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Source: New York Times

Weary of Candidates’ Broken Promises, Liberians Turn the Tables

09-Oct-2017

These days, as Liberians prepare for a national election on Tuesday, the electorate is turning the tables on the politicians, trying to squeeze as much cash and other freebies as they can out of the candidates before they disappear again for another six years.

For years, politicians have gamed the system during election season in Liberia, handing out food, money and clothes with promises of future largess, only to disappear behind tinted S.U.V. windows once they get into office.

Source: New York Times

The Pain of Fame, With Sondheim, Warhol and Capote as Guides

09-Oct-2017

The varnish doesn’t quite disguise the hopeful, bewildered young man he will become as his life — to borrow from F. Scott Fitzgerald, who knew from fame and disenchantment — is borne back ceaselessly into a reproachful past.

If you don’t know that’s Warhol as in Andy, and Capote as in Truman, you’ll probably lose your way, and possibly your interest, during this very insiderly show. Not that there aren’t plenty of drolly phrased aperçus to be gleaned from Michael Mayer’s neon-souled production, whose entire cast is Stephen Spinella (as Warhol, Pop artist extraordinaire) and Dan Butler (as Capote, novelist and social moth).

Source: Washington Post

PM Update: Record-breaking warmth and humidity tonight. Heavy rain moves through early on Monday

09-Oct-2017

Shower activity will be scattered around D.C. early, with a better chance of more widespread and heavier rain after 3 a.m.

Temperatures likely won’t fall below 70 in most spots, breaking record warm low temperatures (see below) for early October.

Source: Fox News

For human connections that matter, focus on 'things that are excellent and worthy of praise'

09-Oct-2017

Even so, we’ll gain the respect of real friends who will probably be grateful to have a relationship that’s based on something more than shared offenses.

My relationship with Carrie was based on emotional triangulation, something Edwin Friedman warns against in his book, “Failure of Nerve.” The common denominator in all triangulated relationships is that there’s some negative third pillar – some frustration or offense – that keeps the relationship together.

Source: The Guradian

After stability under Sirleaf, Liberians long for more from next leader

09-Oct-2017

Loud voices floated under the torn blue tarpaulin keeping the rain out of the West Point Intellectual Forum, a cafe in Liberia’s biggest slum.

As Ellen Johnson Sirleaf prepares to hand over power after her constitutionally mandated two terms, almost everyone credits her with maintaining peace and stability. But now residents of West Point, which was brutally quarantined during the Ebola outbreak, and which is stuck out on a crumbling peninsula across the water from some of Monrovia’s grandest buildings, want more.

Source: BBC

Kim Jong-un hands more power to sister

09-Oct-2017

North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has given his sister more power by promoting her to the nation's top decision-making body.

Kim Yo-jong, the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il, will be replacing her aunt as a member of the Workers Party's Politburo. The Kim family has ruled North Korea since the country was established following the Second World War in 1948.

Source: DW

Norwegian newspaper reveals Australian police ran child porn site Childs Play for 11 months

09-Oct-2017

A Norwegian newspaper revealed that Australian police ran a popular child pornography darknet website for almost a year, in a major English-language investigative piece published on Saturday. An IT expert investigating for Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang, known as VG, discovered in January 2017 that the child abuse site called Childs Playwas being hosted by police in the state of Queensland.

Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Police told VG they had been tracking WarHead, also known as Curiousvendetta, after discovering his true identity when he posted on a technical forum asking for help on code he was using on a separate child abuse site called Giftbox.

Source: New York Times

Gas Station Explosion in Ghana Kills at Least 7

09-Oct-2017

An explosion at a gas station in Ghana’s capital killed at least seven people and injured dozens more on Saturday, government officials and news reports said.

According to one witness, Susan Ebetaleye, 22, a student at the University of Ghana, a fire started at a gas station in the capital, Accra, and then spread to another station nearby. Videos on social media showed giant balls of flames that set the night sky aglow.

Source: The Guradian

'Neo-Nazi cowards': white nationalists stage brief Charlottesville rally

09-Oct-2017

Marchers led by the white supremacist Richard Spencer staged a “flash mob” by torchlight on Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a rally in August led to the death of Heather Heyer, a peaceful counter-protester who was run down by a car.

“Our department is conferring with city leadership and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office to determine what legal action may be taken in response to this event,” the statement said.

