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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

“We Have A Gay Bar Here.” You Don’t Need A Coast to Be Cosmopolitan

“We have a gay bar here,” the waitress informed me after I told her how impressed I was with the offerings in downtown Lima, Ohio. I hadn’t even told …

LGBTQI

The generation that grew up on Stephen King is taking him back

The author is going through a cinematic renaissance, thanks to directors who grew up as fans.<p>Stephen King is one of mainstream fiction’s great …

Horror

The Lemoniest Lemonade Recipe Tastes Like Liquid Sunshine

It takes one extra step and a few—okay, more than a few—extra hours, but it is WORTH IT.<p><i>Basically editor Amiel Stanek spends all day every day trying to help readers get dinner on the table as quick and efficiently as possible. So when he gets to cook at home, he likes to slow things down and be a</i> …

Bernie Sanders

Causing a Catastrophe

By early July 1993, the landing at Kesler Park in Quincy, Ill., was surrounded by floodwater. A pickup carrying volunteers heads north with a load of …

Weather

Jules' Undersea Lodge

YouTube

What the Megalodon Left Behind

The largest shark ever to exist on this planet, <i>Carcharocles megalodon,</i> could grow to be 60 feet (18 meters) in length and weigh over 120,000 pounds …

Smithsonian

Under : Beautiful Architecture Half-Immersed

Half buried in the sea, the monolithic form of the building breaks the surface of the water to land on the steep shore. More than an aquarium, the …

Architecture

Behold, America by Sarah Churchwell review – the underside of the ‘American dream’

In its initial incarnation, the Ku Klux Klan was a southern organisation born of denial: Klansmen rejected the obvious consequences of Confederate defeat for the racial character and social structure of the South. Although the Klan had been suppressed by the turn of the century, it was reincarnated …

20th Century

ELDER: Slavery: What They Didn't Teach in My High School

A man I have known since grade school changed his name, years ago, to an Arabic one. He told me he rejected Christianity as "the white man's religion …

Native Americans

Missing Oregon woman whose Jeep plunged down Big Sur cliff found alive

A 23-year-old Oregon woman missing for more than a week was found Friday, injured but alive after her vehicle plunged nearly 200 feet down an …

montereycounty

Giant Trump Baby blimp flies over London and it's making Donald feel 'unwelcome'

For those of you fortunate enough to have missed it, it behooves us to inform you that Donald Trump is in town. London town, to be precise.<p>But, his …

Donald Trump

‘Good guys with guns’: Oklahomans kill an active shooter, and it's not as simple as it sounds.

Juan Carlos Nazario was sitting on a lakeside bench waiting to play soccer when he heard the staccato popping of gunshots outside Louie’s On the Lake, a popular waterfront grill and pub. He ran to his car to get his gun and moved toward the sounds.<p>Bryan Whittle was driving with his wife, heading …

Law Enforcement

Barack Obama’s New Summer Reading List Has a Theme

Barack Obama just shared his summer reading list, and it has a theme: Obama will be traveling to Africa for the first time since he left office, and his reading list is, accordingly, full of African authors. On July 17, Obama will deliver the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg to mark …

South Africa

America’s Best Foods on a Stick

Eating food off of sticks is as American as apple pie. And you know what’s even more American than that? Eating apple pie off of sticks!<p>Cheetos Elote …

skewered

Montreal's Mac 'N' Cheese Burger You Gotta Try Before Die

<b>For anyone who's super</b> <b>health conscious or on a diet,</b> most of your meals for the week can be pretty boring and unsatisfying for your taste buds. It's …

Deep Frying

Lake Pavilion: Brothers Grimm landscapes?

The film of the "Lake Pavilion" from the architects DepA, created by Building Pictures, reveals the magical side of the project, and made us think …

Architecture

Hillcrest House Addition: An Innovative Approach to Old + New

Raleigh, North Carolina<p>Architect: Tonic Design<br>www.tonic-design.com<br>General contractor: Laney Brothers<br>Structural engineer: Kaydos-Daniels Engineers<br>Landscape designer: Bland Landscaping<br>Interior design: Sam Adams Project LLC<br>Custom casework: Dopko Cabinetry & Rosewood<p>PROJECT DESCRIPTION:<p>The project …

Architecture

Seeing the Beauty in Ukraine’s Soviet Architecture

The authors of an upcoming book on the nation’s most threatened buildings have a dramatic short film that makes a case for preservation.<p><i>Welcome to the latest installation of “Public Access,” where CityLab shares its favorite videos—old and new, serious and nutty—that tell a story about place.</i><p>When …

Modernism

SCHAEFFER: THE BATTLE OF ANTIETAM – INTRODUCTION: The Bloodiest Day

As <i>The Daily Wire</i> has graciously given me latitude — along with a generous word count — to relay stories of significant events in our nation’s …

American Civil War

Frank Lloyd Wright–Designed Ennis House Hits the Market for $23 Million

The architectural abode is located in Los Angeles.<p>Few architects command the same name recognition and respect as Frank Lloyd Wright. The prolific …

Architecture

Szechuan Dan

<b>Author Notes:</b> This fiercely spicy and addictive noodle will burn and numb your face off at the same time. This recipe requires red and green sichuan peppercorns (yes, there are two different types!) and "douban chili paste", which are all common Chinese ingredients. Online sources for all the …

Recipes

Hong Kong’s most Instagrammable dishes

Hong Kong is one of the world’s great food cities. But it’s also one of the world’s great tech-equipped cities ­– on average, each Hongkonger owns two and a half mobile phones. The main confluence of these two realities? Instagram, naturally. Little wonder – the city is packed full of delicious, …

Hong Kong

Wanted: male architect willing to navigate his own building in a skirt

A couple of weeks ago, after viewing an architectural schematic that featured a pair of elevated glass catwalks, I posted a tweet that invited male architects to navigate their own designs in a skirt.<p>The post ignited a flurry of responses from women, including Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times …

Architecture

28 Years After Taunting Cops, Suspect Arrested in Little Girl’s Killing

April Tinsley was murdered in 1988 and two years later someone left a note saying they did it. DNA recovered from used condoms led cops to John D. …

Crime

Farmers behind barbed-wire fences: Japanese Americans remember incarceration during World War II

PREVIEW: War refugees settle near Chernobyl

This Tiny Houseboat is a Solar-Powered, Off-Grid Dream

Le Koroc is a floating paradise designed for enjoying summer lake life in Canada with minimal impact on the environment—handcrafted from the ground …

Environmentally Friendly

At least 23 injured as 'lava bomb' hits tour boat near Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

One person was seriously injured and 22 others hurt after a "lava bomb" hit a tour boat near the Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island, according to emergency officials.<p>Molten rock running into the ocean exploded and threw chunks of lava onto the Lava Ocean Tours boat, smashing a basketball-size …

Geology

Remember the Leesburg Stockade Girls

Fifty five years ago this month, a group of teenage girls were locked in a 19th-century stockade in the Georgia heat, imprisoned for their activism …

Black History