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  • Social Influence

    The Students Want Change

    By Pashtana Usufzy

    The world will march on March 24 to end gun violence. But the movement, spurred by teen activists, ripples beyond just a day.

  • The Week

    Seven Surprising Ways Our City Is on Top in National Rankings

    By Emmily Bristol

    Here is just a sampling of ways that Las Vegas and the Silver State is leading the charge.

  • National

    The Yogi Bulls

    By Ben Widdicombe, The New York Observer

    Billionaires and celebrities are blissing out as meditation charges back into the mainstream.

  • National

    The New Divorce Is No Divorce

    By Richard Kirshenbaum | The New York Observer

    As luck would have it, the Silver Fox had invited me to join him at a retreat in Malibu, California—a sensational summer camp for adults that’s a cross between a chic boutique hotel on the Amalfi Coast and the Betty Ford Center. Most people came without spouses (children don’t watch themselves, you know), and it […]

  • National

    Fear and Resentment Among the Gluten-Free

    By Jordyn Taylor | The New York Observer

    In my experience, people who can’t eat gluten stick together. One evening in my senior year of college, I bonded with a girl at a party after we proclaimed ourselves gluten-free. However, sometime deep in the night, I watched her arm swing drunkenly through the air and plunge into a bowl of pretzels. I lunged across the table and grabbed her, rescuing her from a night of intestinal agony, or worse.

  • National

    Me, Myself and My Stolen ID

    By Rafi Kohan | The New York Observer

    On November 6 last year, I, Raphael Kohan, walked into a Walmart in Secaucus, N.J., just beyond the Lincoln Tunnel from Midtown Manhattan. What happened inside is unclear, whether I browsed the flat-screens, test-drove a few laptops or overdosed on free samples of Red Baron Buffalo Style Boneless Wyngz.

  • National

    Tesla Gets Current

    By Kelly Faircloth, The New York Observer

    For all the modern-day desire to emulate Steve Jobs, the heroic nerd isn’t a new American trope. As long ago as the Gilded Age, scientist Nikola Tesla was a celebrity. He lived at the Waldorf Astoria and was close friends with Mark Twain. Rather, as the inventor of an effective alternating current system of power generation, he’d helped usher in a new, electrified era. His ambitious visions of the future (and complete lack of a filter) made great copy, meaning newspaper reporters were always eager to put him in print.

  • National

    Grave Danger

    By Emily Anne Epstein, The New York Observer

    During Hurricane Sandy, the site of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum complex was overcome by more than 16 million gallons of floodwater, which ruined wires and drywall and ravaged a handful of iconic artifacts. In an emotional essay on the museum’s website, director Alice Greenwald described seeing “seven feet of standing water throughout the museum.” “The humidity was thick, like a sauna,” she wrote. “This was a disaster.”

  • National

    The Sickos on the Sofa: SVU’s 13 years of bringing sex crime to prime time

    By Drew Grant, The New York Observer

    “I just saw Annie, and I didn’t look at Daddy Warbucks the way I would have 20 years ago,” Warren Leight told The New York Observer over the phone. “The show has really warped the way we look at the world, at least those of us writing it.” Leight, the showrunner for Dick Wolf’s last-standing Law & Order program, Special Victims Unit, was struggling to understand how people watch “marathon” sessions of the show he manages. “The children episodes are disturbing, even to us,” Leight said.

  • National

    The Last Days of Disco

    By Daniel D’Addario, The New York Observer

    Even as Madonna brings her world tour to the MGM Grand Garden for shows on Oct. 13 and 14, longtime fans will have a sneaking suspicion that she’s already sung her swan song.

  • National

    USA Tomorrow

    By Daniel D’Addario, The New York Observer

    Chris McCumber, the New York-based co-president of USA Network, recently returned from a two-week vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. In his first meeting back, Ted Linhart, USA’s senior vice president of research, mentioned the explosive success of competitor network TLC’s new pageant-princess reality series, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. “What the hell happened in two weeks?” McCumber wondered aloud.

  • National

    The Sorrow and the Pretty

    By Drew Grant, The New York Observer

    On a rainy Wednesday evening in the middle of June, Sunshine Cinemas was bright with flashing bulbs as photographers snapped pictures of a gaggle of impossibly tall, impossibly beautiful women. The angelic onslaught was not a coincidence: They were all there to see a special screening of Girl Model, a documentary by Ashley Sabin and David Redmon that was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

  • National

    Are We There Yet?

    By David Freedlander, The New York Observer

    Not long ago, the political and media cognoscenti maintained a strict code of conduct: Never—except in the privacy of a late-night barstool, after all the recorders have been turned off and the stories filed—should the next presidential election be speculated upon before the current one concludes. Eventually, after the last of the ballots were counted, some poor pundit would find himself on cable news, and with the newly completed campaign season no longer able to stomach more blather, he would gamely look ahead to the campaign four years hence.

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