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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!

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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.

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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.
Dishes: AAAHHH! WHO TURNED OFF THE HEAT!?
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.)

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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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Option One

Option Two

Option Three
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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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Sorry.

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'Islam for Dummies': IS recruits have poor grasp of faith

In Dallas, police serve as 'glorified social workers' to solve city's ills

People Fear The Heat Will Turn NYC Into A Hellscape Of Flying Roaches

The Coup May Have Failed But Fear Still Rules Turkey

Turkish police raid Istanbul courthouses, more officers detained

Public space in Turkey is central to the government’s power grab

Fruits of labor: sunny California is no paradise for farm workers

As Earth warms, Americans more polarized than ever on climate

Louisiana water's deadly rise: 'We're praying it stops'

Nigeria riven by new battles over scarce fertile land

What It Takes to Clean the Ganges

After deadly Milwaukee police shooting, protests intensify

The life and death of Luis Góngora: the police killing nobody noticed

Islamic State faces uphill 'branding war' in Afghanistan, Pakistan

The world is getting better at paid maternity leave. The U.S. is not.

When children are killed by bullets, grieving parents are often the focus. Yet there are other vulnerable survivors: the young brothers and sisters left behind. Theirs is the untold story of this American tragedy.

The people of Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, live hemmed in by Israeli checkpoints and guns. For some, they have proved fatal.

Banned from working, asylum seekers are building Japan's roads

Why Are So Many Inmates Attempting Suicide at the California Institution for Women?

South Africa marks mine shootings, workers still in squalor

Poll: Most Americans support U.S. military action in Syria — but only want a limited amount

Fighting Intensifies as Putin Sends More Troops to Ukraine

Rodrigo Duterte is living up to his promise to fight crime by shooting first and asking questions later

Violent protests have erupted in Mali. Here’s what is driving them.
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Synchronized Swimming Has a History That Dates Back to Ancient Rome

Vintage Photos Show Daredevil Mountaineers

Scientists capture neon in an organic environment for the first time

Finland, Home of the $103,000 Speeding Ticket

World's largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark

Gaming using a stretchy touchpad

Why Fire Makes Us Human

Watch: Pooping Comb Jellies Just Upended Gut Evolution

The 6 Most Insane Pooping Strategies Dreamt Up By Evolution

Whirlpool Put Laundry Machines In Some Schools And Increased Attendance By 90%

Once Skeptical of Executive Power, Obama Has Come to Embrace It

America’s Electronic Voting Machines Are Scarily Easy Targets

A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921

Crowd At Trump Rally Realizes They’ve Been Chanting ‘We Are Frightened And Helpless’ For Last Half Hour

The violence, insecurity, and rage behind the man who has replaced Gandhi as the face of India.

America's Addiction to Mercenaries

Bid for freedom: rescuing trafficked fishermen as they dock in Cape Town

The New American Cop: Smarter, More Diverse, Better Equipped and Scared

I'm a Judge and I Think Criminal Court Is Horrifying

Texas lawyer who lost all death penalty cases says he's done

Venezuela Is Descending Into Chaos. Now This Issue Is on America’s Doorstep.

How do Americans view poverty? Many blue-collar whites, key to Trump, criticize poor people as lazy and content to stay on welfare.

Thousands return to Manbij after IS militants flee city
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(Dear Liza, dear Liza?)

Also, if I were Henry, I wouldn't hang around after that last verse. I'm just saying, that's the sort of conversation that can only end badly.
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Humans pack an efficient bite, but at a cost

Chilli-powder condoms, firecrackers boost Tanzania elephant protection

The Sharks That Live to 400

Cloud Atlas 'astonishingly different' in US and UK editions, study finds

The Single-celled Organism That Almost Wiped Out Life on Earth (Video) That video reminded me of this fic

The Death of Flair: As Friday's Goes Minimalist, What Happens to the Antiques?

In a race for Cheetos, magpies win, but crows steal

How BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Is Building A 100-Year Media Company

Nature, not nurture, defines cricket social networks

How the Vikings started the worldwide distribution of gaited horses

Total number of neurons -- not enlarged prefrontal region -- hallmark of human brain

Professional Poo Diver (Do not read while eating!)

