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Weekly Review — June 12, 2018, 11:56 am

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Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump meet at a former POW site, Jeff Sessions denies asylum to victims of domestic abuse and gang violence, and the National Sheriff Association announces a new initiative to protect pets

Weekly Review — April 17, 2018, 2:23 pm

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Trump fires missiles at Syria, a former FBI director likens Trump to a Mafia boss, and New Yorkers mistake a racoon for a tiger

Weekly Review — March 20, 2018, 1:38 pm

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Donald Trump says teachers should carry guns, a school resource officer mistakenly fires his gun at a middle school in Virginia, and the United States receives its worst-ever ranking on the World Happiness Report

Weekly Review — April 26, 2017, 4:46 pm

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Marine Le Pen qualifies for the second round of the French presidential election, Bill O’Reilly is fired from Fox News, and Russia announces it is not “creating a Terminator.”

Weekly Review — March 16, 2017, 2:17 pm

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South Korea’s president is removed from office, Kellyanne Conway suggests that Barack Obama could have spied on Donald Trump using “microwaves that turned into cameras,” and a lake in Australia turns pink.

Weekly Review — November 29, 2016, 4:01 pm

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Fidel Castro dies at 90, snow falls in Tokyo for the first time in 50 years, and scientists suggest that the speed of light has declined.

Weekly Review — November 1, 2016, 5:56 pm

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The FBI continues its investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails, a Russian weapons manufacturer unveils a missile capable of destroying Texas, and a chimpanzee in North Korea smokes a pack of cigarettes 

Weekly Review — September 27, 2016, 3:22 pm

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A man kills five at a Macy’s in Washington, North Carolina scientists find that men are more likely to believe in God after sex, and researchers in Norway train horses to communicate with people

Weekly Review — June 28, 2016, 8:00 am

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The United Kingdom votes to leave the European Union, Donald Trump fires his campaign manager, and a man named Larry Gambles wins the lottery for the second time

Weekly Review — June 7, 2016, 12:37 pm

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Flooding in Germany kills 10 people, a giant panda is born in Belgium, and a man in El Paso challenges his daughter to a duel

Weekly Review — April 5, 2016, 10:58 am

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Syria recaptures Palmyra, the first home-shopping network for weapons goes live, and a sinkhole in China swallows 25 tons of fish

Weekly Review — March 15, 2016, 1:47 pm

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North Korea claims it could destroy Manhattan with a hydrogen bomb, a Utah lawmaker compares pornography to polio, and a man sells his newborn daughter online

Weekly Review — January 19, 2016, 11:54 am

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The United States lifts economic sanctions against Iran, Mein Kampf sells out in Germany, and Auckland bans mermaid swimsuits

Weekly Review — December 29, 2015, 11:32 am

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Somalia bans Christmas, Canada runs out of candy canes, and a monkey steals a bus

Weekly Review — October 27, 2015, 11:29 am

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Justin Trudeau becomes prime minister-designate of Canada, a three-year-old boy drives a car, and Malaysia bans the Love and Sex with Robots conference

Weekly Review — September 22, 2015, 8:00 am

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Hungarians seal their border, a 14-year-old Somali-American is arrested for brining a clock to school, and scientists launch the Campaign Against Sex Robots

Weekly Review — July 7, 2015, 8:00 am

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Boko Haram kills 200 villagers in Nigeria, the mayor of Sacramento files for a restraining order against his city, and a teenager in Arkansas finds a four-inch centipede in his ear.

Weekly Review — May 26, 2015, 8:00 am

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The Islamic State seizes Palmyra, McDonald’s employees protest in Chicago, and the brains of nine animals are found on a street in New York

Weekly Review — April 21, 2015, 8:00 am

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A suicide bomber kills 35 people at a bank in Jalalabad, Hillary Clinton doesn’t tip at Chipotle, and a chiropractor admits to bartering treatments for sex

Weekly Review — March 17, 2015, 8:00 am

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The Taliban blows up two Christian churches in Pakistan, Vladimir Putin disappears for ten days, and Pope Francis says he misses eating pizza

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In 1973, when Barry Singer was a fifteen-year-old student at New York’s Yeshiva University High School for Boys, the vice principal, Rabbi George Finkelstein, stopped him in a stairwell. Claiming he wanted to check his tzitzit—the strings attached to Singer’s prayer shawl—Finkelstein, Singer says, pushed the boy over the third-floor banister, in full view of his classmates, and reached down his pants. “If he’s not wearing tzitzit,” Finkelstein told the surrounding children, “he’s going over the stairs!”

“He played it as a joke, but I was completely at his mercy,” Singer recalled. For the rest of his time at Yeshiva, Singer would often wear his tzitzit on the outside of his shirt—though this was regarded as rebellious—for fear that Finkelstein might find an excuse to assault him again.

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Out of sight on Leros, the island of the damned

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Reflections on harm in language and the trouble with Whitman

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About fifteen years ago, my roommate and I developed a classification system for TV and movies. Each title was slotted into one of four categories: Good-Good; Bad-Good; Good-Bad; Bad-Bad. The first qualifier was qualitative, while the second represented a high-low binary, the title’s aspiration toward capital-A Art or lack thereof.

Some taxonomies were inarguable. The O.C., a Fox series about California rich kids and their beautiful swimming pools, was delightfully Good-Bad. Paul Haggis’s heavy-handed morality play, Crash, which won the Oscar for Best Picture, was gallingly Bad-Good. The films of Francois Truffaut, Good-Good; the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, Bad-Bad.

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For time ylost, this know ye,
By no way may recovered be.
—Chaucer

I spent thirty-eight years in prison and have been a free man for just under two. After killing a man named Thomas Allen Fellowes in a drunken, drugged-up fistfight in 1980, when I was nineteen years old, I was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Former California governor Jerry Brown commuted my sentence and I was released in 2017, five days before Christmas. The law in California, like in most states, grants the governor the right to alter sentences. After many years of advocating for the reformation of the prison system into one that encourages rehabilitation, I had my life restored to me.

Cost of renting a giant panda from the Chinese government, per day:

$1,500

A recent earthquake in Chile was found to have shifted the city of Concepción ten feet to the west, shortened Earth’s days by 1.26 microseconds, and shifted the planet’s axis by nearly three inches.

A solid-gold toilet named “America” was stolen from Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Winston Churchill, in Oxfordshire, England.

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