The Daily Word in New Businesses, the Olympics and Homelessness
Have you heard about the trend of men taking advantage of homeless women?
The Blue Cut Fire in southern Calif. has forced over 80,000 people from their homes.
Who knew gray could be so beautiful?
Diversity in television has become expansive over the last few years, but let's be real—it could be better.
Free coffee and free shame available this morning.
A Brazilian judge is detaining two American athletes after they filed a report saying they were robbed by people “posing” as police officers.
The Northeast Heights is finally getting a taproom that it deserves.
The Daily Word in American Citizenship, Natural Disasters and Fragile Bones
The Donald should be able to pass a naturalization test in his own country, right? It's only fair.
Over 10,000 Louisiana residents are staying in emergency shelters after enduring four days of rain and flooding, while the city of Baton Rouge struggles with water damage.
Cecile Richards fights harder than ever for abortion rights.
The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25th. Know what that means? Free entry into any National Park! Road trip time.
This is why Shaunae Miller's dive across the finish line in the Olympic 400 meter race was a fair way to win.
Scientists have developed a drug that stimulates bone growth and prevents fractures for people with osteoporosis.
This guy's weekend plans? Just peering over the edge of an active volcano. Nothing special.
The Daily Word in Gabby Douglas, Milwaukee protests, and flooding in Louisiana
After days of fighting, the Taliban has taken a district in the northern Baghalan province of Afghanistan. The importance of Baghalan province is that the main highway linking nine other districts passes through it. Which means that if the Taliban takes over neighboring districts, they will have complete control over travel into and out of those nine districts.
Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas has been the target of severe social media and press attacks the last few days. She's being criticized for not putting her hand over her heart during the national anthem, and for not having straight enough hair. Y'all. We're better than this.
Protests began in Milwaukee on Saturday, just a few hours after police shot and killed Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old Black man, who was apparently armed and running away from police. The protests continued into the early hours of Monday morning, with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declaring a state of emergency and calling in the National Guard on Sunday. Some protestors claim that Smith was shot in the back while running away, which police deny happened. It would all be a lot clearer if the police would just release the body camera footage...
Days of heavy rain have flooded Southern Louisiana, wreaking homes and submerging roads and highways. Five have died, and 20,000 have had to be rescued. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has called it an "historic, unprecedented flooding event."
Chinese diver He Zi won a silver medal on Sunday, and got another surprise: as she was standing on the medal podium, her boyfriend of six years, fellow diver Qin Kai, pulled out a ring and proposed. The photo pretty much says everything you need to know about this. Love is cool.
The Daily Word in Birds, Tim Curry and Hate
From the mouth of the Doctor himself, Tim Curry is going to be in the new Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Which came first, the corndog or death?
Donald Trump thinks he's not violent at all.
Do you really know what birds look like when they fly?
The last liberal newspaper in China is fighting for it's life.
The Daily Word in Altruistic Whales, Seinfeld and Old-Fashioned Bookshops
Hillary Clinton is sued after the parents of two American Benghazi victims claim that her private e-mail servers contributed to their children's deaths.
Do humpback whales practice altruism? The whales repeatedly save other species from from becoming an orca's next meal in the wild. Scientists speculate the reason behind this risky and seemingly heroic behavior.
Good luck keeping up with all the Seinfeld references in this book review. And if you think you caught them all, you should probably get the book.
Researchers in Ontario study peat moss samples and determine that the carbon-rich bogs are threatened by climate change, are more susceptible to starting forest fires and have the potential to raise the global concentration of carbon dioxide.
Don't count on using your phone as entertainment in London bookstores. Many are creating old-fashioned and tranquil atmospheres with no Wi-Fi, where shop-goers can peacefully unplug and browse.
Texas reported its first Zika-related death Tuesday morning after a baby dies shortly after birth. The infant's mother was infected with the virus while in Latin America during her pregnancy, where the fetus also contracted the virus.
This Olympian gets first place in my book. Positivity for the win.
“The 2016 Summer Olympics” on NBC
The Daily Word in Electronic Voting Machines, The Summer Olympics and Neutron Star Collisions
A neutron star collision is more than just a smash hit by Muse. Physicists are studying gravitational waves in these collisions, hoping that since two colliding black holes can produce gravitational waves, two colliding neutron stars might be able to as well. Detecting these waves would helps scientists understand quark matter, something that is currently pretty mysterious.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child marks the end of one boy wizard's journey. J.K. Rowling's latest novel, which was the most pre-ordered book of the year and is currently the script for a play in London, depicts the famous Harry as a 37-year-old father and gracefully closes the door on the strange, fantastical world that has been alive for the better part of two decades.
Over 40 people were injured in Kosovo while attending a beer festival after someone in the crowd shouted “ISIS” as a “joke.”
Critics are skeptical of Brazil's level of preparation for the quickly approaching Olympic games. The nation failed to keep their promise of treating 80% of sewage entering the once clear and beautiful--and now entirely polluted--Guanabara Bay. Polluted water is just one concern being raised, another being high crime.
Deciding to use electronic voting machines in major elections was a step up from punchcards, but supplied more than a handful of new problems. The GOP presidential candidate has expressed that the upcoming election will be "rigged." One way to do that? Hacking electronic voting machines.
The Daily Word in child slavery, doping and voting
Child slavery is still a major problem in the chocolate industry.
DO NOT attempt to make your dog or cat vegan or vegetarian.
The age to buy tobacco in Chicago will now be 21.
