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A NATION'S INFRASTRUCTURE WOES "The interstate bridge that washed out in the desert between Los Angeles and Phoenix easily withstood its daily load of thousands of cars and trucks, but it failed when the pounding of a powerful flash flood scoured away land where the bridge was anchored, officials said Monday … The span's rating was a 91.5 out of 100, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration." There are 11 days before Congress runs out of funding for the nation's highways, roads and bridges. [AP]
DEMOCRATIC PARTY DECAYING ON STATEHOUSE LEVEL The Wall Street Journal examines how political losses on the state level are thinning the national democratic bench. [WSJ]
READING THE CHATTANOOGA SHOOTER'S DIARY Inside the slow spiral of drugs and depression that preceded Mohammod Abdulazeez's decision to go on a shooting rampage in Chattanooga last week. [USA Today]
OFFICIALS PROMISE TO INVESTIGATE SANDRA BLAND'S DEATH "The prosecutor in a Texas county where authorities say a woman hanged herself in a jail cell said Monday that it is too soon to determine exactly how she died and that the ongoing case is being treated as thoroughly 'as it would be in a murder investigation.'" And here's a breakdown of the differences between the family and authorities' versions of the story. [AP]
INSIDE THE NEW YORK PRISON ESCAPE "He would wait each night until after the 11:30 head count to crawl through the hole, shinny down a series of pipes going down several stories and begin roaming the tunnels. He would return to his cell each morning before the 5:30 a.m. count, camouflage his portal to the maze below and start his daily routine." [NYT]
NORTH KOREA: NO IRAN-TYPE DEAL FOR US Talks have been stalled for such an agreement since 2008. [CNN]
BURUNDI TAKES TO THE POLLS Voting in the embattled country started after a night of increasing violence. [NYT]
TOSHIBA CEO RESIGNS OVER COMPANY'S BOOK DOCTORING The fraud increased the company's value by $1.2 billion over several years. [AP]
TOO MUCH TV CAN LITERALLY ROT YOUR BRAIN Watching more than four hours of TV a day increases your risk for Alzheimer's. [WaPo]
LOVE IS DEAD Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert have called it quits after four years of marriage. Country music is about to get some warring power breakup ballads. [HuffPost]
MILEY CYRUS TO HOST MTV'S VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS Have you ever heard of a ratings play? [AP]
THE NEW LEADING MAN "This brand of semi-hunk is white and approximately Duplass-level attractive -- handsome enough to catch your eye, but goofy enough so you feel safe. He isn't suave, but he is reliable, employed (he probably has a 401(k) and a five-year-plan), and emotionally stable enough to weather the hurricanes of falling for a wacky, difficult female protagonist." [New York Magazine]
'XENA' REBOOT IN THE WORKS AT NBC Yes, yes and more yes. [HuffPost]
YOU SHOULD REFRIGERATE EGGS IN THE U.S. Butter, that's another story. [HuffPost]
MEET THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN CEO TO OWN A BILLION-DOLLAR BUSINESS Janice Bryant Howroyd's company is "the largest female minority-owned employment agency in the country." [HuffPost]
THE 84-YEAR-OLD JEWELRY THIEF THAT CANNOT BE CAUGHT Doris Payne has had over 22 aliases in her illustrious robbing career. [HuffPost]
INTEGRATING SUBURBIA "In 2002, the Chicago Housing Authority and housing authorities in local counties developed the Regional Housing Initiative, which gives low-income, largely minority families housing subsidies in 'opportunity areas' -- i.e., more affluent neighborhoods with better schools, less crime and more access to jobs. Black families, once excluded from affluent neighborhoods, are being given the opportunity to integrate into predominantly white communities." [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
CAITLYN JENNER: CONQUERING MY FEARS AT THE ESPYS "As a dyslexic kid, my biggest fear in life was to go in front of the class and read because I just wasn't very good at it -- and that stays with you through your whole life. That's why all of my speaking engagements through the years have been always off the cuff." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Daniel Radcliffe is one heckuva karaoke singer when it comes to Eminem.
~ Inside the Gawker meltdown.
~ A tragedy of the commons extra credit question is rather difficult to beat.
~ In India, a mob can still drag you from your home and execute you for the village's bad luck.
~ So, about Kim Kardashian's morning sickness drugs.
~ Garrison Keillor will be the voice of "A Prairie Home Companion" no more.
~ Baby manatees on baby manatees.
~ How to win at poker, according to MIT.
~ Rocking glasses as a bespectacled bride.
~ Want to feel mortal? Here are a bunch of volcano eruption photos.
~ Death Cab for Cutie explains how to write a breakup song.
~ The man who flies around the world for free.
~ Behind the $100 million alien search.
~ Earth like you've never seen it before, unless you're a famous astronaut.
~ People, baby-crawling races must follow the rules.
~ And the artist making wine stains worthwhile.
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