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Traumatic License: An Oral History of Action Park
Zandy Mangold In the summer of 1983, Action Park—a collection of water-themed amusement rides installed over a ski resort in the rural town of Vernon, New…
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Bleszinski’s fall and the perilous fame game
Cliff Bleszinski on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in 2010, along with actor Alan Cumming and actress/director Greta Gerwig. Dana Edelson/NBCUniversal/Getty…
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This Must Be David Byrne
Chalkie Davies For over four decades, the rock 'n' roll icon has carved out a career by zagging when everyone else was zigging—whether with his band Talking…
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3 days ago
“I Killed Them All.” The Life Of One Of America’s Bloodiest Hitmen
“Look, Jose,” the cop said to the genial grandfather sitting across the desk. “The fact is, you’re being charged with murder.” Tim McWhorter, the chief…
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4 days ago
Abolish the ICE Prison Complex
Locking up migrants fighting to stay in the United States is permissible, the Supreme Court reiterated in February. The Court’s ruling mocks justice, but isn’t…
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5 days ago
The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl
Kristina Collantes L egend says the diver drowned retrieving the pearl. Trapped in a giant Tridacna clam, his body was brought to the surface by his fellow…
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7 days ago
Univision Is A Fucking Mess
Illustration: Jim Cooke This is the story of how corporate raiding, complacency, excess, and incompetence are gutting a media company that matters to tens of…
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10 days ago
What It's Like To Navigate The NFL's Concussion Settlement Hellscape
George Andrie has always been a devoted father to Mary Brooks and her six siblings. But with the benefit of hindsight, Brooks also sees that something was…
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11 days ago
We Call It a Dismantling Process
The deadliest incident of violence in a United States prison in a quarter century took place at the Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina on April 15,…
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12 days ago
The Most Unlikely D.A. In America
Tamir Kalifa for Politico Magazine He’s a biker attorney who specialized in getting small-time defendants off. He’s considered a gang member by Texas police.…
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12 days ago
Haven’t we met before? On doppelgängers and perception – Jordan Suchow | Aeon Ideas
Niamh Geaney (left) and Karen Branigan. Photo courtesy Twin Strangers In 2015, Niamh Geaney, a 28-year-old Irish woman, was approached by a TV production…
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12 days ago
When Homer envisioned Achilles, did he see a black man? – Tim Whitmarsh | Aeon Essays
Few issues provoke such controversy as the skin-colour of the ancient Greeks. Last year in an article published in Forbes , the Classics scholar Sarah Bond at…
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12 days ago
A Former US Army Officer Is Now A General For A Country Accused Of War Crimes
Stephen Toumajan spent most of his professional life as an officer in the US Army — but these days the country he serves is not the US but the United Arab…
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12 days ago
Four Women Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse
As Eric Schneiderman used the authority of his office to assume a major role in the #MeToo movement, the distress of four women with whom he has had romantic…
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13 days ago
I’m Not Black, I’m Kanye
Glenn Harvey I could only have seen it there, on the waxed hardwood floor of my elementary-school auditorium, because I was young then, barely 7 years old, and…
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14 days ago
All-American Nazis: Inside the Rise of Fascist Youth in the U.S.
