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Detroit tries unconventional approach to restoring its housing market

By Kathy Orton<p>, Reporter/editor<p>City leaders target eight promising neighborhoods, moving quickly with demolitions, renovations and sales.<p>Detroit city leaders target eight promising neighborhoods, moving quickly with demolitions, renovations and sales.<p>DETROIT — For Jazley Trouser, a 25-year-old Home …

7 Great Coffee Makers for the Office

Research suggests that small amounts of caffeine (about one to two cups of coffee worth) aid alertness and mental performance, especially in …

1,400-Year-Old Gingko Tree Sheds a Spectacular Ocean of Golden Leaves

Once a year, this towering 1,400-year-old gingko tree showcases a transition into fall in a spectacular way—its thousands of leaves change into a radiant shade of gold. Located within the walls of the Gu Guanyin Buddhist Temple, in the Zhongnan Mountain region of China, this brilliant autumnal …

Colossal

This UK Documentary About Company Cars Puts American Psycho To Shame

Is it possible for something to be brain-fossilizingly mundane and yet absolutely fascinating at the same time? This 1993 BBC documentary, about …

The strange case of 77 blue-collar Chinese migrants that Kenya is calling “cyber-hackers”

Nairobi, Kenya<p>Most of what Luo Songxu knew of Africa when he moved there last year came from a 1991 rock ballad by a Hong Kong pop star, Wong Ka Kui. It was called “Amani,” or “peace” in Kiswahili.<p>But peace is the last thing the 28-year-old has experienced since he came to Nairobi from his hometown …

Africa

How to gain credibility in 30 seconds or less

Your brand isn't what you believe it is — it's what others say it is. Their perception is critical to overcoming barriers and building credibility in the first encounter.<p>Whether you are raising capital, pitching a new client or elevating your profile through social media, the intangible attributes …

Public Relations

Vancouver couple’s labour of love simply too valuable not to sell

David Dunnison hand-rubbed every piece of dark fir trim in his exquisitely restored 1912 craftsman house that sits on the fringes of First Shaughnessy.<p>Over the past 20 years, he’s torn out bad renovation work, stripped off paint, installed antique stained glass windows and harvested house parts …

AP: Hundreds of officers lose licenses over sex misconduct

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Flashing lights pierced the black of night, and the big white letters made clear it was the police. The woman pulled over was a daycare worker in her 50s headed home after playing dominoes with friends. She felt she had nothing to hide, so when the Oklahoma City officer accused …

The Indy Lawyer with a Manslaughter Conviction

Mark Nicholson has racked up 17 courtroom wins as a public defender for the city’s poorest citizens, becoming a thorn in the side of the Marion …

Crime

Letters From Ernest Hemingway at His Peak

‘It’s such a swell way to keep from working and yet feel you’ve done something.’ Cambridge’s new collection of correspondence finds a writer generous …

Sloane Crosley, writer: ‘I liked crawling into Nathaniel’s mind. I’ve dated a guy like that…’

The publicist turned novelist on beating her fear of fiction and getting under the skin of male characters<p>A former book publicist at Random House in New York, Sloane Crosley is the author of two bestselling essay collections, <i>I Was Told There’d Be Cake</i> and <i>How Did You Get This Number</i>, and has been …

America's GDP Is Largely Decided By These Five Cities

Image Source: HowMuch<p>Economic contribution as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) across major U.S. cities is about as lopsided as the country’s …

Rediscover Failed Eastern Utopias in Stark Winter Photographs

Exploring Danila Tkachenko's silent and snowy photographs of abandoned buildings in Eastern Europe.<p>As society creates utopian visions of the future and strives towards constant technological progress, Danila Tkachenko’s current project explores forgotten and incomplete dreams of the past. <i>Restricted</i> …

What Michelin got wrong in Chicago

One day after Michelin announced its star recipients for Chicago (winners of the Bib Gourmand, Michelin's good-value attaboy designation, were announced last week), and I'm still scratching my head.<p>Not for the restaurants Michelin chose to honor; congrats to all the winners, and anything that …

Thriving Garden in Sealed Bottle Hasn’t Been Watered in Over 40 Years

When David Latimer planted a seed in a glass bottle on Easter Sunday of 1960 out of pure curiosity, he had no idea that it would flourish into a mass of greenery that would thrive untouched for several decades. Now, over half a century later, the sealed bottle garden is still growing as vigorously …

Putin Just Warned Global War Is Increasingly More Likely: Here's Why

Vladimir Putin is basking in Russia’s triumphant return to the world stage.<p>What began with a land grab in Crimea and escalated with support for the …

What Do We Really Know About Osama bin Laden’s Death?

