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Johnny Depp and His Squandered $650M Fortune

'Rolling Stone' dives into Depp's downward spiral after his divorce, lawsuits, excessive spending

(Newser) - Johnny Depp hasn't been doing well. That may be an understatement after reading Stephen Rodrick's profile in Rolling Stone , based on a bizarre series of all-night, sometimes offensive interviews in which Depp reveals how he spiraled into extreme depression after his marriage to Amber Heard ended , he sued... More »

Her Article Inspired Boys Don't Cry. She's Apologizing for It

Donna Minkowitz returns to the pages of the 'Village Voice'

(Newser) - The April 19, 1994, issue of the Village Voice ran a story called "Love Hurt" by Donna Minkowitz. It was the story of Brandon Teena, the 21-year-old transgender man murdered on the preceding New Year's Eve in Nebraska, a story that gave rise to the film Boys Don'... More »

The Runner's Story Is an Unbelievable One—Perhaps Literally

Moninda Marube claims to be a human trafficking victim, and it's complicated

(Newser) - When Kathryn Miles reached out to Moninda Marube last summer, her intention was to write a profile on the high-profile competitive runner and human trafficking survivor. What she ultimately ended up writing for Down East is a horse of another color. She is far from the first to report on... More »

The FBI Said He Was a Baby Stolen in 1964. He Wasn't

Paul Fronczak found the truth, but another mystery, too

(Newser) - He solved one mystery, but doing so only birthed a second. Birth is at the heart of Paul Fronczak's story. As a 10-year-old Chicago boy he stumbled upon three boxes in his home's crawl space that told quite a story: His mother Dora had on April 26, 1964,... More »

America's 2nd-Oldest Race Is Grueling and a Little Odd

John Branch runs California's Dipsea trail race

(Newser) - When it comes to metaphors, John Branch has the perfect one to describe the annual Dipsea trail-running race: "It is like unloading a zoo’s worth of animals in reverse order of mobility and releasing the cheetahs at the end." That's just one quirk of the 7.... More »

In North Korea's Capital, a Hotel With a 'Missing' Floor

Calvin Sun recounts his 2011 trip to Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel

(Newser) - That Otto Warmbier's trouble began with an incident at the Yanggakdo Hotel in Pyongyang is well known, the details of it, less so. In front of North Korean reporters, the American confessed to "committ[ing] the crime of taking down a political slogan"— said to be a propaganda... More »

He's Found Many Bodies. His No. 1 Case Is His Dead Girl

The 'Guardian' looks at the murder that has defined Tim Miller's life

(Newser) - Tim Miller—or, rather, the search-and-recovery organization he created—has found 238 bodies. His daughter's wasn't one of those. Miller founded Texas EquuSearch in 2000, some 16 years after his 16-year-old was murdered. On Sept. 10, 1984, Laura Miller headed to a gas station to use the payphone... More »

3 Little Letters May Hide an Ulterior Motive at Amazon

Gizmodo suggests VTO is a way to keep employee counts up while trimming costs

(Newser) - VTO: It's a part of Amazon's lexicon that might seem like an "innocuous sounding acronym." But in a lengthy piece, Gizmodo suggests it's anything but. VTO, or Voluntary Time Off, is a just that: an opportunity for Amazon's legions of warehouse workers to end... More »

He Was on a Quest to Perfect Ulysses, Then Vanished

Inside the search for James Joyce scholar John Kidd

(Newser) - Scholars have dedicated their lives to poring over the "enigmas and puzzles" of James Joyce's Ulysses. In the New York Times Magazine , Jack Hitt describes years preoccupied with the search for one of those scholars—arguably the preeminent one, and a brash, brilliant, and eccentric one at that—... More »

Laurene Powell Jobs Is on Her Own Mission Now

Widow of Steve Jobs is investing in various fields though her Emerson Collective

(Newser) - She's 54, the widow of Steve Jobs, one of the richest women on the planet, and the founder and driving force behind what might be "the most influential product of Silicon Valley that you've never heard of," according to a lengthy profile in the Washington Post ... More »

