The Gawker Review Weekend Reading List [4.25.15]

What time of year is more beautiful: spring or fall? A college friend and fellow journalist posed the question on Instagram earlier this week, and I had a hard time answering at first. But, after some thought, I’d vote spring as the superior, more radiant season. Perhaps it’s the symbolism of life in bloom, or the… » 4/25/15 11:30am 42 minutes ago

Commissioner: Cops Failed to Get Freddie Gray Help "Multiple Times"

Given several opportunities to get medical care for Freddie Gray—the Baltimore man who died of a broken neck while in police custody this week—officers failed each time, Commissioner Anthony W. Batts admitted at a press conference Friday. » 4/25/15 11:00am Today 11:00am

Brian Williams' Web of Lies May Stretch Even Further Than We Thought

An internal NBC News investigation into the dissembler Brian Williams has identified a half-dozen cases in which the anchor is believed to have misrepresented his account of events, including at least one previously unreported episode involving Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the New York Times reports.… » 4/25/15 10:25am Today 10:25am

Lost YouTube: 7 Videos From the Internet's Weirdest, Darkest Depths

YouTube is, for the most part, the place where everything Right and Good goes to die. But move those lifeless cat and listicle corpses aside, and you’ll find a dark, fascinating world that’s all too easy to get lost in for hours. So instead of losing part of your own life to YouTube’s depths, we’ve brought the… » 4/24/15 5:36pm Yesterday 5:36pm

Rand Paul Gets Poker Lessons from Rich Instagram Dick Dan Bilzerian

Dan Bilzerian, the swollen and rich king of Instagram, has made a new friend, possibly one of his first without breast implants. Republican Senator and presidential hopeful Rand Paul Snapchatted himself getting “lessons” from Dan B. » 4/24/15 5:05pm Yesterday 5:05pm

Strong Tornadoes Are Possible Today in Parts of Texas and Louisiana

Cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, and Shreveport are under the gun for what could be an interesting bout of severe weather this afternoon, with storms potentially producing very large hail, damaging winds, and strong tornadoes. If you live in the area, make sure you have a way to receive warnings and a plan if you need… » 4/24/15 4:10pm Yesterday 4:10pm

Forward or Delete: This Week's Fake Viral Photos

Occasionally, against all odds, you’ll see an interesting or even enjoyable picture on the Internet. But is it worth sharing, or just another Photoshop job that belongs in the digital trash heap? Check in here and find out if that viral photo deserves an enthusiastic “forward” or a pitiless “delete.” » 4/24/15 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

These Are the Jokes That Caused Actors To Walk Off Adam Sandler's Set

Two days ago, Native American extras on Adam Sandler’s new Netflix movie The Ridiculous Six walked off the set due to the film’s portrayal of Native Americans. In response, Netflix defended the film as a “broad satire” in which those being made fun of are “in on the joke.” So, who’s right? Well, we got our hands on… » 4/24/15 3:51pm Yesterday 3:51pm

Frat Bros Are Peeing on America

This week, members of the University of Florida’s Zeta Beta Tau fraternity are being investigated for allegedly spitting on a group of wounded war veterans, then stealing the veterans’ American flags and peeing on them. But this is only the most literal way in which frat boys are pissing on America. Fraternity guys … » 4/24/15 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

You’re an Adult so Get a Real Mattress: Casper Delivers Comfort + Value

Despite spending a third of our time in bed, mattress shopping remains a dreaded activity. It's a soulless experience riddled with ambiguous terms, a lack of brand differentiation, smarmy sales people, and marked-up prices from major retail chains. Then there's Casper, who, with a direct-to-consumer model and a … » 4/24/15 11:03am Yesterday 11:03am