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A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—The first Americans to spend much time in South Florida were the U.S. Army men who chased the Seminole Indians around the peninsula in the 1830s. And they hated it. Today, …

U.S. Army

Pictures of the Week 10.8.15

Burma

12 reasons Luxembourg is the best country in the world

The area of the whole country is 998 square miles, and as of January it counted 562,958 inhabitants.<p>Luxembourg has a stable political landscape and is the ninth-least-corrupt country in the world.<p>For 19 years until 2013, the country was led by the head of the Christian Social People's Party (CSV), …

European Travel

The 17 most memorable quotes from Yankees legend Yogi Berra

The catcher was a 15-time All Star and 10-time World Series champion, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1972, according to AFP.<p>He was also well-known for his goofy sayings.<p>Berra might never have said some of the quotes that have been attributed to him for years, but he's remembered for them …

Baseball

Are Bosses Necessary?

A radical experiment at Zappos may herald the emergence of a new, more democratic kind of organization.<p>Deeply strange reports have been emerging from the Las Vegas headquarters of Zappos, until recently the world’s happiest shoe store. This spring, by order of the CEO, Tony Hsieh, the company …

App Store

Highlights of The Times' early coverage of N.W.A

With the arrival of the N.W.A movie "Straight Outta Compton" comes a renewed interest in Los Angeles hip-hop of the late 1980s and '90s.<p>As the underground crew ascended into the mainstream, The Times helped spread the news about N.W.A's rise, reviewing for the masses the group's records during a …

The simple idea that could transform US criminal justice

Judge Victoria Pratt looks defendants in the eye, asks them to write essays about their goals, and applauds them for complying – and she is getting results<p>Municipal court in the US works like this: the accused stands with his attorney in front of the bench, looking up at the judge on high. The …

Crime