Politics

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston, Texas, April 22, 2015.

The Hidden Star of Obama’s Cabinet

The Hidden Star of Obama’s Cabinet

Energy secretary Ernest Moniz has trouble passing for a bureaucrat. With longish wavy gray hair and a cherubic smile, he looks like he could be cast as the genius scientist in a sci-fi movie.But don’t be fooled. This Stanford-trained MIT nuclear p...

There’s a lot more to Ernest Moniz that that haircut. In fact, he just might be our best hope to avoid war with Iran.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton attends a presentation of the Hillary Rodham Clinton Awards for Advancing Women in Peace and Security at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, April 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

Hillary and Liberals: Here’s the Deal

In the last few days, I’ve heard from a couple of relatives who have, or know of friends who have, come down with a case of Hillary Anxiety. Having covered Clinton’s 2000 Senate race closely and spoken at the time with many New York women among wh...

You don’t have to say you love her, because the election isn’t even directly about her. It’s about finally undoing the Reagan revolution.

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David Wildstein, former director of Interstate Capital Projects for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, listens during a hearing at the State Assembly in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. Wildstein, the appointee of Governor Chris Christie at the center of a controversy over lane closures in Fort Lee, invoked his right to remain silent at a legislative hearing. Photographer: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Bridgegate’s Key Player Pleads Guilty

Bridgegate’s Key Player Pleads Guilty

David Wildstein pleaded guilty Friday for his role in Bridgegate, the scandal involving massive traffic jams caused by the unexplained closure of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September 2013. If Wildstein, as a top-tier executive...

So who is he and what does that mean for Chris Christie?

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U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaks during the IHS CERAWeek 2015 energy conference in Houston, Texas, April 22, 2015.

The Hidden Star of Obama’s Cabinet

The Hidden Star of Obama’s Cabinet

Energy secretary Ernest Moniz has trouble passing for a bureaucrat. With longish wavy gray hair and a cherubic smile, he looks like he could be cast as the genius scientist in a sci-fi movie.But don’t be fooled. This Stanford-trained MIT nuclear p...

There’s a lot more to Ernest Moniz that that haircut. In fact, he just might be our best hope to avoid war with Iran.

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Etymology of the word 'thug'

The Etymology of ‘Thug’

The Etymology of ‘Thug’

As rioters in Baltimore took to the streets this week, countless media organizations casually referred to the predominantly black protesters as “thugs.” Then, to the surprise of many reporters and anchors, black interviewees disputed this characte...

For most of history, the word didn’t have a racial connotation. But now it most definitely does. So just. don’t. use it.

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CVS may not rebuild in Baltimore neighborhood

Will CVS Rebuild Their Looted Store?

Will CVS Rebuild Their Looted Store?

Its burning store riveted viewers as the cable news networks covered the destruction in Baltimore. But since its new outpost went up in flames, CVS corporate has been very quiet.Analysts have described how critical the pharmacy was to a poor neigh...

CVS was heralded for choosing to put a store in a struggling neighborhood. But did riots scare the corporation out of rebuilding?

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Entertainment

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Walking Dead Star Loses It On NYC Subway

Walking Dead Star Loses It On NYC Subway

Commuters on the New York were treated to business as usual as a deranged person ranted and screamed and paced back and forth on a subway train. What wasn’t the norm was that this particular person wasn’t one of the city’s thousands of mentally ...

Chad L. Coleman goes off on 4 Train

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Frontman of hip-hop duo OutKast, 'AndrÈ 3000' performs on the main stage of the 'Pop-Rock' music in the Island Festival on 'Hajogyar' (Shipyard) Island in Budapest on August 17, 2014 during their concert. Hungary's Sziget Festival, one of Europe's most popular outdoor music events in heart of Budapest city, began on August 11.  AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK        (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

You Sing Our Songs But Ignore Our Anger

You Sing Our Songs But Ignore Our Anger

“I guess cuz I’m black born, I’m supposed to say ‘Peace,’ sing songs and get clapped on…” -2Pac (“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” 1993)There are two generations of American adults now who have grown up with hip-hop. Grown up with artists like 2Pac and Noto...

