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Three dead, dozens sick with Legionnaires’ disease in NYC outbreak

The infection causes inflammation in the lungs and is known to be especially lethal, particularly in older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems. 3rd death in NYC #Legionnaires outbreak in person with “underlying medical issues.” Total number of cases is 57. — Jarrett Murphy (@jarrettmurphy) July 31, 2015 Read more… More about New […]

Making the case to reopen college access for prisoners

US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to make a momentous announcement on Friday on the experimental reopening of Pell grant eligibility for some people in custody in federal correctional facilities. Federal Pell grants provide money for college that, unlike loans, does not need to be repaid. Pell eligibility for prisoners […]

Blood Orange wrote a moving song in response to the Charleston shooting

“I have nothing left to give when you don’t notice what is wrong,” Hynes sings. “Charleston left me broken down, but it’s just another day to you.” The song also features two spoken interludes. Talwst, a visual artist from Toronto, speaks on the track about his own experiences being racially profiled: “I understand what you’re […]

The time America put its national treasures on a cross-country train

An elderly woman, a former slave, reading the Emancipation Proclamation in a glass case on the Freedom Train. Image: Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Between 1947 and 1949, America’s most treasured documents crisscrossed the length and breadth of the nation, on board a train — the “Freedom Train.” The idea for the remarkable train had […]

Baltimore police investigating questionable police van sign

“The nature and the posting of wording in one of our transport vehicles is both concerning and unacceptable,” Rashawn Strong, a spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department, told Mashable in an email. “We have recently become aware of the wording, and have begun an internal investigation to determine all the circumstances surrounding its placement, and […]