Mike McQuade for Rolling Stone Andrew Oneschuk and Jeremy Himmelman had been living in Tampa, Florida, for two weeks when, on Friday, May 19th, 2017, their…
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17 days ago
Murder at the Alcatraz of the Rockies
Murder at the Alcatraz of the Rockies The inside story of the first homicide in America’s most secure prison. Chris Outcalt I. The Atavist Magazine, no. 78…
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19 days ago
The Mystery of the Killer Vacation
A million dollars richer after a buyout of his advertising company, Chris Smith e-mailed his family in June 2010 with an audacious plan to celebrate his…
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20 days ago
The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man
Desert Oracle | Winter 2015 | 11 minutes (2,903 words) The story you’ll hear most often goes like this: There’s a young Marine on guard duty in some far-off…
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22 days ago
The Reinvention of America
I have seen the future, and it is in the United States. After a several-year immersion in parts of the country that make the news mainly after a natural…
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26 days ago
Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
MEDAMAHANUWARA, Sri Lanka — Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with…
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27 days ago
Rebecca Solnit: The Myth of “Real” America Just Won’t Go Away
Watching the film Phantom Thread , I kept wondering why I was supposed to be interested in a control freak who is consistently unpleasant to all the people…
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27 days ago
“She Paid for Everything”: How a Fake Heiress Made My $62,000 Disappear
Anna, in Marrakech’s medina on May 16, 2017. Photograph courtesy by Rachel DeLoache Williams According to my closest friends and various suspect Internet…
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27 days ago
Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires – Jerry Z Muller | Aeon Ideas
From Jacques Tati’s Playtime (1967). Image courtesy Les Films de Mon Oncle – Specta Films CEPEC More and more companies, government agencies, educational…
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27 days ago
Church of The Donald
Never mind Fox. Trump’s most reliable media mouthpiece is now Christian TV. By RUTH GRAHAM May/June 2018 | Illustration by Chris Gash HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. —…
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28 days ago
How Janelle Monáe Found Her Voice
O n a hot December afternoon, the sky hazy from wildfires that raged just beyond the Los Angeles city limits, a handful of people gathered outside a nondescript…
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29 days ago
Improbable Cause: The Harrison Family Murders
Improbable Cause Improbable Cause One death, then another, and another — all in the same house. The first two written off as a tragic coincidence, until the…
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4 weeks ago
Dropping Dimes | BULL
T here was barely anyone on the highway. Tony felt it was a mixed blessing: he wanted to need to pay attention, to not think about things other than working…
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"They Haven’t Sent an Amber Alert”: The Devastating Story Behind a Navajo Girl’s Murder
The first day I was in Shiprock, New Mexico, a horse made the front page of the local newspaper . The dark bay with a white stripe down its nose had fallen in a…
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4 weeks ago
Space Communications Are Stuck In The Dial-Up Age. Which Means It’s Time For More Lasers.
In space, no one can hear you scream — because sound doesn’t travel in a vacuum, but also because you would need some sort of radio relay to carry the message,…
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4 weeks ago
Billion-Dollar Blessings — ProPublica
This story was co-published with The New York Times Magazine. It was the start of the 2017 Fall Family Weekend at Liberty University, the school founded by…
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4 weeks ago
The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Videogame Empire—And Went Too Far
I. The Bumper The trip to Delaware was only supposed to last a day. David Pokora, a bespectacled University of Toronto senior with scraggly blond hair down to…
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4 weeks ago
PUBG Savage Map Code Giveaway—Get Access to PUBG's Second Beta Test Now
The PUBG Savage Map Test is back! And we've got more keys! PUBG is holding another beta test for its smaller map, and you can join in by using the widget below.…
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4 weeks ago
Want to feel unique? Believe in the reptile people – Roland Imhoff | Aeon Ideas
Sid Mosdell/Flickr The internet is full of wild-eyed insinuation. Seemingly accidental events are not actually accidental. A few powerful people have hatched…
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5 weeks ago
The Plunging Morale of America’s Service Members
S outh of Fallujah’s Route Fran were hundreds of insurgents who’d spent months digging trench lines, emplacing roadside bombs, barricading streets, training…
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The Body That’s Afraid of What It Would Do with a Gun
I’ m wondering, while sitting on a sturdy porch across the road from William Faulkner’s house in northern Mississippi, if President Trump and the Mississippi…
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5 weeks ago
Drinking may have given me cancer. The alcohol industry has worked hard to bury the link.
Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. I thought I’d done everything right: breastfeeding my children, a careful diet, plenty of…
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5 weeks ago
Dog rescuers, flush with donations, buy animals from the breeders they scorn
An effort that animal rescuers began more than a decade ago to buy dogs for $5 or $10 apiece from commercial breeders has become a nationwide shadow market that…
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Black Mirrors
Like a lot of black girls coming of age in the final years of the 20th century, I had an adolescent fascination with Prince. As an adult I recognize that this…
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Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I’m Giving Up on Preventative Care
In the last few years I have given up on the many medical measures—cancer screenings, annual exams, Pap smears, for example—expected of a responsible person…
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Paul Ryan’s Retirement Makes His District — And The Whole House — More Competitive
The rumors were true: House Speaker Paul Ryan is retiring from Congress . One of the most powerful political jobs in the United States will change hands next…
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Paul Ryan Gave Up One Of The Most Powerful Jobs In Politics. It Totally Makes Sense.
