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Remembering the ‘Mother of All Pandemics,’ 100 Years Later

The Spanish flu outbreak of 1918 offers important lessons in balancing truth and panic during public health crises.<p>The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 came in three waves. When the first wave crept up in New York City during the spring, residents and officials alike saw it as just another round of the …

Public Health

Before Food Trucks, Americans Ate ‘Night Lunch’ From Beautiful Wagons

They were the ancestors of the modern diner.<p>In 1893, Boston was bustling, especially after the sun went down. “Night owls of all classes” roamed the …

Food Trucks

What is the Waffle House Index?

WAFFLE HOUSE, a breakfast chain from the American South, is better known for reliability than quality. All its restaurants stay open every hour of …

Local Economies

Skipping meals and walking miles to work, unpaid House interns struggle to make ends meet

<b>(CNN) —</b> Mayra Valadez still had two weeks left of her internship in the US House of Representatives when her bank balance dropped below $25.<p>A first-generation, low-income student from Los Angeles, Valadez had aspired to work on Capitol Hill since high school. While attending Cornell University, the …

College & University

Planetizen

Remembering 1968: Chicago's bloody Democratic Convention

<i>We're taking another look back at the year 1968 this morning, remembering the political earthquake that was the Democratic National Convention.</i> …

Democratic Convention

Dr. King, SMU, & 1968

The events of 1968 are not only historic, but arguably affected the trajectory of the country’s political leadership and hushed the voices of social …

How three violent days gripped a black Miami neighborhood as Nixon was nominated in 1968

By Terence McArdle<p>On Aug. 7, 1968, as the Republican Party held its convention eight miles away in Miami Beach, a crowd of protesters gathered for a black-empowerment rally in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. An oven-like summer heat, trapped by stucco and concrete in the nearly treeless area, …

Law Enforcement

The whole world watched: 50 years after the 1968 Chicago convention

Abbie Hoffman is dead. So is Jerry Rubin. Tom Hayden, too. Their fellow protesters who disrupted the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in the …

'It Still Moves Me To This Day': Photographer Recalls 1968 Invasion Of Czechoslovakia

When tanks rolled into Prague overnight on August 20-21, 1968, photographer Libor Hajsky was only 20 years old. He had just returned from a holiday …

The Most Interesting and Important Things We Published in 1968

Richard Kreitner<i>The Nation</i>’s coverage of a pivotal year.The post The Most Interesting and Important Things We Published in 1968 appeared first on The …

The Ugly Truth About Animal Shelters

An article caught my eye the other day. It told the story of a vet, Jian Zhicheng, who worked at an animal shelter in Taiwan. She had euthanized 700 …

Music under the Nazis- archive 2 August 1933

<b>2 August 1933</b>: A Lancashire artist’s experience of musical life in Germany after a stay of 10 months in Leipzig<p>The effect of the National Socialist revolution on musical life in Germany was described to a Manchester Guardian reporter yesterday by Miss Ann Broadhurst, a young singer, whose home is …

Study Skills

Food Stamps Have Evolved A Lot Over Time. Is Trump's Harvest Box Next?

As Donald Trump suggests a radical change to SNAP, we look back at the history of government-assisted food programs.<p>Giving money to low-income …

Growing burden of Dallas-Fort Worth rents: How do black, white, Hispanic residents compare?

Black and Hispanic Dallas residents have to spend more of their incomes to find a median-priced apartment than their white and Asian counterparts, …

The Trump administration’s deception on the census should be a major scandal

By Paul Waldman<p>Paul Waldman<p>Opinion writer covering politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Opinion writer<p>I realize that many times before you’ve been told, “If this weren’t the Trump administration where there’s a new scandal every day, this would be a <i>major</i> scandal.” You sighed and said, “I’m sure that’s true,” …

Here's how much cellphones have actually changed over the years

Features we might take for granted, like being able to change our background, type with a full keyboard (plus emojis) and send unlimited messages were all developed and introduced over a rather long period of time.<p>A lot has changed since the cell-phone was invented. Here's what it has looked like …

IPhone 8

Why Don’t More Men Take Their Wives’ Last Names?

The vast majority of U.S. adults think a woman should give up her maiden name when she gets married.<p>In the run-up to marriage, many couples, particularly those of a more progressive bent, will encounter a problem: What is to be done about the last name?<p>Some have attempted work-arounds: the Smiths …

Relationships

While the Trump Administration Looks South, Human Smugglers Exploit the Canadian Border

(DERBY LINE, Vt.) — While the Trump administration fortifies the southern border, there’s growing concern over the number of foreigners entering the …

Actually, 1968 said a lot less about America than 1969

Our minds fix on round numbers, and so we’ve noted that this is the 50th anniversary of 1968. We recall the protests, the assassinations and the …

Pets offer more than companionship

Image 1of/4<p>Caption<p>Close<p>Researchers say that pets give their owners many incredible health and happiness benefits. One doctor even called pets “free …

Dead bodies, wild dogs, squatters in government-owned Detroit houses

At one end of Alpine Street, near Joy Road on Detroit's west side, Georgeia Elder and a friend live in a leaky trailer, their yard cluttered with a boat and a Cadillac Escalade with four ladders on the roof, a shopping cart and a lawn mower, a folding chair and a metal headboard. A pit bull, Lady, …

Crime

How Cars Divide America

Car dependence not only reduces our quality of life, it’s a crucial factor in America’s economic and political divisions.<p>Urbanists have long looked at cars as the scourge of great places. Jane Jacobs identified the automobile as the “chief destroyer of American communities.” Cars not only clog our …

Bicycle Commuting

Everything Is a Lie, But Especially That Cheap Apartment Listing

Tenant beware: Some cities are hotbeds of rental fraud, and Millennials are the most vulnerable targets.<p>In case you haven’t heard, we are officially in the summer of scams. There’s the fake German socialite racketeer who stole thousands before ending up in Rikers. There’s the mattress-ordering, …

The Word Of A White Woman Can Still Get Black People Killed

“In my opinion, the guilt begins with Mrs. Bryant.” With those words Mrs. Mamie Till-Mobley lay the blame for her 14-year-old son’s lynching in Mississippi on Carolyn Bryant, the white woman who testified in 1955 that Emmett Till made an advance on her.<p>Till’s lynching was a spark that helped ignite …

'Typical American bullies': US Border Patrol has been stopping Canadian fishing boats to ask about unauthorized immigrants

• <b>US Border Patrol agents have been stopping and questioning Canadian fishermen in disputed waters about unauthorized immigrants.</b>• <b><br>Fishermen are enraged</b> …

When did D-FW residents move in to their neighborhoods? Yes, there's a study on that

The population boom in Dallas, as with many other sunbelt metros, is well documented. But that comes with an interesting demographic quirk: People …

13 ‘Rules’ for Being Friends With an Introvert

Introverts need friends, too, but we socialize in a very different way than extroverts. That's why we need some ground rules.The post 13 ‘Rules’ for …

The unromantic, untold story of the great US divorce spree of 1946

Full screen<p>1/3 SLIDES © Provided by Quartz<p>2/3 SLIDES © Provided by Quartz<p>3/3 SLIDES © Provided by Quartz<p>3/3 SLIDES<p>The end of World War II marked the …

Understanding the introverts around you

<i>(</i><b>They’re not aloof, not weird, not snobs)</b><p>I tweet about introverts every once in a while. The responses are always very interesting. Introverts will …