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A Former White Supremacist Explains How to Combat White Supremacy: Christian Picciolini has dedicated his life to deradicalizing extremists and educating federal agents on best practices. But under Trump, the government no longer seems to care.


Pacific Standard

‘The Ocean Is Boiling’: The Complete Oral History of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill:
On January 28th, 1969, crude oil and gas erupted from a platform off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Alarm over the disaster reverberated around the world, energizing the nascent environmental movement and leading to a slew of legislative changes.

The Voices Behind the Protests in Laguna Beach: At Sunday’s anti-immigration rally, counter-protestors greatly outnumbered the America First! protestors. Here’s what both sides had to say.

Expelling Demons in Nevada: To much of the outside world, gambling is a vice not worthy of mercy: It is a symptom of recklessness, of compulsiveness, of greed. But compulsive gambling is also an addiction—one that affects some three to four million people in the United States alone.

The American Diner at Age 143: The definitions and décor may change, but the diner remains our home, even when we’ve forgotten where home is.


The New Yorker

The Bible of Texas Football: Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has long been the state’s foremost guide to college and high-school football.


WIRED

Whoops: The Self-Driving Tesla May Make Us Love Urban Sprawl Again:
Self-driving cars might one day lead to a decrease in personal car ownership, and an increase in walking-oriented lifestyles. But first, we’ve got to live through the phase of semi-autonomous driving.

Happy Birthday, Through Being Cool: The story behind the seminal emo album.

Regular Guy From Boston Decides to Map the City’s Entire History: The average guy isn’t going to sit around and read a book about the history of Boston. But, he’s in a bar, he’s got a beer in his hand, and he sees a map of Boston on the wall, he might walk over and start checking it out.


Outside

The Greatest Threat to Our National Parks Might Be Noise Pollution: Everything from airplanes to your cell phone leaves audible marks on plants and wildlife–so sound specialists in parks around the country are working on setting a baseline for how noisy we’re allowed to be.


The Washington Post

‘Evacuation Fatigue’ Caused Some to Ignore Peril of Mudslides: Authorities imposed a “mandatory evacuation zone” around large portions of Montecito on Thursday night, warning residents that they should prepare to be away from their homes for as long as two weeks.

Like a WWI Battlefield’: 15 Dead as Mudslides Wipe Away Homes in Fire-Ravaged Southern California: Mudslides, floods and cascading debris swept away buildings, inundated roads and killed 15 people in Southern California as thousands of residents of an area recently devastated by wildfires were forced to flee their homes from the potent forces unleashed by yet another disaster.

Deadly California Wildfire Threatens Montecito as More Evacuations Are Ordered for Santa Barbara County: The deadly wildfire that has ravaged Southern California for nearly two weeks gained fury overnight and now threatens swaths of coastal Santa Barbara County, authorities said Saturday.

As Wildfires Continue in California, Air Quality a Significant Concern: With fire crews continuing their battle against the fourth-largest wildfire in modern California history, smoke inhalation has become a major concern for residents in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.