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Arts, Culture & Media

Is there a way to ‘re-brand’ the American South for the 21st Century?

After the murders of nine African Americans by a white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina, national politicians across the political spectrum called for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public buildings. The South Carolina state legislature ultimately decided to take their flag down permanently, and other states followed suit. Even big retailers stopped selling Confederate-flag-themed merchandise. But, what comes next? Should something replace it?

Science, Tech & Environment

The US Navy agrees to limit the use of sonar and explosives in key whale habitat

The history of whales and humans has not been a happy one, at least for whales — hunted nearly to extinction, maimed and killed by huge cargo ships, tangled in fishing nets and, in recent years, deafened by incessant and increasing ocean noise. But the US Navy is now stepping up and setting an example of how to do things better.

Global Scan

This is how many times British cops fired guns all of last year: 3


As the debate over gun control — and, now, the use of force by police — rages in the US and elsewhere, Britain offers a stark contrast. Police there rarely carry guns, fire them or kill anyone. Meanwhile, Beijing is getting machines that inspire people to both recycle and ride public transit. And Ebola is killing Liberians who don't even have the disease, in today's Global Scan.