Studies shine light on mysterious placenta, how it goes awry

Black science fiction writers face 'universal' racism, study finds

Science Isn’t Broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for.

Smile! You've got cancer

Not all is green in Mexico City's Aztec garden district

White Noise in the ‘Conversation’ About Race

The Republican War on Public Universities

How the Trumps Got Rich

Gone: The race to stop the fungus killing millions of bats

Overseas travel warnings about USA mount

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students are significantly more likely to be the victims of physical and sexual violence and bullying than other adolescents, according to new government data. (Not exactly a surprise, but ugh.)

Some Women Won’t ‘Ever Again’ Report a Rape in Baltimore

Damning Report Finds For-Profit Prisons Are More Dangerous

Flint Is Family

As of the latest estimate, 2.1 million West African children still do the dangerous and physically taxing work of harvesting cocoa. What will it take to fix the problem?

El Chapo and the Secret History of the Heroin Crisis

‘They’re Coming for the Ones You Love’: My Weekend of Gun Training in the Desert

Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart
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Mama Dolphins Sing Their Name to Babies in the Womb

Why Transgender People In Japan Prefer To Be Told They Have A “Disorder”

Stone age hunters really did hunt well by throwing stones

Martians Might Be Real. That Makes Mars Exploration Way More Complicated

Study: Pacific coast was route for colonizing the Americas

One Player’s Nine-Year Journey to Open a Locked, Secret Door

These lizards bleed green

Could one discovery take on three deadly parasites?

During the Nazi Occupation of Norway, Humor Was the Secret Weapon

Marijuana to remain illegal under federal law, DEA says

Cancer cells kill blood vessel cells so that they can slip through the vascular wall, form metastases

The Very Quiet Foreign Girls poetry group

How Racism Kept The World's Fastest Swim Stroke Out Of The Pool

Poll: Young people's fear of white extremism varies by race

Trial by Jury, a Hallowed American Right, Is Vanishing

Most Americans (Incorrectly) Believe Crime Is Up. That’s Great News For Donald Trump.

Meet the California Couple That Uses More Water Than Every Home in Los Angeles Combined

How an 1891 mass lynching tried to make America great again

Here’s How Racial Bias Plays Out in Policing

Why was Glen Race guilty of murder in America, but not in Canada?

1 year after mentally ill man's jail death, questions remain

DEA regularly mines Americans' travel records to seize millions in cash

The child witches of Liberia (ALL the trigger warnings.)
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Or read the news, or garden, or whatever I like. Or go with my mom to the doctor some more, of course.

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Notorious Victoria: the first woman to run for president

Early brain connections key to reading

Pimp My Nursery (Kidlit Style)

Orangutan able to guess a taste without sampling it, just like us

These Crows Were Discovered Crafting Tools to Reach Food

In IVF, Frozen Embryos May Lead to More Live Births than Fresh Embryos

Revisiting America’s master musical miniaturist, Scott Joplin.

Hawaiian petroglyphs revealed by shifting sands on Waianae coast

Schools in Denmark Teach Students Empathy From a Young Age

Poll: Young Americans overwhelmingly favor LGBT rights

Transgender on the Force

How a Deadly Camping Trip Revealed an Arms Race Between Snakes and Newts

The race to save a dying language

Chilling mountaintop find may confirm dark Greek legend

This article will make you want to wash your hands

Researchers crack open unusually advanced malware that hid for 5 years

High risk of modern slavery in nearly 60 percent of countries, global index finds

Justice system too costly for unconvicted

Report blasts Baltimore police over racial bias, force

The Department of Justice is making police report officer-involved killings for the first time

Study: High levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water of 6 million Americans

Louisiana Sheriffs Hid a Gun That Could Free a Man and Then Blamed Hurricane Katrina

These Are the Red Lines Europe Won't Cross in Brexit Talks

Out of sight, out of mind? Europe's migrant crisis still simmers

Climate change already accelerating sea level rise, study finds

Is America Any Safer?