White America loves hip-hop and sad songs about “the hood.” But too many would rather ignore what creates “hoods” like Baltimore’s in the first place.

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Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland Kills His Own Song

Scott Weiland has fought with drugs. He’s also fought with his fellow members of both the 90s grunge-adjacent Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, the toothless superband he formed with discarded Guns ‘n Roses personnel.Now, he’s fighting with...

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman ruins “Vasoline” at show with newest band.

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Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

Why I Won’t Watch Mayweather-Pacquiao

I’ve long savored a definition of the sentimentalist from James Joyce’s Ulysses, but I've only recently come to see how it applies to sentimentalists like me who follow and chronicle professional boxing.Actually, the last part of that sentenc...

A lifelong boxing fan confronts the cost of the physical damage inflicted by the sport and decides that watching a match is a tacit endorsement of that damage.

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Frontman of hip-hop duo OutKast, 'AndrÈ 3000' performs on the main stage of the 'Pop-Rock' music in the Island Festival on 'Hajogyar' (Shipyard) Island in Budapest on August 17, 2014 during their concert. Hungary's Sziget Festival, one of Europe's most popular outdoor music events in heart of Budapest city, began on August 11.  AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK        (Photo credit should read ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

You Sing Our Songs But Ignore Our Anger

You Sing Our Songs But Ignore Our Anger

“I guess cuz I’m black born, I’m supposed to say ‘Peace,’ sing songs and get clapped on…” -2Pac (“Holler If Ya Hear Me,” 1993)There are two generations of American adults now who have grown up with hip-hop. Grown up with artists like 2Pac and Noto...

White America loves hip-hop and sad songs about “the hood.” But too many would rather ignore what creates “hoods” like Baltimore’s in the first place.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Singer Ben E. King performs during the 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute Benefit Concert at Symphony Space on December 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

Ben E. King, a soul singer who spent a year with The Drifters, but had his greatest success with Stand By Me, which he co-wrote with the Brill Building stalwarts Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, died on Thursday. The song, covered countless times, w...

His impassioned vocals on one of the greatest songs of the last 100 years will live on forever.

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Actress Kristen Wiig arrives at the gala for "Welcome to Me" at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in Toronto September 5, 2014.    REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - RTR454UT

Kristen Wiig’s Best Performance Yet

Kristen Wiig’s Best Performance Yet

In 2011, five women pooped themselves. It was supposed to change the world. The future of women in comedy rested on the shoulders of these women who were so brash and entertaining in the blockbuster Bridesmaids. And the Patron Saint of Equal-Oppor...

She could’ve been the female Will Ferrell. Instead, she capitalized on 'Bridesmaids' to carve out an unexpected career, leading to her best turn yet in ‘Welcome to Me.’

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New Orleans Jazz fest

How the Rich Stole Jazz Music

How the Rich Stole Jazz Music

Fats Domino has dementia now, but he’s still beloved here in his hometown, where the 46th annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival concludes this weekend with a special tribute to the 87-year-old rock and roll giant. “Listen,” begins the Jazz...

You can still find the cream of New Orleans music at the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival, but critics say high ticket prices keep most of the city’s own residents from attending.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 05:  Singer Ben E. King performs during the 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute Benefit Concert at Symphony Space on December 5, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

The Big Life: ‘Stand By Me’s Ben E. King

Ben E. King, a soul singer who spent a year with The Drifters, but had his greatest success with Stand By Me, which he co-wrote with the Brill Building stalwarts Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller, died on Thursday. The song, covered countless times, w...

His impassioned vocals on one of the greatest songs of the last 100 years will live on forever.

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World News

Earthquake victims walk along a street next to collapsed houses in Sankhu, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, May 2, 2015. Bureaucracy at Kathmandu airport was holding up vital relief supplies for survivors of the April 25 earthquake in Nepal as the death toll from the disaster passed 6,600. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RTX1B8CA

Nepal One Week After the Big One

Nepal One Week After the Big One

CHAUTARA, Nepal—The immensity of the Nepal earthquake did not really hit me until i crossed the Dholaghat River, about 40 kilometers east of Kathmandu, and made my way into the hills—the “mid-hills” as they are called in this Himalayan nation. The...

