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Cartier Kings

How designer sunglasses have come to represent status and violence in Detroit.<p>Darryle Miller was just 20 years old in the summer of 2010 when he was killed for his Cartier sunglasses. Known to his mom as Little Darryle, the 6’6” former high school basketball star from Detroit had taken a 30-minute …

Why America still permits child marriage

CHILD marriage is common in the developing world. One in three girls there is believed to marry before the age of 18, which is how child marriage is …

The Consumerist Church of Fitness Classes

Gyms provide ritual and community, serving as a sort of religion. They also promote values American culture already worships—capitalism and overwork.<p>You pay a regular tithe to support the community. In public, you wear symbols that identify you as one of the faithful. When you gather with other …

Happiness

9/11 neighborhood shaken by truck attack fears it's targeted

NEW YORK (AP) — On his way to work each morning, Antonio Collac stops to light a candle at St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church, a stone-columned sanctuary two blocks from lower Manhattan's ground zero.<p>There, beneath a vaulted roof that was pierced by the landing gear from one of the jets that felled …

The 10 Best New Backpacking Meals

While testing this year’s crop of new just-add-water backpacking foods, something weird happened: I actually went back for second and third bites of not one but several items. In fact, after I finished testing, I grabbed the winning meal and ate it for lunch. In my office. With access to a fully …

Healthy Eating

Drew Faust and old, white men: The changing role of university presidents

If your perception of higher education is that it’s led by aging white males, you’re right. According to a report released this week by the American …

Higher Education

The most forward-thinking, future-proof college in America teaches every student the exact same stuff

<i>College is supposed to help young people prepare for the future. But as headlines warn that automation and technology may change—or end—work as we know it, parents, students, and universities are grappling with a new question: How do you educate a new generation for a world we can’t even imagine?</i><p>A …

College & University

Uber Founder Travis Kalanick Resigns as C.E.O.

Travis Kalanick stepped down Tuesday as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing service that he helped found in 2009 and built into a transportation colossus, after a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.<p>Mr. Kalanick’s exit came under pressure after hours of …

This is how bad it is for women in Silicon Valley

<b>I work in Silicon Valley, a community where six- and seven-figure investments are routinely tossed at ideas that sometimes soar to success but more</b> …

Higher Education Seeks Answers to Leaner Years

With an important source of revenue down and the flow of customers flattening out, one of the biggest businesses in Georgia — its public university system — is turning to a strategy of consolidations and mergers to improve efficiency and cut costs.<p>The system has shrunk from 35 campuses to 28, …

States With Large Black Populations Are Stingier With Government Benefits

Research suggests that states with homogenous populations are more willing to spend on the safety net than those with higher shares of minorities.<p>When he launched his War on Poverty in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Tom Fletcher, an unemployed white Appalachian coal miner who lived in …

Income Inequality

The Triple Crown of Backpacking: A "Mini" Version

When many readers of this site think about taking a thru-hike, I imagine they dream about completing one of the “big three” of America’s long trails: …

Most private colleges take very few transfers. At USC, about 1,500 get a spot each year

Xavier Garcia sat at a welcome dinner the evening of move-in day at<p>USC, shoulders straight, shirt tucked, hands folded over a notebook filled with questions to ask and people to meet.<p>With Ds in high school and no family with college degrees, he once had dismissed the possibility of attending a …

College & University

The Marshall Plan turns 70 this week. Here are four reasons it was so important.

President Trump’s first foreign trip as commander in chief began May 19 and included stops at NATO headquarters in Brussels and in Italy for a Group of Seven meeting. When it concluded May 27, many commentators argued that U.S.-European relations were at a post-World War II low point.<p>Exactly 70 …

Geopolitics

Could the U.S. and China end up in a terrible war that neither wants?

