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Brittle and Awkward

There's a fascinating little piece in the Times today looking at Ted Cruz's life as college debate wunderkind as a foreshadowing of his presidential campaign and later public persona. Is past prologue? Believe it or not, yes!

Jason Horowitz finds a young ideologue who was extremely bright when it comes to logical reasoning and brain puzzles but awkwardly short on what psychologists now call emotional intelligence - with the latter often undermining the former in his quest for ultimate debate glory.

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Doomed Migrant Ship Rammed Rescuer

Horrific. From AP ...

A ship with experience plucking migrants from unseaworthy smuggler's boats had arrived soon after the distress call went out. But then the fishing trawler's navigator made a maneuver that would seal the fate of the 850 people crammed inside: Instead of easing up alongside the merchant ship, he rammed it.

Relief gave way to panic. Terrified migrants rushed to one side, the trawler seized and capsized. What might have been another rescue in a period of unprecedented migrant crossings instead turned into a horrifying statistic: The deadliest shipwreck ever in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Read Part 3 of our Series on Renewable Energy

We just published part three of our five part longform series on the rapid growth of renewable energy sources: Harvesting the Sun in Los Angeles.

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Hmmm. What's Up With This?

Yesterday we heard this odd story out of the small Missouri town of Parma, under a thousand residents. Just after the swearing in of the town's first black female mayor, most of the town's police force and several city employees resigned. The police cited 'safety concerns' for their group resignation. Now one of those cops say he feared he wouldn't be able to do his job. "Rather than put my life in danger more than I do now on a daily basis, I decided to walk away," he told the Post-Dispatch.