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Inside Pittsburgh’s Asylum City for Exiled Writers

Inside Pittsburgh’s Asylum City for Exiled Writers

In the 1980s, Salman Rushdie was subject to a fatwa, or death sentence, because of his novel The Satanic Verses. He was forced into exile. Although Rushdie had wealth and fame, his time in hiding taxed his resources. When Rushdie emerged, he and other writers formed the International Parliament of […]

by February 25, 2017 6 comments Arts, Politics, World
Police Question Motives of UCLA Gunman Who Murdered Wife, Professor

Police Question Motives of UCLA Gunman Who Murdered Wife, Professor

The motives of former University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), graduate student who killed a professor, his estranged wife and then himself are being questioned amid allegations that another professor may also have been on his “kill list.”  It is now known that Mainak Sarkar’s first victim was his estranged […]

by February 24, 2017 5 comments Trending, World
Research Says Elementary School Homework Does Not Improve Academic Performance

Research Says Elementary School Homework Does Not Improve Academic Performance

Harris Cooper, the well-regarded homework researcher at Duke University, recently made the blanket statement that “[t]here is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.” The statement is a strong one, especially as it completely challenges the orthodoxy that elementary school homework is necessary […]

by February 23, 2017 5 comments Science, Trending
Best Home Improvement Hacks

Best Home Improvement Hacks

Home improvement can be as fun or horrible as we make it. Let’s examine some of the best home improvement hacks that will make organizing and creating a snap. Hide The Thermostat and Other Problem Spots Hate looking at the thermostat? Don’t like your fuse box? Have other problem spots […]

by February 22, 2017 5 comments Arts, Trending
FTC Crackdown on Herbalife Could Doom Other Multilevel Marketing Schemes

FTC Crackdown on Herbalife Could Doom Other Multilevel Marketing Schemes

Herbalife has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The diet and weight loss company has been in the crosshairs of the government for what regulators deemed a near-pyramid scheme. Herbalife is based in Los Angeles and has built a billion-dollar empire by convincing people it has the […]

by February 21, 2017 7 comments Food, Trending
Should Revenge Porn Be Illegal? New Law Targets Disclosure of Private Pictures Online

Should Revenge Porn Be Illegal? New Law Targets Disclosure of Private Pictures Online

The debate over whether “revenge porn” should be a criminal act has been reopened, as the federal government considers whether to pass a law criminalizing the disclosure of private sexual acts. The Intimate Privacy Protection Act (IPPA) was introduced in Congress over the summer. It would carry federal felony penalties […]

by February 20, 2017 10 comments Politics, Trending
5 Fitness Games to Play After Pokemon Go

5 Fitness Games to Play After Pokemon Go

It’s happening in every city in the world: people wandering way from their homes, walking great distances with their phones aimed in the air. What are they doing? Participating in a gaming phenomenon known as Pokémon Go. The newest Pokémon app is a virtual reality game that invites players to […]

by February 19, 2017 6 comments Arts, Trending, World
Powerball Winners Will Devote Their $528.8 Million to Charity

Powerball Winners Will Devote Their $528.8 Million to Charity

Although sometimes it seems like the world is filled with nothing but negative news, a couple who won a $528.8 million Powerball lottery ticket are offering some positive news. Marvin and Mae Acosta of California were one of a group of people who won the record $1.6 billion Powerball lottery […]

by February 18, 2017 7 comments Trending
Tesla’s Master Plan Part 2: Gallery of Elon Musk’s New Big Ideas

Tesla’s Master Plan Part 2: Gallery of Elon Musk’s New Big Ideas

Tesla’s Elon Musk is at it again, dreaming up a new slate of vehicles that he hopes will further reduce humanity’s reliance on fossil fuel. The head of Tesla Motors is coming off a victory of sorts for the Mark 3, which scored nearly 400,000 pre-orders for an electric car […]

by February 17, 2017 7 comments Science, Trending
New York City Startup Serves Up Rare Dishes Cooked by Refugees

New York City Startup Serves Up Rare Dishes Cooked by Refugees

Even in a city as diverse as New York City, few people have ever had a taste of momo, the bite-sized dumplings that are popular in Nepal. The traditional Nepalese dumpling is filled with meat, flavorful spices, wrapped in delicate dough and then steamed or fried. Thanks to a new […]

by February 16, 2017 4 comments Food, Politics, Trending, World