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UVA President suspends fraternities after sexual assault story.

slate.com — A searing story in the latest issue of Rolling Stone takes on the issue of sexual assault on American college campuses-using the University of Virginia as an unfortunate case study. It's a disturbing read. The story recounts a gruesome gang rape of a young woman at a UVA frat house,...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @Slate: Maybe UVA should NOT have cited Thomas Jefferson in its response to campus rape problem: slate.me/154O3zO pic.twitter.com/XwUXhc8P3M

Nov 22, 2014

RT @Slate: Maybe UVA should NOT have cited Thomas Jefferson in its response to campus rape problem: slate.me/154O3zO pic.twitter.com/XwUXhc8P3M

Remastered image may be prelude to a mission campaign.

slate.com — Well, this is interesting: The folks at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and SETI Institute have just released a remastered image of Jupiter's moon Europa, and it's breathtaking: That's not even full-res; click it to see it in its splendor. Europa is 3120 km (1930 miles) in diameter, a hair smaller...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @BadAstronomer: Staggeringly beautiful image of Jupiter’s moon Europa may be a PR push to sway Congress and public. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

Nov 22, 2014

Staggeringly beautiful image of Jupiter’s moon Europa may be a PR push to sway Congress and public. slate.com/blogs/bad_astr…

GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee debunks Benghazi conspiracy theories.

slate.com — The Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has issued a report roundly rejecting a number of conspiracy theories about the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The report, which was released on Friday after a two-year long investigation, responded to a number of long running theories about the attack...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @mattfrost: "Some Republicans say CIA wasn't doing shady stuff." That's what winning the Benghazi argument looks like, Slate? slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: A GOP-controlled intel committee just debunked all the right's favorite #Benghazi fantasies: slate.me/1vxIUMl pic.twitter.com/ZwJS27alXD

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: A GOP-controlled intel committee just debunked all the right's favorite #Benghazi fantasies: slate.me/1vxIUMl pic.twitter.com/ZwJS27alXD

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: A GOP-controlled intel committee just debunked all the right's favorite #Benghazi fantasies: slate.me/1vxIUMl pic.twitter.com/ZwJS27alXD

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Sexual assault, rape, drugs feature in women's stories.

slate.com — The following women have alleged as a matter of public record that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted or raped them. They are listed in the order their allegations became public. 1. Lachele Covington. Covington, an actress who was 20 at the time, filed a police report alleging that Cosby pushed her...
Nov 22, 2014

God. RT @PaulHarrisShow: RT @Slate: A complete list of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault: slate.me/1uRE899

Nov 22, 2014

RT @Slate: A complete list of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault: slate.me/1uRE899 pic.twitter.com/XxAIENnJI9

Nov 22, 2014

this is so shocking, disturbing: A Complete List of the Women Who Accused Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault slate.com/blogs/browbeat… via @BrowBeat

Nov 22, 2014

A Complete List of the Women Who Have Accused Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: A Complete List of the Women Who Have Accused Bill Cosby of Sexual Assault slate.me/1xLxJQp pic.twitter.com/ErX7v3X7mn

Adam Silver says there’s $400 billion per year of illegal sports betting in the U.S. alone. Seriously?

slate.com — Last week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver published an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that Congress should legalize sports betting in the United States. Gambling on basketball, football, and other sports, he explained, is already an enormous underground industry run by illegal bookies and unsavory offshore websites. Better to...
Nov 21, 2014

RT @DannyVinik: Very fun piece from @JHWeissmann trying to track down Adam Silver's stat that illegal sports gambling = $400 billion slate.com/articles/busin…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Noahpinion: The best piece of investigative journalism I've read recently: Jordan Weissmann goes in search of a statistic: slate.com/articles/busin…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Noahpinion: The best piece of investigative journalism I've read recently: Jordan Weissmann goes in search of a statistic: slate.com/articles/busin…

