Teacher Resigns in Wake of Anti-Gay/-Black Slur Disagreement

On May 12, a senior at Pflugerville High School in Texas named Isaiah Thomas used what’s being reported as “a derogatory term directed towards gay people” in science class. Let’s assume the reason it’s not being said on the local news stations that are covering this story is because it’s a very bad word—probably… » 5/22/15 3:05pm 48 minutes ago

Tomorrowland Is Baby-Boomer Nostalgia At Its Most Dreary

Lots of movies have a wonderful first half, followed by a blah second half. Setup is often easier than follow-through. But Tomorrowland, out today, might become the clearest example of this syndrome. And the reason Tomorrowland falls apart halfway through is because it sinks into Baby Boomer angst. Spoilers ahead...
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Clinton Received Now-Classified Benghazi Emails to Her Private Account

While Hillary Clinton maintained to have only allowed “sensitive but unclassified” information to go through her private email server, that’s no longer technically the case. Earlier today, the FBI ordered that parts of an email containing information about the Benghazi attacks go from unclassified to “secret.” » 5/22/15 1:55pm Today 1:55pm

Writing Lessons: You Are Trying Too Hard

You are a writer. You write features. You are supposed to write a feature about a very famous person at a major sporting event, but the event has not started yet, so you have no new reporting or novel insights on the subject. No one does, and no one can. This is a difficulty, perhaps even a metaphysical difficulty; if… » 5/22/15 1:40pm Today 1:40pm

For Rekia, LaVena, and Shereese: The Importance of #SayHerName

Her name was Shaka and we were in the fifth grade when I decided to kick her square in the stomach. Even though I had a huge crush on her, Shaka’s pain did not matter to me. It didn’t matter to our laughing peers either. Shaka’s pain was irrelevant as I asserted my prepubescent norms of courting. Television shows like » 5/22/15 1:30pm Today 1:30pm

AdultFriendFinder.com Was Hacked, Exposing Millions of Sex-Seekers

Adult Friend Finder, the no-strings sex solicitation service that’s familiar to anyone who’s ever visited a porn site, was apparently just the victim of an enormous data breach, exposing millions of people who clicked banner ads hoping to get laid. » 5/22/15 1:10pm Today 1:10pm

Bon Jovi Gave the Class of 2015 The Best Gift of All: A Bon Jovi Song

On Thursday, Sayreville, N.J. native John “Jon Bon Jovi” Bongiovi, Jr. was given an honorary degree at the Camden campus of Rutgers University. John Bongiovi, Jr. is now an Honorary Doctor of Letters for his work in philanthropy. To show off a bit of that philanthropic skill he’s known for, Bon Jovi came bearing a… » 5/22/15 10:30am Today 10:30am