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Fire chiefs warned that councillors were failing safety duty

Detailed guidance listed the key questions councillors should ask contractors<p>The London fire brigade was so alarmed about the failure of the capital’s councillors to take responsibility for the risks posed by refurbished high-rises that two years ago it issued specialist guidance on the questions …

Grenfell Tower

Brian Cookson: UCI chief defends record at British Cycling

<b>Brian Cookson, the head of cycling's world governing body, says blame for British Cycling's failings should not rest solely with him.</b><p>A report into claims of bullying said British Cycling "lacked good governance" at board level.<p>Cookson, who led the organisation for 17 years before becoming UCI …

Cycling

Flood defence plans heavily favour London and south-east

The government’s planned spending on flood defences heavily favours London and the south-east of England, according to a new analysis, with spending per person up to 13 times higher than in other regions.<p>The recently published plans set out spending to 2021 and, for major projects, beyond that …

Military Spending

‘I don't do it for likes. I do it for joy’: inside the high-rise world of parkour

When free runner Nye Newman was killed on the Paris Métro, the finger of blame was pointed at parkour. Was that the whole story?<p>Last August, when he was 17 years old, Nye Newman, a gymnastics instructor from Guildford, bought a plane ticket to China. Newman planned to sightsee, but not as you or I …

Road Safety

Walk this way: inside the perfect spring garden

Hundreds of years in the making, the garden at the grade I-listed Rymans in West Sussex is a marvel – particularly when it comes to tulips<p>A historic grade I-listed house and its garden is not for the faint-hearted, especially when both are in a serious state of decline. Although the garden at …

Landscaping

AP stylebook now allows the "singular they" in some instances

The use of "them" as a gender-neutral pronoun goes back hundreds of years, but the weaponizing of grammar as a way to tell people how to talk (rather …

Cory Doctorow
College & University

My undocumented friend: Carlos does the work few in Vermont want to do

I met Carlos as part of a volunteer network helping migrants with basic needs and services in Vermont, where their work is vital to the dairy industry. After a trip to Planned Parenthood, he suddenly opened up about his experiences<p>“Hey, come on in,” I told Carlos. Silhouetted by summer sun, he …

Local Economies
Affordable Care Act

Russia released some head-scratching recommendations for how its citizens should act when traveling abroad

In an advisory, Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a list of travel recommendations it encourages citizens to follow when visiting other countries. The United States is mysteriously missing from the list.<p>The recommendations start out reasonably enough ("respect customs and traditions") …

Justin Trudeau

Survey Finds Foreign Students Aren’t Applying to American Colleges

Application and acceptance season is underway at America’s colleges and universities. But this year, some institutions of higher learning may see a noticeable dip in attendance from one group purposely choosing to stay home: foreign students.<p>Applications from international students from countries …

College & University

4 charged after man beaten following car crash as bystanders yelled anti-Trump taunts

Four people have been charged after a man was punched and kicked as a crowd yelled, “Don’t vote Trump," a day after the presidential election, police said.<p>Julian Christian, 26, of the 2500 block of 14th Avenue in Broadview, Dejuan Collins, 20, of the 9500 block of South Avalon Avenue in Chicago, …

It’s time to get rid of the Facebook “news feed,” because it’s not news | Ars Technica

Fake news didn’t throw the election. It was a symptom, not a cause.<p>In the wake of the US election, critics have blamed Facebook for bringing about—at …

Internet