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He Was the First to Be Murdered on the Appalachian Trail

'Outside Online' has the story of Joel Polson and Margaret McFaddin Harritt

(Newser) - Only eight people have ever "died in acts of violence," as Earl Swift puts it, on the Appalachian Trail. In a lengthy piece for Outside Online , Swift tells the story of the first person to meet that grim fate, a story that he describes as otherwise being lost... More »

The School Led the Students Up Mount Hood, to Their Deaths

Inside the 1986 tragedy on the mountain

(Newser) - The second-deadliest alpine accident in North American history claimed nine lives. Of those who died on Mount Hood in May 1986, seven were students, all of whom attended Portland's Oregon Episcopal School. At the time, the school ran a program called Basecamp that was Outward Bound-like and required all... More »

Teen Hackers Expose Flaw in Today's Education

Pair in Michigan might have been nurtured as tech whizzes; instead, a criminal investigation

(Newser) - Education Week has picked the two latest students to profile for its "Faces of the Future" series, but they're seemingly odd honorees on the surface: Jeremy Currier and Seth Stephens have been expelled from their high school and face possible criminal prosecution. So what gives? It turns... More »

A Baseball Player With Promise Took a Wrong Turn

Inside the fall of Darrell Dent Jr.

(Newser) - It's a set-up so perfect it reads like fiction: A promising minor league baseball player who was so good at stealing the back of his card touted him as having a 77% success rate at stealing bases went on to become one of the masterminds of a ring of... More »

Will We Ever Know What Happened to These Billionaires?

Barry and Honey Sherman were found dead in December 2017

(Newser) - Much has been written about the December 2017 deaths of Canadian pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, 75, and his wife, Honey, 70, who were found strangled with belts along a railing in their mansion's indoor pool. Much less has been said, at least recently, about where Toronto police are... More »

His Plot to Make $607,933.50: 3 Bombs, One Soccer Team

Electrician Segej Wenergold is on trial in Germany after bizarre scheme

(Newser) - In April of last year, three bombs detonated as a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund soccer team left a hotel in Germany. As it turns out, only one player suffered minor injuries, but the high-profile attack led authorities to assume that Islamist terrorists were to blame. They could not have... More »

He Was Everyone's Best Friend, Until They Found the Photos

'Toronto Life' explores the life of an outed voyeur

(Newser) - He was, by all accounts, a great guy. Successful in the IT world of virtual reality, Pete Forde was always happy to lend a friend in need a sympathetic ear, money, even a place to stay—particularly his younger female friends. But then, as Katherine Laidlaw writes for Toronto Life ... More »

The Cops Finally Got Him. Then He Met the 14-Year-Old

It's the final part of the 'Cincinnati Enquirer' serial on Cody Jackson

(Newser) - Kevin Grasha and Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer are out with the final installment of their four-part story on Cody Jackson, a young Wisconsin drop-out with no job and essentially a single skill: "luring fragile young women" he often held against their will through an extreme and manipulative... More »

He Kept Reeling the Girls In, Even as Police Got Closer

Part 3 of the Cincinnati Enquirer's series on Cody Jackson

(Newser) - Kevin Grasha and Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer are out with part three of their four-part story on Cody Jackson , a young Wisconsin drop-out with no job and essentially a single skill: "luring fragile young women," in two cases impregnating teens and in others holding them against... More »

Their Workplaces Wouldn't Accommodate Pregnancy. The Consequences Were Tragic

'New York Times' looks at pregnancy loss related to pregnancy discrimination

(Newser) - One woman was in her second trimester when blood gushed out into her jeans after a grueling 8-hour shift. Another was near the end of the first trimester when she woke up bleeding after a day spent lifting hundreds of boxes. Another woke up on a blood-stained mattress after her... More »

He Was a Drop-Out With Few Skills—Except for a Dark One

The 'Cincinnati Enquirer' looks at the case of Cody Jackson in a 4-part series

(Newser) - Another newspaper is out with a serialized crime story : This time, Kevin Grasha and Cameron Knight of the Cincinnati Enquirer present the four-part story of Cody Jackson, who is introduced as, by 2014, having "an eighth-grade education, two children, no job, no permanent home, no plan, and few skills"... More »

Gary Hart May Have Been Set Up for His Political Fall

GOP operative Lee Atwater reportedly confessed to arranging a scandal

(Newser) - One of the biggest political sex scandals of the modern era—one that perhaps helped the elder George Bush become president—may have been a set-up. So writes James Fallows in the Atlantic regarding the fate of Colorado Sen. Gary Hart in 1987. Hart had been a leading contender for... More »

She Woke Up From Bike Crash and Couldn't Speak English

British woman reverts to the German she grew up with

(Newser) - Britain's Hannah Jenkins got knocked unconscious when she collided with another bicyclist, and when she woke up in the hospital, she couldn't figure out why the doctors and nurses weren't speaking English. Except, as the BBC explains, they were. Jenkins, however, couldn't understand a thing: The... More »

When a Murder Happens Here, Things Play Out Differently

The Investigative Services Branch is called when crimes occur in national parks

(Newser) - When Investigative Services Branch (ISB) Special Agent Kristy McGee displays her badge while investigating a crime, the reaction is generally a confused one. "They'll say something like, 'What do you guys investigate? Littering?'" she explains to Rachel Monroe. In a lengthy piece for Outside , Monroe reports... More »

He Created the Death Race. Now, a New Extreme Offering

Meet Andy Weinberg, founder of the Endurance Society

(Newser) - More than 1 million people clamor their way through a Spartan obstacle race each year. Andy Weinberg has moved on to a more extreme kind of challenge. He's the co-founder of Spartan but no longer a part of it following a legal battle between him and co-founder Joe De... More »

It's 'Almost Like a Murder Squad'

BuzzFeed News digs into the alleged actions of the Spear Operations Group

(Newser) - It's "almost like a murder squad," an incredulous former CIA official told BuzzFeed News . The site had called him for comment as it dug into a potential bombshell of a story: that former elite US special operations fighters were assassinating high-profile figures in Yemen, but not as... More »

Sex Worker's Death in NYC: Family Rejects Suicide Story

'New York Times' looks at the life and death of Chinese native Song Yang

(Newser) - It has the intriguing headline of "The Case of Jane Doe Ponytail," and the lengthy New York Times story that follows reads like riveting fiction that is unfortunately all too true. The "Jane Doe" here is a 38-year-old Chinese immigrant living in Queens and working in the... More »

3 Words Sealed Abused Boy's Fate: 'Close the Case'

'The Atlantic' looks at the failure of caseworkers to save the life of Gabriel Fernandez

(Newser) - "Close the case." A family services caseworker in Los Angeles County named Pat Clement wrote that recommendation on the file of 8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez in March of 2013 after a home visit. Her supervisor went along, and two months later, Gabriel was dead—the result of brutal beatings... More »

She's 16 and Married. Here's What That Looks Like

Terrence McCoy looks at one instance of child marriage for the 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - Tacked to Maria and Phil Manning's fridge is a budget detailing how the $1,600 they pull in a month is allocated. The hope—unfulfilled time and time again—is to save $450 of that, so they can move out of their trailer in Everett, Pa., and head to... More »

Inside the Truly Weird Heist of a Salvador Dali Painting

It was stolen from Rikers Island

(Newser) - Perhaps the only thing weirder than the fact that a Salvador Dali painting hung for decades in Rikers Island jail complex is the heist that took the piece from its walls. James Fanelli has the story for Esquire , and goes back to the start: In 1965 Dali had agreed to... More »

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