Nov 21, 2014

Very fun piece from @JHWeissmann trying to track down Adam Silver's stat that illegal sports gambling = $400 billion slate.com/articles/busin…

Nov 21, 2014

How a made-up stat from 20 years ago becomes the conventional wisdom today, sports betting edition slate.com/articles/busin… by @JHWeissmann

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Obama extends U.S. troops’ Afghanistan combat presence.

slate.com — President Obama reversed course on his previous decision to end American troops' combat role in Afghanistan by the end of the year. The classified order, the New York Times reports, will give American troops broader offensive capability in the country-including carrying out missions against the Taliban and broader support of...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @Slate: President Obama has reversed course and extended the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan: slate.me/1yDOaeB pic.twitter.com/NAgIXzAVVu

Terrence Howard, like Bill Cosby, has been repeatedly accused of violence against women. Will the press ask him about it?

slate.com — The Bill Cosby saga, as it's played out over the last few weeks, represents a massive systemic fail for the media. This wasn't just a story that the media missed. It's a story that was already on the record and about a guy whom various newspapers, magazines, and TV networks...

Both alleged sexual predators, but only one’s career is over.

slate.com — As of Thursday afternoon, 16 women have accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault, the latest a nurse named Therese Serignese who says the comedian drugged and raped her in the mid-1970s. Earlier this week, model Janice Dickinson told a similar story, alleging that Cosby drugged her during a 1982 encounter,...
Nov 21, 2014

Bill Cosby’s Career Is Over. What Will It Take to Bring Down R. Kelly? slate.com/blogs/xx_facto… via @doublexmag

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investigative journalism, character study, or legal procedural?

slate.com — As Serial has progressed, it has become less obvious what exactly the podcast is about. Defining itself as it goes along is part of the show's appeal, but it also makes listening feel precarious: Every week you tune in and wonder whether you'll hear a murder mystery, a crime procedural,...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @Slate: "As Serial has progressed, it has become less obvious what exactly the podcast is about." slate.me/1FcMdrF pic.twitter.com/MPCfnbTzqe

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: "As Serial has progressed, it has become less obvious what exactly the podcast is about." slate.me/1r6loPo pic.twitter.com/lwPHiISZAD

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: "As Serial has progressed, it has become less obvious what exactly the podcast is about." slate.me/1r6loPo pic.twitter.com/lwPHiISZAD

Nov 21, 2014

Probably not a comedy. RT @Slate: What the heck is #Serial: A mystery? A comedy? A touching memorial? slate.me/1FbssCy

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: "As Serial has progressed, it has become less obvious what exactly the podcast is about." slate.me/1yzJPsY pic.twitter.com/ADH0Je2Y8T

How poultry science and factory farming have made Thanksgiving birds enormous.

slate.com — In October, Vox published a picture that vividly shows how much bigger chickens have gotten since 1957, thanks to selective breeding. If you've taken a gander at a gargantuan Butterball bird lately, you'll be unsurprised to learn that selective breeding has made commercial turkeys much bigger, too. Julie Rossman and...

The Evening Star's offices in 1922.

slate.com — In this cutaway drawing of the interior of the Washington Evening Star's building, printed in that paper in 1922, the physical layout of the paper's office is visible to the reader, with editorial offices, technical plant, and employee resources (library; a top-floor cafeteria) all included. The Star's building also housed several outside...
Nov 22, 2014

History of newspapers: Drawing of the Washington Evening Star's offices in 1922 #journalism buff.ly/1FdH5Fz

Nov 21, 2014

The guts of a newspaper. slate.me/1Au2SZJ cool cutaway of the Washington Star's building via @slate

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: Peep inside a newspaper's bustling headquarters, circa 1922: slate.me/1xKjtHK pic.twitter.com/J4YuCXbrie

Nov 21, 2014

This is awesome RT @Slate Peep inside a newspaper's bustling headquarters, circa 1922: slate.me/1xKjtHK

Why it’s time to end birthright citizenship.

