"Misapplying the theory I mislearned in college."
The Islamic State seizes Palmyra, McDonald’s employees protest in Chicago, and the brains of nine animals are found on a street in New York
Jonathan Chait’s flawed attack on David Bromwich’s critique of Barack Obama’s presidency
The destruction of Istanbul’s ancient urban gardens.
An Amtrak train derails, a Bangladeshi blogger is hacked to death, and an African-American boy who was maced at an anti–police-brutality protest is grateful he wasn’t shot
Fight night at a gym in Havana
David Bromwich reflects on Barack Obama’s presidency, Antonia Juhasz follows the trail of BP’s oil in the Gulf of Mexico, Ian Buruma asks why Thailand keeps turning to military rule, and more
David Cameron is reelected, a Maryland police officer is accused of biting a man in the testicles, and a school teachers allegedly burns “I [heart] Mom” into his students’ arms
Working in a Chinese foam factory
Riots break out in Baltimore, gunmen attack an anti-Muslim conference, and two tortoises set a building on fire
In defense of the PEN America Center’s decision to give Charlie Hebdo its Freedom of Expression Courage Award
The search for Canada’s first female superhero
The Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile, the country of Liberland is founded, and a woman is convicted of killing her handymen and feeding them to pigs
An afternoon with Starbucks customers in the armpit of California.
A suicide bomber kills 35 people at a bank in Jalalabad, Hillary Clinton doesn’t tip at Chipotle, and a chiropractor admits to bartering treatments for sex
“Attributing white-on-black violence entirely to racism misses the larger problems that poorer people face in this country. They suffer a thousand cuts that never get talked about, except when the victims bleed to death.”
Petra Bartosiewicz investigates William Bratton’s data-driven policing tactics, Kent Meyers follows particle physicists on their quest for dark matter, and more
Michael Slager is charged with murder, Hillary Clinton declares her candidacy for president, and a Utah television personality gets probation for kicking a barn owl
No way, no how!
An evening of gambling with the “Johnny Lunch Buckets” at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino.
Goodluck Jonathan becomes the first Nigerian president to lose an election, Boy Scouts hires its first openly gay camp counselor in New York, and a study finds that people who love grilled cheese have more sex