic absentee problem

What To Do In An Earthquake – Good Advice!

The Uncomfortable Truth About Children's Books

The Plight of the Overworked Nonprofit Employee

Nike boasts of empowering women around the world while the young women who make its products in Vietnam are intimidated, belittled, and underpaid.

White House considers ending for-profit immigrant detainee centers, but critics say it could add billions to the cost

They grew up as American citizens, then learned that they weren’t

Black Lives Matter is right: Climate change is race related

When there's only one public defender in town

Sex Ed Without the Sex

When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them

This is a map of underground sex-slave bars in the U.S.

Obama's Hawaii marine conservation area is just a drop in the ocean

The Oceans Can’t Protect Us Anymore—Here’s Why

10 new wars that could be unleashed as a result of the one against ISIS
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It's not 9/11 that is the problem, it's all the damn human interest stories about 9/11. I'm a human. I'm not all that interested. Living through it once was enough, and I was safely on Staten Island.

But you can't convince the media. Ugh, if it's this bad now, it's going to be positively hellacious in ten years. (But I'm hoping that by then it'll be like Pearl Harbor or the General Slocum and we'll hardly ever hear about it ever again.)

I just keep reminding myself it was worse the first few years after. You could hardly turn on the TV without catching a retrospective.


400 acres donated to Yosemite National Park

Busting Cactus Smugglers in the American West

Why the Purple Skittle Tastes Different Outside America (Yeah, but I don't like black currants any more than I like Concord grapes. Blech.)

Unwieldy LEGO Sculptures Reveal a Multitude of Hidden Shadow Designs

Electron beam microscope directly writes nanoscale features in liquid with metal ink

The 1866 Chicago Sextuplets Hidden From the World

For immigrants in US, a soccer world cup of their own

In 1981, Clowns Allegedly Appeared Across Boston, Similar to Current Clown Panic

The Triumph of Kodakery: The Camera Maker May Die, But the Culture It Created Survives (From 2012)

Amazing ‘Nesting Doll’ Fossil Reveals Bug in Lizard in Snake

The game is up: Shakespeare's language not as original as dictionaries think

In New York City, every 4-year-old has access to free early education — even those whose families make up the 1 percent.

Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom

Air pollution a risk factor for diabetes, say researchers

Hanjin Shipping gets U.S. court order, cash to unload ships

I Spent 5 Years With Some of Trump's Biggest Fans. Here's What They Won't Tell You.

The Obama Administration Temporarily Blocks the Dakota Access Pipeline

Rights group: Refugee children still in Greek police cells

Peace but extreme poverty in isolated region of Afghanistan

Judge's Football Team Loses, Juvenile Sentences Go Up

Rising Uighur militancy changes security landscape for China

‘Superbug’ scourge spreads as U.S. fails to track rising human toll

Water supplies in Syria deteriorating fast due to conflict, experts warn
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I hadn't realized how much I needed a new prescription, but now I'm walking around going "Wow, I can see that!"

Well, when I'm not going "Ugh, how far away is the floor?"
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Coast Guard's last lightkeeper looks to 300-year milestone

The Story Behind the Most Famous Photo from Hurricane Andrew

New York to grow oysters on recycled toilets

Billy Possum: President Taft's Answer to the Teddy Bear

Yellowstone Owes Its Early Success To Public Bear Feeding

Blind people gesture (and why that’s kind of a big deal)

China, world leader in tea, grows a taste for UK blends

Taboos and ancient traditions help one community protect Kenya's forests

NY coalition pushes for reliable work schedules nationally

In Their Struggle for Survival Against Killer Mites, Bees Get an Unlikely Ally: Monsanto

Ivory Coast evicts thousands of cocoa farmers to save forests

Progress slows on uninsured as health law blame game goes on

The Legend of Elden Kidd, America’s Most Dedicated, Most Creative People Smuggler

The Man Who Lit The Dark Web

What teachers around the US spend on supplies

Typhoons that slam Asia getting much stronger

This may be one reason so many federal prisoners end up back in jail

Court Costs Entrap Nonwhite, Poor Juvenile Offenders

The Long Search for the Missing Child Brides of a Mormon Polygamist Sect

The Suicide Catcher

Pvt. Felix Hall died in the only known lynching on a U.S. military base. How hard did the government try to find his killers?

