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Seize the Hollywood Sign

The neighborhood below the landmark grew up with the city, but now LA must destroy Hollywoodland to save itself<p>There’s a woman who wants to get rid of the Hollywood Sign. I can’t blame the impulse: It looks so good attacked by tornadoes and aliens; there’s such a rush in the slow creak and the …

Los Angeles

The Food Lab: My 19 Favorite Summer Grilling Recipes

Even when I lived in a New York apartment, grilling (perhaps illegally, on my balcony) was my favorite way to spend a warm summer evening. Now that I'm out in the Bay Area, warm summer evenings don't really exist, but I've got far more room for grilling than I've ever had before, which means that …

Meat

10 ways design thinking can help you raise resourceful kids

When my son Ben was young, he only ate white food. Spaghetti, bread and popcorn all made the cut; broccoli and peppers, not so much. I couldn’t let it go. I formed spinach into “Shrek pancakes,” told him Batman loved peas and challenged him to string bean eating contests. I knew he loved …

Parenting

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

Who’s Winning the Fight for the Best In-Car Technology?

There was a time when buyers measured the appeal of a vehicle based on such things as styling, performance or the availability of features like power windows and leather seats. But these days, shoppers are seeking out the vehicles that offer the most seamless and powerful digital technologies.<p>Next …

Women in Tech

Chester Bennington and the Cathartic Anger of Linkin Park

Chester Bennington, a vocalist for the nu-metal band Linkin Park, was found dead in his California home on Thursday morning. The apparent cause was suicide—a hanging. Bennington was forty-one years old, and is survived by his wife and six children. The precise manner and timing of Bennington’s …

Music

What It's Like To Be Trans At The Beach

The two tools that got me through my earliest experiences of being a trans person on the beach were: 1) Alcohol and 2) Laura Dern.<p>The first time, I was on vacation with my family in Myrtle Beach, SC, and I was utterly terrified. Still in the thrust of medically transitioning, I was experiencing …

LGBTQ

5 Times The Simpsons Predicted the Future

From President Trump to FaceTime.<p>For a time, <i>The Simpsons</i> was as close to TV perfection as you could get. A razor sharp satirical sense combined with some of the best writing in TV history gave the show a pre-eminent aura that no series has yet managed to duplicate. So sharp was the writers' …

TV

Inside Instagram’s reinvention

How Kevin Systrom got over minimalism and snapped into building mode.<p>Toward the tail end of 2015, Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, came to a realization: The photo-sharing app he had founded five years earlier was straying too far from its roots.<p>Instagram was growing, yes, and finally …

Instagram

The untouchable Hope Hicks

Trump's 28-year-old communications adviser has earned the president's trust by letting him do just as he pleases when it comes to dealing with the press.<p>Hope Hicks was celebrating a family wedding at a Bermuda golf club the weekend after Donald Trump was elected president when she overheard members …

Donald Trump

Writers dish on scoops that slipped away

Image via Pixabay<p><b>Far as I know,</b> I never got scooped on a story. But it almost happened: I’d spent several years working on a true crime piece about a …

Journalism

As Workouts Intensify, a Harmful Side Effect Grows More Common

Three years ago, Christina D’Ambrosio went to her first spin class, pedaling fast on a stationary bike to the rhythms of popular music as an instructor shouted motivation.<p>But Ms. D’Ambrosio, who exercises regularly, found the hourlong class was harder than she anticipated. By the end her legs were …

Exercise

An exclusive interview with surfer and musician Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson grew up on the North Shore of Oahu, near Pipeline, and started out not as a musician, but as a competitive surfer, entering surf …

Beaches

This Ramshackle Dive Bar Is a Beach Bum's Paradise

It’s kitschy and redneck-y, haphazard and ever-changing, but make no mistake: This ramshackle beach bar is an art installation in itself.<p>The Fat …

Travel

This musician strummed a guitar during his own brain surgery

<b>(CNN) —</b> Guitar players can strum almost anywhere, from a beach to a park bench to an operating room -- while undergoing brain surgery.<p>That's where Abhishek Prasad peddled his musical wares during a four-hour surgery in India that aimed to correct cramping in his fingers, his surgeon said.<p>For 20 …

