Stephen Vendange

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Alexa Is a Revelation for the Blind

Legally blind since age 18, my father missed out on the first digital revolution.<p>“Is it ‘Electra?’” my father asks, leaning in close to the Amazon Echo my mother has just installed. Leaning in close is his trademark maneuver: Dad has been legally blind since age 18, the result of a horrible car …

Parenting

On A Day Of Gun Protest, Some Montanans Will March For Their Guns

Hundreds of thousands will call for stricter gun control measures at "March For Our Lives" rallies across the country on Saturday.<p>But in Montana's state Capitol, counterprotesters are organizing a "March For Our Guns."<p>"I love our Second Amendment rights," 18-year-old Joey Chester says. "I don't …

Guns

The Fight Over Teacher Salaries: A Look At The Numbers

The teachers strike in West Virginia may have ended last week when Gov. Jim Justice signed a law giving educators a 5 percent pay increase, but the fight in other states is just warming up.<p>"You can make anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 more by driving 15 minutes across the state line," said Dale …

Education

How Cities Are Divided By Income, Mapped

Three types of visualizations show the stark economic disparities in U.S. cities.<p>In Philly’s Center City live its richest residents—those who can pay the premium for that walkable, amenity-rich, green neighborhood. But just across the river, blocks away from the lush, expanding campuses of the …

Income Inequality

California's housing crunch has turned liberals against one another

On one side are liberals who are against further construction and development; on the other are liberals who want more affordable housing and shorter commutes.<p>BERKELEY, Calif. — A median-priced one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco rents for nearly $3,300 a month. In the Silicon Valley community …

Housing

Yes, bacon really is killing us

There was a little cafe I used to go to that did the best bacon sandwiches. They came in a soft and pillowy white bap. The bacon, thick-cut from a local butcher, was midway between crispy and chewy. Ketchup and HP sauce were served in miniature jars with the sandwich, so you could dab on the exact …

Processed Meat

The history of 2017 in seven charts

The graphic lowdown on wage equality, gun violence, sexual harassment, transgender discrimination, terrorism, Trump … and pet transport<p>When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there’s a list of names and places that immediately come to mind – Trump, Weinstein and Las Vegas, …

Sexual Harassment

Black Mothers Keep Dying After Giving Birth. Shalon Irving's Story Explains Why

On a melancholy Saturday this past February, Shalon Irving's "village" — the friends and family she had assembled to support her as a single mother — gathered at a funeral home in a prosperous black neighborhood in southwest Atlanta to say goodbye.<p>The afternoon light was gray but bright, flooding …

Pregnancy

Jay-Z Discusses Rap, Marriage and Being a Black Man in Trump’s America

The music mogul talks with The New York Times’s executive editor at the close of an eventful year.

Jay Z

Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers

Upgrade your travel photos with these lightweight cameras that pack a punch.<p><i>Tom O'Brien is a mechanical engineer and the photo engineer for</i> National Geographic <i>magazine. He designs and builds custom equipment for the photographers of the magazine. You can follow him on Instagram @Mechanicalphoto.</i>

Cameras

Anyone can log into your Mac without your password — here’s how to fix it

Anyone using MacOS High Sierra should be on high alert. A Twitter user revealed a massive security vulnerability which allows anyone to log into your …

MacOS High Sierra

The Best Small Town to Visit in All 50 States

The paradox of big-city travel is that you never really get a break. You ditch work in New York, LA, or Chicago to go visit your buddies in New York, …

Profile of an American road trip: Where we go, what we eat, what we spend

Nearly 75% of Americans will take a road trip this year, and California is considered the preferred destination. Alaska and Florida finished second and third, respectively.<p>Those are among the findings of the 2017 Road Trip Survey of more than 1,300 U.S. drivers. For the purposes of the study, a …

Strings Attached: How Symphonic Soul Scored Big In The 70s

<i>“We was thinking about Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Brahms… but maybe we should have had a little bit more Brown.” James Brown, ‘Dead On</i> …

Israel

9 books by black authors you need on your Black History Month reading list

Feb. 1 marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time devoted to honoring the history of black Americans as well as educating people about the …

Black History

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's key cases: In his own words

If President Trump wanted to find a Supreme Court nominee who could remind Americans of the late Antonin Scalia, he could hardly have selected a judge whose prose and philosophy more closely resemble the late justice’s than Neil Gorsuch.<p>In thousands of pages of opinions from his time on the federal …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Holy Crap, This Map Of Trump’s Business Network Is Terrifying

Where to begin?<p>Trump has an extraordinary number of business ties. But just how complex is his network–and how big are the potential conflicts of interest? In a word: Yuuuge!<p>Designer Kim Albrecht created two visualizations that map Trump’s network from a macro and micro perspective. They’re based …

Data Visualization

Trump Issues Executive Order Scaling Back Parts of Obamacare

WASHINGTON — In his first executive order, President Trump on Friday directed government agencies to scale back as many aspects of the Affordable Care Act as possible, moving within hours of being sworn in to fulfill his pledge to eviscerate Barack Obama’s signature health care law.<p>The one-page …

Health Care

Trump puts freeze on new regulations

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memorandum Friday night to all executive departments and agencies to freeze new or pending regulations -- giving the new administration time to review them.<p>The action is a fairly standard move for a new administration taking over …

Donald Trump

Trump's Defense and Homeland Security Picks Sworn-in

Hours after President Donald Trump took the oath of office, retired Gen. James Mattis was sworn in to run the Pentagon and Gen. John Kelly took a similar pledge to run the Department of Homeland Security.<p>"Every action we take will be designed to ensure our military is ready to fight today and in …

Donald Trump

How MLK can get you out of your 'Trump Slump'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Are you experiencing the following symptoms?<p>Insomnia: No sleep because you dread what happens over the next four years.<p>Hallucinations: You keep thinking that what you saw on TV last November must be a bad dream.<p>Fits of rage: You've unfriended half of your Facebook friends and you won't talk …

Black History

10 MLK quotes to inspire you in 2017

Had he not been assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. would be 88 on Monday. While his life ended after being shot at the Lorraine Motel in …

Black History

Michelle Obama: The Historic Legacy of the Nation's First Black First Lady

For the past two years, Michelle Obama has attended a ceremony in the East Room of White House honoring the country's school counselor of the year as part of her program encouraging students to pursue higher learning. On Friday, she will use the occasion to give her final remarks as first lady of …

Michelle Obama

These Are the Top 10 Risks to the World in 2017

With the election of Donald Trump, the G-zero world is now fully upon us.<p>The triumph of an “America first” foreign policy marks a fundamental break …

Geopolitics

After 24 years working together, Feinstein and Boxer say goodbye to their 'Thelma and Louise' partnership

In 1992,<p>Dianne FeinsteinandBarbara Boxerpitched themselves to California voters as the dynamic duo, as “Thelma and Louise,” as “Cagney and Lacey.”<p>They were trying to convince voters to do something no state had ever done: Elect two women to represent them in the U.S. Senate.<p>When they got to …

The real health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a cure-all for decades. I’ve seen claims that it can do everything from halt hiccups to whiten teeth, and even banish dandruff. Whether or not it's capable of all those things, there is some solid research to back up apple cider vinegar as a healthy elixir, as …

Diabetes