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Hit Caused a Concussion at Age 12. He Was Dead by 13

Bleacher Report looks at what happened to James Ransom after the hit

(Newser) - On the drive home from the game on Sept. 12, 2015, Greg Ransom spotted blood on his 12-year-old son's ear. Ransom had been at James' Pop Warner football game that Saturday but didn't see the hit to his head. James that night simply explained he had his "... More »

His Girl Drowned While Fishing. Was It an Accident or Murder?

Wendell Lindsey's daughter died in 1990

(Newser) - "I let her down," says Wendell Lindsey of his 10-year-old daughter Jeanette, who drowned on Feb. 27, 1990, despite his attempts to save her. Lindsey was 33 at the time; he's now 62, and serving a life sentence at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit prison in Gatesville,... More »

Zuckerberg: My Honeymoon Kind of Had 3 People

Him, his wife, and Roman emperor Augustus, as the 'New Yorker' explains

(Newser) - The New Yorker is out with a lengthy profile of Mark Zuckerberg, and a Scrabble anecdote is drawing attention. It seems Zuckerberg was playing a friend's teenage daughter on a plane, and she beat him in the first game. Before game two, he wrote a computer program to have... More »

Is It Time to Sound the Alarm on Sperm?

Daniel Noah Halpern looks at the state of our sperm for 'GQ'

(Newser) - Daniel Noah Halpern checks in on the state of the world's sperm in a lengthy piece for GQ , and the upshot at its worst is that there is "the possibility that we will become extinct." That line comes from Hagai Levine, who co-authored a 2017 Hebrew University/Mount... More »

2 Words Uttered in NYC Classroom Caused a Firestorm

Friends Seminary terminated Ben Frisch over the incident

(Newser) - It costs nearly $50,000 a year to send your kid to Friends Seminary, a private Quaker school in Manhattan founded in 1786. Two words uttered there cost Ben Frisch much more. While teaching a Feb. 14 pre-calculus class, he lifted his right arm up and down during a demonstration... More »

Did Buffalo Bills Play Role in Timothy McVeigh's Unraveling?

The Super Bowl losses didn't help the mindset of the 'superfan,' theorizes Sam Anderson

(Newser) - "I am not saying that Timothy McVeigh bombed Oklahoma City in 1995 because the Buffalo Bills lost four Super Bowls in a row," writes Sam Anderson at Politico . That would be "absurd." But in his lengthy piece, Anderson makes the case that the Bills' misfortune might... More »

He Massacred 26 People. She Keeps Returning to the Scene

Michelle Shields talks about the aftermath of the Sutherland Springs church massacre

(Newser) - "The Lord had a different plan for me, maybe for me to be left behind and help the survivors." So speculates Michelle Shields, who in an alternate universe would be dead. In this one, she's very much alive, having stayed home on a fateful Sunday from services... More »

She Went to the Orphanage at 2. Horrible Things Followed

BuzzFeed News has the piece on the St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont

(Newser) - In countries ranging from Canada to Ireland to Australia, the 20th-century abuses that took place in orphanages, oftentimes Catholic ones, have been exposed. But "no such reckoning has taken place" in America, writes Christine Kenneally for BuzzFeed News . "Even today the stories of the orphanages are rarely... More »

How a Boy Ended Up Living With Wolves for 12 Years

The 'Guardian' profiles Marcos Rodriguez Pantoja

(Newser) - "Marcos Rodríguez still finds it hard to be human." So writes Matthew Bremner in a profile of Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja, a Spaniard who has said he lived with wolves for 12 years beginning at the age of about 7. Bremner's piece for the Guardian focuses... More »

The Reality of Living With a $100K Student Loan Debt

MH Miller is due to have it paid off in 2032

(Newser) - "I have come to think of my debt as like an alcoholic relative from whom I am estranged, but who shows up to ruin happy occasions." MH Miller's description of his roughly decade-old student loan debt might not be extreme enough. In a lengthy piece for the... More »

