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55 Years Behind Bars

When Sheldry Topp was a child, his father whipped him regularly with an extension cord. At the age of 13, Topp was involuntarily committed to a state hospital and received electroshock therapy for an undefined mental illness. Four years later, in 1962, he ran away from the institution, broke into the home of an attorney in Oakland County, Michigan, and stabbed the man, who then died. Topp fled and was caught by the FBI. At the age of 17, he was s

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A New Theory on Why We Haven‘t Found Aliens Yet

After decades of searching, we still haven‘t discovered a single sign of extraterrestrial intelligence. Probability tells us life should be out there, so why haven‘t we found it yet?

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Taste of the Silk Road

Each week, Roads Kingdoms andSlate publish a new dispatch from around the globe. For more foreign correspondence mixed with food, war, travel, and photography, visit itsonline magazine or follow@roadskingdoms on Twitter.

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The Dots Are Never Going to Connect

Joshua Yaffa, a New Yorker correspondent reporting from Moscow and a New America fellow, has been writing for months about Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and the Russia scandal, which seems to get more interesting by the day. Recently, he wrote about the frustration many Russia journalists feel over the American media‘s coverage of the Russia story, which they think has overstated Putin‘s direct influence on various aspects of Russian

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Think Again Before Letting Your Kid on a Trampoline

Last week, a Florida mom shared a heartbreaking photo on Facebook of her 3-year-old lying in anguish in a waist-to-ankle cast after breaking his leg at a trampoline park. Alongside the picture, which has been shared more than 275,000 times, the mom posted a warning to other parents: ‘Toddlers should be no where near trampolines.‘

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Wrong Way, Corrigan!

On this day in 1938, shortly after taking off from a New York City airfield, the aviator Douglas Corrigan made what he claimed was a simple wrong turn, turning away from his authorized destination of California and toward Europe, thus beginning a 28-hour trans-Atlantic flight to Ireland. You may use the comment thread on this page to celebrate the playful legacy of the pilot who became known as Wrong Way Corrigan or to pursue a freewheeling, off-

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How Does the Detroit Mayor‘s Chief of Staff Work?

On this season of Working, we left the East Coast behind and flew to Detroit. We‘re speaking with eight people who are drawing on the city‘s complex history as they work to create its future.

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