While the devastated rural villages and towns continue to suffer, the performance of the government in Kathmandu raises fears of massive corruption.

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U.S. to ISIS: Go Nike Yourself

U.S. to ISIS: Go Nike Yourself

ISIS may have easily defeated the Iraqi Army at Mosul, but the group now has a new foe that will likely prove much more challenging: Nike.  Yep, the American sportswear company has now been banned by ISIS, according to fliers the terror group dist...

Hint: birds do it, bees do it. So to ISIS, Nikes are out. But don’t worry, Phil Knight. The group has lifted such bans before.

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Spanish matador David Galvan is tackled by a bull during a bullfight at The Maestranza bullring in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain April 24, 2015.  REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo        TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1A6CD

The Week in Pictures

The Week in Pictures

From the aftermath of Baltimore’s unrest to an amazing rescue from Nepal’s tragic earthquake, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

From the aftermath of Baltimore’s unrest to an amazing rescue from Nepal’s tragic earthquake, a look at the most compelling images from the past seven days.

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ODESSA, UKRAINE - MAY 01: A child stands outside the Trade Union building in Odessa, where wreaths and flowers have been placed on May 01, 2015 in Odessa, Ukraine. Forty-two pro-Russian activists died when the building was set on fire during clashes on May 2, 2014. Although life in the port city of Odessa is continuing as normal, residents are worried that a pro-Russian uprising could erupt imminently. (Photo by Pierre Crom/Getty Images)

Ukraine's Astroturf Revolution

Ukraine's Astroturf Revolution

On Friday, about 4,000 policemen, rapid reaction forces, and other Ukrainian law enforcement units marched and drove armored vehicles on Kulikovo Pole in the center of Odessa. Police officials explained that the parade was especially gaining the a...

On the one-year anniversary of the day pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian advocates clashed on the fiery streets of Odessa, terror attacks and “fake People’s Republics” are still worrying...

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U.S. to ISIS: Go Nike Yourself

U.S. to ISIS: Go Nike Yourself

ISIS may have easily defeated the Iraqi Army at Mosul, but the group now has a new foe that will likely prove much more challenging: Nike.  Yep, the American sportswear company has now been banned by ISIS, according to fliers the terror group dist...

Hint: birds do it, bees do it. So to ISIS, Nikes are out. But don’t worry, Phil Knight. The group has lifted such bans before.

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The Queer Fightback Begins As Gay London Is Wiped Out

Gay London Is Being Wiped Out

Gay London Is Being Wiped Out

LONDON — Gay London faces total annihilation. The shock closure of legendary London queer bar the Black Cap last week has stunned the city’s queer community. Another jewel has fallen from a once glittering tiara.In the last five years more than a ...

London’s once great gay scene is being shut down by gentrification and rampant rent hikes that threaten to destroy the city’s queer community.

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Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion

Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion

A 10-year-old pregnant with her stepfather’s child will not be allowed to get an abortion because the government of Paraguay doesn’t believe that her life in immediate danger.On April 23, the unnamed girl was reportedly checked into the hospital b...

The girl is pregnant after being raped by her stepfather but the government of Paraguay has refused to grant her an abortion, stating that her life is not in danger. Activists are ar...

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A riot policeman fires a teargas cannister at protesters demonstrating against the ruling CNDD-FDD party's decision to allow President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for a third five-year term in office, in Bujumbura, Burundi April 28, 2015. Burundi's government told diplomats on Tuesday to stay neutral and not side with protesters who accuse President Nkurunziza of violating the constitution by announcing he will seek a third term in office.

Burundi Fears The Return Of Bloody Past

Burundi Fears The Return Of Bloody Past

In Burundi, which most Americans think of as an exotic source of high-end coffee, the announcement from its president that he would seek a third term in violation of the constitution risks undoing a hard-won peace and recovery following the bloody...

Hutu militiamen are in Burundi and the president speaks of political opponents lying ‘face down’ on the ground. Is Rwanda’s neighbor facing slipping back into ethnic conflict?