European earthworms decrease species diversity in North America

UNICEF says 28 million children uprooted by global conflict
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Me: Lalala
Dishes: Whee! We love this water park!
Mama Cat: I hear water! I'm going to stand by my water bowl and mrowp at you in an aggrieved way.
Me: Lalala!
Mama Cat: Wait, I forgot something! My manners! I shall twine around your legs and THEN you'll give me water!
Me: What? No, your bowl is full.
Mama Cat: ME. OW.
Me: Oh, wait, I guess not.
Water Bowl: I'm not saying anything clever here, because bowls can't really talk!
Cat: *sniffsniffsniff* This water is subpar. I shall drink out of this human cup on the counter. Lemme just cram my little face in there....

I don't understand my cat sometimes. (Or her water bowl. He thinks he's so funny, but he's not.)
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Big bad modifier order

Hundreds of genes seen sparking to life two days after death

This playground encourages kids to use tools, get dirty, and let their imaginations run wild (Can confirm: kids love it)

What Killed the Jingle?

'Gambling' wolves take more risks than dogs

40 Colorful Kodachrome Photos Of 1940s NYC

One of the Most Important Crosswords in New York Times History

The revolution that could change the way your child is taught

South Florida's Seminole Cowboys: Cattle Is 'In Our DNA'

Crop domestication is a balancing act: Some ants are still trying to get it right

Bizarre ant colony discovered in an abandoned Polish nuclear weapons bunker

Neighbor churches, split on race lines, work to heal divide

This Undertaker Buries the Bodies Nobody Else Will Touch

Marvel, Jack Kirby, and the Comic-Book Artist’s Plight

The Harry Potter universe still can't translate its gay subtext to text. It's a problem.

The stunning geographic divide in American creativity (Interesting map, but I wish they'd show it county-by-county instead of state-by-state.)

Monkeys in zoos have human gut bacteria

Inside North America’s Only Legal Safe Injection Facility

Kaepernick didn’t bring politics into sports. The NFL did that by playing the anthem. Also: DoD paid $53 million of taxpayers' money to pro sports for military tributes, report says

How algorithms rule our working lives

FDA bans antibacterial soaps; “No scientific evidence” they’re safe, effective

A new crisis in the Muslim world: Is it too young?

Jewish avengers unapologetic for targeting Nazis after WWII

This small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?

U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections

Elizabeth Smart Is Standing Up for Rape Victims—And Tearing Down Purity Culture

Lenny Pozner used to believe in conspiracy theories. Until his son’s death became one.

Pollution particles 'get into brain'

Welcome to demokrasi: how Erdoğan got more popular than ever

I’ve Become a Racist’: Migrant Wave Unleashes Danish Tensions Over Identity

Abandoned in Iraq: Inside Two Soldiers' Harrowing Escape

Millions at risk from rising water pollution: UN
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and they still won't be here until Friday. That ain't so express! (Plus, I was right, I did need a new prescription. I WANT MY NEW GLASSES ALREADY.)


NYC garbage dump world's largest landfill-to-park project

Sabercats Kept the World Green

When 'The Talk' Is In Sign Language, There Is Clarity And Confusion

Why mole rats are more flexible than we previously thought

This temple at Cholula dwarfs the Great Pyramid at Giza, yet it went unnoticed by Spanish invaders. Why?

Tilting At Wind Turbines

Tasmanian Devils May Be Rapidly Evolving To Resist A Deadly Cancer

Gricean Maxims videos

Georgetown to give slave descendants priority for admission

How General Patton and Some Unlikely Allies Saved the Prized Lipizzaner Stallions

Poll: Support for Black Lives Matter grows among white youth

The Secret Furry Patrons Keeping Indie Artists Afloat

In drought, drones help California farmers save every drop

Seaweed farming, a sudden slimy success, needs greener rules: U.N.

Hanjin bankruptcy: S Korea throws lifeline to shipping firm

This means raw: extreme dieting and the battle among fruitarians

Inside the Misunderstood World of Adult Breastfeeding

Inside NYC's Social Club For The Formerly Devout

Growing grapes, saving lives in Cleveland's tough east side

Crime Survivors Are Organizing. They Want Criminal Justice Reform, Too.