Russia announces war games after accusing Ukraine of terrorist plot

Ethiopia says UN observers not needed as protests rage

Libyan official: '70 percent' of last IS bastion liberated

Intensifying fight for Aleppo chokes civilian population
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Asthma pill could prove 'game-changer' for people with severe symptoms

Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longer

How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s

Maya tomb uncovered holding body, treasure and tales of 'snake dynasty'

The Government Just Won a Long Legal Battle Over Rare Coins

Cyborg stingray swims toward light, breaks new ground

Intelligent people tend to be messy, stay awake longer, and swear more

If You Find the Hidden Cat in This Image, Your Prize Is an Image of a Sleepy Cat

Baby’s Cells Can Manipulate Mom’s Body for Decades

The fatal hike that became a Nazi propaganda coup

Anti-LGBTQ Activists Are Beginning To Realize ‘We Don’t Win Anymore’

Poll: Gun controls embraced by young adults

'You think I'm mad?' – the truth about psychosomatic illness

Most Of Us Are Blissfully Ignorant About How Much Rancid Olive Oil We Use

The Original Underclass

Meet the elite chiefs who revolutionized policing nationwide, for better and for worse. Now they want to do it again.

Thai voters overwhelmingly approve junta-backed constitution

A Surreal Life on the Precipice in Puerto Rico

2 Jailers Moved Into Policing Jobs After Bland's Death

In a state bloodied by decades of armed rebellion, Thounaojam Herojit became one of India’s most deadly policemen – killing more than a hundred people. This year, he became something rarer still: an executioner who wanted to tell the world about his crimes

Smuggling surges in Greece as migrant frustrations grow

Jets pound rebels after they break Aleppo siege
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I probably find this XKCD funnier than it is.

Sunflowers move by the clock

America's First Medal at the Nazi Olympics Was For...Town Planning

The doctor who beat big tobacco

Dark Ages Palace Unearthed At King Arthur's Alleged Birthplace

Desert elephants pass on knowledge—not mutations—to survive

Forget Frozen, Lilo & Stitch is Disney’s best exploration of sisterhood

Perry Rosen has always loved tinkering with jukeboxes. The spectacle of the mechanized movements, the golden oldie tunes and the bright lights captivated him. He got his first machine when he was a teenager and then turned his hobby into a career. Now, he's one of the last jukebox repairmen around. (Video)

Yiddish has a word for it: Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath of Teaneck finishes her father’s Yiddish dictionary

Do trees communicate with each other?

How one little graphic became shared and adapted by millions

Do black holes have a back door?

Norway Proves That Treating Prison Inmates As Human Beings Actually Works

America seen from abroad: arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free

Asian giant honeybees may move in synchrony to ventilate nests

Scientists Chart The Lifetime Of A Bee In Flight Paths

Why bad ideas refuse to die

Chinese team says it found evidence of mythical great flood (Quick, nobody tell Ken Ham!)

This Smithsonian scientist’s death was a mystery; 150 years later, his skeleton helped solve it

The Brain That Couldn’t Remember: The untold story of the fight over the legacy of “H.M.” — the patient who revolutionized the science of memory.

A Jewish Commodore Saved Monticello, And His Family Got Hell for It

Why the President Needs a Council of Historians

Spider sharing isn't always caring: Colonies die when arachnids overshare food

The U.S. coast is in an unprecedented hurricane drought — why this is terrifying

The Octopus Conspiracy: One Woman’s Search for Her Father’s Killer

How a Notorious Racist Inspired America’s National Parks

China's crackdown raises familiar specter of foreign forces

Yellow Fever Is Completely Preventable, So Why Are Millions At Risk?

US poised to hit Obama's target of 10,000 Syrian refugees

Anti-Semitic incidents rise 11 percent in UK this year

Nature's 2016 resource 'budget' already used up, report says

The village where dozens of young girls have been raped is still waiting for justice
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Ana: You... say "whatevs"? 0.o
Me: Um... yes? What of it?
Eva: Really?
Me: I love that word! Whatevs. It's a perfectly cromulent word, guys!
Them: I guess....

Whatevs!

I feel the same way about that word as my mother does about "duh". To this day, she will occasionally interrupt herself to declaim on the glories of the word "duh". She says she has no idea how they spoke before they could just say "duh".
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Their lessons have the simple piece for the learner which is supposed to eventually be played with the teacher doing a more complex part an octave below. So, you know, it sounds like actual music.

Either my vision is worse than I thought, or that notation is a lot smaller than it ought to be. I actually don't know which. So instead I'm holding it and doing one hand at a time and memorizing, which is more or less what I used to do as a child, but. Still.

