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The Man Who Knew Too Much

His nuclear research helped a judge determine that former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko had been assassinated – likely on Putin’s orders. Just months after the verdict, the scientist himself was found stabbed to death with two knives. Police deemed it a suicide, but US intelligence officials …

Crime

Why Grenfell Tower Burned: Regulators Put Cost Before Safety

LONDON — The doorbell woke Yassin Adam just before 1 a.m. A neighbor was frantically alerting others on the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower about a fire in his apartment. “My fridge blew up,” the man shouted.<p>Residents of Grenfell Tower had complained for years that the 24-story public housing block …

London Fire Brigade

The Hunt for the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Artwork

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

Boston

President Trump’s Twitter feed is a gold mine for foreign spies

Every time President Trump tweets, journalists and Twitter followers attempt to analyze what he means. Intelligence agencies around the world do, too: They’re trying to determine what vulnerabilities the president of the United States may have. And he’s giving them a lot to work with.<p>Trump’s …

Donald Trump

China's Mistress-Dispellers

Yu Ruojian was pleased to learn that his target ran a sex shop. Someone who worked in retail would be used to talking to strangers, and it would be easy, posing as a customer in such an intimate store, to bring the conversation around to personal matters. In March last year, he visited the store, …

China

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

Five building blocks of a data-driven culture

How can organizations leverage data as a strategic asset? Data comes at a high price. Businesses must pay for data collection and cleansing, hosting and maintenance, salaries of data engineers, data scientists and analysts, risk of breach and so on.<p>The line items add up. However, if done well, a …

Big Data

More Than Memory: Coping With The Other Ills Of Alzheimer's

The first problem with the airplane bathroom was its location.<p>It was March. Greg O'Brien and his wife, Mary Catherine, were flying back to Boston from Los Angeles, sitting in economy seats in the middle of the plane. "We're halfway, probably over Chicago," Greg remembers, "and Mary Catherine said, …

Dementia

A 'cutting-edge' Confederate death trap inspired today's sub

From CNET Magazine: The H.L. Hunley was the first sub to sink an enemy ship. It was also a playbook on how not to design a submarine.<p>When the crew of the USS Housatonic looked out into the water on the night of February 17, 1864, they weren't entirely sure what they were seeing.<p>There was something …

Military History

Every single Stephen King novella, ranked

There aren't many best-selling authors out there who still write novellas.<p>In publishing terms, the form is a tricky one: often too short to stand alone but too long to include in a short story collection, books in the 20,000-40,000 word range can sometimes hang in a kind of literary no man's land. …

Authors

The 7 Best Climbing Roses for Your Garden

The best climbing roses have a wild side. Consider the one in my backyard. It covers a large crab apple tree that I disdain but for one attribute: it …

Flowers

Illustrations So Sweet They'll Make You Crave Candy​

Realism and detail abound in Alice Lin’s floral illustrations.<p>Bundles of flowers drip droplets of sweet nectar as they bury the faces of creatures from a Wonderland. Within Alice Lin's dense and fascinatingly otherworldly paintings, refined technique elevates a surrealist style. Her works combine …

Illustration

The 13 Strangest Beers on Earth

Courtesy of Bompas & Parr and 40ft Brewery / Photography by Steve Ryan<p>In terms of wacky places to find yeast, Roald Dahl’s writing chair is a one of …

Craft Brewing

What All 50 States Are Hungry For On Pinterest

Pinterest users in Alabama are all about the pound cake. This variation uses grapefruit juice in the batter for a tender, citrusy cake. Be sure to …

Foodies

The Fierce, Not-So-Feminist Women’s Wrestling League That Inspired Netflix’s G.L.O.W.

The creators of the new series explain the weird 80s phenomenon that inspired them to peek behind the spandex.<p>In the 1980s, the Worldwide Wrestling Federation dominated airwaves and lunchboxes with caricatures and over-the-top theatrics. How could anyone hoping to compete in the ring of televised …

TV

Narcoterrorism and the KKK Model: Inside the Rise of Latin America’s ‘Gangster Warlords’

A new kind of warfare defined by powerful but shadowy ‘criminal insurgencies’ is on the rise in much of Latin America. What are we going to do about it?<p>Cartels are getting their swagger back in Colombia, drug-war violence is skyrocketing in Mexico, Central American countries like El Salvador and …

Mexico

Ballplayers’ efforts to slow the game down may be . . . slowing the game down

By now, trudging toward the midway point of this baseball season, we have been well-versed on the reasons games are taking longer than ever before. Pitchers throw harder. Batters swing for the fences. They miss a lot. Fewer balls are in play. Hitters are striking out at a record pace — again. Both …

Baseball

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Three Stanford scientists have proposed a provocative new way of thinking about genetic variants, and how they affect people’s bodies and health.<p>In 1999, a group of scientists scoured the genomes of around 150 pairs of siblings in an attempt to find genes that are involved in autism. They came up …

Genetics

Being Donald Trump: the life of an impersonator

John Di Domenico has been playing Donald Trump longer than anyone else – except Trump himself. By Jordan Kisner<p>John Di Domenico looks nothing like Donald Trump: he’s 17 years younger, several inches shorter and a natural brunet, though lately he keeps his head shaved to make putting on the coppery …

Donald Trump

Jane Sanders Lawyers Up

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>The strange story behind the federal investigation that has rattled Burlington, Vermont, and put Bernie and Jane Sanders on the defensive.<p>Bernie Sanders was in the midst of …

Bernie Sanders

Castro Theatre: The epic history of a San Francisco and LGBTQ landmark

Shining a spotlight on the cinematic jewel of the Castro<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>As the Castro Theatre celebrates 95 years in the neighborhood today—it's important to know that it's more than just a place …

San Francisco

Spotlight on Tbilisi

A 360-degree look at the fashion and foundation of Georgia's capital city.<p>After decades under Soviet Russia and centuries of foreign domination, Georgia and its people are looking to find their own independent identity aside from the narrative of occupation. And at the center of this nationwide …

Europe

Trained to Kill: How Four Boy Soldiers Survived Boko Haram

When the boys of Baga think back to home on the shores of Lake Chad in northeastern Nigeria, they remember a life that was not hard on any human. At dusk, fishermen cast their nets in the lake’s blue-green waters, careful to avoid the spots where townspeople swam and washed. The next morning, men …

Nigeria

Pictures of the Week 6.22.17

Brazil Travel

How Chinese tea arrived — and flourished — on an island in Portugal

<i>Beloved destinations often have overlooked histories. Mic dives into how the past shapes what travelers see today.</i><p>Nothing in the Azores happens by …

Tea

Tbilisi Fashion Takes Flight

A drone's-eye view of Georgia's designer landscape.<p>Georgia's landscape is its calling card, its framework, and an endless source of inspiration―we couldn't tell the country's fashion story without it. From 16th century fortresses perched above the capital of Tbilisi to the verdant mountains that …

Fashion

Martha Stewart Answers the Most Popular Paint Questions

We may think we know a lot about paint colors and decorating in general, but there's no way we'll ever come close to Martha Stewart's depth of …

Home Decorating

The 10 Must Watch Movies For Finance Professionals

The financial world, in all its incarnations, makes for great cinema; tragedy, comedy, ingenuity, catastrophe and redemption; are all present in the …

Wolf of Wall Street

Glastonbury Heats Up: Pictures

England