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Amicus: Revenge of the Octogenarians

News: Slate - 2 hours 13 min ago

Listen to Episode 3 of Slate’s Amicus:

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The Strongest Organism on Earth

News: Slate - 3 hours 19 min ago

­What’s the strongest living thing on Earth by size? Researchers learned in 2008 that it’s not an ant but the bacterium of a sexually transmitted infection. Bonus: They filmed its herculean activities on a microscopic scale.

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After Negative Ebola Test, Quarantined Nurse Criticizes Treatment at Newark Airport

Kaci Hickox, quarantined in Newark after arriving from West Africa, tested negative for Ebola and posted an essay online in which she criticized the way she was treated at the airport.






Contrasting Portraits Emerge of Shooter at Washington School

When Jaylen Ray Fryberg pulled out a handgun in the school cafeteria on Friday, according to witnesses, he did not randomly target fellow students, nor authority figures, but friends.

New York Ebola Response: Polar Opposite of Dallas’s

Learning from missteps in the Dallas cases of Ebola, health workers and officials took a different approach in the case of a doctor who fell ill in New York.






Afghan Mullah Who Raped Girl in His Mosque Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence

Women’s activists attending the packed proceedings hailed it as a victory because the mullah was successfully prosecuted under a 2009 law meant to fight violence against women.






Rights Groups Condemn Execution of Iranian Woman

The execution of a woman in Iran who killed a doctor she said had tried to rape her was carried out Saturday despite international condemnation.






Essay: When the Earth Shook and the Series Stood Still

Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks’ general manager, grew up in East Oakland and pitched for the Athletics in the 1989 World Series that was interrupted by the Loma Prieta earthquake.






On Baseball: In Royals’ Stellar Bullpen, a Unique College Pedigree

Brandon Finnegan, the rookie left-hander for the Kansas City Royals, is the first player to appear in the College World Series and the M.L.B. World Series in the same year.






First Patient Quarantined Under Strict New Policy Tests Negative for Ebola

A nurse quarantined in Newark was found Saturday to be free of the virus. She is being held under a new policy for some travelers arriving in the New York area from West Africa.

First Patient Quarantined Under Strict New Policy Tests Negative for Ebola

A nurse quarantined in Newark was found Saturday to be free of the virus. She is being held under a new policy for some travelers arriving in the New York area from West Africa.






Great bad writing

Crooked Timber - 7 hours 40 min ago

I used to think that David Brooks deserved some sort of George Orwell ‘best bad modern writing’ award for a phrase in his old attack on Markos Zuniga Moulitsas.

The Keyboard Kingpin, aka Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, sits at his computer, fires up his Web site, Daily Kos, and commands his followers, who come across like squadrons of rabid lambs, to unleash their venom on those who stand in the way.

It’s hard to beat squadrons of venom-unleashing rabid command-lambs. But then, when doing some background reading for class in re: Rand Paul’s foreign policy speech, I came across this plea from Joseph Joffe:

who will save the American posterior once the chickens of aloofness come home to roost?

Who? Who indeed?

I envision America so:

I’m sure that there’s a lot of other policy writing with terrible metaphors out there that I’m unaware of. Feel free to provide in comments.

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ABC Cancels ‘Manhattan Love Story’

The sitcom is the fall TV season’s first casualty.






Ottawa Gunman’s Radicalism Deepened as Life Crumbled

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was troubled and unstable, and he initially may have sought religion as an attempt to scaffold a disintegrating life.

Ottawa Gunman’s Radicalism Deepened as Life Crumbled

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was troubled and unstable, and he initially may have sought religion as an attempt to scaffold a disintegrating life.






Trust No One

News: Slate - 11 hours 54 min ago

Listen to Episode No. 24 of Slate Money:

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“One Has a Moral Responsibility to Disobey Unjust Laws”

News: Slate - 12 hours 11 min ago

For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks and follow any writer or publisher, including Slate.

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Iran Hangs Woman for Killing Alleged Rapist

Iran hanged a woman on Saturday who was convicted of murdering a man she said was trying to rape her, the official IRNA news agency reported.






A Writing Retreat by Rail, From Paris to the Côte d’Azur

Could a train trip to the Mediterranean infuse the author with literary inspiration?

New York Ebola Patient’s Fiancée Shares His Altruism

Morgan Dixon, due to leave the hospital Saturday and continue her quarantine at home, is described as a private person who helps people behind the scenes.






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