Mark Bowden was watching a ballgame — the Phillies versus the Mets — on the night of May 1, 2011, when the network cut away to President Obama in the East Room of the White House. “Tonight,” the president said, ‘‘I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has …

Osama Bin Laden

Why the Porsche 996 Is the 911 Deal of the Century

The cheap 911 isn't necessarily a bad 911.<p>A new 911 starts at $90,000. Used previous-generation 991 models hover around $75,000, and older 997 models are around $30,000. Air-cooled 911s have officially reached absurd prices. Hell, a 1988 911 sold on Bring a Trailer for $34,500. It was nice, but it …

The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

<i>Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.</i> <i><br>Sign up to receive this list free every Friday in your</i> …

Tesla Model X SUV Qualifies For $25K 'HUMMER Tax Break'

Remember the gas-guzzler tax allowance, nicknamed the "HUMMER deduction" because it allowed small-business owners to buy massive, heavy, fuel-sucking …

"Who Are We To Say That Cannibalism Is Wrong?": Eli Roth Savages "Social Justice Warriors" in New Flick

With <i>The Green Inferno</i>—the first of two new Eli Roth movies that will be released in the next two weeks—Eli Roth attempts the virtual impossible: …

Horror

One energy company is on the verge of a 'liquidity death spiral'

That day, Oxy spun off California Resources. It held Oxy's oil-and-gas exploration-and-production assets in California. It's the state's largest natural gas producer and its largest oil-and-gas acreage holder with operations in the basins of Los Angeles, San Joaquin, Ventura, and Sacramento.<p>Oxy was …

AP PHOTOS: Life on US aircraft carrier in Islamic State war

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT IN THE PERSIAN GULF (AP) — Every day, the steam-powered catapult aboard this massive aircraft carrier flings …

Military

This company has a way to stabilize footage from almost any camera

Hyperlapse, but for everything<p>Almost nothing makes a video look worse than shaky footage. I’m not talking about the purposely-added shake you see in <i>Bourne Identity</i> fight scenes — rather, the little bumps and wobbles that DSLRs and phone cameras are so bad at hiding. They're the kind of thing you …

Videography

America's dark and not-very-distant history of hating Catholics

Progressives and conservatives are in a rare unity welcoming Pope Francis to the US, but anti-Catholicism was rampant before John F Kennedy was president<p>Congress and the United Nations rolling out their red carpets, nuns working overtime to bake communion hosts, prison inmates carving a walnut …

Christianity

Fast casual pizza war heating up in Chicagoland

There's a food fight raging in the Chicago area, growing hotter than a wood-fired oven, and at stake is a slice of the fast casual pizza market rapidly expanding across the country.<p>Just a couple of years ago, the LeBron James-backed Blaze Pizza, Pie Five Pizza and MOD Pizza — three of the big …

Polish military urges caution in search of rumored Nazi gold train site

Polish military experts planning to examine the site where a Nazi "gold train" may have gone missing during World War II have urged authorities to first clear the thickly forested area in case it contains booby traps or volatile weapons.<p>New theories that the train may contain dangerous cargo have …

The Big Guy

The Years of Lyndon Johnson: Master of the Senate<p>by Robert A. Caro<p>Knopf, 1,167 pp., $35.00<p>1.<p>Lyndon Johnson was indeed, as has become almost a …

Lyndon Johnson

A startup that didn’t get any funding in its first 7 years just raised $108 million — and is now worth over $1 billion

They believed the longer they waited, they could raise more later without giving up too much control to investors.<p>For the next seven years, Apttus didn't need any venture funding — it generated enough cash while remaining largely profitable, all while doubling in size every year. Its software, …

Venture Capital

Inside U.S. Commandos’ Shadow War Against Iran

The U.S. military’s cadre of elite special operations forces has spent the last 14 years taking on terrorists—and finding Iran’s hand pulling the …