Friday, July 25: Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian government consultant, dies in the city of Lagos, Nigeria, after testing positive for the Ebola virus.
One Seattle police officer found Washington state's new marijuana legalization laws "silly," and it sure seems like he decided to take matters into his own hands.
Graphic by Chris Walker. Data from the New America Foundation and the Cato Institute. Both figures in 2011 dollars.
Dating as an adult is challenging enough, but the process can seem like an almost impossible task if you're a woman of color, forced to combat racism in the process.
Adam O'Neal, the Republican mayor of Belhaven, N.C., just walked 273 miles in support of Obamacare. O'Neal is conservative and while he hasn't fully embraced the Affordable Care Act — "I understand some of the suspicions political leaders in my party have," he told the Washington Post — his state's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid and one tragic death in his community paved the way for a political stand.
The news: Predicting if someone will die by suicide may be as simple as doing a blood test. It turns out that many people who try to end their life have a chemical alteration to a single gene, which scientists can spot with just a few drops of blood.
If Republicans love one thing, it's hating the federal government. But the states with conservative leaders who rail against government spending on social programs also benefit the most from it.
If Republicans love one thing, it’s hating the federal government. Since 2008, as the Tea Party movement has gained popularity across the U.S., the feds have been labeled anything and everything from “out of control,” in the words of Texas Gov.
The news: The Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday evening voted to sue President Obama over Obamacare.
The news: A massive majority of Floridians want weed legalized in their state, with a new Quinnipiac poll showing that an overwhelming 88% of likely voters favor medical marijuana.
Rape is one of the most dehumanizing experiences — but for many trauma survivors and witnesses of such trauma, especially those who courageously speak out about their experiences, the victimization doesn't end with the assault. Such was the case for one female Occidental College student, who was subjected to the violent, misogynistic sting of rape culture this summer. Her account is detailed within pages of a lawsuit filed on behalf of "John Doe," an Occidental student expelled last year from the Los Angeles school after he was found liable for sexual assault.
Richard Dawkins is a smart man; his contributions to the biological sciences are many. Too bad his expertise in biology doesn’t preclude him from making foolish and offensive claims about rape. Date rape is bad.
A real middle class. Image Credit: Getty If you think you fit into the middle class economic bracket, then think again.
This is Igor Bezler, commonly known as "the Demon." Image Credit: Nabat. Bezler is the man Ukranian forces blame for shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17, an attack that killed all 298 people on board. But what's he really like?
The lie: E-cigarettes are safe. Because users don't have to light up tobacco to smoke, the conventional (and manufacturer's) wisdom goes, they don't inhale as many carcinogens.
The news: Are conservatives and liberals really all that different? New scientific research says they are, and it's all in their heads. A growing consensus is emerging among political scientists and psychologists that differences between liberal and conservative ideology may actually be hardwired in our brains.
Everybody has a childhood phase when they bang on pots and pans. Three-year-old Lyonya Shilovsky is having a "playing concert halls in Russia" phase — and it might last the rest of his life.
The news: Harry Potter's greatest feat might not have been defeating Voldemort, but teaching young people around the world to battle prejudice.