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Before Van Attack, Rental Staff Laughed as He Drove Away

Alek Minassian didn't know how to put in drive, according to 'Toronto Life' profile

(Newser) - One year after a van plowed into pedestrians on Toronto's busy Yonge Street, Toronto Life magazine has done a deep dive into the life of the man accused in the attack. Alek Minassian is 26 now, awaiting trial on 10 counts of murder and 16 counts of attempted murder.... More »

It Was the Story of My Career. Except It Wasn't True

The hero of the 1999 Mont Blanc Tunnel fire wasn't one after all

(Newser) - The deaths were horrible ones: 39 people died on March 24, 1999, in the Mont Blanc Tunnel, with many asphyxiating. A semi-truck carrying more than 20 tons of flour and margarine entered from the French side, intending to traverse its way beneath Mont Blanc for seven miles to the tunnel'... More »

Universities Could Have Lowered Tuitions—but They Didn't

Online courses gave them the chance

(Newser) - Think college debt is killing America? Then consider how universities missed the chance to lower tuitions—by hoarding a secret windfall and giving the rest to companies you've likely never heard of, HuffPost reports. Called "online program managers," or OPMs, the companies create online courses for such... More »

Her 5-Year-Old Son Wasn't Starving. Barely

Tahmima Anam details a traumatic premature birth, the lengthy challenge that followed

(Newser) - For the first five years of his life, Tahmima Anam's son would eat only one thing: baby porridge that she and her husband added formula, vitamins, and a calorie supplement to so that he could survive. He wasn't starving, but she describes a hellish existence in a lengthy... More »

After an On-Air Boast, Things Went Downhill for Radio Host

Craig Carton said he could turn $10K into $25K at blackjack. He did, but he also got hooked

(Newser) - “I’m guilty only of really, really bad judgment," former New York City radio host Craig Carton tells Nick Paumgarten of the New Yorker . The feds, however, saw it as conspiracy, wire fraud, and security fraud , and the fallen WFAN personality just got sentenced to more than three... More »

How the Repeated Mention of a Basement Cracked a Case

Mark Bowden looks at the 1975 disappearance of the Lyon sisters

(Newser) - It took 42 years to get justice for the Lyon sisters —decades that didn't pass unnoticed by Mark Bowden. In a Washington Post article adapted from his new book, The Last Stone: A Masterpiece of Criminal Interrogation, Bowden writes that he was a "green 23-year-old" on the... More »

Courtney Stodden: Yeah, That Was 'Crazy'

Tabloid favorite looks back on her (very) young marriage to a much older man

(Newser) - Courtney Stodden emerged in the public eye in all the wrong ways in 2011, when, as a 16-year-old, she married 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison. They became tabloid mainstays, especially Stodden , who endured the worst her critics and the internet had to offer at a young age. Now 24, Stodden has... More »

His 30-Year Mission: Justice for a Lynching

Virginia's John Johnson has been collecting evidence and names in Raymond Byrd's death

(Newser) - What is thought to be the last lynching in Virginia occurred in August 1926 when a mob pulled Raymond Byrd from a jail in Wytheville, brutally assaulted him, and hanged him from a tree. Now the Washington Post has the story of 80-year-old John Johnson, a black resident of modern-day... More »

For North Korean Refugees, an 'Underground Railroad'

'GQ' takes a look at the network through the stories of 2 key people

(Newser) - North Koreans trying to escape the hardship of their homeland often rely on what's come to be known as the North Korean Underground Railroad. GQ has a lengthy story providing a look at how this network of safe havens across Asia operates, and the story by Doug Bock Clark... More »

Creator of Cathy Comic Is a 'Paradox'

The Cut profiles Cathy Guisewite, who ponders the meaning of 'AACK!'