The news on Wednesday that House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for another term wasn’t shocking — it has been rumored for months . It’s also, weirdly, not…
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Peak season fares for Pierce County Ferry start May 1
Peak season fares start May 1 for Pierce County Ferry passengers. The base fare for vehicles up to 22 feet in length will increase from $18.35 to $23.85. Fares…
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5 weeks ago
The Post-Campaign Campaign of Donald Trump
I t was in the last half-hour of Donald Trump’s speech in Moon Township, Pa., that a sense of what exactly it was that I was watching — what I and everyone else…
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5 weeks ago
Why symmetry gets really interesting when it is broken – Anthony Phillips | Aeon Ideas
Detail from Composition VII (The Three Graces) (1917), by Theo van Doesburg. Photo courtesy Wikipedia A hypothetical alien visitor, sent to observe all of human…
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5 weeks ago
Why philosophy is taking its time to answer the big questions – J L Schellenberg | Aeon Essays
Philosophers periodically fret about the apparent lack of progress in their discipline. The fact that science – always the comparator in these discussions – has…
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Like a Dog
I didn’t want a dog. My ex-boyfriend and I did occasionally dog-sit for Chloe, a cuddly, chubby, and apneic pug who belonged to our friend e.b., and for Max, a…
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5 weeks ago
The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma
Illustration by Ben Wiseman; photograph courtesy the author Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.…
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The dizzying story of Symphony of the Seas, the largest and most ambitious cruise ship ever built
S ymphony of the Seas – which, on its maiden voyage from Barcelona in March 2018 became the largest passenger ship ever built – is about five times the size of…
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Dead Man Rising: The Making of the Undertaker
Mark Calaway spent the summer of 1990 losing wrestling matches. He suffered defeat all across the country during World Championship Wrestling’s Great American…
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6 weeks ago
Black Ice, Near-Death, and Transcendence on I-91
On a highway, black ice is made lethal by the addition of speed and surprise. Illustration by Erik T. Johnson Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature…
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“The Clock Is Ticking”: Inside the Worst U.S. Maritime Disaster in Decades
The search lasted for seven days and covered more than 180,000 square miles of ocean. Illustration by Yuko Shimizu. I. “The Clock Is Ticking” In the darkness…
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Polar Amplifications
Six hundred miles from the North Pole, I climbed a mountain flanked by two glaciers in a tank top. The sun shone on my shoulders and arms. In 2014, the polar…
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The Paradox of Universal Basic Income
On December 15, 2017, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston, issued a damning report on his visit to the…
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7 weeks ago
Hurt People
There is an untold story of what happens away from the streets, the rallies, the skillshares, and the gatherings. When our attempt to hold onto the connection…
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7 weeks ago
The Body in Painlessness
Pain is a warning that something’s wrong is a line from an underappreciated Madonna song, and not the rallying cry of a socialist revolution, but perhaps it…
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Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?
