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The Power of Pell Grants for Prisoners - The New Yorker

newyorker.com - Jackson, draped in a clean white T-shirt that rests atop oversized gray pants, slides his chair forward toward his desk. His goatee is well-trimmed, perfectly drawn across his upper lip and around ...

Turkey, a Conduit for Fighters Joining ISIS, Begins to Feel Its Wrath

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nytimes.com - The attacks attributed to the Islamic State began around then, too, including devastating bombings in the southern city of Suruc in July 2015 and in Ankara, the capital, in October. This year, two ...

Will Oakland remember the Black Panther school?

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curbed.com - The unlocked front door leads to a hallway that’s as long as half of a football field. As you walk through the hallway, there’s an old church sanctuary to the left. To the right, there’s a series o...

‘To Have and Have Not’: The Early Days of Bay Area Homelessness | SF Homeless Project | News Fix | KQED News

ww2.kqed.org - Once upon a time there were no homeless people in San Francisco. Or California. Or the country, for that matter. Really. At least not in the way we have come to define “the homeless.” I remember wh...

Bill Plaschke: I regret marginalizing Pat Summitt's greatness

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latimes.com - It was a battle of unbeatens, the Sparks hosting the Minnesota Lynx, one of the biggest regular-season games in WNBA history, the story of the season. Sadly, for me, it wasn’t even the story of the...

Kevin Smokler

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How to Write a History of Writing Software

theatlantic.com - It’s hard to believe, but one of the most important changes in the way people write in the last 50 years has been largely overlooked by historians of literature. The word processor—that is, ​any co...

Neil Gaiman Delves Deep Into Norse Myths for New Book

nytimes.com - The novelist Neil Gaiman has been fascinated by Norse mythology since he was a boy. When he was about 7, he read Jack Kirby’s comic “The Mighty Thor,” about the hammer-wielding Nordic god. He moved...

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Paris Review - The Art of Fiction No. 174, Guy Davenport

theparisreview.org - Guy Davenport, ca. 2002. Photograph by Jonathan Williams On first picking up a copy of Guy Davenport’s Tatlin! (1970), his first of eight volumes of stories and the book that initiated the major (a...

Remembering Stonewall - 99% Invisible

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99percentinvisible.org - Early on the morning of Saturday, June 28, 1969, officers from the New York City Police Department’s vice squad pulled up in front the Stonewall Inn—one of the city’s largest and most popular gay b...

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Meet Our 2016 Google News Lab Fellows — Google News Lab

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medium.com - Meet Our 2016 Google News Lab Fellows A friendly reminder to follow the Google News Lab Publication to get our latest stories. Earlier this month, we were thrilled to welcome the American and Austr...

After Brexit: academics need to get out more

spiked-online.com - This growing political homogeneity is detrimental to academia’s most basic goal – the pursuit of knowledge. When a majority of lecturers and researchers think alike, the university stops acting as ...

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A Harsher Sentence for Brock Turner Will Not Bring Justice

opensocietyfoundations.org - Nineteen-year-old Brock Turner received a six-month jail sentence for raping an unconscious woman. Her heartrending impact statement drew national attention to the case, stoking outrage at the judg...

Nate Silver: 79 percent chance Clinton wins

politico.com - Hillary Clinton has a nearly 80 percent chance of winning the White House in November, FiveThirtyEight polling guru Nate Silver predicted Wednesday. FiveThirtyEight projected Clinton has a 79 perce...

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