Why Aren’t U.S. Police Departments Recruiting More Women?

Indian-Americans clash with cowboy town over proposed center

Should we teach teens about BDSM in sex ed? (I actually know two different people who say they didn't learn about consent at all until they learned about kink.)

On Social Media, As In Life, White People Are Way Less Likely To Talk About Race

Most Depressed Adults in the U.S. Remain Untreated

Wounds from childhood bullying may persist into college years, study finds

India's angry Dalits rise against age-old caste prejudices

A Brief History of the College Textbook Pricing Racket

Canadian surgeons urge people to throw out bristle BBQ brushes: 'None of us have figured out a surefire way to get rid of them,' says Dr. Ian Dempsey (I'm convinced!)

Climate change 'tug of war' keeps scientists guessing on storm tracks

Long Nights With Little Sleep for Homeless Families Seeking Shelter

Too Rich to Be Poor, Too Poor to Get By

Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers' interactions with the mentally ill.

Interactive map shows where animals will move under climate change

Israel Quietly Legalizes Pirate Outposts in the West Bank

Cluster bombs kill more than 400 people in 2015, over a third of them children

Turkish tanks cross into Syria in 'new phase' against IS
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This is probably in no small part because I ate nothing but doughnuts, zeppoles, and funnel cake yesterday.
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Run up to Harlem to pick up a friend for Eva's sleepover, run down to the boat to pick up Ana and her friend, run back up to Union Square to watch Kubo and the Two Strings - and the only thing I knew about that movie going in was it was made by the guys who made The Boxtrolls, which was quite enough for me to happily plunk down $74 for the privilege of watching it on the big screen with four kids. (Money well spent, btw.)

Go home, sleep, wake up early and run an errand, go to store, get food, wake all girls and head to diner for breakfast. (They ordered more food than a family of ten could eat, but somehow they practically licked the plates clean.) Pick up another friend, go to Coney Island. Stay at Coney Island four full hours, fielding increasingly "I'm so casual" texts about when various children would be returned. Return children to respective parents - this required a trip up to 34th before all Staten Islanders could go home. Fall into bed.

Wake up. Go to post-chemo shot with Nanen. Eat out. Take long route home. Be friendly with Jenn.

And now I'm supposed to go to the Richmond County Fair, and every year I'm less excited about this than everybody else is. Bah.
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She took a nap in her room, and when she woke up I asked "where are your glasses?" and we couldn't find them. We cleared out her entire room - no luck. We cleared out the living room, her mom's room, the bathroom, the kitchen - nothing.

Today I found her lost glasses in the basement.

She never even *goes* in the basement!
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So I chose the cheapest option. And then I thought "Hm, let's see what transitions lenses cost..."

Yow, an extra $280! Back, back - try regular lenses. Only $40. I guess I'm not getting transitions this time around.

(But since I was so virtuously thrifty, I sprung for express shipping. This superglue won't last forever.)
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Cursive Law Writes New Chapter For Handwriting In Alabama's Schools

The first autonomous, entirely soft robot

Scientists create flexible 3D printed objects that 'remember' their shapes

True Colors

Whiskers help animals sense the direction of the wind

400 Years of Equator Hazings: Surviving the Stinky Wrath of King Neptune's Court

Gut reaction: the surprising power of microbes

‘Whose language is it anyway?’ The evolution of English, from ‘loaf’ to ‘LOL’ (Video)

He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Well-wrapped feces allow lobsters to eat jellyfish stingers without injury

The Unusual Origins of Pink Lemonade

Parents Didn’t Just Dislike Super Nintendo 25 Years Ago—They Thought It Was a Scam

Stranger Things and the Problem of “Plotblocking”

“The Millennial Whoop”: The same annoying whooping sound is showing up in every popular song

FDA recommends Zika testing for all blood donated in U.S.

US judge upholds state law requiring vaccinations

Love in exile

Millions at risk as deadly fungal infections acquire drug resistance

As capital punishment declines nationwide, a tiny fraction of the country generates an alarming number of death sentences. What this new geography tells us about justice in America.

The Pain Of Police Killings Can Last Decades

4 Really Disturbing Ways Jail Is Much Worse for Women Than Men

No Way to Call Home: Incarcerated Deaf People Are Locked in a Prison Inside a Prison

The troubled-teen industry has been a disaster for decades. And it's still not fixed.

