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Not Your Mother's Catholic Frescoes: Radiant Portraits Of Queer People Of Color

Inspired by Mexican religious art, photographer Gabriel Garcia Roman portrays queer people of color as saints and warriors.

'Trigger Mortis': New Bond Novel Brings Back Pussy Galore

For author Anthony Horowitz, the book is a return to the "true" James Bond. This means an unpublished scene from Ian Fleming himself — and a long-delayed reunion with a franchise favorite.

Depression Treatments Inspired By Club Drug Move Ahead In Tests

A decade ago, scientists showed that the anesthetic ketamine could relieve major depression in hours. Now, two chemical cousins of the drug are entering the late stages of clinical testing.

The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

For some strange reason, people across America began to notice that thousands of automobile windshields were dotted with teeny-tiny pockmarks.

NOAA Warns Of Powerful Storms, Despite Seeing 'Below-Normal' Hurricane Season

The agency also unveiled new forecast graphics that are more detailed and highlight threats posed by potentially deadly storm surges.

BuzzFeed's Saeed Jones Wrote A Beautiful Thing On Being Black In The Book World

"Combing through mastheads and tables of contents for the names of writers who are not straight white men can make you feel crazy. And it is crazy that doing so is still necessary."

FIFA Update: Europe's UEFA Backs Blatter's Opponent; Raids In Brazil

Accusations of rampant corruption at FIFA came just days before Sepp Blatter is set to stand for re-election Friday. Europe's UEFA says it will back Blatter's lone opponent.

How Much Does A Colonoscopy Cost In California? Help Find Out

Prices for common medical procedures vary widely, and it can be really hard find out the true cost up front. This crowdsourcing project aims to help draw back the curtain on colonoscopy costs.

5 Things You Should Know About George Pataki

For most voters, the name George Pataki might not ring a bell. But he was the last Republican elected to major statewide office in New York in more than 20 years. And he's running for president.

The Worst Kind Of Groundhog Day: Let's Talk (Again) About Diversity In Publishing

As a writer and critic, I am not just bored with this conversation. I am sick of it. I have written these sentences before. I will write them again.

A ‘DREAMer’ Goes To College

May 28, 2015
Barbara Olochea just graduated from Alhambra High School in Phoenix. (Courtesy)

An Arizona high school senior tells us in her own words how growing up in two cultures helped her prepare for college.

Cleveland Police Choose Change

May 28, 2015
Protesters congregate in front of city hall Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. Members of about 40 churches are protesting the acquittal of a white patrolman charged in the deaths of two unarmed black motorists with a march through downtown Cleveland. (AP)

The new Cleveland standard of American policing. Will it stop abuse? Will it get the job done?

Call For Higher MBTA Funding At Legislative Hearing

May 28, 2015
A northbound MBTA commuter rail train leaves Lynn station in late February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

MBTA riders and advocates at a hearing were largely opposed to Gov. Charlie Baker’s plan to suspend $500 million in transportation funding over the next several years.

Death Qualified: The Tsarnaev Jury, His Sentence And The Questions That Remain

May 28, 2015
In this courtroom sketch, defense attorney Judy Clarke is depicted addressing the jury as defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, right, sits during closing arguments in Tsarnaev's federal death penalty trial Monday, April 6, 2015, in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins/AP)

It may well be that this jury was the fairest that could be selected, given the requirement of death qualification. Or not.

Stage Set For Negotiations On Massachusetts Budget

May 27, 2015

Among key issues to be resolved is a plan for reforming management of the MBTA.

In New Book, ‘Bowling Alone’ Author Examines Impact Of Economic Inequality On Kids

May 27, 2015
Social scientist Robert Putnam at WBUR. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Robert Putnam argues there’s a huge “opportunity gap” between rich kids and poor kids in the U.S. He says that getting ahead is no longer an opportunity available to all, but instead, a kind of lottery.

Why Massachusetts Got An “F” On Public Records Access

May 27, 2015
Massachusetts gets an “F” when it comes to giving citizens access to public information. (Tim Sackton/Flickr)

The state’s public records laws are among the least transparent in the country.

China State Council Releases Report Detailing Military Strategy

May 27, 2015
This areal photo taken through a glass window of a military plane shows China's alleged on-going reclamation of Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea Monday, May 11, 2015. (Ritchie B. Tongo/AP)

The policy document says that China’s Navy will focus on projecting power in the open seas.

Gaps Remain In Oklahoma’s Spanish Language Weather Warnings

May 27, 2015
Meteorologist Jesus Lopez demonstrates some of the weather forecasting software at the Telemundo studios in Oklahoma City. (Jacob McCleland/KGOU)

The deaths of nine Guatemalan immigrants in a flash flood spurred efforts to provide severe weather information in Spanish.

Lawmakers Leave Unfinished Business On Capitol Hill

May 26, 2015
The American flag flies over the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol, as Senate Democrats speak nonstop on the chamber floor about climate change on March 11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Most Americans are back to work today after a three-day Memorial Day weekend, but the recess continues for Congress.

France Moves To Vastly Expand Surveillance In Wake Of Charlie Hebdo Attacks

May 26, 2015
Protesters hold placards reading 'Say no to mass surveillance' take part on May 4, 2015 in Paris in a demonstration against the government's controversial bill giving spies sweeping new surveillance powers, deemed 'heavily intrusive' by critics. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

Although the country has long been critical of the Patriot Act, lawmakers are now moving to vastly expand government surveillance.

Searching For ‘The Last Unicorn’

May 26, 2015
The saola is an exceedingly rare mammal found in the mountains of Southeast Asia. (Wikicommons)

Endangered species and the search for one of the world’s rarest creatures deep into the wilds of central Laos.

What Free Speech Really Means

May 26, 2015
Blogger and activist Pamela Geller speaks at a conference she organized entitled “Stop Islamization of America,” in New York on Sept. 11, 2012. (AP)

Two new books on free speech–one by a former New York Times correspondent, the other a Fox News contributor. They don’t see eye to eye—and tell us why.

Galvin Considering 2016 Ballot Question On Public Record Laws

May 26, 2015

State Secretary William Galvin said Tuesday that the current law doesn’t have enough teeth.

White House Conference On Aging To Hold Forum In Boston

May 25, 2015

Topics include healthy aging, retirement security, long-terms services and supports, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect.

Debate Over Seal Hunting In Greenland Resumes

May 25, 2015

The Inuit people of Greenland are trying to get the European Union’s ban on the sale of seal products overturned.

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