(Newser) - Fans of the Cathy comic strip—and critics of it as well—may want to check out a profile of creator Cathy Guisewite at The Cut . Writer Rachel Syme sees the 69-year-old Guisewite as a "paradox." After all, few women were in the field when Cathy first appeared... More »

The Billionaire Died in October. His Quest Lived On

Paul Allen's search for WWII shipwrecks continued, successfully

(Newser) - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died in October , but his passion for hunting for World War II shipwrecks didn't end when his life did. Allen funded missions that famously found the USS Lexington , USS Juneau , and USS Indianapolis , and in January, the first expedition since his death commenced. Writing for... More »

Roseanne Barr: Sara Gilbert 'Destroyed My Life'

She pins blame on tweet co-star made in wake of show's cancellation

(Newser) - "Roseanne Barr Just Can't Shut Up," reads the headline of a lengthy Washington Post interview with the actress—a piece that looks at the "unusual, behind-the-scenes battle" by ABC and Roseanne producers that began at the end of 2017 to "protect their TV property" in... More »

From Amazon Warehouses, 189 Disturbing Calls

Daily Beast sees evidence of 'employees on the edge' in 911 logs

(Newser) - Stories about working conditions in Amazon warehouses have been circulating for years, and the Daily Beast is out with an investigation that adds a disturbing tangible element. Between October 2013 and October 2018, it found that 189 emergency calls had been placed from Amazon warehouses across the US because of... More »

She Turned Heads at Olympics. The Full Story Is Fascinating

Magazine profile: Elizabeth Swaney always finds a way to get things done

(Newser) - The name might not ring a bell, but those who followed the 2018 Winter Olympics might remember the unusual story of Elizabeth Swaney . She's an American, but she skied for Hungary (where her grandparents are from) in the women's halfpipe. Typically, skiers in this event do all kinds... More »

Drama Between Musk, Tesla Whistleblower: 'Horrible Human Being'

2nd whistleblower says Tesla tried to destroy previous whistleblower Martin Tripp

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the ongoing saga between Elon Musk and a former Tesla employee. Martin Tripp, a whistleblower who aired alleged evidence of dangerous practices in Tesla's Nevada battery factory, has been accused of leaking information about the company and stealing data ; a lawsuit was filed against... More »

5 Men Vanished in 1978. Why Was One Never Found?

The Sacramento Bee digs into the case

(Newser) - Five young men were supposed to play in a Special Olympics basketball game on Feb. 25, 1978. They never made it. The remains of four of the men were found in Northern California's Plumas National Forest that summer; the fifth was never found. Why the men were there at... More »

New Yorker: Fox Killed 2016 Stormy Daniels Scoop

Jane Mayer reports on the ties between network and Trump

(Newser) - Jane Mayer of the New Yorker is out with a lengthy story about the relationship between Fox News and President Trump that revolves around a question stated in the headline: "Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?" Here are three nuggets generating early attention:
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Investigation: WWF Bankrolls Rangers Who Torture and Kill

BuzzFeed says World Wildlife Fund turns blind eye to human rights abuses

(Newser) - The World Wildlife Fund, well-known for its work saving animals from the slaughter of poachers, is now facing allegations of abuse itself. BuzzFeed is out with the start of an investigative series alleging that the charity—one of the world's biggest—bankrolls forces who torture and kill humans in... More »

In America's Jails, a Crisis Is Worsening

More and more inmates have addictions or mental illnesses, and local sheriffs can't cope

(Newser) - It's a collision of realities that adds up to worsening trouble for American jails: More inmates than ever have addictions or mental illnesses, while county sheriffs don't have the expertise or the resources to cope. Steve Coll of the New Yorker takes a deep dive into what his... More »

Here's What Happened Just Before Theranos' Demise

Writing for Vanity Fair , Nick Bilton describes Elizabeth Holmes as being chipper to the end

(Newser) - You've likely heard about the explosive demise of Elizabeth Holmes' blood-testing company Theranos , a downfall that began in late 2015 with an investigative piece by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou that questioned the reliability of its testing and unmasked the company's use of third-party devices. But you... More »

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