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Wednesday Headlines: We’re not gonna talk about Yanny.

Yesterday, North Korea seemed to take an abrupt about-face, canceling a meeting with South Korea and threatening to call off the Trump-Kim summit—possibly over US-South Korea military drills or diplomatic disrespect around its nuclear program.

The Senate votes today to repeal the net neutrality changes that assign more power to ISPs. Even if the measure passes—and it probably will—it's expected to die once it reaches the House.

Fine: The internet is going dress-crazy over an audio clip that sounds like either "Yanny" or "Laurel." Auditory scientists say it may be due to the clip being manipulated, or to cognitive expectations that it should be one or the other word. Our entirely non-scientific claim is more along the lines of The Manchurian Candidate.

A reading of 3,517 Facebook ads bought by Russians found that most were intended to sow racial division.

Nurses at San Francisco's Zuckerberg General Hospital, worried over patients' privacy, tape over Zuckerberg's name.

If some beliefs are false or repugnant, some beliefs are also dangerous—and you don't have a right to believe them.

The myth of "white genocide" in South Africa has become the alt-right’s flavor of the month.

“Some people use leaking to settle personal scores, or even worse to attack the president, but for me it was always to make a point about something that I felt was being unjustly ignored by others.” Leakers from this very leaky White House explain to a reporter why they leak “like it’s going out of style.”

The deepest known piece of trash—a plastic bag—was found at a depth of 36,000 feet inside the Mariana Trench.

Since 2006, more than two dozen people have been killed after leaving keyless-ignition cars running in garages.

Female executives lead a revolt at Nike, causing a purge of the company's male-dominated inner circle.

Rising sexlessness isn't about Chads and Stacies; it's about the modern knowledge economy and housing costs.

The father of New Journalism, "radical chic," and "the Me Decade," "neo-pretentious" Tom Wolfe dies at 87.

He is intensely organized, with a plan for each hour: if you just do one small thing after another, he told me, you can create something immaculate and immense. Emily Nussbaum doubles down (fairly fawning?) in a long profile of the baroque in Ryan Murphy.

New tech-y fashion companies like Everlane and Allbirds want the world to look like "a herd of normcore zebras."

By 1842, "treadmills" were being used for punishment in more than half of the jails across England and Scotland.

There is an argument that this my fault. I followed the wrong people; I am too nostalgic about bad blogs; I am in my 30s and what I used to think was fun time-killing is now deadly. But I don’t think so. When the internet stops seeming fun.

Reading philosophy is like watching pro skateboarding: You look for clues on how you can skate better yourself.

Without good data, there’s no complete picture of the industry. News stories say digital fatigue is sounding the death knell of ebooks, as readers across the country devour $700 million of untracked digital files. Only Amazon knows if self-publishing is dying or thriving—which means no one knows the status of the book industry.

Portraits of a regional community church in Milwaukee by photographer David Kasnic.

Fashion makes hypocrites of us all at one point or another. We take money from companies whose politics we don’t always agree with, or we have problematic faves. But what is the point of this rehabilitation at this time? Reading the tea leaves in Anna Wintour’s attempt to rehabilitate Georgina Chapman in Vogue.

To obtain and hoard the world's greatest beer, a collector used a private driver and five different license plates.

Photographs from a visit to Cincinnati’s American Sign Museum.