Police Said It Was Suicide. Then She Saw the Letter

How Lee-Anne Cartier revealed her brother's death was really murder

(Newser) - "We had nothing else to go on," Lee-Anne Cartier tells the BBC . Her brother, Phil Nisbet, was found dead in his truck in May 2009, and police pegged it as a suicide. A toxicology report revealed high levels of an antihistamine he was knowingly allergic to, and Cartier... More »

David Hogg Has Big Plans When He's 25

That's when the 18-year-old intends to be elected to Congress

(Newser) - New York magazine is out with a profile of David Hogg, the high school student who has become a leader of a youth movement for stricter gun laws after the mass shooting at his school in Parkland, Fla. The story follows Hogg on the road as part of a... More »

She Shot Off Her Face. Now She Has a New One

'National Geographic' spent years following Katie Stubblefield's journey

(Newser) - "The face lies on a surgical tray, eyes empty and unseeing, mouth agape, as if exclaiming, 'Oh!'" It's a line from Joanna Connors' National Geographic September cover story, which follows 21-year-old Katie Stubblefield as she becomes the youngest person on the planet to receive a... More »

He Visited the Conways' Home and Found His Story

Ben Terris spends time with George, Kellyanne Conway

(Newser) - Ben Terris writes that Kellyanne Conway invited him to her sprawling $7.7 million home ("like a mini Mar-a-Lago," he notes) "because she thought it would be a good symbol for her commitment to, and the enduring strength of, the Trump presidency." What emerges instead in... More »

Another Fight for Transgender Community: 'Deadnaming'

It's when police refer to trans crime victims by their birth name and gender

(Newser) - A ProPublica story shines a light on what might be a new term for many: deadnaming. It refers to a practice abhorred in the transgender community: when somebody refers to a trans person by the name—and thus, the gender—they no longer use. The story by Lucas Waldron and... More »

ProPublica Unmasks Political 'Arrangement Without Parallel'

Claims the shadowy 'Mar-a-Lago Crowd' are exerting influence over the VA

(Newser) - "On any veterans issue, the first person the president calls is Ike," says a former administration official. If the name Ike doesn't ring a bell, at least in relation to Veterans Affairs, that's appropriate. A ProPublica expose by Isaac Arnsdorf explains he's "reclusive" Marvel... More »

He Was Cleared to Leave Gitmo. Then His Window Closed

Abdul Latif Nasser got caught between 2 administrations

(Newser) - The Huffington Post takes a detailed look at the case of a Guantanamo Bay detainee whose plight illustrates the hurdles involved in gaining release. Abdul Latif Nasser, 53, has been held at Gitmo without charge since May 2002. The Pentagon accused him of being a terrorist loyal to Osama bin... More »

Lisa Jobs Recalls Asking Dad About Namesake Computer

Steve Jobs told her he didn't name it in her honor, only to reverse course years later

(Newser) - In an excerpt of her upcoming memoir in Vanity Fair , the oldest daughter of Steve Jobs recounts their complicated relationship when she was growing up. The Apple co-founder adamantly denied paternity until court-ordered DNA tests forced him to start providing support, and Lisa Brennan-Jobs writes about that and their sometimes... More »

Bin Laden's Mom Speaks of 'Cult' in First Interview

Saudi Arabian crown prince OKs interview with Alia Ghanem

(Newser) - In journalism parlance, securing an impressive interview is called a "get," and Martin Chulov got one. In an article for the Guardian that he writes is the first time Osama bin Laden's mother has spoken out, Chulov explains that Saudi Arabia's new leadership is a contributing... More »

Internet Comment Led to the Complete Upending of Her Life

One fake story led to chaos for Monika Glennon, may have cost her $300K or more

(Newser) - In July 2014, an Alabama news station posted an article on Facebook about a teen who visited Auschwitz and tweeted a smiling selfie from the former concentration camp; commenters, not surprisingly, were split on whether the act was appropriate. Monika Glennon defended the girl, accusing the mass internet condemnation of... More »

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