Source: Common Domain

Political Road Map: How California went from worst to first in drawing fair political maps

09-Oct-2017

Follow @johnmyers on Twitter, sign up for our daily Essential Politics newsletter and listen to the weekly California Politics Podcast. Political Road Map: California’s redistricting panel avoided political party data when drawing the lines. Political Road Map: There’s a simple reason some want a larger California Legislature

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers its role in forcing states to draw fair political maps, Californians know well how the process can be manipulated.

Source: Common Domain

NFL Week 5 live: Giants take lead over Chargers 22-17 in fourth quarter

09-Oct-2017

Rivers, not wanting the Giants to recover and score a touchdown, batted the ball out of the back of the end zone for a safety that gave the Giants a 2-0 lead with 8:53 left in the first quarter.

Until that new stadium is ready in the next two to three years, the Raiders will continue to play at Oakland Coliseum, a venue they share with the Oakland Athletics.

Source: Common Domain

How a network of citizen-spies foiled Nazi plots to exterminate Jews in 1930s L.A.

09-Oct-2017

Steven J. Ross is a professor of history at USC and the author of “Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America.”

Within weeks of going undercover, Lewis’ network of spies discovered a plot to wrest control of armories in San Francisco, L.A. and San Diego — part of a larger plan to take over local governments and carry out a mass execution of Jews. Lewis immediately informed L.A. Police Chief James Edgar “Two-Gun” Davis of the Nazi scheme to seize weapons and, as Lewis warned in a memo later, to “foster a fascist form of government in the United States.”

Source: CBS News

"First Ex" Ivana Trump on parenting and the president's tweets

09-Oct-2017

Time for some questions for Ivana Trump, the first wife of President Trump, mother of his three oldest children, and author of a new book published by an imprint of Simon and Schuster, a part of CBS. Jim Axelrod met up with her on her home turf: . After all these years, Ivana Trump, walking her toy Yorkie in her leopard-print coat on the tony East Side of New York, still evokes the lifestyles of the rich, if not quite as famous.

Source: Washington Post

Hurricane Nate, fourth to strike U.S. in extraordinary year, slams Mississippi coast

09-Oct-2017

Hurricane Nate lashed coastal Mississippi Sunday morning causing extensive power outages and flooding before racing north and downgrading to a tropical storm.

It is the fourth hurricane to make landfall this year in the U.S. in what has been an extraordinary season for tropical cyclones. Nate made landfall as a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 miles per hour and, though downgraded, remains a sloppy-wet but still dangerous storm.

Source: The Guradian

LGBT people in Egypt targeted in wave of arrests and violence

09-Oct-2017

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Egypt are living in fear following a wave of arrests and violence.

“The government wants to win the support of conservative sections of society, to say that Sisi isn’t allowing homosexuals to run free,” said Abdel-Rahman, adding that the government was benefiting from the uproar about LGBT rights in order to distract the public from social and economic problems.

Source: NBC News

Civilians to be evacuated from ISIS holdout, says U.S.

Saturday 16:24 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Revealed: catalogue of failings that sank Falklands warship HMS Sheffield

Monday 00:37 GMT
Source: New York Times

Forest, Forest Everywhere. But Not an Acre to Touch.

Tuesday 10:53 GMT
Source: BBC

Do our tongues have different ‘taste zones’?

Thursday 10:54 GMT
Source: CBS News

Man treads water, drifts for 17 hours after kayak sinks

Tuesday 10:53 GMT
Source: The Week

The stark beauty of Chile's Atacama Desert

Thursday 10:54 GMT
Source: Washington Post

Trump mocks ‘Liddle’ Bob Corker, says senator was ‘made to sound a fool’

Wednesday 13:37 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Alpine Ski Resorts Luring Buyers with Year-Round Activities

Monday 21:01 GMT
Source: The Guradian

James Corden faces backlash for Harvey Weinstein jokes

Monday 14:32 GMT
Source: The Guradian

Li Yuchun: meet the pop star taking gender neutral style to China

Monday 08:06 GMT
Source: New York Times

Nike’s Chief of Design Doodles All Day

Monday 21:01 GMT
Source: DW

Beethoven's Fifth played at Swiss Le Rosey Concert Hall for 'Innocence in Danger' benefit

Monday 07:00 GMT
Source: CBS News

Harry Styles goes in a new direction

Monday 09:58 GMT
Source: Common Domain

Healthy meal prep ideas

Monday 09:01 GMT

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