In Baltimore, public investment — and disinvestment — in transportation have figured greatly in the persistence of racial and economic inequality.

Secret Cameras Record Baltimore’s Every Move From Above

When School Feels Like Jail

A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crimes escape punishment.

Rebels, civilians leave town after four-year siege

Turkey-backed Syria rebels advance on U.S.-backed Kurds

Syria’s Paradox: Why the War Only Ever Seems to Get Worse

East Ukraine: on the frontline of Europe's forgotten war
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For years, passengers on Washington State ferries have spent their trip working on communal jigsaw puzzles. It is a delightful, adorable thing.

Flying with the Fourth State of Matter

The Fierce, Forgotten Library Wars of the Ancient World

Hiding in plain sight: Vast reef found hiding behind Great Barrier Reef

A brief history of chairs.

'Dark twin' of the Milky Way galaxy discovered

The Most Precious Blood on Earth

Carp demonstrate rapid de-evolution to get their scales back

The Contestant Who Outsmarted The Price Is Right

Robotic Dolls Linked To Higher Pregnancy Rate Actual article with less Onion

Scientists uncover common cell signaling pathway awry in some types of autism

The History Dish: Pumpernickel Ice Cream and Cinnamon Lemon Bay Leaf Ice Cream

Introduction to Egyptian Fractions

Graphing Calculators - A Game Boy For Math

Memory activation before exposure reduces life-long fear of spiders

The Sissies, Hustlers, and Hair Fairies Whose Defiant Lives Paved the Way For Stonewall

There's a Section of Yellowstone Where You Can Get Away with Murder

Alaska roadkill thieves target moose meant for charity

Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine

What toilets and sewers tell us about ancient Roman sanitation

In Iran, unique system allows payments for kidney donors

Hit by climate change, Central American coffee growers get a taste for cocoa

To Protest Guns on Campus, Students in Texas Are Carrying Big, Fake Penises to Class

Newer homes and furniture burn faster, giving you less time to escape a fire

In some US schools, resistance to ending corporal punishment More

Manitoba men weep after learning they were switched at birth 41 years ago

Rise of the Nazi-Grave Robbers

Private prison operator Corrections Corporation of America is trying to seal from public view documents in a lawsuit that claim female visitors to a Tennessee prison were forced to undergo strip searches to prove they were menstruating.

The Rio Games Were An Unjustifiable Human Disaster, And So Are The Olympics

New map shows alarming growth of the human footprint

It’s Children Against Federal Lawyers in Immigration Court

Philippines drugs war: The woman who kills dealers for a living

Colombia’s War Just Ended. A New Wave of Violence Is Beginning.

In crime-ridden Israeli Arab city, police seek new approach

Forced relocations raise doubts over Jordan's tribal customs

Raped and tortured by IS, Yazidi women recover in Germany
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Jenn's turn, and she was doing Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

She's been watching the whole series over the past year or so, so as soon as we got through "TV show" "four words" I had the answer. (Plus, I can't really think of any other four word title TV show.)

Which caused her to accuse me of spending my whole life doing nothing but consuming media. This seems incredibly unfair. She has been watching BtVS, so that's proof that I watch a lot of TV? No. I read a lot of news, but I don't watch all that much TV.

Then my mother had one, three words from a book, first word was her pretending to use a rotary telephone. Given that she's spent the past few weeks accosting each of us and explaining cultural osmosis using the line "call me Ishmael" and how we all know that Moby Dick is about a whale without ever having read Moby Dick, that wasn't hard to guess either.

Apparently I'm the only person in the world who metagames Charades, though...?
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Misplaced my glasses. Thought they might be on the bed. I looked all over the bed, looked on this side, looked on that side, shook out my blanket, then stepped off the bed to look under it.

Snapped my glasses in half with an audible CRUNCH.

