Saturday's attack on the London Bridge was horrific and jarring, especially coming on the heels of the Manchester attack. In the aftermath of such events, we look for people to blame. Shortly afterward, British Prime Minister Theresa May commented that there is "too much tolerance" of Islamist extremism in Britain. Although May did not single out Muslims in her statement, she seems to be implying that people willingly and knowingly tolerate extremists.
For years, I was under the impression that my husband and I had cultivated the near-perfect marriage, the two of us like His and Her Majesty, presiding over an enviable life. I wasn't the only one who saw it so plainly. "You two are in your prime!" my uncle remarked last winter, echoing what many who knew us must have been thinking, too. I grinned back at him, but inside I quavered. It was true, we were mostly happily wed and brewed, but not entirely infused. After 17 years, I felt our strengths had settled into dregs, thin deposits lying in the basin of a teacup.
For the small fraternity of people who make their living coaxing musical notes out of vulnerable pieces of wood and metal, few things are more terrifying than seeing an expensive, defenseless instrument disappear on that little conveyor belt at the airport.
A 25-year-old government contractor has been charged with mishandling classified information, after authorities say she gave a top-secret National Security Agency document to a news organization. Reality Leigh Winner was accused of gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information - the first criminal charge filed in a leak investigation during the Trump administration.
Every once in a while, a video comes along that reminds us of nature's extraordinary - and sometimes disgusting - mystery. For many people this week, that reminder came in the form of a stomach-churning video that captured one snake disgorging another. The video was shot by Christopher Reynolds, who spotted the serpents outside his mother's home in Newton, Texas, on May 28, according to the Houston Chronicle.
For the first time, Sam Hunt - country music's biggest pop crossover hope since Taylor Swift - finally got a chance to talk Thursday night. Not in the form of a media interview to plug a new single, or a bit of "is everybody having a good night?" banter between party songs. Instead, he sat down onstage, acoustic guitar in hand, before the thousands flocking to the kickoff concert of his first major headlining tour, to explain who he is and what he wants to be.
Looking to treat yourself? Some airlines are holding flash sales for domestic and international flights this week that could make leaving town cheaper than a nice dinner out. Southwest Airlines, for instance, is selling one-way nonstop flights to Turks and Caicos that start at $59 for travelers who book by June 8. Spirit Airlines is selling domestic flights that start at $25 one-way for members of its "$9 fare club." Other travelers can book fares starting at $50.
The stoic determination and decency of the British people and their leaders was on full display in the hours after the latest horrific terrorist rampage. The Brits fought back, launching drinking glasses and chairs at the savages who attacked them. The police acted with lightning-fast precision, killing the three assailants within eight minutes of the emergency call. And, God bless him, a man returned to the bar where he experienced Saturday's horror -- to pay his bill and tip. Civilization is not going to be driven out of Britain by three, or three hundred, killers.
Had it been a painting, the artist could’ve been criticized for failing to imagine a more nuanced metaphor to capture the perils of suburban existence. “Go back to your canvas,” the instructor might say. “This garbage is too literal!” Indeed, the image is that wonderfully preposterous looking. Fortunately, our imaginary artist doesn’t exist, but Theunis Wessels of Three Hills, Canada — a town of just over 3,000 souls located in the southern part of the province of Alberta — certainly does.
More people will be flying this summer than ever, and they're going to be squeezed into tighter and tighter spots. Does that mean that videos and other reports of dysfunctional and occasionally violent behavior will keep social media busy? You bet, fight fans.