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The Queer Fightback Begins As Gay London Is Wiped Out

Gay London Is Being Wiped Out

Gay London Is Being Wiped Out

LONDON — Gay London faces total annihilation. The shock closure of legendary London queer bar the Black Cap last week has stunned the city’s queer community. Another jewel has fallen from a once glittering tiara.In the last five years more than a ...

London’s once great gay scene is being shut down by gentrification and rampant rent hikes that threaten to destroy the city’s queer community.

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U.S. News

BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 2:  A pedestrian passes a liquor store in the Middle East neighborhood, three blocks north of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, December 2, 2003 in East Baltimore, Maryland. According to a local news media report, the city will soon evict about 250 families in the area and transform it into a biotechnology park that will create 8,000 jobs and 2,000 new and renovated houses in ten years as a revitalization program of the area.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these ci...

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

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Police officers line up late into the evening for the wake for NYPD officer Rafael Ramos at Christ Tabernacle Church in the Queens borough of New York, December 26, 2014. Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners joined a somber, four-block line outside the New York City church on Friday for the wake of Ramos, one of two officers shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by police. Ramos, 40, had been on the force for two years and was raising two teenage sons with his wife, Maritza, according to the church and city officials.            REUTERS/Carlo Allegri      (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW OBITUARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR4JCFU

Alleged Shooter Did Time for Murder Try

Alleged Shooter Did Time for Murder Try

The man suspected of shooting a New York police officer in the face Saturday evening had a violent history, including doing almost seven years in New York State prisons for 2nd degree attempted murder.Demetrius Blackwell, 35, allegedly shot Office...

He had a criminal past, but he also suffered from epilepsy and was praised by neighbors as a budding musician and devoted father. Who is the real Demetrius Blackwell?

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Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo during a press conference at KA Theatre.

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

In the spring of 1982, new to Manhattan and eager to write my first big sports piece for the Village Voice, I asked the late, great editor of The Ring, Bert Randolph Sugar, whether the upcoming Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney match qualified as a “Super...

Even its fans have written boxing’s obit for decades, but the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has the biggest purse in the sport’s history. Maybe boxing has a pulse after all.

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BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 2:  A pedestrian passes a liquor store in the Middle East neighborhood, three blocks north of Johns Hopkins University Medical School, December 2, 2003 in East Baltimore, Maryland. According to a local news media report, the city will soon evict about 250 families in the area and transform it into a biotechnology park that will create 8,000 jobs and 2,000 new and renovated houses in ten years as a revitalization program of the area.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these ci...

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

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BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 01:  Baltimore residents celebrate at the corner of West North Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue after Baltimore authorities released a report on the death of Freddie Gray while police in riot gear stand guard on May 1, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore City state's attorney, ruled the death of Freddie Gray a homicide and that criminal charges will be filed. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife April 12 outside the Gilmor Houses housing project on Baltimore's west side. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Cops Almost Saved Freddie Grey

Cops Almost Saved Freddie Grey

On what was supposed to have been Maryland’s Fallen Heroes Day, six Baltimore police officers stood as prisoners in the same booking facility where Freddie Gray was being transported to when he pleaded for medical assistance.The most serious charg...

As the Maryland State Attorney read a statement of probable cause, it was clear everything following Freddie Gray’s death could have been prevented.

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From Riots To Block Party After Charges

From Riots To Block Party After Charges

BALTIMORE—Over the past week, Baltimore has suffered riots, looting, tense protests, destruction, and a state of emergency. On Friday evening, it seemed as if Charm City was ready to party.In a press conference, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn ...

Charm City was giddy with a sense of justice after charges for the six cops involved in Freddie Gray’s death. But it’s too early to celebrate.

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Tech + Health

Business of Recovery

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Rehab Racket Drains Family Savings

Until a few years ago, Greg Horvath was making around $30,000 a month as an interventionist, confronting people with drug and alcohol problems and persuading them to go to high-priced rehabs. But as he was becoming wealthier, he says, the people h...