slate.com — Whether you agree or disagree with President Obama's use of his executive authority to temporarily shield 3.8 million unauthorized immigrants from the threat of deportation (on top of the 1.5 million he shielded in 2012), this much is true: The Obama administration has permanently altered the immigration debate. The president...
Nov 22, 2014

.@reihan's been writing some interesting stuff about immigration that sits outside most of the standard debate. slate.com/articles/news_…

Nov 21, 2014

A better solution to America’s immigration problem: End birthright citizenship. slate.com/articles/news_… most of world doesn't have it

Thanksgiving East Coast snowstorm probably won't happen, but stay alert.

slate.com — As Buffalo digs out from historic snows-maxing out at 88 inches, according to the National Weather Service-there have already been more than 30 major roof collapses in the area. The Buffalo News reports that a "Shovel Brigade Mob" of about 180 volunteers is planning to target homes in the hardest...
Nov 22, 2014

RT @EricHolthaus: The Upper Mississippi River was closed to shipping traffic due to ice this week—earliest winter closure since 1969. slate.com/blogs/future_t…

Nov 22, 2014

"Probably." — Don’t Worry (Yet). The East Coast Probably Will Not Get a Big Thanksgiving Snowstorm. slate.com/blogs/future_t… via @Slate

Play the news quiz for the week of Nov. 21.

slate.com — Welcome back to Slate's weekly news quiz. I'm your host, 74-time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings. Every Friday I'll be testing your knowledge with 12 challenging questions on the week's news events, big and small, including happenings in science, sports, politics, and culture both high and low. The questions are multiple-choice,...
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Will the fallout form the war in Syria make things worse for Turkey’s largest religious minority?

slate.com — Each Friday, Roads & Kingdoms and Slate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit their online magazine or follow @roadskingdoms on Twitter. ISTANBUL-In many ways, it resembles a traditional mosque.
Nov 22, 2014

RT @abidhussayn: Alevis, the damned community of Turkey, "Faith and Fear in Istanbul" by @OmarWaraich slate.com/articles/news_…

Nov 22, 2014

RT @Slate: The rise of ISIS could make things worse for Turkey's largest religious minority: slate.me/1xKHAGn pic.twitter.com/0AcBEOlvtk

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European Parliament calls for "unbundling" of search engines.

slate.com — Google has grown too powerful, European politicians are convinced, and it may be time for the government to break it up. That's the gist of a draft resolution that leaders in the European Parliament are preparing for a possible vote on Thursday, as reported by the Financial Times and Reuters....

Can pilots make delayed flights go faster? (VIDEO).

slate.com — Though it's a myth that Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, tight travel windows mean delays can sting especially hard during the holidays. In 2011, J. Bryan Lowder and Andrew Bouvé investigated whether pilots can really "make up time in the air" when a flight is running...
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Slate: Can a pilot really make up time during a flight? Or do they say that to make you feel better? slate.me/1FbfNzH pic.twitter.com/IyAS2eqUE8

Nov 21, 2014

Making up time during a flight: Can pilots make delayed flights go faster? (VIDEO). slate.me/1tnsMFZ

Nov 21, 2014

Can an airline pilot really make up time during a delayed flight? slate.com/articles/video… via @slate yup, but can be expensive

Americans pay more for slower Internet access.

slate.com — You've probably looked at your monthly Internet bill and groaned, thinking that it was far more expensive than it should be. Well, you were probably right. It turns out that if you live in New York City or San Francisco, you could be paying more than twice as much as...
Nov 21, 2014

Oh cus Romanians are too backwards? Ffs. RT @Slate New Yorkers get worse Internet service than people in Bucharest: slate.me/1yAe2rV

Rape allegations mean colleges decide to distance themselves from the actor.

slate.com — This article originally appeared in Inside Higher Ed. At least one college is distancing itself from Bill Cosby, the once family-friendly comedian who has been accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen women. Cosby's involvement in higher education is extensive. He has been among the most prominent and...