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When Cops Check Facebook

posterboynyc/Flickr In 2012, Brooklyn police officer Michael Rodrigues arrested a burglary gang, the Brower Boys, by adding gang members as friends on Facebook.

David Chase Just Ruined the Finale of The Sopranos

HBO Back in 2007, when The Sopranos ran its course in Holsten’s ice cream parlor at the end of season six, I was among the dissatisfied.

Nice Downtowns: How Did They Get That Way?

Pike Place market in Seattle, not far from site of the original Starbucks and a core element of the city's successful downtown (Wikimedia commons) I had anticipated some of the rewards and discoveries of visiting cities in the process of economic and cultural recovery and re-invention.

Will Pope Francis Break the Church?

Edward Kinsella III In 1979, almost a year into the papacy of John Paul II, a novel called The Vicar of Christ spent 13 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

Afghanistan's Growing War With ISIS

An Afghan man cries near the dead body of his brother after a suicide attack in Jalalabad on April 18, 2015.

Astrology and Public Shaming: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

Chris Lexow/Flickr/The Atlantic Necessarily the News Wesley Morris | Grantland "The [Daily Show] has become a pillar of the American political conversation, irrespective of ratings.

What Dense Breasts Mean for Cancer Risk

Eric Gaillard/Reuters Earlier this year, Caryn Hoadley received an unexpected letter after a routine mammogram.

How Fashion Co-Opted Coachella

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters For the past five years, fashion houses, lifestyle brands and beauty companies including H&M, PopSugar, Lacoste and Kiehl's have been flocking to the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Chief Juror of the United States

Nati Harnik/AP Imagine you're a lawyer entering the courtroom to select the 12 men and women who will decide the civil case you've been preparing for nearly a year.

Graffiti Busting in Los Angeles

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Makerspaces Are Remaking Local Economies

A workroom in the Columbus Idea Foundry, a vibrant makerspace in Ohio's biggest city (John Tierney) Two and a half years ago, James Fallows wrote an article about the changing state of American manufacturing.

The Quest to Boot Old Hickory Off the $20

Eleanor Roosevelt is one of the potential Jackson replacements suggested by Women on 20s. ( Courtesy of Women on 20s ) This week, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire introduced the Women on the Twenty Act, legislation aimed at putting an American woman on the $20 bill.

The Journalist and the Murderer

Fox Searchlight The title of True Story, taken from the memoir it's based upon, seems to assure the audience of a mind-blowing premise.

Who Will Track the Internet Trackers?

Nigel Roddis/Reuters It's a given that when you visit a website, that site is gathering information about you.

Britt McHenry and the Upsides of a Surveillance Society “I’m in the news, sweetheart.” So began the tirade—if a steely, sneering string of vitriol can fairly be called a "tirade"—delivered to an anonymous recipient, a worker at a towing garage, by the ESPN reporter Britt McHenry.

Photos of the Week: 4/11-4/17

This week, we have images of a visit to Coachella, raging fires in Siberia, Yazidi New Year celebrations, a burning Boeoegg in Zurich, the World Pole Dance Championships in Beijing, a gyrocopter on the the lawn of the U.S.

Filmmaking for Kids: Rough, Raw, and Real

Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters I started high school the year the iPod was released. It would be another eight years, when I was getting ready to graduate from college, before the iPod—and eventually its successor, the iPhone—could shoot video.

The Robots of Orphan Black

BBC Orphan Black is a sci-fi conspiracy show, and as such, it's filled with secret plots, secret counter-plots, subterfuge, and improbable twisting revelations.

Why Women Aren't Having Children

Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic Pope Francis is widely believed to be a cool Pope—a huggable, Upworthyish, meme-ready, self-deprecating leader for a new generation of worshippers.

What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

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