The Story of Threatin, a Most Puzzling Hoax Even for 2018

Image CreditShutterstock In April, Jered Threatin began to hold auditions for a backing band. He chose three musicians and told them they would embark on an all-expenses paid European tour with his band, Threatin. The first stop was The Underworld in London. Someone representing Threatin had paid £780 (roughly $1,010) to book it for the…

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Los Angeles Times Names Two Restaurant Critics to Replace Jonathan Gold

The Los Angeles Times has hired two restaurant critics to replace Jonathan Gold, the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic who died of pancreatic cancer in July, at 57. The job will be split between Bill Addison, 46, who has been the national restaurant critic for the website Eater since 2014, and Patricia Escárcega, 38, a food reporter…

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She Couldn’t Quit Smoking. Then She Tried Juul.

Try as she might, Brittany Kligman couldn’t free herself of a pack-a-day cigarette habit, eight years in duration. And she ached to. She was mortified the time that a taxi driver sniffed as she entered his cab and remarked, “You’re a smoker, huh?” (And she had just showered!) She was getting more sinus infections. Because…

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The Price of Cool: A Teenager, a Juul and Nicotine Addiction

READING, Mass. — He was supposed to inhale on something that looked like a flash drive and threw off just a wisp of a cloud? What was the point? A skeptical Matt Murphy saw his first Juul at a high school party in the summer of 2016, in a suburban basement crowded with kids shouting…

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At War: Debunking Stereotypes Around Veterans and PTSD

At War is a newsletter about the experiences and costs of war with stories from Times reporters and outside voices. Last Friday, while speaking to reporters about the Thousand Oaks shooter, President Trump insinuated that the gunman’s actions may have been a result of military-related mental-health issues. “He saw some pretty bad things,” Trump said.…

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Noted: A Juul Case for $5,000?

Michael Saiger doesn’t smoke e-cigarettes, but many of his friends like Juul, so he began to tinker with designs to make it feel more elegant. “Back in the day, people used to have a beautiful Cartier lighter, or a really cool monogrammed lighter,” said Mr. Saiger, the founder and creative director of Miansai, a jewelry…

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Uptick: Alkaline Water Makes a Big Splash

The Hype: Tom Brady drinks it. Beyoncé is reportedly hooked. Cycling studios on both coast can’t keep enough of it on the shelves. In our never-ending quest for the ultimate form of hydration, alkaline water has emerged as the eau du jour, touted as “energizing,” “detoxifying” and a cure-all for ailments that seem to afflict…

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Medical News Today: Why a low-carb diet can help you lose weight and keep it off

«The largest and longest feeding study to test the ‘carbohydrate-insulin model’» concludes that a lower carb intake burns more calories, which may help people maintain weight loss over a longer period of time. Eating a high-quality, low-carb diet may help us stave off weight gain for longer. Cara Ebbeling, Ph.D., together with Dr. David Ludwig…

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Gender letter: KaPow! The Super-Sheroes That Stan Lee Created

Image CreditFranziska Barczyk “I am so honored to have played a part in your universe, and will forever look back on the opportunity with love.” — Halle Berry, in a tribute to Stan Lee on Instagram. She played Storm in the “X-Men” films. I spent most of childhood buried in comic books. Despite the stereotype…

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