Medicine

5 Adventures Your Teenager Will Love | Men's Journal

Once the kids hit their teen years, it’s almost impossible to convince them to go on another family trip that doesn’t include a posse of their …

Travel

Check Out These Life-Sized DC Statues, Including Justice League, From Comic-Con

The biggest comic convention of the year is happening in San Diego this weekend, and the DC Comics booth has some cool statues of the members of the upcoming <i>Justice League</i> movie and a <i>Batman: The Animated Series</i>-styled Harley Quinn. Check them out below.<p><i>Justice League</i> will drop in November, and its …

Batman

Pictures of the Week 7.21.17

Zip-lines

The Week in Review: Republican Health Care Bill Sinks as Votes Fall Short

A serious blow was meted out to Donald Trump’s legislative agenda this week when efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act came to a halt. The Republican-controlled Senate failed for the second time to pass the health care bill, after the House narrowly passed a version in May.<p>Known as …

The Women Who Married Into ISIS Are Now Filled With Regret

“We were looking for paradise but all we got was hell.”<p>Posted on July 20, 2017, 18:28 GMT<p>Andrea DiCenzo for BuzzFeed News<p>Nadja Ramadan holds her daughter for a portrait in Raqqa, Syria.<p>AIN AL-ISSA, Syria — Aisha Khaddad was an English teacher, a wife and mother to two small children with another on …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Scaramucci took winding path but finally landed a top job with Trump

President Trump’s decision to bring Anthony Scaramucci into a top White House role represents a remarkable political ascension for the investment veteran, who had bounced around several Republican campaigns before striking gold as a full-throated Trump supporter.<p>Scaramucci, known as “the Mooch,” is …

Donald Trump

After Decades of War, Colombian Farmers Face a New Test: Peace

LOS RÍOS, Colombia — Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory.<p>Under a black tent in the jungle, he shovels coca leaves into a giant vat with gasoline, then adds cement powder — the first steps in his cocaine …

Farming

Why Are There Two Sexes?

Sex is one of the greatest mysteries in biology. Why on earth do most large complex animals have two sexes? Asexual reproduction can efficiently …

Evolution

Clean raving: how club culture went wild for wellness

With non-alcoholic raves thriving and nightclubs serving up meditation and hip-hop yoga, a new breed of promoter is bringing mindfulness to the masses<p>The stench of dead flesh and discarded bones wafts through a chattering crowd dressed in sequins, wacky wigs and neon Lycra. It’s 7am, and hundreds …

Music

How Michael Phelps Prepared to Race a Great White Shark

We’re guessing Phelps’s Shark Week race was his hardest yet.<p>What kind of opponent could intimidate a swimmer with multiple Olympic gold medals? How about a great white shark?<p>On Sunday, <b>Michael Phelps</b>—the most decorated Olympian in history—will, indeed, face off against one of nature’s most gifted …

Michael Phelps

Elite ‘Glue Guys’ 101

In 2008, after we had lost to the Rays in the ALCS, I was in the Red Sox clubhouse cleaning out my locker when Theo Epstein walked in and asked to …

Baseball

Why a humble fish shack attracts Dubai's high rollers

Dubai, UAE (CNN) — Big and blingy is not always best in Dubai.<p>While the glitz thrusts further skyward or deeper into the Arabian Gulf, one humble fish restaurant in the shadow of the luxury Burj Al Arab skyscraper hotel bucks the trend.<p>Bu Qtair peddles simple seafood and fresh fish cooked in its …

Burj Al Arab

Exercise on Vacation: Essential or Pure Evil?

For the past week or so I’ve been on a family “vacation”—I put vacation in quotes, because who really goes on vacation anymore? It’s 2017, lazybones—nobody unplugs. I spent a half-hour this morning running around my in-laws’ waterside idyll trying to locate Wi-Fi so I could file this column. When I …

Fitness

11 things you need to know before going on your first safari

Before my first trip to Kenya, I’d done a little reading, but nothing could have really prepared me for what I was about to experience. When our tiny …

Travel

The Secrets Behind All Your Favorite ‘Mad Men’ Looks

Ten years after the show first aired, costume designer Janie Bryant looks back.<p>It’s been exactly one decade since <i>Mad Men</i> first dazzled viewers with its glamorous portrayal of the advertising world in 1960s New York City. The show that made Don Draper a household name was a game changer in every …

TV