Syrian Rebels, Condoleezza Rice, and Nerds

Esther Zuckerman
Syrian Rebels, Condoleezza Rice, and Nerds

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Top Stories: C.J. Chivers' detailed look at the lives of Syrian rebels "offers a fine-grained look of the uprising, and the momentum and guerrilla energy it has attained." An obituary for Phyllis Diller. 

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World: An attack on Palestinian youths by Jewish teenagers, with a suspect as young as 13, laid "bare the undercurrent of tension in this ethnically mixed but politically divided city." 

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U.S.: In the "carpet capital of the world" — Dalton, Georgia — things are so bad that "some people feel a little hopeful when they hear news about wildfires or floods or tornadoes." 

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Business: In Spain, a "clash between the time-honored tradition of the caja as a a baronial community institution and the modern, euro-based banking economy that Spain has tried to create in recent decades." 

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Science: A profile of Richard Ellis, an author of books on sea creatures and the man responsible for the blue whale at the American Museum of National History.

Health: How well people sleep is tied to race but scientists don't know why that is.

Sports: Condoleezza Rice's admission as one of the first female members of Augusta National Golf Club "reflects a competitiveness that she has brought to athletic and academic pursuits throughout her 57 years."

Opinion: Michael Moore and Oliver Stone on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Movies: Manohla Dargis writes an appraisal of the work of Tony Scott.

Television: Chris Hardwick and the business of being a nerd.