Illustration by Daniel Zender Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone. Thomas Metzinger had his first…
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7 weeks ago
Race is not real: what you see is a power relationship made flesh – Gregory Smithsimon | Aeon Essays
We think we know what race is. When the United States Census Bureau says that the country will be majority non-white by 2044, that seems like a simple enough…
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8 weeks ago
A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal”
T he startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp. There’s never been anything quite like…
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8 weeks ago
The Gamblers Betting Against Donald Trump … and Getting Rich
The United States government stood at the brink of crisis. For more than three months, there had been no agreement in Congress over an appropriations bill to…
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8 weeks ago
The merits of taking an anti-anti-communism stance – Kristen R Ghodsee & Scott Sehon | Aeon Essays
‘[T]he people who struggle against what we call totalitarian regimes cannot function with queries and doubts. They, too, need certainties and simple truths to…
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8 weeks ago
The case against Facebook - Vox
Facebook is enmeshed in another controversy, this time over accusations that the firm Cambridge Analytica abused Facebook data to help Donald Trump win the 2016…
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8 weeks ago
Enlisting an audience: How Hollywood peddles propaganda
This January, an American war movie starring the Australian dreamboat Chris Hemsworth opened in theaters nationwide. 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story Of…
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8 weeks ago
What Hope Hicks Learned in Washington
On the morning of Wednesday, February 28, Hope Hicks arrived at the White House just after 8 a.m. Within a week, it would be snowing in Washington, D.C., but…
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9 weeks ago
The Soft Truth
an ‘algowave’ short fiction For the past few weeks, I’m pretty sure I’ve been seeing another me. Wednesday afternoon I left my apartment to walk to the train…
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9 weeks ago
Yellow Fever
Grace M. Cho is an associate professor of sociology, anthropology, and women’s studies at the City University of New York, College of Staten Island, and author…
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9 weeks ago
Amid a sea of voices, Vox’s Carlos Maza breaks through
Photo by Justin Ray Carlos Manuel Maza’s mother, Vivian, remembers when her son broke the news. They were singing Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” in her white BMW,…
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9 weeks ago
How useful is ‘impostor syndrome’ in academia? – Amy Olberding | Aeon Essays
When I was in graduate school, a professor came upon me listening to music on my headphones. The piece had stunned me and it must have shown in my face, for he…
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9 weeks ago
Utopia is a dangerous ideal: we should aim for ‘protopia’ – Michael Shermer | Aeon Ideas
Photo Wikipedia Utopias are idealised visions of a perfect society. Utopianisms are those ideas put into practice. This is where the trouble begins. Thomas More…
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9 weeks ago
Why greeting-card clichés are utterly empty yet full of meaning – Daniel Fraser | Aeon Ideas
Photo by frankieleon/flickr Cliché is the nemesis of creativity. This statement pervades contemporary attitudes to language, both in the field of literature and…
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9 weeks ago
Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now – Gloria Origgi | Aeon Ideas
Not faking it. From the Apollo 15 mission. Photo NASA There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced…
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9 weeks ago
Project Horseshoe 2017 report section 3
Project Horseshoe 2017 report section 3 home The Twelfth Annual Game Design Think Tank Project Horseshoe 2017 Group Report: Coziness in Games: An Exploration of…
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The Last Temptation
One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent political history—is the loyal…
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10 weeks ago
Let's Go to Jerusalem for Soup Again
World Food Let's Go to Jerusalem for Soup Again An essay on how we misremember our youth. Saveur Jul 2017 Permalink
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10 weeks ago
Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous
On the days when Bitcoin crashes, a holiday atmosphere takes over in my corners of the internet. People tweet screengrabs of Reddit fights. It’s always good fun…
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10 weeks ago
The Women Who Busted the Dating-Site Con Man
By the spring of 2016, Missi Brandt had emerged from a rough few years with a new sense of solidity. At 45, she was three years sober and on the leeward side of…
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10 weeks ago
Secret NYPD Files: Officers Can Lie To Juries Or Brutally Beat Civilians And Still Keep Their Jobs
Secret files obtained by BuzzFeed News reveal that from 2011 to 2015 at least 319 New York Police Department employees who committed offenses serious enough to…
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10 weeks ago
What Should I Teach My Sons?
How to Raise a Boy is a weeklong series centered around this urgent question in the era of Parkland, President Trump, and #MeToo. Sometime around 1987 , my…
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10 weeks ago
A ‘Bright Light,’ Dimmed in the Shadows of Homelessness
They met on a rainy morning several years ago, at the base of the Helmsley Building in Midtown Manhattan. As others hurried to work, Pamela J. Dearden, an…
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11 weeks ago
In a post-mall era, why are starchitects building more retail?
Rendering of City Center Bishop Ranch by Renzo Piano. Sunset Development Company This fall, a 300,000-square-foot shopping mall will open in suburban northern…
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11 weeks ago
Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration
Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas and Louisiana last August, causing $125 billion in damage, dumped more water out of the sky than any storm in U.S. history. By…
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