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The Gangsters of Ferguson

Darren Wilson was innocent. If only the city's cops offered their own citizens the same due process he received.<p>Yesterday the Justice Department released the results of a long and thorough investigation into the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The investigation concluded that …

Justice

Three of the World's Best 'Cities for People' | Smart Cities Dive

<i>Walking, socializing, and shopping in Liuyun Xiaoqu at night. (Source: ITDP)</i><p>A new Energy Innovation report, <i>Cities for People in Practice</i>, compares …

Something Wicked This Way Comes

<i>Written by Anna Raddatz | Photos by Anthony Harden</i><p><i>On a sunny September morning in 2012, brothers Luke and Walt Dickinson were driving kegs of</i> …

Moving Toward an Evolutionary Theory of Cities

A popular new study claims to lump cities into four types. But the real science of cities is heading toward a more complex understanding of how urban spaces evolve.<p>Before Darwin, science tried to make sense of the natural world through a slew of systems of classification. Linnaeus' taxonomy, for …

Mixology Expert Explains the Importance of Choosing Glassware According to the Specific Cocktail Being Crafted

On the most recent episode of “The Cocktail Spirit” on the Small Screen Network, mixology expert and historian Robert Hess (previously) explains the …

The Spy Who Loved Me

An undercover surveillance operation that went too far.<p>I—JUNE 14, 2012<p>It was four o’clock on a Thursday afternoon, and Jacqui had just got home from work. She made a pot of coffee and took it out to the garden with the <i>Daily Mail</i>. It was the start of her weekend. The sun was out. She sat down at a …

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until …

Rocky Mountains

The Witness

I.<p><i>Ms. Lyons,</i><i><br>Hi, if you are reading this then they killed me. I wanted to tell you that I enjoyed talking to you, you seem like a really great lady.</i> …

Suds for Drugs

While clothes were getting easier to clean, Americans were starting to own more of them. Today, journalist Elizabeth Cline reports in <i>Overdressed: The</i> …

This man's alcoholic lawyer botched his case. Georgia executed him last night anyway.

Robert Wayne Holsey during a death row visit with nieces and a nephew<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.

Imitation of Life

John Updike’s cultural project.<p>John Updike moved with his wife, Mary, and their two children from New York City to Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1957. He had just turned twenty-five. He’d spent most of the previous two years working as a staff writer at <i>The New Yorker</i>, but he didn’t enjoy city …

The Slaughter Bench of History

How war created civilization over the past 10,000 years—and threatens to destroy it in the next 40.<p>I was 23 when I almost died in battle.<p>It was September 26, 1983, around 9:30 in the evening. I was hunched over a manual typewriter in a rented room in Cambridge, England, pounding out the first …

Edge of the abyss

We leave somewhat relieved, but still have to figure out what to do. This doesn't seem right, but the paediatrician keeps telling us everything is …

Who Are You Calling a Bully?

A 12-year-old Florida girl leaps off a tower to her death. Two of her classmates are arrested, accused of a modern rite of middle school: sending cruel, harassing texts. Now, with the charges dropped, one of the accused talks about the case that turned into a national sensation and a tragedy for …

Is This What Post-Partisanship Looks Like?

Florida’s Charlie Crist is running for governor again—now as a Democrat. Is he a craven opportunist or an effective pragmatist in a time of ideological exhaustion?<p>Every time I say something about politicians, Charlie Crist corrects me.<p>“Public servant. <i>Please</i>,” the former governor of Florida says, …

Executed Against the Judgment of 12 Jurors

Years ago, a burglar was party to a crime that ended in six murders but refused to kill anyone himself. Why was he put to death before the lead shooter?<p>The capricious nature of the death penalty was on full display on August 5, 2013, when the state of Florida executed John Errol Ferguson. More than …

The Devil’s Drug: The True Story of Meth in New Mexico

In anticipation of the new season of Breaking Bad, Nick Romeo travels to New Mexico to separate fact from fiction about the meth trade in New Mexico. …

My Father Once Tried to Take Me Away From My Mother Because She's Gay

For gay and lesbian parents in the 1970s, the fear of losing a child was real. Despite progress, that fear persists today in some places.<p>On a hot summer morning in 1974, a few months after my parents' separation, my father came to visit my mother and me. He offered to take me for a walk. I was 10 …

Move fast, break things: The sad story of Platform, Facebook’s gigantic missed opportunity

It was May 24, 2007 at Facebook’s inaugural developers conference f8, held at the San Francisco Design Center. Mark Zuckerberg, just 10 days past his …

The Great Gatsby Line That Came From Fitzgerald's Life—and Inspired a Novel

F. Scott and Zelda's turbulent marriage gave both spouses material to write about, which in turn became writing material for subsequent generations of authors.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b><p>Doug McLean<p>In 1939, Zelda and F. …

Miami: How Rising Sea Levels Endanger South Florida

I began reporting this piece in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. I had seen what the hurricane’s nine-foot storm surge had done to New York City …

I'm Gay, My Dad's a Pastor, and ... We're Working on It

A father and a son struggle to understand each other.<p><i>"Where others see but the Dawn coming over the hill, I see the sons of God shouting for joy."</i><p>My dad has a family history of heart stuff, so when the chest pains started around midnight three years ago, my mom made me take him to the …

Inside Magazine

Lesser known study spaces in one of the most familiar buildings on campus.<p>While doodling in class is something all to familiar to us students, these …

Freefall into Madness: The Fresno County Jail’s Barbaric Treatment of the Mentally Ill

<b>Reported and written by Fresno State journalists Sam LoProto, Damian Marquez, Angel Moreno, Jacob Rayburn, Brianna Vaccari, Liana Whitehead and their</b> …