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Her Article Inspired Boys Don't Cry. She's Apologizing for It
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:51:53 CDT
The April 19, 1994, issue of the Village Voice ran a story called "Love Hurt" by Donna Minkowitz. It was the story of Brandon Teena, the 21-year-old transgender man murdered on the preceding New Year's Eve in Nebraska, a story that gave rise to the film Boys Don't Cry. Now...
The FBI Said He Was a Baby Stolen in 1964. He Wasn't
Wed, 20 Jun 2018 16:25:01 CDT
He solved one mystery, but doing so only birthed a second. Birth is at the heart of Paul Fronczak's story. As a 10-year-old Chicago boy he stumbled upon three boxes in his home's crawl space that told quite a story: His mother Dora had on April 26, 1964, given birth...
America's 2nd-Oldest Race Is Grueling and a Little Odd
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 14:33:00 CDT
When it comes to metaphors, John Branch has the perfect one to describe the annual Dipsea trail-running race: "It is like unloading a zoo’s worth of animals in reverse order of mobility and releasing the cheetahs at the end." That's just one quirk of the 7.4-mile Stinson Beach, California,...
A Martyr's Bone Was Plucked From the Sea, Then the Trash
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:00:00 CDT
St. Clement was said to have been put to death by being tied to a boat anchor and drowned. Just shy of 2,000 years later, what's believed to be a piece of one of his bones has been presented to Westminster Cathedral. The path from there to here is...
An Item Left on the Waterloo Battlefield Just Sold for $400K
Tue, 19 Jun 2018 07:45:02 CDT
Napoleon's hats were a big deal. The BBC explains he had a system for breaking in and wearing the "bicorne" military hats that he famously wore sideways so as to be better spotted by his troops: He introduced four new ones each year that were first worn by valets and...
In North Korea's Capital, a Hotel With a 'Missing' Floor
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:45:23 CDT
That Otto Warmbier's trouble began with an incident at the Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang is well known, the details of it, less so. In front of North Korean reporters, the American confessed to "committ[ing] the crime of taking down a political slogan"— said to be a propaganda poster—"from the...
Court: Woman Carried Out 'Despicable' Sabotage of Boyfriend's Music Career
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:53:51 CDT
In 2014, an extremely promising young clarinetist in Canada beat dozens of other applicants to become one of two people awarded a full scholarship to complete a degree at Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles under highly esteemed teacher Yehuda Gilad. But Eric Abramovitz never saw the acceptance email...
He Was on a Quest to Perfect Ulysses, Then Vanished
Thu, 14 Jun 2018 10:20:00 CDT
Scholars have dedicated their lives to poring over the "enigmas and puzzles" of James Joyce's Ulysses. In the New York Times Magazine , Jack Hitt describes years preoccupied with the search for one of those scholars—arguably the preeminent one, and a brash, brilliant, and eccentric one at that—who vanished....
Driver Who Killed 4-Year-Old in 1968 Suffers Similar Fate
Sat, 09 Jun 2018 08:00:01 CDT
Witnesses say a 68-year-old pushed children to safety before being killed by a driver who careened onto a baseball field in Sanford, Maine, on the night of June 1. Some 400 miles away, the news is bringing relief to one family, reports the Washington Post . The Portland Press Herald has...

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