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James Dorsey

Mega Events: Qatar is too hot, Beijing has no snow

James Dorsey | August 1, 2015 | Sports
By James M. Dorsey 2022 is promising to be the year of mega sporting events that potentially fly in the face of values professed by international sporting events and defy logic. Consensus is near unanimous that temperatures in Qatar are too high for a summer World Cup. Similarly, Beijing lacks...
Margie Alt

One Year After Toledo, Our Waters Still at Risk

Margie Alt | July 31, 2015 | Green
Last August, a toxic algae bloom in Lake Erie left half a million people in the Toledo area unable to use their own tap water for drinking, bathing, or cooking. A year later, with another algae outbreak growing in Toledo's water supply, one thing is clear: If we want safe...
James Stafford

Former Exxon President On Mission to Clean Up Oil Sands

James Stafford | July 31, 2015 | Business
Canada has given oil sands a dirty reputation, but a breakthrough, commercially viable technology has caught the eye of a former Exxon Mobil president who is putting it to use to clean up Utah's billions of barrels of oil sands.
Richard Crepeau

Sport and Society for Arete -- The Brady Bunch

Richard Crepeau | July 31, 2015 | Sports
The success of the NFL derives in part from its mastery of the electronic media as the league is able to blanket that world at all times and places. There is no off-season for the NFL. On the rare occasion there can be drawbacks to this dominance. The last 72 hours is not what the media mavens at the NFL would call "a good run."
Miranda Sam

How to Plan a Wedding When You Don't Believe in Having One

Miranda Sam | July 31, 2015 | Weddings
Would you consider yourself a typical bride? If you get sick at the idea of taking a loan out for your wedding, or feel that diamond rings are more marketing gimmick than romantic symbol, consider yourself a practical anti-Pinterest bride.
Jens Martin Skibsted

Think Design Think

Jens Martin Skibsted | July 31, 2015 | Science
Design negotiates between technology, policy, systems and users. It has become a universal medium for expressing ideas, raising fundamental questions and addressing social challenges.
Food Fanatic

This Cotton Candy Layer Cake Is Amazing

Food Fanatic | July 31, 2015 | Taste
Whether you choose to share or keep this cake all to yourself, you definitely need to MAKE IT! It's so yummy and fun, it's sure to bring a smile to your face.
Bernie Shine

Never Mind Waldo - Where's Walter? The Hunter Is Hunted

Bernie Shine | July 31, 2015 | Green
How could a brave big game hunter be so afraid to show up and address the media and his critics? Are you trembling at the thought of facing those children leaving toy animals at the doorstep of your dental office?
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- The Debate Debate

Chris Weigant | July 31, 2015 | Entertainment
In normal years, this would be the official kickoff to the political Silly Season. This year, however, is not normal, as instead we're right at the kickoff of Presidential Debate Season, and the votes are already in -- the silly subject we're all going to obsess over this year is named Donald Trump.
Jackie K. Cooper

A Peach of a Pair Is an End of Summer Hit

Jackie K. Cooper | July 31, 2015 | Books
Summer is winding down. The kids are almost back in school. The trips to the beach are becoming fewer and fewer. Still there is time for one more good beach read and luckily for readers everywhere we have a "peach" of a book by Kim Boykin
Brian Dooley

2022 Becomes a Crucial Test of Human Rights and Sport

Brian Dooley | July 31, 2015 | World
With Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup, and now Beijing the Winter Olympics, 2022 is shaping up to be a defining test of international sport's commitment to human rights.
Lauren Windsor

Koch Donor Fest Underway in Monarch Bay

Lauren Windsor | July 31, 2015 | Politics
Donors and staff of the Koch brothers political network are descending on the St. Regis Monarch Bay Resort for their yearly summer seminar. Tables have been brought out onto the Grand Lawn; security personnel roam the halls; and Charles Koch himself has arrived.
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Turkey Enters the Syrian Quagmire to Fight ISIS -- And the Kurds

Nathan Gardels | July 31, 2015 | World
The Syrian quagmire, in which both the Islamic State and the Kurds have been fighting for territory, has now sucked in Turkey. Last week's ISIS attack on Turkish soil, Kurdish gains along the Syrian border and the surprise advance of the secular and liberal pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party in recent elections -- which clipped the parliamentary majority of President Erdoğan's neo-Islamist ruling party -- have conjoined into an explosive state of affairs. To boot, NATO, which is obliged to defend a member state under siege, has now been drawn into a three-way fray in which Turkey is lashing out at both the Kurdish resistance and ISIS. Writing from Istanbul, Behlül Özkan ominously foresees "Armageddon" descending on the region. Mustafa Akyol, also writing from the shores of the Bosphorus, argues that Erdoğan's assault on the Kurds in tandem with ISIS is aimed at bolstering his nationalist credentials at home in order to block the HDP, which stands in the way of his autocratic vision. (continued)
Tony Bartolone

What We Found at 'The End of the Tour'

Tony Bartolone | July 31, 2015 | Arts
The End of the Tour is a careful exploration of one of the most intelligent, observant and complicated minds of the twentieth century. David Foster Wallace had an unmatched appreciation for the minute details of our ever-expanding modern world. And he was able to articulate them.
Marian Wright Edelman

Hanging On to Hope to Keep Black Men and Boys Alive

Marian Wright Edelman | July 31, 2015 | Politics
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world's leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson "America's Nelson Mandela." He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ban "death sentences."
Danielle Wolffe

5 'Secret' Public Spaces to Beat the Heat in Manhattan

Danielle Wolffe | July 31, 2015 | New York
Manhattan has come a long way creating public spaces more aligned with nature and art. Old public places have undergone recent incarnations. Bryant Park now has a miniature golf course and a new wave of accordion pumping buskers.

Why Are Miscarriages So Upsetting to Tentative Parents?

Quora | July 31, 2015 | Parents
Yes, we knew we'd be trying again, but that first joy of pregnancy would never be the same. The innocent happiness was gone ... I spent the first twenty weeks of my subsequent pregnancy worrying I'd miscarry.
Daniel R. DePetris

Ted Cruz Just Disqualified Himself for President, Part II

Daniel R. DePetris | July 31, 2015 | Politics
One can argue whether President George W. Bush and President Barak Obama's policies are wrong or foolish, but you can't argue the fact that both men exhibited the characteristics of patience during times of crisis or confrontation. Can we say the same thing about Ted Cruz?
Marc Hershon

Podcast Review: Ear Biscuits

Marc Hershon | July 31, 2015 | Entertainment
The new media landscape can be a confounding place, with new apps and ways to reach people constantly emerging, shifting, and changing. Who's keeping track of the players making a difference? "Internetainers" Rhett and Link (Rhett McLaughlin and Charles "Link" Neal), and their Ear Biscuits podcast, that's who.
Christine Gutierrez

My Angry Letter to Instagram: #BRINGBACKTHEGODDESS

Christine Gutierrez | July 31, 2015 | Women
I value Instagram and use your platform as a way to promote my work in empowering women and connecting with other women, but how can I do that when one of the most important hastags in my Diosa, GODDESS community has been taken away? Be honorable.