But they didn't last long.
A fast-food journey from Hamburger University to celebrity-filled Hollywood parties.
As if by magic, a new Harry Potter book is here. While not technically a new volume in the series - it's the script of a hit play in London - eager fans lined up at bookstores this past Sunday to see what kind of mischief Harry's son Albus is managing in the wizarding world these days. But if you don’t want to wait to read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to revisit J.K. Rowling’s brilliantly imaginative world of Hogwarts and Hogsmeade, you can actually experience much of it in the real world, too.
Native to South and Central America, the giant sloth has not been seen roaming the Pacific Northwest since pre-historic times. Yet, unexpectedly, a small conservation center in Oregon is in fact home to the largest captive population in the world.
Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion. Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded.
"Riveting not for casual reader or feint of heart"
Travis Ridout and Michael Franz examine how political advertisements function in various kinds of campaigns and how voters are influenced by them. The authors particularly study where ads are placed, asserting that television advertising will still be relevant despite the growth of advertising on the Internet.
Is it possible to use Bram Stoker's 1897 novel to explore Romania?
The abrupt firing of South Africa’s finance minister sent the country’s currency tumbling Friday, deepening a split within the governing African National Congress and raising fresh doubts about the tenure of President Jacob Zuma, who has been in office since 2009.
"South Africa’s Currency Tumbles After Finance Minister Is Fired" is from the March 31, 2017 World section of The New York Times. It was written by Sewell Chan and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
No other vegetable has been as maligned as the tomato. We call tomatoes killers. We call them rotten. We call them ugly. We call them sad. To find the reason why, you have to go back to the 1500s, when the humble fruit first reached European shores. Through no fault of its own, the tomato stepped into the middle of a continent-wide witchcraft panic, and a scientific community in tumult.
For decades, doctors have been trying to use a few sonatas to diagnose the composer with cardiac arrhythmia.
The legend of the Boggy Creek Monster has long captivated the people of Fouke, Arkansas, a little town about 150 miles outside of Little Rock. It is said that Fouke is the first place that this cryptid was spotted. According to legend, the Boggy Creek Monster stands between seven and eight feet tall on two feet and weighs close to 300 pounds. Its chest, legs and arms are covered with thick, long hair.
You know that if smallpox gets a hold of you, you don’t stand a chance. You look at your fellow soldier’s pus-filled lesion and realize there is only one way to survive the smallpox outbreak in your unit. You breathe in deeply, cut your arm open with your rusty pocket knife, and fill the wound with the liquid coming out of your comrade’s pustule. Strange as it may sound, this was the reality for many Union and Confederate soldiers of the American Civil War.
Being listed as “and wife” in a joint passport was just not going to fly.
Building standards are everywhere, helping shape everything from your kitchen cabinets and the sidewalk in front of your house to the layout of your favorite restaurant. Despite their prevalence, building standards really only came into being in the last century. A major turning point in their wild proliferation arrived in the 1920s, when the German government made the then-radical decision to standardize the size of office paper.
For Mike Berry, a challenging workday might involve groping through the silt at the bottom of a lake in the pitch dark, hoping to stumble upon a gun while avoiding getting his hand chomped off by a snapping turtle. Based in Virginia, Berry is an underwater criminal investigator. For the last 35 years, he has been diving to the bottom of lakes, rivers, and oceans in search of evidence that could send a murderer to prison or put a cold case to rest.
The "Mystery Man with 21 Faces" mocked the police ruthlessly and stocked Japan's supermarkets with cyanide-filled candy. To this day, no one knows who they were.
Kansas reeled Friday as a shooting at a bar, which left one Indian engineer dead and another injured, escalated into an international incident amid fears that the attack was motivated by bias and hate.
"Hate Crime Is Feared as 2 Indian Engineers Are Shot in Kansas" is from the February 24, 2017 U.S. section of The New York Times. It was written by John Eligon, Alan Blinder and Nida Najar and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
A preview of today’s edition of Impact, where we highlight the five most essential stories shaping our world.
It was May 12th, 1937. Elza Lengfelder, the housekeeper of a rich family in São Paulo, was putting her sons to bed in the back room where they lived when she heard a loud noise from the main house. Lengfelder ran to the street, found a watchman, and led him to the house, but it was already too late. Splayed on the floor in a pool of blood were the bodies of the recently widowed owner and her two sons.
This is a case where the dreams of the victim’s mother have become part of the public record.