Is a dangerous pattern emerging in U.S.-China relations? International relations scholar Graham Allison coined the term “Thucydides Trap” in 2012 to explain how a rising power can instill fear in an existing power, leading to hostility and mistrust that can escalate into war.<p>In his new book, …

Geopolitics

Zion National Park: Finding a road less traveled

Visitor numbers at Zion National Park are skyrocketing, which often means long lines to enter the park, to board shuttles and even to access certain trails.<p>In 2016, the park set a record with nearly 4.3 million visitors, 17% more than the previous record — set in 2015.<p>Jana Schleif of Marktoberdorf, …

Why Colleges Already Face Race-Related Challenges In Serving Future Students

Today, more Americans graduate high school and go on to college than ever before. But as the country becomes more diverse — the Census Bureau expects that by 2020 more than half of the nation's children will be part of a minority race or ethnic group — are colleges and universities ready to serve …

College & University

Voter Suppression in Deep-Blue New York

It's not just a Southern thing.<p>Democrats are celebrating the Supreme Court’s refusal to review an appeals court decision striking down a North Carolina law for violating the Voting Rights Act. Some liberal media outlets called it America’s “worst voter suppression law.” I was happy to see it go, …

Government

For vulnerable high school girls in Japan, a culture of ‘dates’ with older men

TOKYO — High school dating? No big deal in many parts of the world — but in Japan, it means something quite different.<p>Here, “high school dating” matches girls in uniforms with men in their 40s and 50s and beyond. And it means money changing hands.<p>Sometimes this involves a walk around the block or a …

Japan

The 10 Best Budget Hotels Near National Parks

If you want to visit the beautiful national parks of the United States on a budget, you're welcome to camp at one of the many affordable sites across …

National Parks

A Public University Acquires A Big For-Profit, And Raises Big Questions

In a move that's being called "bold" and "out of the blue," Indiana's Purdue University is acquiring the for-profit Kaplan University. In announcing the deal last week, Purdue President Mitch Daniels said it was designed to open the university up to a vast new pool of students nationwide.<p>"We cannot …

Why Do North Koreans Hate Us? One Reason — They Remember the Korean War.

“Why do they hate us?”<p>It’s a question that has bewildered Americans again and again in the wake of 9/11, in reference to the Arab and Muslim worlds. …

From Ancient Greece, Lessons On The Risk Of A Modern, Accidental War

To consider the dangers in America's future, let's go back more than 2,000 years to ancient Greece. Sparta was the established power, but Athens was rising fast. Sparta wanted to preserve its status, while Athens felt it should be dominant.<p>The result was a disastrous conflict that ravaged both …

Geopolitics

How Does Race Affect a Student's Math Education?

A new paper examines the ways “whiteness” reproduces racial advantages and disadvantages.<p>Kassie Benjamin-Ficken, a teacher in Minneapolis, discovered her love of math in elementary school. One of her earliest memories is begging her mother to come to school so her teachers could share how she …

Education

1 epic itinerary for your trip to Montana

SOME ROAD TRIPS start with a frantic airport, frenzied lineups for rental cars, and countless miles navigating through busy interstates with a rental …

America and Canada, divided by a common border

A MILE of water divides the American village of Morristown from its Canadian neighbour, Brockville. Their economies were once closely linked, with …

'Climate change allows terrorists to thrive'

A report commissioned by the German foreign office shows how in scenarios of instability and conflict, climate change can contribute to the emergence …

A 15-Minute Dumbbell Arms Workout You Can Do Anywhere

There's so much you can do with just a single set of dumbbells. They're inexpensive, easy to use, and small enough to keep tucked under your bed. And …

Health

This Is the Best Workout For Losing Weight

• POPSUGAR<br>• Health & Fitness<br>• Weight Loss<p>What's the Best Workout For Losing Weight?<p>This Is the Best Workout For Losing Weight<p>Shares<p>If you're trying to lose …

6 awesome places in Michigan you’ve probably never heard of

IT’S EASY TO THINK of Michigan as just another “Midwestern” state, but dig a little deeper and it’s clearly anything but. For starters, it has the …