For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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The Billions at Stake in Britains Biggest-Ever Divorce

July 4, 2017

An extraordinary insight into the life of a couple widely regarded as among Britains most vulgar billionaires–Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt–was on public display this week, as the opening salvos in their mammoth 5.5bn ($7.1bn) divorce battle were fired in Londons family court. It has been widely reported that the divorce could result in Britains biggest ever settlement. Petra, the cherished eldest child of Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire founder of…

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Grenfell Tower fire: No prosecutions for subletting of flats, government promises – BBC News

July 4, 2017

All of the material checked so far in the wake of the tragedy on 14 June has failed the tests. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government said it was testing the buildings it was most worried about first. Where have cladding fire tests failed? What we know so far Who were the victims? Earlier this week, police warned it would not know the final death toll until at…

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Tourists, Locals Buy Nevada’s Legal Recreational Marijuana

July 2, 2017

Las Vegas (AP) — Cheers and long lines of tourists and locals alike greeted the first day of sales of recreational marijuana on Saturday as Nevada became the fifth state with stores selling pot to the public in a market that is expected to outpace all others in the U.S. thanks to the millions of visitors who flock to Las Vegas each year. Veteran consumers, first-timers, twenty-somethings and retirees were…

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Over 20,000 people came together to celebrate pride, despite hurdles thrown in their way

July 2, 2017

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable More than 20,000 Singaporeans came to Pink Dot, the city’s annual LGBTQ festival this year, according to organisers. There were so many people who tried to join the event which sported a rainbow theme this year that the park where it was held had to be closed at 7 p.m. for capacity. That’s no small feat considering the number of roadblocks the nine-year-old festival has encountered…

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Wikipedia: The Text Adventure will satisfy your inner geography nerd

July 2, 2017

Image: Sierakowski/REX/Shutterstock Reading Wikipedia just got a whole lot more fun. A new game called “Wikipedia: The text adventure” helps you navigate and learn more about the world using a clever modification of the online knowledge database’s API. You can start your journey with a suggested location or choose your own, and from there on the game dynamically generates options of places to explore. SEE ALSO: Someone already made a…

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A catwalk show with real people instead of models – and it was beautiful – BBC News

June 30, 2017

They’re real people who are walking a catwalk in the middle of Manchester to create a live “self-portrait of the city” – an idea dreamed up by artist Jeremy Deller. Image copyright Getty Images It’s a simple idea. A platform that normally celebrates superficial appearance is instead used to celebrate the everyday brilliance and resilience of the people of the city. And it’s more beautiful than any fashion show. Beautiful,…

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The German and British children who became post-war friends – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJune Whitcombe and Gretel Rieber met after the war as a special relationship developed between Reading and Dusseldorf In 1947 Germany and the UK were both still reeling after World War Two. But in Reading that did not stop the mayor, in the face of fierce criticism, inviting impoverished children from the city of Dusseldorf to her town. The twinning still thrives,…

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The Grenfell survivor rebuilding his life, two weeks on – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOlu feared he and his family would be killed in the fire Two weeks ago, Olu was preparing to climb down from the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower on a makeshift rope of tied-together bed sheets, with his daughter on his back. Thankfully, he survived, after firefighters told him to run to safety – but what does his life hold now? “My…

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Kim Kardashian Faces Criticism For Car Seat Photo

June 27, 2017

On Saturday, Kardashian posted a photo of her 18-month-old son, Saint, sitting in a car seat. While many commenters pointed out how adorable Saint is, others also took the opportunity to voice concerns about the safety of his car seat setup specifically the fact that the toddler appeared to be front-facing. The comments section is filled with similar concerns, as well as responses from fans defending the celebrity. The American…

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Sorry, but I feel kinda weird about ‘Snap Map’

June 24, 2017

It’s a curious thing being able to see the location of many of your friends, colleagues, lovers and even family members on a virtual map. But, that’s precisely what Snapchat’s new feature Snap Maps is offering up. And, honestly, this new feature released just a day ago has already turned me into a creepy lurker. SEE ALSO: Snapchat releases ‘Snap Maps,’ aka a way to stalk strangers and events nearby…

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright…

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The 2018 Olympics will have Intel all the way inside

June 22, 2017

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich showing off one of his Shooting Star drones.Image: lance ulanoff/mashable The next Olympic Games are gonna be lit… with technology. Intel, which became an official Olympic Partner on Wednesday (and makes most of the CPUs inside today’s PCs and all of them on Macs), promises to bring a wide array of cutting-edge technology to the Olympic games, beginning with the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang,…

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How do you get over your home burning down? – BBC News

June 22, 2017

Image caption Maria De Vita’s neighbour died in the fire When Maria De Vita heard glass smashing at her home in Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, she thought it was someone outside doing a spot of late-night recycling. She later discovered it was one of next door’s windows exploding in a fire in which her neighbour died. Ms De Vita woke her two young daughters and they left the house with nothing….

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

Image:  Vasylyna Halun/shutterstock Five years ago, I was one year into a salary writing job at a luxury fashion brand when it hit me: I was being grossly overpaid. You read right. I was overpaid. As a writer. In fashion. You can imagine my boss face whenat our monthly review I marched into his office, diligently listed out my responsibilitiesand informed him that I was being overpaid. Through the most…

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price,…

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Don’t lose sleep over apnea, but treatment is crucial

June 21, 2017

(CNN)Last week, actress Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report contained a surprising detail: The Los Angeles medical examiner listed sleep apnea as a factor in the “Star Wars” actress’ death. Sleep apnea is when a person stops breathing while sleeping, for 10 seconds to a minute or longer. This can happen repeatedly during the night, causing blood-oxygen levels to dip and putting a strain on the heart. See the latest news and…

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Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

June 19, 2017

Bill Cosby walking through the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.Image: Mark Makela/Getty Images Bill Cosby remains free on bail after a Pennsylvania jury on Saturday convinced the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked, but the district attorney took the unusual step of immediately announcing that a new trial date would be set. The jury of seven men and five women spent a week shuffling between deliberations and the courtroom,…

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

(CNN)It’s the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday. The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf’s top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who…

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New smart home designs will come with dead zone-free Wi-Fi and Alexa

June 16, 2017

You can now have a Wi-Fi network built right into your home.Image: Shutterstock / asharkyu The Wi-Fi Alliance, the non-profit organization that certifies Wi-Fi enabled products, is ready to usher in a new era of the smart homes. Traditionally, there have been no set standards for integrating a wireless network directly into home blueprints, unlike other essential utilities, such as plumbing and electricity. But as our houses continue to be…

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 15, 2017

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 15, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOh Wonder perform their single Ultralife for the Radio 1 Piano Sessions. Two and a half years ago, at the start of their career, Oh Wonder singer Josephine Vander Gucht fell over a gate, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose. It forced the band to remain anonymous for almost a year: No photographs, no interviews, no videos. But there was…

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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Is there such a thing as a high-fashion fitness tracker? Yes, yes there is.

June 15, 2017

Image: Withings Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. While you may be accustomed to fitness trackers looking like props from sci-fi movies, more and more companies are in the business of creating stylish wearables. Enter the Activit Steel by Withings. While the competition has grown since the company originally released their analog fitness tracker, no one has succeeded at…

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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

Image: getty images/nicolas mccomber Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses. It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace dysfunction…

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London fire: Lives claimed at Grenfell Tower – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionFootage shows the extent of damage Several people have died after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, a fire chief says. Firefighters are still tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where eyewitnesses said people were trapped inside, screaming for help. More than 50 people are being treated in hospital, says London Ambulance….

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