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Weekly Review — June 25, 2019, 2:37 pm

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Alabama passed a law allowing a Presbyterian megachurch to create its own police force.

Weekly Review — June 19, 2019, 12:14 pm

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Boaty McBoatface, an autonomous underwater vehicle that was named in a 2016 internet poll, discovered that stronger Antarctic winds, the result of a growing hole in the ozone layer, have been causing more ocean turbulence, which in turn has raised sea levels and temperatures.

Weekly Review — June 11, 2019, 9:56 am

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New York City seized 46 ice cream trucks in a sting called “Operation Meltdown.”

Weekly Review — June 4, 2019, 3:35 pm

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An event at a gas station in Edmonton to celebrate the repeal of Alberta’s consumer carbon tax was canceled in response to heavy smoke from uncontained wildfires elsewhere in the province.

Weekly Review — May 29, 2019, 12:45 pm

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A study predicted that the average size of animals will shrink 25 percent in the next century.

Weekly Review — May 21, 2019, 1:39 pm

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Uber added a “quiet mode” feature that allows passengers to choose from options such as “quiet preferred,” “happy to chat,” or “no preference.”

Weekly Review — May 14, 2019, 1:20 pm

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The United States is nearly drought-free for the first time in decades and is experiencing unprecedented levels of flooding.

Weekly Review — May 7, 2019, 1:43 pm

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A fund-raiser for a charter school in California was canceled after QAnon conspiracy theory believers bombarded the school with threats on the basis of their interpretation of a tweet by former FBI director James Comey, in which he listed five jobs he had held in the past.

Weekly Review — April 30, 2019, 12:51 pm

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At a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Trump criticized the alleged support among Democrats, including that of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, for what he called “extreme late-term abortion,” in which “the baby is born, the mother meets with the doctor, they take care of the baby, they wrap the baby beautifully, and then the doctor and the mother determine whether or not they will execute the baby,” before making a chopping guillotine motion with his hands.

Weekly Review — April 23, 2019, 3:19 pm

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Individuals and corporations have donated over $1 billion to rebuild Notre Dame, a sum that has drawn international criticism and prompted protests by the Yellow Vests.

Weekly Review — April 16, 2019, 10:50 am

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The Cairo, New York, police department advised drivers to “overcome the fear” after a woman crashed her car when she saw a spider.

Weekly Review — April 9, 2019, 4:14 pm

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A student at the University of Iowa asked Robert Francis O’Rourke, who was speaking on campus that day, “Are you here to see Beto?”

Weekly Review — April 3, 2019, 2:22 pm

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Japan’s government announced that the new imperial era will be called “Reiwa,” but have not specified its meaning.

Weekly Review — March 26, 2019, 10:29 am

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Teachers in Indiana were shot execution-style by pellet guns as part of an active-shooter training session conducted by the White County sheriff’s department.

Weekly Review — March 19, 2019, 2:00 pm

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A federal appeals court ruled against a police officer who gave a Michigan woman a harsher ticket after she flipped him off.

Weekly Review — March 12, 2019, 1:04 pm

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The Brazilian president tweeted, “What is a golden shower?”

Weekly Review — March 5, 2019, 11:06 am

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A black man became the director and president of a white-supremacist organization in the hopes of disbanding it.

Weekly Review — February 26, 2019, 12:23 pm

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“I am an underdog,” said presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar, who once ate a salad on an airplane with a comb and then ordered her aide clean it, at a Democratic Party fundraiser in Des Moines.

Weekly Review — February 20, 2019, 8:00 am

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“It’s not as if he just didn’t get what he wanted so he’s waving a magic wand and taking a bunch of money,” said the White House’s acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, of Donald Trump’s decision on Friday—after the administration’s budget deal with Congress to end a 35-day government shutdown did not include the funding Trump sought for a wall along the Mexican border—to declare a national emergency to divert about $7 billion from federal projects, including $2.5 billion from counternarcotics programs, to build a wall that experts say will not significantly affect drug trafficking.1 2 3 4 In the disputed area …

Weekly Review — February 12, 2019, 2:32 pm

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Classes at a Catholic school in Durham, North Carolina, were canceled in anticipation of protests against a lesbian alumna, who had been invited to speak at a Black History Month event.

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Japanese Tales of Lafcadio Hearn, edited by Andrei Codrescu. Princeton University Press. 224 pages. $22.95.

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