Years After Her Bones Washed Up, a Picture of Her Final Night

A family searches for answers in the death of Jaimee Mendez

(Newser) - After learning his 25-year-old daughter had gone missing from her apartment in Swampscott, Mass., Steven Mendez raced from his home in Maine to the office park where Jaimee Mendez's jacket had been found. She had been missing two days, having last been heard from in an ominous phone call... More »

Solve the Ciphers, Find the Treasure. Unless It's a Hoax

Mental Floss digs into the legend of Thomas Beale's buried fortune in Virginia

(Newser) - It may not be real, but it sure is a great yarn. And if by chance it is real, it could make you rich. Lucas Reilly at Mental Floss digs into the legend of Thomas Beale's buried fortune in Virginia's Bedford County. The short version: Beale was a... More »

The Flashlight Helped Convict Him. Maybe It Shouldn't Have

Part II of the investigation into Mickey Bryan's 1985 death

(Newser) - We'll start with the spoiler: The second and final part of Pamela Colloff's deep investigation for ProPublica and the New York Times Magazine into the 1985 murder of Clifton, Texas, schoolteacher Mickey Bryan doesn't wrap up in a neat little bow. Her husband, Joe, remains in prison,... More »

A Teacher Was Murdered. Then Her Brother Found a Flashlight

Part I of a ProPublica/NYT Magazine investigation into Mickey Bryan's 1985 murder

(Newser) - Mickey Bryan's 1985 murder rocked the small town of Clifton, Texas. She was a beloved elementary school teacher married to the equally beloved principal of the town's high school. And their love for each other was well known: The two were seen nearly nightly, "strolling hand in... More »

Rev. Moon's Son Hopes to Rule US With 'Rod of Iron'

Pastor Sean sees the AR-15 as a divine weapon

(Newser) - The Rev. Sun Myung Moon died in 2012, and the changeover in leadership of his Unification Church has been anything but orderly within the Moon family. In a lengthy story at the Washington Post , Tom Dunkel explains that two of his sons have formed their own church in Pennsylvania called... More »

Happiness: You're Probably Doing It Wrong

Yale's most popular course is all about learning to practice it

(Newser) - It's called "PSYC 157: Psychology and the Good Life," and the course taught by Laurie Santos just happens to be the most popular one ever offered at Yale, writes Adam Sternbergh at the Cut . Its aim is to teach students to be happier. Sternbergh took the course... More »

Arie of The Bachelor: I Was '100%' Betrayed by Show Producers

Luyendyk explains his struggle to choose between 2 women and why he's irked about his portrayal

(Newser) - It took some time for the din from March's Bachelor finale —after Arie Luyendyk Jr. dumped the girl he initially chose, Becca Kufrin, and got engaged to runner-up Lauren Burnham—to subside. Now, however, thanks to Kufrin's stint as the current Bachelorette and a new profile on... More »

'Holy Crap. We Have Caught an Evil Man'

BuzzFeed has the story of Jose Manuel Martinez

(Newser) - "Holy crap. We have caught an evil man." That authorities caught Jose Manuel Martinez—known as El Mano Negra, the Black Hand, the self-proclaimed killer of roughly 3 dozen men in the US—wasn't due to superior sleuthing. When being questioned about a rural Alabama murder five... More »

Sarah Silverman's Comedic Shift: She's Turning Nice

'GQ' looks at how the comedian has changed her ways

(Newser) - Earlier this year, comic Sarah Silverman won praise for how she dealt with an internet troll who dropped the c-word on her. It wasn't because she struck back with a lethal insult. Instead, she noticed that he'd once tweeted about back pain and reached out to him with... More »

Arrested Development Interview 'Got Under My Skin'

Linda Holmes of NPR explains why this story is so particularly bad

(Newser) - If you're not familiar with this week's controversy involving the cast of Arrested Development, the short version is this: During an interview, Jessica Walter described the verbal abuse she endured from Jeffrey Tambor as the worst in her 60-year career, while male cast members, particularly Jason Bateman, repeatedly... More »

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