Fergus Branton

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Report offers rare peek into Canadian gang life and high-risk youth

He has walked alone through some of the most unsafe neighbourhoods in Calgary in hopes he'd be stopped by gang bangers wanting to know what he was doing on their turf.<p>That's when the unassuming Hieu Ngo would go to work. He would tell them his story, how he went from being a Vietnamese refugee …

The Best and Worst Airlines -- According to Twitter

United draws the most complaints in tweets.<p>For an airline, the only thing worse than an angry passenger is an angry passenger with a Twitter following.<p>Searching Twitter mentions for any major airline is like slogging through a virtual customer service line that extends out to the tarmac. It’s …

Australia shark attack: British man killed at Byron Bay

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1106000/1106877_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522320209_469776e2d3ed2399d264de99e2b76ac2<p><b>A 50-year-old British man has been killed in a shark attack off a beach in Byron Bay, the most easterly point on the Australian mainland, officials</b> …

Australia

What Scottish Independence Might Mean for a Less-Great Britain

The economic effects could be minor; the cultural ones, more profound.<p>As advertised, I don't plan to host an open-ended forum on the merits of the Scottish independence vote. If you'd like to see the Scottish government's white paper supporting a 'Yes' vote, go here. If you've missed Paul Krugman's …

Gambia Passes Bill to Imprison Gays for Life

Life for LGBT men and women in the West African county of Gambia just got significantly more difficult, as lawmakers passed a piece of legislation …

LGBTQI

Google's Perks Are So Amazing That Employees Have Found Ways To Secretly Live On Campus And Avoid Paying Rent

Google perks are so good some employees say they've spent weeks living on campus to avoid paying rent, according to a Quora thread.<p>"Technically, you weren't supposed to live at the office, but people got around that by living in their cars in the parking lot of the office or the Shoreline parking …

Employment

10 Earth Landscapes That Look Like They're From Another Planet

Believe it or not, these photos were all taken right here on Earth.<p>The Earth is filled with amazing natural wonders, but some of them are so extraordinary you'd think you landed on another world.

Why your brand-new plane doesn't have a seat-back TV

Earlier this year, I boarded a United flight from Newark to San Diego. After passing the first few rows, a young boy turned to his mother and asked, "Why aren't there any TVs?"<p>"It's probably an older plane," she responded -- but that couldn't be further from the truth.<p>The aircraft, a 737-900 with …

The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the "gift economy."<p>The busiest time of year for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is not Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or any of …

Iconic Monuments Magnificently Photographed From Sunrise Till Sunset

The world's most iconic monuments and buildings often have two very different qualities, depending on which time of day you visit them.<p>You might …

Beach Crowds Are Beautiful From 5,000 Feet In The Air

Going to the beach this Labor Day weekend? You could become part of a work of art.<p>This Labor Day Weekend, thousands of Americans will begin one final migration to the local beach, in what will doubtless be their last chance to enjoy some sun and surf before a gray half-year of winter sets in.<p>On …

Labor Day

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Landscape Photography

Gunplay is all I know

As as young black male in America, I’d rather be caught with a gun than without one<p>The other night I got one of those 3 a.m. phone calls I hate. My homie Tip was on the other end like, “Wake the fuck up! Yo you ain’t gonna believe this shit!”<p>“Who got hit now?” I headed to the fridge, in search of a …