The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rug

Twin sisters Sahkanush and Haykanush Stepanyan learned rugmaking while still teenagers at a craft center in Gyumri, Armenia’s second-largest city. Today at 23, they work for Tufenkian, a company that specializes in carpets made of hand-carded, -spun, -dyed, and -knotted wool. Under a hot July sun on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., they are […]

Illinois Wants to Launch a Huge Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign—In Jails

The voting rights of felons have been top of mind among criminal justice reformers for years. But that conversation has overlooked a group that, although technically eligible to vote, is often unable to cast a ballot: people who are awaiting trial in jail.  An Illinois bill that passed last month aims to change that. The bill, which the governor is expected to sign […]

Building the Flight 93 Memorial's Massive Chime Tower

Building the Flight 93 Memorial's Massive Chime Tower

On September 11 nearly 17 years ago, United Airlines Flight 93 crashed in rural Pennsylvania after passengers stormed the cockpit to prevent terrorists from reaching their target, presumed to be the United States Capitol. Today, the field in Somerset County where the 40 passengers and crew members died is the site of the Flight 93 […]

At a School Safety Conference, Sessions Spent a Lot of Time Defending Trump’s Immigration Policies

At a School Safety Conference, Sessions Spent a Lot of Time Defending Trump’s Immigration Policies

On Monday, US attorney general Jeff Sessions doubled down on the Trump Administration’s immigration policies during a speech to 1,000 school cops at the annual National Association of School Resource Officers conference in Reno, Nevada. After he praised school resource officers involved in recent shootings and lauded his department’s response to shootings, Sessions pivoted to focus […]

“The Children Are an Afterthought”: ICE’s Workplace Raids Are Tearing Immigrant Families Apart

President Donald Trump’s “zero-tolerance” border policy isn’t the only way immigrant families have been torn apart by his administration—Immigration and Customs Enforcement is conducting massive raids on workplaces that employ undocumented workers in factories and stores from Ohio to Tennessee, leaving hundreds of children without their parents. Advocates say they know of more than 250 children who lost at […]

Cop Who Killed This Unarmed Teen Wasn’t Following Department Policy—Because There Wasn’t One

Cop Who Killed This Unarmed Teen Wasn’t Following Department Policy—Because There Wasn’t One

The Pennsylvania police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Antwon Rose, in a Pittsburgh suburb last week has been charged with criminal homicide, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala said at a press conference on Wednesday, an umbrella charge that allows prosecutors to ask a jury to consider charges ranging from manslaughter to first-degree […]

5 People Killed in Maryland Newspaper Shooting

Update, 8:20 pm ET: In a scheduled press conference Thursday evening, Acting Anne Arundel County Police Chief William Krampf confirmed that the shooting was a “targeted attack” on the Capital Gazette. The shooter was a white man in his 30s, who also used canisters of smoke grenades—not explosive devices, as previously reported—when he entered the building. […]

Abortion Rights Are in Serious Peril, But Women Just Won a Small Victory in Iowa

In a 5-2 decision Friday, Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled that a 2017 law requiring women to wait 72 hours before getting an abortion was unconstitutional—siding with the appellant, Planned Parenthood. The organization sued the state over the law last year, temporarily preventing it from taking effect.  The court’s decision is a big win for reproductive rights activists, during […]

Let Us Tell You S'more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat

Let Us Tell You S'more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat

This summer, 45 million pounds of marshmallows will be toasted over a fire in America. Many will be used as an ingredient in the quintessential summer snack: the s’more. Huddling around a campfire and eating gooey marshmallows and warm chocolate sandwiched between two graham crackers may feel like primeval traditions. But every part of the […]