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Roller derby doesn't enforce gender separation and women still rule the sport

‘Competitive advantage’ is just an excuse to prevent transgender women from playing with those who conform to the typical standard of who is a ‘woman’<p>We live in a world of deep gender segregation and sports are no different: from elementary school, we’re taught that there are boys teams, and there …

Transgender

Know your history: Understanding racism in the US | Black History

There will never be an acceptable explanation for what happened between Michael Brown and Darren Wilson in Ferguson but we will never fully grasp <i>why</i> the stage was set for such an encounter unless we know American history.<p>We cannot fully comprehend why Dylan Roof murdered nine parishioners at …

22 lessons from Stephen King on how to be a great writer

In his memoir, "On Writing," King shares valuable insights into how to be a better writer. And he doesn't sugarcoat it. He writes, "I can't lie and say there are no bad writers. Sorry, but there are lots of bad writers."<p>Don't want to be one of them? Here are 22 great pieces of advice from King's …

Dear White America: I know it’s hard, but you have to acknowledge what’s happening in this country

<b>(Reuters/Rick Wilking)</b><p>One year after Michael Brown was killed, we’re finally talking about privilege. But we need to do even more<p>Pia Glenn<p>August 11, 2015 9:59am (UTC)<p>As we mark the one-year anniversary of the killing of young Mike Brown and the uprisings it sparked in Ferguson, much-needed …

These cramped Moscow dorms provide a rare glimpse into college life in Russia

The catch is that those dorms can cost up to $14,000 a year to live in.<p>In 2014, photographer and reporter Pascal Dumont documented a dozen dormitories at various schools in Moscow, Russia, for The Moscow Times.<p>There, he found students living with bedbugs and roaches, underneath leaky ceilings. …

Toronto library to roll out book-lending machine at Union Station | The Star

Checking out books from the library is about to get easier for commuters.<p>The Toronto Public Library hopes to roll out a book-lending machine at Union …

Why thousands of people signed a petition to boycott the year's biggest LGBT movie

More than 18,000 people have signed the petition to boycott an upcoming movie I have not seen. That film is <i>Stonewall</i>, a fictionalized account of the …

First Cabin Is a Luxurious Take on Japanese Capsule Hotels

Width unfortunately is not the luxury upgrade here.<p>Capsule hotels in Japan are world famous for their minuscule size and mind-bending efficient use of space. First Cabin, however, is a a capsule hotel that’s been given the Midas touch. Self-proclaimed as the “Business Class” of capsule hotels, …

The Dark Background of the Bright Tapestry: On Shirley Jackson’s 'Let Me Tell You'

<b>Shirley Jackson’s</b> house in North Bennington, Vt., unlike the nearby <b>Robert Frost</b> Stone House, has not been made into a museum. There isn’t even a sign …

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Faces of Ferguson: Locals' stories reflect hopes and tension

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — With a scuffle and the crackle of gunfire, this once-anonymous suburb was permanently scarred a year ago.<p>The fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, last August sparked sometimes violent clashes between protesters …

The Myth of the Black Confederate Soldier

Lost Cause fanatics—including a handful of African Americans—insist that thousands of blacks fought for the Confederacy. Nothing in the historical …