October 9, 2015
Sidney’s Picks: Elephants, Planned Parenthood, and the Nobel Prize
The Best of the Week’s News “Wal-Mart is the embodiment of our broken economic system,” says
AFL- CIO president Richard Trumka.
New York City teacher
speaks out against the burden of standardized testing.
GOP probe of Planned Parenthood finds no evidence of wrong-doing.
A newly-discovered gene accounts for elephants’ enviably
low cancer rates.
A Russian journalist who chronicled Chernobyl wins the
Nobel Prize in Literature.
October 2, 2015
Sidney’s Picks: The Oregon Killer, Captain America, and the Missing 43
The Best of the Week’s News An early profile of
the shooter in the Umpqua Community College massacre.
Terror in California: A suspicious fire at Planned Parenthood was arson.
Captain America unmasked at the Clinton Correctional Facility.
new theory emerges in the disappearance of Mexico’s 43 missing normal school students.
September 29, 2015
Hillman Judge Ta-Nehisi Coates Wins MacArthur Genius Grant
Courtesy of Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Hillman Judge Ta-Nehisi Coates has been selected to recieve a
MacArthur Genius Grant for his work in journalism, social criticism and memoir. The $625,000 grant is awarded to exceptionally creative people. It provides a stipend for five years with no strings attached:
“We take ‘no strings’ quite seriously,” said Cecilia A. Conrad, the foundation’s managing director. “They don’t have to report to us. They can use the funds in any way they see fit.” [
Coates, the author of the
best-selling memoir, Between the World and Me, is one of 24 outstanding winners. This year’s MacArthur fellows include a cutting-edge brain researchers, visual artists, economists, and a puppeteer.
September 25, 2015
Sidney’s Picks: Homeless City Workers, Pesticides, and Nazi Memorabilia
David Shankbone, Creative Commons.
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September 18, 2015
Sidney’s Picks: Secret Arms Deals; C.J. Chivers; and Slavery
The Best of the Week’s News Would you buy a used missile from
this company, known as Purple Shovel?
slavery was a national institution.
C.J. Chivers retires from war reporting after fourteen storied years.
6 hours for work, 8 hours for sleep, 10 hours for what we will: Sweden experiments with
shorter work days at full pay.