A new documentary by a former rehab insider shines a skeptical light on the tony business of high-priced addiction centers.

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Fewer than 1/3 of Military Sex Assaults are reported

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Military servicewomen who have been victims of sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-abuse care, a new study has found. Fewer than a third of those questioned sought medical help after their ordeal, while less than 2 percent of the 207 women in...

Fewer than a third of military servicewomen asked for medical help after a sexual assault, according to a new study.

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Rubella is gone - why it's a BFD

Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

Could Anti-Vaxxers Bring Rubella Back?

A few days ago, I learned that part of my medical education has been rendered essentially obsolete, and I couldn’t be happier about it.In a joint statement issued on April 29, the Pan American Health Organization and its parent agency the World He...

Rubella, which causes terrible birth defects in unborn infants, has finally been eradicated from the Americas. Let’s hope it’s gone for good.

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Messenger crashes into Mercury - what can we learn from space probes?

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

MESSENGER Probe Crashes Into Mercury

Pour one out for MESSENGER space probe. Today, at around 3:30 PM EST, MESSENGER crashed into the planet Mercury, no doubt shouting “SCIENCE!” as it went. That final crash marks the end of an amazingly successful scientific mission, extended to fou...

At 3:30 PM EST, the little space probe that could completed its final mission. But do not weep because MESSENGER died as it lived—bringing us a greater understanding of mysterious Me...

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Fewer than 1/3 of Military Sex Assaults are reported

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Female GIs Afraid to Seek Post-Rape Care

Military servicewomen who have been victims of sexual assault are unlikely to seek post-abuse care, a new study has found. Fewer than a third of those questioned sought medical help after their ordeal, while less than 2 percent of the 207 women in...

Fewer than a third of military servicewomen asked for medical help after a sexual assault, according to a new study.

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Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists in Switzerland are using ghosts to battle the effects of some mental disorders. Okay, not Patrick-Swayze-and-the-pottery-wheel ghosts, or even throw-a-sheet-over-me-and-call-me-spooky ghosts like Casper, but instead the sort of ghostly ...

New technology creates digital ghosts to help the psychotic.

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Making Art Out of Sexual Trauma

Making Art Out of Sexual Trauma

Nirbhaya, the new play based on the atrocious 2012 gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh in Delhi, is composed of the stories of sexual violence from five women, who were unified by the news of Singh’s attack. Better known around the world by her ps...

A powerful new play on the 2012 gang rape and murder of an Indian student showcases actresses who have survived sexual violence in their own lives.

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The Cure for Brain Disease In Your Gut

The Cure for Brain Disease in Your Gut

The Cure for Brain Disease in Your Gut

Why are we making such little progress in our attempts to uncover the causes of various forms of brain degeneration? These days we frequently hear about breakthroughs in our understanding of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and arthr...

Researchers are just now starting to link inflammation in your gut with some of the most deadly and debilitating diseases we have.

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Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists Can Make You Feel Ghosts

Scientists in Switzerland are using ghosts to battle the effects of some mental disorders. Okay, not Patrick-Swayze-and-the-pottery-wheel ghosts, or even throw-a-sheet-over-me-and-call-me-spooky ghosts like Casper, but instead the sort of ghostly ...

New technology creates digital ghosts to help the psychotic.

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BeastStyle

Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

Like The ‘Onion,’ But For Feminists

“We’re Piercing My Baby’s Tongue. Here’s Why.”“Dying Woman Finally Achieves Body Acceptance”“How to Make Your Vagina Look More Like His Man Cave”Such were just a few of the headlines on Friday’s homepage of the satirical website Reductress, the ‘O...

The sharply witty ‘Reductress’ site doesn’t just satirize the sexism women face, but also the inadequacies and failings of feminism itself.

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Pippa Middleton

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

With a new royal baby on the way, the focus has been off Pippa Middleton, Kate’s younger sister, in recent months.If you were to believe some of the popular myths and internet gossip about Pippa, you might think she would be jealous not to be the ...

Kate’s sister stole the show at the Royal Wedding. Since then, her writing has made her a figure of fun. But the paps still follow her.

