james foley
He went to my alma mater and represented what a true journalist really is: fearless and bold.
attempted murder
What kind of world do we live in that this is the type of thing two 12-year-old girls would do to a friend?
tragedy
Cat Vincent explores the origins of Slenderman in light of the tragic attempted murder of a classmate by two 12-year-olds in Wisconsin. He wrote this history three years ago.
mass murder
deaths
My sister was crying. She wanted him to take us to the pool. Like mommy did. He couldn’t explain to his daughters that he didn’t know how to swim.
six flags
Growing up in Texas, I rode the roller coaster Rosy Esparza died on, and I know -- it could have happened to anyone.
politics
While I'm sure your political commentary is indeed incisive and cutting and generally luminous, maybe hold that brilliant analysis back for a day or two. One thing at a time.
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May 22, 2013 at 12:00pm | 165 comments

boston marathon
There are lots of pictures that are too graphic to publish. Even on the Internet. I have to look at them anyway.
reporting
Lesson 1: Try not to exclusively make an exclusive ass of yourself exclusively, as you were first to report.
boston
When tragedy strikes, we need to tend to ourselves as best we can.
ihtm
On Halloween night 1991, my 17-year-old sister Misty was shot and killed by a neighbor at a Halloween party in an apartment house in Clarksville, TN.
boyfriends
I can't stop thinking about the three men who died taking bullets for their girlfriends. Words and phrases used to describe the men by their lovers and families include "gentlemen," "the kind of guy you want your daughter to be with," and multiple variations on the word "hero."
mass shooting
A terrible, wrong thing happened in Denver this morning. And in response, people are perpetrating more violence and more harm with their rhetoric about crazed killers.
sara benincasa
When I heard about the tragic subway death of a young man at the Bedford L stop this weekend, I wondered immediately if surveillance footage of the grisly tragedy had hit YouTube.
dan wheldon
Sometimes it's hard to be sad when people make dangerous life choices.