Note to self: Make appointment at optometrist.

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The Strangely Perplexing Problem of Communicating Numbers Out Loud

'Red gene' in birds, turtles suggests dinosaurs had bird-like color vision

Homes in wealthier neighborhoods found to harbor more arthropod species

America's Largest Outdoor Theatre Event Features 700 Lip Syncing Mormons

Birds engage in all types of sleep in flight, but in remarkably small amounts

Solar-powered televisions brighten homes in rural Kenya

11 Ways To Get a Letter from the White House

The Rise and Fall of Ski Ballet

Chemists create vitamin-driven battery

For Decades, The Ultimate Midwestern Summer Job Was Headhunting Fireflies

I Can't Stop Reading One-Star Yelp Reviews of National Parks

A Reptile Dysfunction: Over the last three decades, massive sulcata tortoises have become a popular American family pet. Meet the people who made that happen — and the ones that are begging you not to buy one.

The Disrupters: Making New York’s Cultural Boards More Diverse

Is Earthly life premature from a cosmic perspective?

A Day in the Life of Brazil's Insane Bureaucracy

The buzz around America's favorite workers grows louder every year. Is it drowning out the real story of our food system?

Making Algorithms Accountable

Body Count Rises as Philippine President Wages War on Drugs

Dwindling prey bad news for big cats, wolves

Bird-friendly yards have a major downside — for birds

Underreporting of Zika is rife; researchers project epidemic's spread in certain countries

Substitute teachers and replacement nurses may cause disease to spread faster

The US Government Is Literally Arming the World, and Nobody's Even Talking About It

Chicago's 'Skullcap Crew': band of police accused of brutality evade discipline

The Unforeseen Consequences of Banning the Box

"He Weighed 71 Pounds. That Was Like Somebody Starving."

Libyan forces wary of Islamic State redoubt despite U.S. support

The Scale of Turkey’s Purge Is Nearly Unprecedented

Venezuelan women seek sterilizations as crisis sours child-rearing
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Where there's smoke -- and a mutation -- there may be an evolutionary edge for humans

A Unified Theory of Randomness

18th Century Britain's Great Culinary Breakthrough: Mushroom Ketchup

Medical benefits of dental floss unproven

1823 school to move by oxen to original site

Scientists have just uncovered a major difference between DNA and RNA

Beyond “Mama” and “Dada”: Why Babies Learn Certain Words

An Isolated Tribe Emerges from the Rain Forest

Shackled remains at ancient Greek site tell tale of intrigue

Men are more likely to cite themselves in their work, which likely contributes to women’s continued underrepresentation in academia

23andMe Pulls Off Massive Crowdsourced Depression Study

The Financial Firm That Cornered the Market on Jails

Black Lives supporters seek backing from other minorities

'Tragedy' for Norway after boys deface 5000-year-old rock carving of skier

Rudy Giuliani's Presumption of Guilt

Critics See Efforts by Counties and Towns to Purge Minority Voters From Rolls

Global warming, a dead zone and surprising bacteria

Battle for Aleppo a pivotal moment for besieged residents
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First, run to the doctor, get all records and a neatly typed list of instructions. Then run to Regional Radiology with records in tow (in a CD form, so why they can't email this I don't know), get redirected three times. Fun!

Today they called back and the records were missing something important, so Mommy asked me to do it again this week later. Honestly, it was enough of a pain when we had a ride, but doing it by bus is going to be killer. WHY THE HELL CAN'T THEY EMAIL IT?

Well, Regional Radiology did have a nice patch of purslane, so I got some for my salad, there's that.
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How the Venomous, Egg-Laying Platypus Evolved

Some Microbes Have Been With Us Since Before We Existed

A new leaf: Scientists turn carbon dioxide back into fuel

ASU biochemist invents a more comfortable condom

The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway

Disney movie sparks a chess boom in Uganda

States' flag-burning laws unconstitutional, but persist

Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

Democrats demand Congress end its vacation to approve Zika funding

Storing carbon underground may be safer than we thought

Still waters: U.S. to crack down on ocean noise that harms fish

How Abigail Adams Proves Bill O'Reilly Wrong About Slavery

The ‘smoking gun’ proving North Carolina Republicans tried to disenfranchise black voters

Where Is Escaped Polygamous Cult Leader Lyle Jeffs?

