Rob Beschizza

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Coroner protip: double-check that they're dead

Walter Goncalves suffered respiratory failure and multiple organ failure and was pronounced dead. His brother found him alive, hours later, at the morgue.

Govt. wants to buy marijuana farm for "research"

So that's the word we're using these days!

ISIS maps

Desert power: do the insurgents effectively control territory, or merely roads and settlements? The former makes for much scarier maps.

3D geology of Britain--all of it!--implemented in Minecraft

GravelMany countries have been surface-mapped in Minecraft, but here's one that goes right down to the bedrock, courtesy of the British Geological Survey: "Glaciofluvial deposits and superficial deposits of mainly gravelly composition are represented by Gravel."

Journalists killed in the last decade, by country

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619, mostly locals.

On restoring Star Wars

Everyone knows about George Lucas's habit for messing with the Star Wars trilogy, but not how hard it is to see the unmolested originals--he even refused to give a copy to the National Film Registry.

Judge: SWAT team can't claim immunity after using excessive force

Police might be able to bash your home's door down and summarily execute you, but that doesn't mean they can use their qualified immunity to escape even the possibility of legal redress.

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No charges for off-duty cop who killed teen

Rey Garza approached a "suspicious" car while wearing plain clothes, gun drawn, and allegedly without identifying himself as a cop. What happened to the teen driver is depressingly predictable.

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5-word scary stories

A splendid thread at Reddit: "Living alone, toilet was warm."

Gun instructor shot dead by 9-year-old with Uzi

"All right full auto." [sfgate]

Amazon Fire bombs

According to data from Comscore, only 35,000 handsets are in the wild.

God Emperor of Applebees


The art in airport restaurants is getting pretty spacey.

How Uber sabotages rival Lyft

Uber has acquired a reputation for using nasty business tactics against rival Lyft. The Verge acquired its playbook of dirty tricks.

Procrastination may be about anticipating emotional optimums, not time management

The Procrastination Doom Loop occurs because "(1) We're think we're in the wrong mood to complete a task, and (2) We assume that our mood will change in the near future, which will help us complete the task," but of course it doesn't.

2-year-old takes Ice Bucket Challenge

What she says is what I'd say.