Cliff Webb

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What Should Grow in a Vacant Lot?

Chris Swan is spending years studying a unique ecosystem—the vacant lots of Baltimore—looking for the best ways to bring the city’s dead spaces back to life.<p>On a frigid day in the West Baltimore neighborhood Harlem Park, ecologist Chris Swan parks his pickup on a block where vacant lots outnumber …

Doug Harvey, Hall of Fame Umpire Whom Players Called God, Dies at 87

Doug Harvey, the Hall of Fame umpire who became a commanding presence and a symbol of excellence in a career spanning 31 National League seasons, died on Saturday in Visalia, Calif. He was 87.<p>His death was confirmed by his wife, Joy.<p>Harvey had silver hair, giving him something of a regal air, and …

How It Works: The Large Mouth of the Largemouth Bass

The eponymous maw of the largemouth bass — and the fish’s ability to suck prey into that gaping gullet in a rapacious strike — are part of the lore and legend of the bass to the many anglers who pursue it. But they are not the only ones who are fascinated.<p>The functioning of the large mouth of the …

He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.

Spencer Sleyon, a 22-year-old rapper and producer from East Harlem, and his friends were going around the room in October, talking about who their closest friends were.<p>When it was his turn, he said: “My best friend is an 81-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida.”<p>To be …

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Why Is This Bacterium Hiding in Human Tumors?

A mysterious bacterium found in up to half of all colon tumors also travels with the cancer as it spreads, researchers reported on Thursday.<p>Whether the bacterium, called Fusobacterium nucleatum, actually plays a role in causing or spurring the growth of cancer is not known. But the new study, …

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The Recipe That Changed the Way I Cook Chicken

Perfect pan-roasted chicken thighs were a significant improvement over the frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts I used to cook.<p>You can cook chicken, and you can <i>cook chicken</i>. Until I was about 27, I only did the first one. Growing up, I watched my mom make tenders out of chicken cutlets and …

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Trump Criticizes N.F.L. for Not Penalizing Anthem Kneeling

The N.F.L. for now will continue to let players kneel or sit during the national anthem without a penalty, capitulating to demands by the athletes for free expression but potentially further alienating fans who object to the protests and feel they are disrespectful to the flag and the military.<p>But, …

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Cancer Humor

During periods of hardship, laughter can lighten the load. Cracking up may be a better option than breaking down, or so the recent publications of three young adults with cancer suggest. Somewhat discomfiting, the jests of these authors serve as an antidote and alternative to the despairing …

Becoming a Steelworker Liberated Her. Then Her Job Moved to Mexico.

<i>Leer en español | Listen to The Daily episode</i><p>INDIANAPOLIS — The man from Mexico followed a manager through the factory floor, past whirring exhaust fans, beeping forklifts, and drilling machines that whined against steel. Workers in safety glasses looked up and stared. Others looked away. Shannon …

Alf Clausen has created so many classic ‘Simpsons’ songs. Here are 12 of his most memorable.

By Michael Cavna<p>Michael Cavna<p>Writer/artist for Comic Riffs, covering visual storytelling, cartoon art/illustration, comedy/satire and animation.<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Writer/artist<p><i>“Lisa, get away from that jazzman.”</i><p>From those immortal words of Marge, “The Simpsons” has always reflected a deep appreciation …

Ten common foot problems

The feet take a lot of daily abuse from walking, running, jumping, and climbing, so naturally, they are subject to many different types of …

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A Tranquil Swimming Hole Is Overwhelmed by Its Own Internet Fame

DENNING, N.Y. — For decades, hikers in the Catskills have gone swimming in a freshwater pool in Sundown Wild Forest, near the foot of Peekamoose Mountain. They called it the Blue Hole because of the crystalline quality of its water, and for many, a trip there was a cherished tradition.<p>Although it …

A Very Detailed, Interactive Map of Chicago’s Tree Canopy

It reveals some startling patterns.<p>In June, the Chicago Region Tree Initiative and Morton Arboretum released what they say is the most comprehensive …

The Secret Life of Pain

Five years ago, I still lived a double life.<p>I was 35, looking out over the Gulf of Thailand and a few weathered beach tenders. Inside, where dark suits filled the conference room, I could feel the eyes of my fellow diplomats.<p>No doubt they were wondering why I was sitting on my briefcase. I joked to …

Are You a Carboholic? Why Cutting Carbs Is So Tough

I’ve been eating a high-fat, carb-restricted diet for almost 20 years, since I started as an experiment when investigating nutrition research for the journal Science. I find it’s easy for me to maintain a healthy weight when I eat this way. But even after two decades, the sensation of being on the …

If You Fix This, You Fix a Big Piece of the Climate Puzzle

There’s no single solution for climate change, but there is one that would be more effective than others. What do you think it is?

What Do We Think Poverty Looks Like?

Several years ago, during a harsh Detroit winter, I swallowed my pride and applied for food stamps. I wasn’t sure I’d qualify, but I knew three things. I had little money in the bank, little chance of quickly earning more and I needed to eat. So I tried my luck with the government.<p>I received $16 a …

How the Death of a Muslim Recruit Revealed a Culture of Brutality in the Marines

<b>It was late</b> at night on March 7, 2016, when Ghazala Siddiqui heard the phone ring and hurriedly reached for it, eager to hear the voice of her son. An indecipherable torrent of words spewed from the breathless</i> …

TOTALLY TUBULAR. Larsmade’s Beautifully Bent ‘72 Honda XL250 Bobber

There's pretty much nothing we like better than to be sent an amazing custom bike from a home builder. Wright Brother's style, the idea of some guy …

As coal dwindles, mining states trim safety inspections

Kathy Bartlett watched helplessly this spring as Kentucky lawmakers cut back on mine safety inspections and replaced them with coaching sessions on miners' safety habits.<p>She knows more than most what's at stake.<p>Bartlett's son, Rickey Thorpe, was crushed to death in a western Kentucky underground …

The Hacker Who Cared Too Much

One afternoon in a modest, hilltop home in West Hartford, Connecticut, Linda Pelletier, a sandy-blond mother of four, opened a greeting card from her …

Letter of Recommendation: The Pull-Up

Pull-up failure runs in my family. It happened to my grandfather in 1935. He was 11 — bookish, gawky, one of the few Jews in his Munich public school. His gym teacher, a sadist who had long had it out for him, ordered the boys to do pull-ups. When my grandfather’s turn came, he gripped the bar, …

You Still Need Your Brain

Most adults recall memorizing the names of rivers or the Pythagorean theorem in school and wondering, “When am I ever gonna use this stuff?” Kids today have a high-profile spokesman. Jonathan Rochelle, the director of Google’s education apps group, said last year at an industry conference that he …

Who Should You Listen to on Abortion? People Who’ve Had Them

When I arrived at the clinic in Washington, I looked for the young woman I was waiting for. Her body was covered with tattoos of birds and stars. She hugged me with a warm smile and introduced me to her boyfriend. He didn’t look at me. In fact, he didn’t look me in the eye for the five hours we sat …