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How to cook the perfect red velvet cake

This crimson cake should be showstoppingly gaudy – the baked equivalent of Dolly Parton. But should your colouring be artificial or natural? And what should you top it with?<p>A southern American classic, the red velvet has its origins in the 19th century, when cakes as soft and fine as that fancy …

Just One Day In New Orleans? What To Do And See In 12 Hours.

Start early with the divine beignets at the <b>Café du Monde</b>, it's a cliché but oh so delicious! Café au lait and the fluffy dough and sugar bites are the way to fill you up for a few hours.<p>The Original Café opened in 1862 and is serving all the time except on Christmas Day and on the day the …

Are we living through another 1930s? | Paul Mason

As daunting events come thick and fast amid increasing public racism and xenophobia, the similarities with the buildup to the second world war are real, but we can take hope from a few key differences<p>Things are happening with machine-gun rapidity: Brexit, the Turkish coup, Islamist massacres in …

A Brief History of Prison Staff Having Relationships with Inmates

We asked a criminal psychologist about this phenomenon, in the wake of recent news of a prison nurse being banned from work after falling for a prisoner.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>In case you were wondering, if you send a copy of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> to an inmate and also happen to …

The 18 apps you should use every day to be more productive

That's why we've assembled a list of apps that will make you more productive, and take away some of the stress from your life.<p>From fan favorites to cutting-edge newcomers, these apps help you sketch out an idea, take detailed notes, or stay in touch with your team.<p>Whatever your day consists of, …

Apps

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Dallas shooting puts U.S. at a crossroads. Will we address race and criminal justice or allow violence to fester?

What happened in Dallas is unambiguously awful — unforgivable, indefensible, tragic. There is no moral calculation that can justify the killing of five police officers in cold blood. Police officers put their lives at risk to protect communities. They go where the rest of us don't dare. They run …

Gun Control

Hopes Fade for Criminal Justice Reform This Year

The push for criminal justice reform, the legislation seen as having the best chance of passing Congress this session, has stalled as key senators …

How Mother Jones went undercover to reveal ugly truths about for-profit prisons

Undercover reporting is the James Dean of journalism: thrilling, but dangerous.<p>Nellie Bly did it in 1887 when she checked herself into an insane asylum and emerged with stories of beatings and neglect.<p>ABC Primetime Live did it in 1992 when reporters posed as supermarket workers at Food Lion to …

Brexit roadmap: A guide to what happens next

Britain’s referendum on EU membership answered one question but raised a lot of others — from who will next lead the U.K. to what relationship it …

How Can America Celebrate Independence Day With Millions Behind Bars and Under Surveillance?

It was bizarre to celebrate a day dedicated to freedom from inside prison. Even after being released, the day smacks of hypocrisy for me.<p>For 13 …