What My Divorce Taught Me About Latent Sexism In The Financial System

NY caretakers say they are being punished for complaints

Houston is the fourth-largest city in the country. It’s home to the nation’s largest refining and petrochemical complex, where billions of gallons of oil and dangerous chemicals are stored. And it’s a sitting duck for the next big hurricane. Why isn’t Texas ready?

Turkey culls nearly 1,400 from army, overhauls top military council

After Yemeni’s 13 Years in Guantánamo, Freedom for the Soul Takes Longer

Syrian Rebels Launch Push Aimed at Breaking Aleppo Siege

Syrian families trickle out of Aleppo, reports say

Ukraine prisoners held by Russia and separatists are forgotten
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Because that's what you do in the 8th grade, you apply for high school!

Those of you not in NYC should know that these books are phone book sized. I meant to take a picture, but I kinda forgot. I'll see if I can get one up later this week, but if you're breathlessly interested you can read it online here.

Thus far, we've sat down and done first round elimination of schools using these criteria: Waaaaaay too long of a commute (seriously, Ana, you're not going to leap joyfully out of bed at 5am to go to this school, so don't pretend), not eligible (because you need to be a transfer student or an immigrant or something), and graduation/college rates lower than our zoned school. When we add in schools she just wasn't interested in attending, we managed to get the number of Manhattan schools down to a reasonable number for consideration.

But after a while, all these school descriptions start to sound the same, the same tediously anodyne verbiage and tiresome attempts to sound more erudite than the next school. By the time we were done with Manhattan (having swiftly eliminated the Bronx and Queens from consideration entirely) I was ready to murder the next person to use the word "challenging" with a straight face. The worst was those schools that use portfolios instead of grades. Some of them look like great schools, but omg, it's all "we use a challenging curriculum to challenge and encourage our students and help them develop joy and respect so they can challenge the challenges of the challenging future...."

You start to have a real appreciation for the few who boldly decide to just say what they do. "Our school requires three years of science and four of math. We have an extended day program and mandatory community service requirement." Boom, done. I relished those schools that were willing to sum themselves up in three short, succinct sentences.

(Also, bonus points to the school that decided to address their description to the student rather than the hapless parent leading their kid through the book. Normally I would've found it trite, but in a sea of "challenging curriculum" it really stood out as a breath of fresh air, and we automatically put it on the list for consideration.)

Monday we'll look through Brooklyn. I've ruthlessly pre-eliminated anything with a more than 90 minute commute, anything which requires more than one transfer, and anything on the L line because that's going to be closed for 18 months. And then we'll do Staten Island same day, because there aren't so many options. (Although, interestingly, we have more JROTC programs than any other borough, carefully split up so that each branch of the military seems to be represented. Well, that's Staten Island for you.)
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Long isolated, Africa’s Jewish ‘islands’ bridged by photographer’s lens

Breastfeeding associated with better brain development, neurocognitive outcomes

American student finds 12th century Irish brooch on a Galway Beach

Found: A 3,000-Year-Old Ball of Yarn

New fossil evidence supports theory that first mass extinction engineered by early animals

Courts deal setbacks to GOP voting restrictions in 3 states

Teasing out the microbiome of the Kansas prairie

The Case For Leaving City Rats Alone

Could Women Be Trusted With Their Own Pregnancy Tests?

What sparked the Cambrian explosion?

An Exciting History of Drywall

Scientists Find New Type of Antibiotics Hiding in the Human Nose

Parents feel racial socialization may help minority children succeed in school

Noise Is a Drug and New York Is Full of Addicts

Percentage of US children who have chronic health conditions on the rise

Policing protests when the protest is about police

Universities Are Becoming Billion-Dollar Hedge Funds With Schools Attached

How Olympic Sprinter Stella Walsh Nearly Lost Her Medals Because of Her Autopsy

Kansas mom whose kids sang at Oregon standoff loses custody (TW: child abuse)

The Dorito Effect: Healthy food is blander than ever — and it's making us fat

Poorer Than Their Parents? Flat Or Falling Incomes In Advanced Economies

China’s Military Push In Africa Is Unlikely To End Anytime Soon

Trump’s Bigotry Reminds US Media of Anywhere but Home

Armenia police clash with protesters amid hostage crisis

Turkey's Erdogan slams US reaction to failed coup
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and consequently, by the time I arrived, there were no cherries for me. They let me take extra fennel to make up for it, though - apparently, not a lot of people want their fennel.

