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Daryl Richardson's Dallas World Aquarium Causes Zoo Controversy

newrepublic.com — N ine thousand years ago, as the giant sloths of North and South America went extinct, rising sea levels isolated a sand-rimmed sprout of jungle off the coast of Panama-a change that would create, over the millennia, the smallest living sloths of all. Evolution worked quickly on the Isla Escudo de Veraguas.

Exclusive: Emails Reveal a State's Worries About Problematic Execution

thenewrepublic.com — On July 23, Arizona took 117 minutes to execute a convicted murderer named Joseph Rudolph Wood III. It was not the nation's first execution to last that long. In September 2009, Romell Broom entered the Ohio death chamber and exited two hours later still breathing-the only inmate in U.S.

Exclusive: Emails Reveal a State's Worries About Problematic Execution

newrepublic.com — On July 23, Arizona took 117 minutes to execute a convicted murderer named Joseph Rudolph Wood III. It was not the nation's first execution to last that long. In September 2009, Romell Broom entered the Ohio death chamber and exited two hours later still breathing-the only inmate in U.S.

2014 Botched Executions: The Worst Year in Lethal Injection History

newrepublic.com — On Wednesday afternoon, a prisoner named Joseph Rudolph Wood III suffered what was one of the longest executions in U.S. history. Executioners in Arizona began pumping the lethal drugs into Wood's veins at 1:57 p.m. His death was not pronounced until nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m.

Lethal Injection Photos: Angel Diaz's Botched Execution in Florida

newrepublic.com — On December 13, 2006, the state of Florida botched the lethal injection of Angel Diaz. The execution team pushed IV catheters straight through the veins in both his arms and into the underlying tissue. As a result, Diaz, who was convicted of murder in 1986, required two full doses of the lethal drugs, and an execution scheduled to take only ten to 15 minutes lasted 34.

Clayton Lockett Execution Botched: The Problem with Lethal Injection

newrepublic.com — On Tuesday night, after Oklahoma botched the lethal injection of Clayton Lockett, the director of the Department of Corrections said Lockett's vein had not only "blown," but actually "exploded." Many people immediately pointed out that Oklahoma had used for the first time a new drug combination-one of five different formulas it laid out in a new execution protocol.

Chipotle Is Ruining Lunchtime: Long Lines and Too Many Choices

newrepublic.com — Step away from the burrito. It's not your waistline I'm worried about. It's lunchtime. Chipotle is ruining my favorite part of the workday (the part with no work). The problem isn't the food: In many places, you won't find a better burrito. My gripe is with the style of service.

Office Gchat: How Instant Message Makes Work Harder

newrepublic.com — An open office is never more silent than when there's something to talk about. It may typically be as noisy as an engine room: conference calls, creaking chairs, that coworker who can't stop coughing. But as soon as something happens- someone slams his phone or sends an angry staff-wide email-the workplace snaps into order.

Daneson Toothpicks: The Latest Product for "Bro-tisinal Men"

newrepublic.com — When I was a kid, I could imagine no worse job than working in a toothpick factory. It seemed like the epitome of tedium, and I always chose it as my "bad" option in fortune-telling games like MASH. It never occurred to me that there could be artisanal toothpicks.

GChat Typing Indicator: The Most Awkward Feature of Online Chat

newrepublic.com — The first letter of a text or instant message is the most important. Never mind the actual meaning of the words it introduces; the mere keystroke is a starter pistol. Once you're off, you need to complete your message quickly. That's because most chat clients let you know when your partner is typing a message.
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Mar 05, 2015

Tiny sloths, jaguars, and more birds than anyone can count... My story on the dark genius who grew a jungle in Dallas newrepublic.com/article/121184…

Mar 03, 2015

.@jcbeam's story about Japan's fake Beethoven is great and like all great Japan stories, it features a super cute cat newrepublic.com/article/121185…

Feb 23, 2015

Mike Allen who wrote “If you’re writing in clichés, you’re probably thinking in clichés" also wrote “It's the little things that count!”

Feb 10, 2015

@bijanstephen I'm going to start wearing a mask on the back of my head like this nytimes.com/1989/09/05/sci…

Feb 10, 2015

German for "silent but deadly fart" is not some long and crazy compound noun, but simply "Schleicher"

Feb 10, 2015

If you're going to work at a treadmill desk, at least wear stilletos like Joanna Coles: nymag.com/thecut/2015/02…

Feb 03, 2015

@willystaley too similar to the third one! I loled at Goodman but it did have the advantage of being first

Feb 03, 2015

If Stephanie Goodman does not win this caption contest, I will cancel my New Yorker subscription pic.twitter.com/d4aYDzbKXz

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