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1968:  Full-length image of American art collector Peggy Guggenheim (1898 - 1979) standing in front of a Picasso painting 'On The Beach' at the Peggy Guggenheim museum, Venice, Italy. She wears a light blue cape and a floral dress.  (Photo by Tony Vaccaro/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Art of Being Peggy Guggenheim

The Art of Being Peggy Guggenheim

The Peggy Guggenheim Collection sits on the banks of the Grand Canal in Venice, a somewhat unassuming one-story, white-walled palace that is filled with one of the most visited collections of modern and contemporary art in the world.Millions of ar...

Hers is one of the premier collections of modern art in the world, and Peggy Guggenheim’s private life was as passionate and colorful as her collecting.

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Inside the $23M Mathematical House

Inside the $23M Mathematical House

Inside the most talked-about house in Canada—an edifice that’s been described as “an accordion of wood and glass”—a robust young man stops a party in its tracks with his blast of “Nessum Dorma” from Puccini’s Turandot.Standing guard, in a room as ...

A coveted architectural jewel, Toronto’s Integral House—the brainchild of math prof James Stewart—is going up for sale. Which very rich person will buy it?

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Pippa Middleton

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

Does Pippa Middleton Want a Quiet Life?

With a new royal baby on the way, the focus has been off Pippa Middleton, Kate’s younger sister, in recent months.If you were to believe some of the popular myths and internet gossip about Pippa, you might think she would be jealous not to be the ...

Kate’s sister stole the show at the Royal Wedding. Since then, her writing has made her a figure of fun. But the paps still follow her.

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It’s The Efron, De Niro Muscle Posedown

It’s The Efron, De Niro Muscle Posedown

Angry chaos stalks our world. Who knows if this can soothe us—but Zac Efron and Robert de Niro have thoughtfully sought to unite our vexed planet in a good, old-fashioned, collective gawpfest by playing out, in character, a muscle pose-down on the...

On the set of their new film, Zac Efron and Robert De Niro stripped off—and cross-generational studliness reigned.

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Bob Simon’s Earthy Farewell

Bob Simon’s Earthy Farewell

“Michael, what do you think?” 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon asked his longtime producer, Michael Gavshon, during one of their daily gossip sessions. “Should I be going for Brian Williams’s job or Jon Stewart’s?”It was February 11th—only 79 da...

From his love of dirty jokes to his deep spirituality and love for his grandson, family and friends gathered to remember the veteran CBS newsman.

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British 'Beach Body' ad fight

Britain Is Nuts to Ban ‘Beach Body’ Ads

Britain Is Nuts to Ban ‘Beach Body’ Ads

Sharpie-wielding political activists have overtaken London Underground, writing outraged slogans on posters featuring a svelte, bikini-clad model next to an innocuous question: “Are you beach body ready?”They’ve scribbled “NOT OKAY” and “Fuck Your...

Are ads featuring slim, beautiful models, promoting a “beach body” image, sexist and worthy of banning? We need to grow up.

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It’s The Efron, De Niro Muscle Posedown

It’s The Efron, De Niro Muscle Posedown

Angry chaos stalks our world. Who knows if this can soothe us—but Zac Efron and Robert de Niro have thoughtfully sought to unite our vexed planet in a good, old-fashioned, collective gawpfest by playing out, in character, a muscle pose-down on the...

On the set of their new film, Zac Efron and Robert De Niro stripped off—and cross-generational studliness reigned.

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Books

The Week’s Best Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads

“We Ain’t Choosing No Sides; We Just Choosing Our Side” By Amy K. Nelson, Medium’s Matter The gangs of Baltimore believe they can do a better job policing their community than the police. ZPM Espresso and the Rage of the Jilted Crowdfunder By ...

Baltimore gangs, jilted Kickstarters and Oliver Sacks. The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.

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  • WILLIAM FAULKNER US novelist and screenwriter here about 1955

    William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

    William Faulkner’s Tragic Air Circus

    William Faulkner had recently begun a draft of “Dark House,” the novel that would ultimately become Absalom, Absalom!, when he arrived in New Orleans on February 15, 1934. He came to attend an air circus that was being thrown to celebrate the open...

