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Doctors botch blood pressure readings more often than you think

High blood pressure is a silent killer. Here’s why doctors often fail to catch it.<p>Picture the last time your doctor checked your blood pressure. Were you sitting in a chair? Were you relaxed? Were you silent? Did your doctor or nurse take more than one reading?<p>Chances are, the answer to one or more …

Diabetes

Where veterans live in the United States

This map shows which counties in the United States have the highest concentration of veterans as a rate per 10 thousand people. Veteran population …

Los Angeles

History’s Most Misleading Maps

Last spring, a 23-year-old woman was driving her car through the Ontario town of Tobermory. It was unfamiliar territory for her, so she was dutifully …

Big History

Pitch Perfect: A History Of Vocal Groups

Long before there were musical instruments, the human voice was used to make beautiful music, whether on its own or as part of the countless vocal …

Universal Music

My (short) life as an airport security guard

Many people leave airport security feeling dehumanised, frightened, even violated. How do the officers feel? Edward Schwarzschild decided to find out<p>It was my first shift of on-the-job training as a transportation security officer at Albany International Airport’s only checkpoint, and I was told to …

Mind

What It's Like To Be 19-Years-Old and Then, Suddenly, A Millionaire

Behind the scenes at the NBA Draft, where the night only starts when your name is called.<p>A 19-year-old sits at a round table near the stage and watches as three other teenagers and a 20-year-old become professional basketball players—and millionaires. Then he hears his name. "With the fifth pick in …

Basketball

Jay-Z’s ‘4:44’: A Track-by-Track Guide

Veteran MC Jay-Z dropped his 13th album last night via Tidal, the streaming service he owns. On the album, executive produced by No I.D., Jay-Z takes …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Remembering Beaches as Battlegrounds for Civil Rights

In 1960, black protesters in Biloxi, Mississippi, were attacked while demanding equal access to public beaches. Now the remaining activists are working to preserve the history of the “wade-ins” that opened the space to everyone.<p>Clemon Jimerson still remembers his first time on the beach in Biloxi, …

Black History

Talking Trump and Tennis With Susan Rice

“It was kind of a week of WTF,” says Susan Rice. “Or two. Because it’s something made up out of whole cloth.” Rice is sitting in her office on the …

Donald Trump

Out of His Father's Shadow

In the 1962 D-Day ensemble <i>The Longest Day</i>, an aging Henry Fonda plays the small but important role of General Ted Roosevelt Jr. General Roosevelt, …

World Leaders

The bottom line: What happens when families cross the border

Nearly 2,000 child migrants have been separated from their parents in the six weeks following the implementation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' …

Immigration

America’s 11 Most Interesting Mayors

(And 7 rising stars.)<p><b>At a time when one yellow-haired, Twitter-happy</b> personality dominates American discourse, it’s easy to forget how much political energy—and important new thinking—emanates not from the nation’s capital but from city hall. We surveyed dozens of national and local political …

Salt Lake City

Cracking the Biggest Art Heist in History

It’s still regarded as the greatest unsolved art heist of all time: $500 million of art—including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas, and …

Why police shooting trials rarely end in convictions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Police-involved shootings and controversy over use of deadly force against people of color has returned to the spotlight through a new round of trials.<p>The police officers on trial for the deaths of Philando Castile and Sylville Smith were found not guilty. For the second time, jurors failed …

Justice

The THR 100: Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People in Entertainment

The second annual ranking brings new blood (Sony's Tony Vinciquerra), stars who also produce (welcome, Reese!) and two Jenkinses (Barry and Patty), …

Diana Krall on Handling Grief, and ‘Finding Romance in Everything’

On a spring afternoon, Diana Krall sat in an empty Café Carlyle, quoting lines from Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” in a respectable New Yawk accent. Ms. Krall, the jazz pianist and singer, mentioned a scene in which Mr. Allen’s character takes a date to see Bobby Short, the Carlyle’s …

The lost prospects of Cuba

Hundreds of baseball players have fled Cuba in the past three years, only to find themselves trapped by a dream.<p><b>In Santo Domingo,</b> Aguilera lived in …

The best ways to make your own GIFs

3 ways to make your own memes.<p>First introduced to the world by Compuserve in 1987, the graphics interchange format—better known as the GIF—is having a real moment. Your mom loves ‘em, your social media feed loves ‘em, even politicians are getting in on the action, because who doesn’t need the tiny …

‘Radio tour is not for the weak’: Inside the first step to country music stardom

ATLANTA — The minutes tick by in a chilly conference room on a sunny day in March as country singer Carly Pearce stands on a small stage. Her fingers brush over her blue and white beaded bracelets, wrapped around a tattoo on the inside of her left wrist that reads, “She believed she could so she …

Country Music

Modern Wars Are a Nightmare for the Army's Official Historians

The researchers compiling the U.S. Army’s accounts of Iraq and Afghanistan have an unprecedented—and overwhelming—volume of material to work through.<p>When Major Spencer Williams was ordered to “shut down shop and move out” of Afghanistan in 2005, he closed his final message from the field as he …

The Scarface of Sex: The Millionaire Playboy Who Murdered His Way to the Top of Porn

Michael Thevis made his fortune by selling porn to millions of Americans in the 1970s. Then a campaign of bombings, killings, and a prison break …

The Amazon-Walmart Showdown That Explains the Modern Economy

With Amazon buying the high-end grocery chain Whole Foods, something retail analysts have known for years is now apparent to everyone: The online retailer is on a collision course with Walmart to try to be the predominant seller of pretty much everything you buy.<p>Each one is trying to become more …

Customer Service

This Is the Age When You Become 'Old,' According to Four Different Generations

Millennials and boomers definitely don't agree.<p>If age really is just a number, what number marks old age?<p>Well, the answer to that depends on how old …

Six Google search tips to find anything faster

Start searching smarter.<p>Google is the go-to destination when you need to find something on the web—the verb "to google" even made it into the dictionary. But while everyone's heard of the popular search engine, very few know how to make the most of it.<p>Behind the unassuming Google interface, you'll …

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Rachel Dolezal?

When the journalist Ijeoma Oluo published a scathing profile of Rachel Dolezal in <i>The Stranger</i> last year, Jezebel wrote an appreciation, headlined: “<i>The Stranger</i>’s Rachel Dolezal Profile Is So Good We Never Have to Think About Her Again.”<p>That proved premature. Today, <i>The Rachel Divide</i>, a new …

Dead Battery? How to Jump Start a Car Like a Pro

You run out of the house already late for work, hop in the car and turn the key in the ignition ... only to hear a "click click" noise instead of the …

22 Books That Celebrate Lesser-Known African Americans and Their Contributions to History

Long before Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and Rosa Parks etched their names into American history, scores of little-known …

28 Days, 28 Films for Black History Month

Our chief film critics have chosen essential movies from the 20th century that convey the larger history of black Americans in cinema.

Black History

Stories of New Orleans: As Monuments Go Down, Family Histories Emerge

NEW ORLEANS — The debate over the removal of four Confederate-era monuments has stewed here for nearly two years, longer than the city was under Confederate control, and it has not abated with the removal of the last: the statue of Robert E. Lee, plucked off its pedestal on Friday afternoon. On …