Well, I needed a new pair anyway, I suppose. I've superglued these for now and made an appointment for next week.
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Surprise discovery in the blink of an eye

Ancient Egyptian works to be published together in English for first time

Wi-Fi? Why not? Homeless are avid users of free web kiosks

Fruit-fly diet impacts descendants, researcher finds

Orphan village helps Russia rethink fostering (Video)

'Cyclops' beetles hint at solution to 'chicken-and-egg' problem in novel trait evolution

Rock music used to be a safe haven for degenerates and rebels. Until it found Jesus

Bubble-wrapped sponge creates steam using sunlight

Colombia rebels relax, play soccer as peace nears

David’s Ankles: How Imperfections Could Bring Down the World’s Most Perfect Statue

The Race for a Zika Vaccine

In pictures: Kashmir's 'curfew schools'

It’s time to bring more realistic models of human behaviour into economic policy and regulation

UN: Thousands of Central American children seek to enter US

Inside the women-owned restaurants of Yida, South Sudan’s largest — and most tenuous — refugee settlement

The astonishing story of how two wrestling teammates from Miami came to oppose each other in the cocaine wars -- one as a drug smuggler, the other as a DEA agent.

Meet the worst ants in the world

Affluent and Black, and Still Trapped by Segregation: Why well-off black families end up living in poorer areas than white families with similar or even lower incomes.

Fists not football: Brain injuries seen in domestic assaults

Here's What It's Like To Be a Defense Investigator in a Rigged Criminal Justice System

Disabled California man seeks to have voting rights restored

These workers fuel a $120M industry, but many sleep on the streets

Walmart’s Out-of-Control Crime Problem Is Driving Police Crazy

In Pursuit of the African Dream

The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures

How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet

Big Pharma Increased Price of Life-Saving EpiPen by Over 450 Percent

Racism and talk of religious war: Trump staff's online posts

The dark history of Donald Trump's rightwing revolt

Inside the Real US Ground War On ISIS

IS struggles to retain grip as it loses ground in Iraq
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and she complained that "all your songs are morbid". This is manifestly untrue, and to prove it I reached into my mind for a preschool song. Not the one about the ducks, it makes Eva cry, so... okay, the one with the green and speckled frogs.

Nothing doing. Apparently that song is about the evils of peer pressure. It took me five minutes to stop laughing.
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Two Girls, a Golden Balloon, and Fate

What Happens If You put Dry Ice into Slime?

Inside the World's Only Surviving Tattoo Shop For Medieval Pilgrims

Fruit flies help explain differences between males and females

The Detectives Who Never Forget a Face

Bird nest riddle: Which shape came first?

Fifth force of nature? Light particle may be key to understanding dark matter in universe

The Battle Over Net Neutrality Started With the 1920s-Era 'Hush-A-Phone'

Romance novellas by women in Nigeria challenge traditions

Companies Can’t Legally Void the Warranty for Jailbreaking or Rooting Your Phone

Digging for Glory

Study: Catalog of DNA variations helps find roots of disease

Stealing bitcoins with badges: How Silk Road’s dirty cops got caught

A Father Vows To Save His Daughter From A Marriage He Forced Her Into

US organ network mapping a path to fairer liver transplants

The Leak Prosecution That Lost the Space Race

The bizarre tale of President Nixon and his basic income bill

The Forgotten Tale of How America Converted Its 1980 Olympic Village Into a Prison

We’ve Stopped Translating Children’s Books Into English. Where Will We Get the Next Tintin?

By many measures, Milwaukee is toughest US city for blacks

Black incarceration hasn’t been this low in a generation

Sheriff Joe Arpaio to face criminal charges (Oh, I can't tire of this news!)

Are We Losing the Grand Canyon?

This Lifesaving Medicine Unleashed a Global Poo Menace

Louisiana Loses Its Boot

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds

America's wealth gap is split along racial lines — and it's getting dangerously wider

The Problem With The DOJ’s Decision To Stop Using Private Prisons. The private prison industry will still have access to its biggest cash cow: immigrants.

In Turkish sweatshops, Syrian children sew to survive

Hard Times in Venezuela Breed Malaria as Desperate Flock to Mines

Philippines drug war deaths climb to 1,800; U.S. 'deeply concerned'

Is Angela Corey the Cruelest Prosecutor in America?
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"But the school year hasn't started yet!"
"Yes, well, CNN Student News is airing again, and that's good enough for me."

Surprisingly, this argument was good enough for them too. I kinda pulled it outta my ass....
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which ones would you pick? Public domain preferred, but if there's a super great anthology out there, I'm good with that too.
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Who's there?
September 11th.
September 11th who?
And you swore you'd never forget!
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