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Why national interests are offering cash to D.C. school board candidates

A letter to the editor from Elizabeth Davis and Delvone Michael: Across the country, wealthy business interests and conservative political operatives are buying up local boards of education. And if we don’t stand up and say no, D.C. will be the next notch on their belt. Read full article >>

Midday News Links: Aviation Chief On O'Hare Noise Complaints - 'What Can You Do?'

Outgoing Chicago Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino may as well have said, "it won't be my problem soon." [ more › ]

A Mac & Cheese Competition Plus Unlimited Beer Aren't Bad Ways To Spend The Weekend

If you're not hurting too badly from tonight's festivities, head over to the NYC Craft Beer Festival tomorrow evening to sip from over 150 craft and speciality beers at the Lexington Armory. On hand, dozens of breweries, both large and small, plus quite a few cider options as well. Show More Summary

Let's Act Like We've Seen Snow Before, Chicago!

Chicago received its first measurable snowfall on Halloween and there's nary a salt truck in sight. That's called progress. [ more › ]

Expensive Downtown Boutique Criticizes Taylor Swift For Ruining NYC

Taylor Swift's pro-bono work as New York City's Global Welcome Ambassador has her promoting the city to the masses, leading newcomers to discover places like SoHo and the West Village. While tourists may feel as though Swift has ledShow More Summary

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crashes In California

14 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Jeff Schultes / This plane is a Virgin Galactic White Knight Two. A White Knight Two plane was reportedly accompanying the SpaceShipTwo today and has landed safely. Not much information is available on this story at the moment. Show More Summary

NYC Homeless Rate Increased 7 Percent in 2014

The city's homeless population climbed up to 67,810 in 2014, according to a new national homelessness survey. [ more › ]

Early Addition: The Most Expensive Rental In NYC

Because you want to see some spooky real estate prices, check out today's mid-day links: Starbucks delivery, learning to waste time on internet, best Halloween video on Internet, candy buyback, horrifying costumes, and dog magician. Don't forget to follow Gothamist on Twitter and like us on Facebook. You can also get the top stories mailed to you—sign up here. [ more › ]

Aye Carumba! Ole, Ole! The Dances That Are Connecting People Throughout L.A. and Around the World

Salsa dancers in Pacific Palisades, CA - Photographed by Lisa Konczal/Vérité Creative Los Angeles provides a level of diversity like few other places. Home to nearly four million people (L.A. county at a good ten million) it lends itself...Show More Summary

Stephen Colbert announces 'Colbert Report' end date

We all knew it was coming, but now we have the date: "The Colbert Report" is ending on Dec. 18.

Two hurt, one missing after explosion rocks Bay Area apartment complex

An explosion in an apartment building in the Bay Area city of Walnut Creek on Friday morning injured at least two people and left a gaping hole in the complex, fire officials said.

Virgin Galactic's spaceship has 'in-flight anomaly' during testing

Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo had an "in-flight anomaly" on Friday, according to a message on the company's Twitter account. 

Super Visions: Quibbles and bits, part 1

For this roundup of news from/views on the world(s) of onscreen comics, so much is going on that I scarcely know where to begin. Who am I kidding? The trailer for Avengers 2: Age of Ultron owned last week! It did so as much through what it promised as what it showed.… [ Read more ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]

Nightcrawler, Horns, Citizenfour, Before I Go To Sleep & Harmontown

15 hours agoUnited States / Chicago : A/C

Nightcrawler First-time writer-director Dan Gilroy (who has written films as varied as Freejack to The Fall to The Bourne Legacy) has made a movie that almost dares you to find something redeemable about its lead character. In Nightcrawler, Louis Bloom...

Two hurt, one missing after explosion rocks Bay Area apartment complex

An explosion in an apartment building in the Bay Area city of Walnut Creek on Friday morning injured at least two people and left a gaping hole in the complex, fire officials said.

I Interviewed Raymond Carver's Ghost

15 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

1. Some people believe that Halloween is the day when the veil between the living and the dead is at its thinnest. I don't believe in life after death, but like most anyone else, I like the idea of talking to people who've died. I've lost people I'd give anything to speak to again, and I wish I could somehow access all that lost wisdom. Show More Summary

Mayor Ed Murray Shouts at Me About Gender Pay Equity, Calling My Reporting "Wrong" and "Unfair"

15 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Kelly O MAYOR MURRAY GETS SHOUTY Which is a thing he's known for. Uhhhh... So I got a weird call from the mayor yesterday afternoon. It was about a post I wrote on Tuesday on the city budget Mayor Ed Murray has drafted. I pointed out...Show More Summary

Recording Allegedly Captures Republican Sen. Andy Hill Suggesting His Canvassers Don't Look Like "Thugs"

15 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Washington State State Senator Andy Hill Republican Andy Hill is in a hotly contested race against Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower to represent the Kirkland and Sammamish area in the Washington State Senate. And Hill seems to be worried, according to an audio recording provided to The Stranger. Show More Summary

Developer closes door on West Side tower plan

The Dermot Co. has decided to drop its plans to build a soaring residential tower at Hudson Yards in a deal that was supposed to net the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey as much as $175... To view the full story, click the title link.

Why UC Berkeley got it wrong on Bill Maher's speech

There’s been a great deal of celebration about UC Berkeley sticking to its invitation to Bill Maher as a commencement speaker. Free speech in the cradle of the free speech movement, students should be open to provocative views that differ from their own, and all that. Maher’s...

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