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  • News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos

    News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos
    Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it's boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”
  • Motive unsettled in slayings of Muslim students in North Carolina

    Motive unsettled in slayings of Muslim students in North Carolina
    In early January, Amira Abu-Salha drove to her daughter Yusor's apartment to return her wedding dress. Yusor had just moved in with her husband shortly after their Dec. 27 wedding. Minutes after she parked, Abu-Salha said, she was accosted by an irate...

    Global warming opponents face a new inquisition

    Global warming opponents face a new inquisition
    How long will this country remain free? Probably only as long as the American people value their freedom enough to defend it. But how many people today can stop looking at their electronic devices long enough to even think about such things? Meanwhile,...

    The cost of cutting the AP Summer Academy

    The Baltimore City school system's proposal to eliminate the Advanced Placement Summer Academy, the city's only summer enrichment program for academically advanced students, will reportedly trim $99,000 from the budget as part of an overhaul of the school...

    Realities of the diet treadmill spur 'leanest livable weight' concept

    Realities of the diet treadmill spur 'leanest livable weight' concept
    If, like millions of people, you've been on diets, perhaps lots of them, researcher Traci Mann says you should be relieved to know that it's not a flaw in your character that they didn't work. Or at least they didn't work for long. That may seem to make...