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How Technology Helped Me Cheat Dyslexia

I'm going to tell you a secret. It's something almost no one in my professional life knows. I'm dyslexic. Given that knowledge, my chosen …

Eye Tracking

It’s not just Alice Marie Johnson: Over 2,000 federal prisoners are serving life sentences for nonviolent drug crimes

On the advice of Kim Kardashian, President Trump on Wednesday commuted the prison term of Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother, who in 1996 was sentenced to life without parole in federal prison on nonviolent drug and money laundering charges.<p>It's a somewhat surprising move coming …

Criminal Sentencing

California’s largest lake is dying, leaving toxic dust behind

As California’s largest lake dries up, it threatens nearby communities with clouds of toxic dust<p>On May 29th, 2009, Michelle Dugan and her family began the 600-mile trip from El Centro, California to the Bay Area, where she was set to attend her college orientation. They left late Friday evening, …

California

In rural America, tightened access to Medicaid means tough choices

In March, Casey Britton fed her two 13-page Medicaid renewal applications into an ancient fax machine in Linden, Tennessee’s career center before the …

Deadly Chinese Fentanyl Is Creating a New Era of Drug Kingpins

Outside the gates of a residential complex called Oak Bay, a construction frenzy tears up the central Chinese city of Wuhan, a metropolis of 11 …

Why did it take so long to arrest the Golden State Killer suspect? Interagency rivalries, old technology, errors and bad luck

The killer was thought to have law enforcement or military experience. He was believed to stand around 6 feet tall, with an athletic build. He was presumed to live in the Central Valley and Sacramento area at different points in the 1970s.<p>Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was a former police officer who …

Blood Will Tell, Part I

I.Most mornings, the sky was still black when Mickey Bryan made the short drive from her house on Avenue O, through the small central Texas town of …

Crime

Remark By Teachers Union President Shows Just How Inhuman Political Discourse Has Become

In a recent BuzzFeed News article about the difficulties that “school choice Democrats” will face in the near political future, one interviewee made …

Unions

MIT's Veil service will make private browsing more private

After reports and studies revealed that browsers' private modes aren't that secure, MIT graduate student Frank Wang decided to take things into his own hands. He and his team from MIT CSAIL and Harvard have created a tool called Veil, which you could use on a public computer -- or on a private one …

The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction

Scientists are alarmed by a rise in mass mortality events – when species die in their thousands. Is it all down to climate change?<p>There was almost something biblical about the scene of devastation that lay before Richard Kock as he stood in the wilderness of the Kazakhstan steppe. Dotted across the …

Climate Change

Mothers who regret having children are speaking up like never before

Photoillustration by Stephen Gregory & Heshmat Saberi<p>‘I regret having children’<p>In pushing the boundaries of accepted maternal response, women are …

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her

The first time the police arrived on her doorstep, in March of 2015, Courtney Allen was elated.<p>She rushed to the door alongside her dogs, a pair of …

How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration

In the past decade, liberals have avoided inconvenient truths about the issue.<p>The myth, which liberals like myself find tempting, is that only the right has changed. In June 2015, we tell ourselves, Donald Trump rode down his golden escalator and pretty soon nativism, long a feature of conservative …

Trump’s 72-Hour War on Immigrants

Steve Bannon may be out of the White House, but with Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s pardon, Trump is sending a message that he’s still gunning for …

The year I spent in Joe Arpaio’s tent jail was hell. He should never walk free.

I was born in Mexico, grew up in Tijuana, and moved to Arizona when I was 14. I went to high school in a small town called Holbrook, then went to Phoenix to go to Arizona State University. By that time, roughly 2012, Joe Arpaio’s vicious anti-Latino tactics had already raised racial tensions in …

Feds failed to prove undocumented teens sent to jail were gang members, officials say

WOODLAND, CALIF. Portraying them as violent criminals swept up during a gang crackdown, the federal government sent at least seven undocumented …

ICE Left 50 Immigrant Women And Kids Stranded At A Bus Station Before Hurricane Harvey Struck

