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Corset Queen Penny Brown Loves Getting 'Waisted'

Of corset hurts.<p>An Australian woman living in Okinawa, Japan, is stretching the boundaries of fashion by tightening her waist to extreme proportions.<p>Penny Brown, 25, has managed to shrink her middle section from 38 inches to 23 inches by wearing a corset 23 hours a day.<p>“I’ve always had a small …

“A murder that involves a choking, a shooting, then a roping?”: Why rap lyrics shouldn’t be used in criminal cases

Hip-hop scholar Erik Nielson works as an expert witness fighting to keep rap out of the courtroom<p>In a Times Op-Ed earlier this year about the trend of prosecutors using rap lyrics written by defendants as evidence against them in criminal trials, Erik Nielson and his co-author wrote: “It is easy to …

Starbucks Makes Itself More Addictive With Wireless Phone Charging

Starbucks' latest innovation has nothing to do with coffee beans or breakfast, but it may lure the technologically dependent among us into its stores.<p>The beverage giant is partnering with Duracell Powermat to roll out wireless phone charges in Starbucks and Teavana locations. That's right — …

Why Is the Black Unemployment Rate So High?

It's not just that a greater share of African Americans are out of work. It's also that they continue to seek jobs for longer than whites do.<p>Last month, the unemployment rate for white Americans was 5.4 percent. For black Americans, it was more than twice that, at 11.5. Why?<p>Writing in <i>The Guardian</i>, …

Gun Violence Spurs Grim Industry: Bulletproof Items for Kids

Interest is spiking at companies that make bulletproof products for children.<p>Driven by the desire of parents and school districts to protect kids from shootings such as the recent tragedy at a high school near Portland, Oregon, these companies are performing a balancing act between making a profit …

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