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Lightning kills man on Venice Beach: what are the chances?

Description: GERMANY, SUNDAY: A thunderbolt lights up the Munich skyline. Credits: Peter Kneffel Alt Text: A thunderbolt lights up the sky above Munich. More than a dozen injured by California storm, but lightning is more common than...Show More Summary

40th Anniversary of ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’; Planning/Policy Insights

Today’s post isn’t about St. Louis, but it is about urban planning/policy as observed through popular culture. The movie “Gone in 60 Seconds” premiered 40 years ago today — July 28, 1974. The second half of the movie is a very long chase scene — the police today would never...

What Are You Doing This Weekend? Stranger Critics Answer the Question

2 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

The 3 day forecast is looking great, looking forward to opening the gates later today! Going to be an awesome day. pic.twitter.com/zlQDXqfCvi— CH Block Party (@CHBlockParty) July 25, 2014 Kathleen Richards: "Experiencing my first Block...Show More Summary

Fighting the Power of Greed With Poetry: Poetic People Power's Closed: NYC Shuts Its Doors to Artists

Poetry readings are a decidedly mixed bag: They can be interminable snooze-fests, or, like Wednesday night's show by the folks from Poetic People Power, exciting, engaging, and inspirational. In the show, seven New York area poets took...Show More Summary

Russia Declares War on McDonald’s Burgers, Filet-O-Fish, and Pretty Much Everything Else on the Menu

Better stick to Rusburger. Russia's McDonald's outlets (424 total) will be serving Vlad-knows-what if Rospotrebnadzor, the government's consumer protection agency, gets its way. The authority has essentially asked the court to declare...Show More Summary

The Beauty of Chicago

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. The city was always a magical place where my family would go see seasonal decorations, museums, theater productions, sporting events, and of course eat great food. I loved the city of Chicago and throughout my childhood I dreamt of the day when I could be a part of that city. Show More Summary

Does This Traffic Pattern Make Your Head Spin?

There are few traffic patterns in America as divisive as the roundabout. While some cities cannot get enough of them -- Carmel, Indiana for example, is internationally known for its over 80 roundabouts -- residents of other towns greet...Show More Summary

Does This Traffic Pattern Make Your Head Spin?

There are few traffic patterns in America as divisive as the roundabout. While some cities cannot get enough of them -- Carmel, Indiana for example, is internationally known for its over 80 roundabouts -- residents of other towns greet...Show More Summary

Does this Traffic Pattern Make Your Head Spin?

There are few traffic patterns in America as divisive as the roundabout. While some cities cannot get enough of them -- Carmel, Indiana for example, is internationally known for its over 80 roundabouts -- residents of other towns greet...Show More Summary

Emerald Queen Casino Cancels Upcoming Ted Nugent Shows

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

I was out this evening at a press screening of the new Brett Ratner Hercules movie—you'll have to wait until tomorrow morning to read my review; place your bets now on whether I liked it or not—and so I missed the very welcome news that...Show More Summary

The Stupidity of the New York Giants Hiring Anti-Gay David Tyree

This week the New York Giants announced the hiring of former Giant David Tyree as director of player development. I thought this report had to be some sort of sick joke. Coach Tom Coughlin described the job like this: It is the working relationship with the players to aid them in their continuing education, their development as young men.... Show More Summary

Markandey Katju: Ex-India Supreme Court judge stirs the pot

This isn’t the first time that the man heading India’s print media oversight body has stirred the pot. Katju was known among his peers as an outspoken judge who passed landmark judgements and made scathing remarks in several cases.

Everything Is Not Awesome in LEGOland

LEGO holds a special place in the hearts and minds of children and families around the world. But everything is not awesome in LEGOland. LEGO is partnering with Shell on a global advertising campaign that includes co-branded toys, billboards,...Show More Summary

Rice Burgers Are Coming To The East Village

The Burger Gods have spoken and descried that the city's next viral Frankenburger shall be the Rice Burger. A new shop called Yonekichi opening in August on East 9th Street will specialize in burger-style sandwiches with buns made out of packed rice patties, reports Bedford + Bowery. Does anybody remember bread? [ more › ]

Seattle Had Its Spoon Man, But San Francisco Had Pigeon Man – Remembering Civic Center’s #1 Pigeon-Feeder of 2012

TweetForget about superwellknown Spoon Man from two decades back. Just two years ago, San Francisco had its own icon – Pigeon Man. All the pigeons of Civic Center knew Pigeon Man was coming – they’d walk with him down Larkin, Pied Piper-style. See? Click to expand They used the crosswalk better than the average San [...]

Take a Ride on Boating With Clyde's Friendship Trail!

3 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Follow the Friendship Trail! Have you seen Boating With Clyde, the wonderful television show where local musician Clyde Petersen rides around in a boat with his musician friends while they answer questions and play songs? It's great—see it here. Show More Summary

A Who’s Who of Toronto Wildlife

3 days agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

You may have seen them around, but can you name these lesser-known local critters? Torontonians encounter wildlife every day. Pigeons and gulls, chipmunks and squirrels, skunks and raccoons, deer and now even coyotes are common sights for downtowners and suburbanites alike. Show More Summary

Tonight: Living Liner Notes Delves into Seattle's Soul/Funk Scene Documented on Wheedle's Groove Volume II

4 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Today at 7 pm at the Project Room City Arts Magazine editor Jonathan Zwickel will host a discussion about Seattle's soul, funk, and boogie scene of the '70s and '80s. A former Stranger music editor, Zwickel wrote the liner notes for Light in the Attic's compilation Wheedle's Groove II: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie 1972-1987. Show More Summary

A Miami Diner That Stands As a Civil-Rights Pioneer Will Close Today

Jumbo's, circa 1956 For 60 years, Jumbo's has been frying chicken and catfish for hungry people, celebrities, elected officials, and late-night clubgoers in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods. Though it has a solid food-world reputation,...Show More Summary

Anglotopia Slow TV: Take a Thames River Cruise from Wesminster To Greenwich – Full Journey in HD – 41 Minutes

There’s a new trend in YouTube videos called Slow TV, where a camera is setup and then left to record a long journey. There’s a popular video going around of a 9 hour train ride in Norway. Going through our archives, I remembered I recorded...Show More Summary

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