The world doesn't believe Trump can do it.
Read new secrets!
A nearly 100-million-year old bird wing has been found encased in amber.
President Obama is showing five things that are more difficult than registering to vote.
John Oliver tackled doping in his most recent episode.
Crime scene blood can now tell the age range of a person.
The Daily Word in poverty, gravitational waves and messing with scammers
This is how to combat extremists in the Islamic State.
An MDC prisoner escaped from a transport van in Downtown.
The Dog Head Fire is now 61% contained.
Today in history.
This dude is messing with the minds of email scammers.
He even got this scammer to write in code!
And he attempted to get a free toaster out of the scam.
On top of sickening athletes with filthy water, here's another reason why the Rio 2016 Olympics are bad news.
About one in seven people in America is living in poverty.
The Daily Word in Shakespeare, Giraffe Evolution and Hallucinogens
Caught red handed! A group of Olympic participants get in trouble for conducting forbidden experiments.
College Shakespeare professors are probably going bonkers over this. A London archaeological team proves their geometry knowledge and reveals a chunk of history no one knew was missing.
Technological advancements sometimes give me the heebie-jeebies. I remain skeptical about this “safe” form of texting while driving.
These gentle giants have genes specially designed for pumping blood two meters up to the brain. Good work, natural selection. Scientists decode the genome to learn more about these mysterious creatures.
Lake Michigan is shrinking substantially, leaving only a few feet of sand on the community's beloved dog beach. Still think global warming is a myth?
There's a fine line between good intentioned and stupid and these guys crossed it. Keep the wildlife wild, ya dummies. Poor Bison baby was doing just fine before you insisted on knowing what was best for him.
Never lose hope, but if you do, never underestimate the power of magic mushrooms. Psychedelic experiences might be the cure for the incurable.
The Daily Word in methane mystery, machete murder and Mary Jane
In the Four Corners area, researchers are attempting to locate the mysterious source of a methane "hot spot."
A museum commemorating the figure skating scandal of the 1990s involving Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding has been built by a couple in Brooklyn in their apartment.
The Red Rocker ordered a new car in 2014. The cost: $1.4 Million. He's still waiting for it to be delivered.
In Spain, a substitute teacher was killed and four others wounded after a 13-year-old brought a machete and cross bow to school.
In local news, a driver drove his vehicle through a parking lot, a brick wall, and through the living room of two residents in the Loma Del Norte 'hood. He is under investigation for possible DWI.
Norway is expected to be the first country to do away with FM radio.
Dude! It's 420! Don't Bogart that doobie!
The Daily Word in Snake Salvation, Sid Ceasar and the Craigslist Killer
Craigslist Killer Miranda Barbour confesses to more than 22 murders.
We may be facing a Clown Crisis.
Reportedly, Kim Jong Un drowns babies.
“Snake Salvation” reality star Pastor Jamie Coots died of a snake bite.
Rest in peace, Sid Ceasar.
A Pixar artist made a children’s book of mature scenes from iconic films.
Learn how to stretch your cell phone’s charge in a power outage.
Throughout history, humans have made up games that torture animals.
NBC smuggled its own secret Starbucks into the Olympics.
See a 17-year-old Prince.
Bosque fire alert.
Dennis Anderson found a gunshot victim in his bed.
There is a possible radiation leak at WIPP.
Happy birthday Paris Hilton.
The Daily Word in Woody Allen, Walking Dead and Dumb Starbucks
A suicide bombing instructor blew up his class.
Cockfighting is big in New York.
Dumb Starbucks serves free coffee.
Vancouver has crack pipe vending machines.
How is the USA doing in the Olympics?
Watch Jerry Seinfeld’s Walking Dead episode.
Dylan Farrow responds to Woody.
Maybe we should kill off the mosquitoes.
Someone has documented 35 years of Prince’s hairdos.
Meet the bird that can sound like anything.
What now, James Franco?
There was a rollover on I-25.
A suspect is accused of raping and beating a baby.
Happy birthday Laura Dern.
The Daily Word in drugs, terror and smog.
Terrorists promise a surprise for the Sochi Olympics.
Seattle and Denver will face off in the Superbowl.
Welcome to Justin Bieber’s treasure trove of drugs.
Snorting Smarties can lead to nasal maggots.
Scientists ponder the magical appearance of a strange Martian rock.
Ron Jeremy sings “Wrecking Ball.”
Yoko Ono sings “Fireworks.”
Due to smog, sunrise in Beijing is televised.
We may have found the remains of Alfred the Great.
Here’s a list of what the NSA can do.
Meet the Paranormal Intelligence Agency.
A woman crashed into a pole at Grant Middle School.
A man was stabbed at Third and Central.
Happy birthday DeForest Kelly.
The Daily Word in Johnny Tapia, Cypress Hill and food waste
Johnny Tapia died of heart disease, according to his autopsy report.
A woman says she was fired from her state job after testing positive for marijuana, even though she had a medical card.
Does legalizing marijuana boost economies?
Olympic bronze medalist welcomed home to the 505.
America throws out 40 percent of its food.
Rupert Murdoch’s daughter isn’t a fan of his media empire.
Understanding Homer’s D’oh!
Zero percent of the country’s African-Americans support Mitt Romney.
Gonzo guide to the RNC.
Action movies aren’t always the worst.
Henry Rollins in column form.
Happy Birthday, Keith Moon.
Playing Cypress Hill through a squid.