    Alicensed pilot himself, Faulkner tackled the bizarre subculture of daredevil fliers in ‘Pylon,’ a novel permeated with the Depression’s desperate neuroticism.

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America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these ci...

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

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Artwork on the cover of Nancy Drew mystery book ''The Mystery of the 99 Steps'' in Davenport, Iowa Thursday August 2, 2012. (Credit Image: © Jeff Cook/Quad-City Times/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew, Gaming Sleuth

Nancy Drew never let a locked door, nosy neighbor or kidnapping attempt stop her from solving a mystery. The fearless amateur detective’s cases have taken her to Crocodile Island and Tokyo, Japan, despite warnings from mysterious characters and he...

Literature's beloved female detective goes digital with a series of addictive interactive games.

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Las Vegas, NV, USA; Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao pose for a photo during a press conference at KA Theatre.

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

Hey Haters: Boxing Still Packs a Punch

In the spring of 1982, new to Manhattan and eager to write my first big sports piece for the Village Voice, I asked the late, great editor of The Ring, Bert Randolph Sugar, whether the upcoming Larry Holmes-Gerry Cooney match qualified as a “Super...

Even its fans have written boxing’s obit for decades, but the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight has the biggest purse in the sport’s history. Maybe boxing has a pulse after all.

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America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

America's Cities Mirror Baltimore's Woes

The rioting that swept Baltimore the past few days, sadly, was no exception, but part of a bigger trend in some of our core cities towards social and economic collapse. Rather than enjoying the much ballyhooed urban “renaissance,” many of these ci...

Amid all the happy talk about the revival of U.S. urban areas, we have ignored the intractable problems of the nation’s inner cities, many of which date back to the ’60s.

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 The lynching of Leo Frank, who was accused of raping Mary Phagan, an employee of his Georgia pencil factory, and convicted on very little evidence in a decision that many belief was motivated by anti-Semitism. Instead of waiting for the courts to carry out Frank's death sentence, an angry mob stole Leo Frank out of prison and lynched him in the woods.

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

When I was a young boy I remember watching my grandfather, Nathan Belth, write at the dining room table of his Upper West Side apartment. He spread out research materials over the big surface and wrote in longhand on yellow legal pads. He was not ...

The only Jew ever lynched in the U.S., Leo Frank was in custody and appealing his conviction of the murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan when a mob caught up with him.

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A Climber's View Of The Everest Earthquake

Should We Rescue The Everest Climbers?

Should We Rescue The Everest Climbers?

One week on from Nepal’s massive earthquake, the situation remains grim: the thousands dead or injured; the homeless children, numbering in the millions, all in need. The quake couldn’t have come at a worse time, we’re told—as the seasons are chan...

Should Nepal’s few rescue helicopters be used to help its poor citizens—or wealthy adventurers who knowingly sought out a deadly mountain?

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A Vietnamese Spy Finds Kafka

A Vietnamese Spy Finds Kafka

A war novel, written any time after our re-evaluation of the phenomenon that began around the end of the American Civil War, will by its nature include certain unifying elements plucked from the grab-bag of heady themes—the blinding effects of sys...

In his arresting debut novel, Viet Thanh Nguyen has crafted one of the best pieces of fiction about the Vietnam war—and by a Vietnamese. And he’s just getting started.

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 The lynching of Leo Frank, who was accused of raping Mary Phagan, an employee of his Georgia pencil factory, and convicted on very little evidence in a decision that many belief was motivated by anti-Semitism. Instead of waiting for the courts to carry out Frank's death sentence, an angry mob stole Leo Frank out of prison and lynched him in the woods.

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

America's Only Anti-Semitic Lynching

When I was a young boy I remember watching my grandfather, Nathan Belth, write at the dining room table of his Upper West Side apartment. He spread out research materials over the big surface and wrote in longhand on yellow legal pads. He was not ...

The only Jew ever lynched in the U.S., Leo Frank was in custody and appealing his conviction of the murder of Atlanta factory worker Mary Phagan when a mob caught up with him.

Keep Reading