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Weekender Picks

If you’re in need of a confidence boost, there’s no better therapy than Bernie Mac’s Def Jam Comedy set. Coming on after a comedian that literally got booed off stage, Bernie Mac begins his set with my favorite first line, “I ain’t scared of you motherfuckers,” and then proceeds to
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Defending against the police

CITY ISSUES: The dialogue surrounding the police use of tasers shows citizens are paying attention to their police, which is a positive step.

It has been little more than a month since outrage swept the nation in response to the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking protests, solidarity marches, online campaigns and other actions of support.
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Breaking cycles of trauma in our lives

Safe, Sane and Consensual

The newborn in my arms looked like a prune but smelled like heaven. If a fairy were to throw baby powder and marshmallows into warm milk, it would probably conjure up this tiny human being. The maternity ward was quiet, so as a doula at the San Francisco General Hospital,
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Microbes matter more than you think

Safe, Sane and Consensual

I was pissing blood — like I’d eaten beets, except I hadn’t. A tiny demon was sitting in my abdomen, twisting my organs into knots while stabbing them with knitting needles. It wasn’t my period. That was all I knew. I searched for “pissing blood pain abdomen,” and Google told
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Adventure Time: Finn and Jake eat some pie

What We’re Reading

On Wednesday morning, the New York Times dropped its bombshell report on the Tallahassee Police Department’s heavily flawed investigation into rape accusations leveled against star Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. A sleek interactive layout and innovative storytelling tools add to the dramatic effect of the story, one of this year’s
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The Oscar-nominated documentary feature “The Square,” a masterful documentation of the Egyptian revolution following the sit-ins at Tahrir Square in 2011.

What We’re Reading

A weekly selection

I’ve been thinking about New York Magazine’s recently published profile on Ezra Klein all week. Although the tale is somewhat tired — Klein from Daily Bruin reject to popular blogger to Washington Post superstar — the piece is a nice reminder about the robustness of modern journalism. “The column inches devoted
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Living a nightmare

Megaphone

Got questions? Crazy questions, weird questions, questions you can’t ask anyone else? Ask anonymously, but remember your question will be answered through a megaphone. Hey Megaphone, This doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, it makes me feel crazy. Sometimes I dream that my boyfriend did something, but I’m
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Why all the hubbub for the royal baby?

Unless you don’t have access to the Internet, a television or old-fashioned gossipy gawkers, you know that a baby boy was born to Prince William and Duchess Catherine on Monday, to the great excitement of the entire world. It seems like an awful lot of frenzy over a baby that
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thomas coughlan column mug

Custom Screening: Front page problems

Some years ago, The New York Times published an anthology of its front pages on the days of important historical events. Though the book’s ‘best-of’ style of selection made for good reading, the real fun was to be had with the accompanying CD-ROM which included every front page of the
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