While I was there, I complained about the week's events to the desk. I mean, no cherries was just the icing on the cake, right?

So this week they asked "So, how are things going? It's not as bad as last week, right?"

And I told them. Which perhaps I shouldn't have, but. I did. So. Fingers crossed that next week is on an upturn, though! Maybe we'll win the lottery or something!

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Any picture or text could be inkjet-printed as a solar cell

3 sisters go from homeless shelter to junior track stardom

Twinkle, Twinkle, Vogel Staar

Bird brains are dense—with neurons

Survey of 31 years of video games shows a decline in sexualized female characters

To reverse damage of sitting, take a brisk, hour-long walk

The Lost Mushroom Masterpiece Unearthed in a Dusty Drawer

Common brain changes found in children with autism, ADHD and OCD

NYPD Bee Squad Ready for Sting Operations on Urban Swarms

Dolly the sheep clones age healthily

Lady Responds to Strict Office Dress Code By Wearing Incredible Costumes

Dirty to drinkable: Novel hybrid nanomaterials quickly transform water

The Longest Run: Olympics about more than winning for Refugee team

Is Watching Gymnastics Worse Than Being an NFL Fan?

As pastoralist land shrinks, Maasai women take livestock lead

A Mormon Tycoon Wants to Build Joseph Smith’s Mega-Utopia in Vermont

How a 4-Year-Old's Letter to His Father Survived the Civil War (A letter from his older son is visible here.)

Want police reform? Charge rich people more for speeding tickets

Sandy Hook school opening to public, 4 years after massacre

Plastic 'continents': Is there a way out?

History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump

How H.P. Lovecraft speaks to our terrifying political times

Repeated experiences of racism most damaging to mental health

What We Owe the White House Slaves: $83 Million

Immigrants Desperate To Get Out Of US Detention Can Get Trapped By Debt

Fighters battling Islamic State gather trove of documents

Syria, Russia to open aid, exit corridors in besieged Aleppo, officials say

Erdogan wants army under president's control after coup: Turkish official

Desperate migrants in Serbia launch hunger strike

An Aging WWII Refugee: ‘We Can’t Turn Our Backs on the Refugees of Today’

Obama expanding refugee program for Central Americans

Scientists caught off-guard by record temperatures linked to climate change
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the player has just released Godzilla.

So, um, my mother found a lump, and it's looking like it's probably cancer and I am so sick of this fucking shit.

Why the hell can't we ever have sudden good news like the Publisher's Clearing House just decided to award us all the prizes? Or "whoops, our climate models were overly pessimistic"? Or a certain evil presidential candidate has just choked to death on his own vitriol? Or the entire past year has been a really bad dream but now I'm waking up and somebody is giving me breakfast in bed?

Fucking a. I want a do-over. This isn't right, it isn't fair, and I don't like it.
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One of her friends has requested she write her something! "I feel so professional!" I couldn't be happier myself if - oh, hey, ice cream truck. That's just the cherry on top, a proud budding writer and ICE CREAM.
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The thing about self-diagnosis.

I once got into it with somebody who purports to be a professor on the subject of trigger warnings. She said she refused to give those unless it came through the disability office because that would be "taking responsibility" for their mental health. I pointed out that it's not like yesterday you were raped, today you have PTSD, and BOOM - tomorrow you get a diagnosis. "Oh, so you're saying people shouldn't get actual mental health care?" No, but it can take months or longer to get diagnosed, people can be crap at self-advocating, and I just don't think it's asking too much to say "Oh, head's up guys, there's a pretty graphic rape in the assigned reading for this week, we'll be discussing it next class". I mean, rape isn't something niche and esoteric.

Back and forth and back and forth and eventually she said that SHE personally had NEVER had a student complain that this was a problem. Well, yeah, and with an attitude like that I'm not surprised. I wonder how many students she's had mysteriously drop out of her class, though.

Honestly, some people.

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