The tragic shooting this past weekend at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City has once again drawn widespread attention to hate groups and hate crimes in the United States. Below, is a round-up of the most recent data on the issue from the Southern Poverty Law Center, the FBI and other sources.

The depressing durability of hate crime

6themorningnews.org, washingtonpost.com, hate crimes, Kansas City, FBI, Southern Poverty Law Center, hate groups, headlines,

The present-day lust for ruins is nothing new. In fact, it’s nearly as old as any ruins themselves. From a flattened Louvre to Percy Bysshe Shelley, a journey to the dawn of ruin porn.

"Demolish Me" by Lewis Dartnell

6themorningnews.org, Lewis Dartnell, art, history, ruin porn, painting, illustration, poetry, travel, features,

If you live in Russia and you think Crimea now belongs to the motherland, this map tells you that you’re right. Maybe you think it’s telling you that the world agrees with you. Quite literally, it’s giving you a different version of reality than the one other people see on this same plot of land.

What Crimea teaches us about the perils of personalized maps

6themorningnews.org, washingtonpost.com, Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, Google Maps, geography, perspective, politics, headlines,

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

6themorningnews.org, psmag.com, Neanderthals, culture, tools, burials, history, hominids, headlines,

Ear cleaners, knife grinders, street side barbers—portraits of Indian tradesmen who maintain caste-prescribed professions.

Everything-Wallahs by Supranav Dash

6themorningnews.org, Supranav Dash, India, photography, street photography, black and white photography, wallahs, galleries, archives,

Ten thousand Euros for every baby. That’s the reward the Finnish town of Lestijärvi promised local parents in 2012 for every new child born. Now, two years on, it seems that the plan, due to last until 2016, has been working well. Too well in fact.

Turns Out Paying People Thousands of Dollars to Have a Baby Works Pretty Well

6themorningnews.org, theatlanticcities.com, Finland, Lestijärvi, Scandinavia, families, children, demographics, population, incentives, headlines,

Twice a year, a group of friends gathered in a coal-mining pocket of Pennsylvania—friends in their twenties with fragile identities, who didn’t know yet what would happen.

"Chrissy Smoked" by Seth Sawyers

6themorningnews.org, Seth Sawyers, Pennsylvania, friends, death, food, love, music, art, personal histories, essays, features,

Hillary Clinton’s memoir is coming out soon. Here’s why you shouldn’t bother reading it.

Why Are Politicians’ Books So Terrible?

6themorningnews.org, politico.com, Hillary Clinton, memoirs, politics, politicians, headlines,

On Thursday, the cast of the Broadway revival of “A Raisin in the Sun” was told that a “high-level official” would be coming to the show the next night. Who could it be? Kathleen Sebelius had just resigned—maybe she had more time for theatregoing? Word got out on Friday afternoon: the Obamas were coming to Broadway.

Watching the Obamas Watch “A Raisin in the Sun”

6themorningnews.org, newyorker.com, Obama, Broadway, A Raisin in the Sun, Lorraine Hansberry, theater, headlines,

A man follows his grandparents’ trek to Morocco—where the Alaouite Dynasty has ruled since 1666—to search for so-called “sacred music” amid a feedback loop of riots, arrests, and the promise of miracles.

"The Moroccan Deception" by John Davidson

6themorningnews, John Davidson, Morocco, Africa, Arab Spring, travel, family, personal essays, history, music, features, archives,

What we write online may be intercepted, filtered and publicized, but we’d like to think that the thoughts and images in our heads are totally private. For better or worse, science may change that. Over the last few years, researchers have made significant strides in decoding our thoughts based on brain activity.

Scan a brain, read a mind?

6themorningnews.org, cnn.com, brains, health, thought, technology, science, privacy, headlines,

Between 2006 and 2013, photographer Lucas Foglia traveled throughout rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. His new book Frontcountry, from Nazarelli Press, finds people living in a boom cycle as a result of mining, one that’s producing a new modern take on the Wild West.
Frontcountry by Lucas Foglia
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Between 2006 and 2013, photographer Lucas Foglia traveled throughout rural Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Wyoming. His new book Frontcountry, from Nazarelli Press, finds people living in a boom cycle as a result of mining, one that’s producing a new modern take on the Wild West.

Frontcountry by Lucas Foglia

6themorningnews.org, Lucas Foglia, photography, rural, America, West, galleries,

Scientists have known about childhood amnesia for more than a century. But it’s only in the past decade that they have begun to figure out when childhood memories start to fade, which early memories are most likely to survive, and how we create a complete autobiography without direct memories of our earliest years.

The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade

6themorningnews.org, npr.org, childhood, memory, childhood amnesia, psychology, science, headlines,

But wee baby Daeneryses were dramatically outnumbered by newborns named “Khaleesi” — the title Targaryen earned when she married Dothraki leader (or “Khal”) Drogo. 146 “Khaleesi”s were born in 2012, making it more popular as a full name than “Betsy” or “Nadine”

Before Game of Thrones, no one named babies “Khaleesi”

6themorningnews.org, vox.com, Game of Thrones, Khaleesi, baby names, trends, fantasy, headlines,

Darkness in photography is often undervalued. Whereas photographer Pim Leenen’s vision is built on erosion, reflections, and shades of gray.

Black Is Beautiful by Pim Leenen

6themorningnews.org, Pim Leenen, photography, darkness, negatives, lighting, found photography, galleries, archives,

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