The buses had stopped running due to the approaching storm.<p>Federal immigration authorities left about 50 immigrant women and children, most of them asylum-seekers from Central America, stranded at a downtown San Antonio bus station after service was canceled Friday due to Hurricane Harvey.<p>Barbie …

Celebrities are vanishing from social media to make a statement

Platforms like Instagram and Twitter have taken the relationship between celebrities and fans to new heights. Those who follow famous people on social media feel closer to them than ever before, since these networks act as a window into the lavish personal lives of individuals they admire. Celebs …

Social Media

From idea to action: White supremacy’s new visibility

In the dictionary, white supremacy is a noun. The Oxford English Dictionary defines white supremacy as, “the belief that white people are superior to those of all other races, especially the black race, and should therefore dominate society.”<p>But the images from the “Unite the Right” rally in …

Rights & Freedoms

Touching Death: The Turbulent Life of One of America’s Last Snake-Handling Preachers

<i>Welcome to</i> <i>The South Week</i> <i>at</i> The Ringer<i>. We’re celebrating — and reporting on — the richness of the region. You’ll find stories from all over the map,</i> …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Living in a void: life in Damascus after the exodus

During six years of civil war in Syria, novelist Khaled Khalifa has watched wave after wave of friends and family flee his home city. But despite everything, he has decided to stay<p>My sister, whom I haven’t seen for more than two years, told me she was going to cross the sea in a rubber dinghy. She …

Hung Up

This Big Beef Exposes The Ugly Underbelly of Vegan Vlogging

<b>When Anna Scanlon logged onto the video streaming site</b> YouNow last Halloween, her stomach sank. Vegan Cheetah, a popular vlogger within the online …

This grand experiment could save America's justice system

JERSEY CITY, N.J. ─ On the ground floor of a deteriorating county courthouse, in a room outfitted with temporary office furniture and tangles of electrical wires, a cornerstone of America’s criminal justice system is crumbling.<p>A 20-year-old man in a green jail jumpsuit appears on a video monitor …

New Jersey

RuPaul, Hardest-Working Drag Queen in Show Business, Eyes Emmy Gold

The Drag Race host on going mainstream and the politics of drag.<p>I heard <b>RuPaul</b> before I saw him, his trademark breathy giggle rising up out of a darkened studio hallway. In lieu of antidepressants, psychiatrists might prescribe listening to this sound on a loop, so mood boosting are its properties. …

A Most American Terrorist: The Making of Dylann Roof

“What are you?” a member of the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston asked at the trial of the white man who killed eight of her fellow black parishioners and their pastor. “What kind of subhuman miscreant could commit such evil?... What happened to you, Dylann?”<p>Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent …

General Hospital

How a Journalist Uncovered the True Identity of Jihadi John

<i>Souad Mekhennet</i> | I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad |<i> Henry Holt & Company</i> |<i> June 2017</i> | <i>19 minutes (5,112 words)</i><i></i> <i>Below is</i> …

The rise and humiliating fall of Chris Cantwell, Charlottesville’s starring ‘fascist’

The white supremacists, nationalists and far-right trolls who starred in last weekend’s violent Charlottesville rallies have suffered no lack of humiliation in the days since.<p>Take “Millennial Matt,” whose catchphrase — “Hitler did nothing wrong!” — earned him tens of thousands of fans before he …

Rights & Freedoms

A lot of our ideas about bilingual children are total myths

“What’s that music?” my three-year-old asked as we listened to a song in a foreign language last December.<p>Could my toddler be showing an interest in her Russian heritage? Maybe this would be a chance to tell her about the revered winter holidays of my childhood in St. Petersburg, Russia—calling up …

Language Learning

I Used To Be a Neo-Nazi. Charlottesville Terrifies Me.

When I was a skinhead, living in the Los Angeles area in the 1980s, I remember watching a favorite video with my fellow extremists. It was footage of the 1979 Greensboro massacre, when Ku Klux Klan members shot and killed five people at a workers’ demonstration in North Carolina. A group of cars …

Rights & Freedoms