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Baltimore vs. Marilyn Mosley New York Times Magazine

AOC readers aren't expected to know the Baltimore Mosbys -- Nick and Marilyn, young, political and intensely engaged in making Baltimore a great place to live. Nick represents the City Council district that was home to Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old member of the community arrested in April 2015 and dead within days after a tumultuous ride in the police paddy wagon. In the days after his death, anger consumed Baltimore. Marilyn is the Maryland state attorney who, in the midst of that unrest -- totally prematurely and unprofessionally say many --the prosecutor mounted the steps of the War Memorial downtown, to announce that she was filing criminal charges against six police officers over Gray’s death.

“I have heard your calls for ‘no justice, no peace!’ ” Marilyn Mosby announced to the cameras. In that moment, Mosby became a proxy voice for the outrage and demands from citizens of every skin color outraged by the killings of black men like Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner on Staten Island. In the days after her announcement, Mosby was called onstage at a Prince benefit concert and photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vogue.

Marilyn Mosby gambled that prosecuting six officers in the death of Freddie Gray would help heal Baltimore. Wil S. Hylton writes that in the series of 'not guilty' judicial verdicts, Mosby lost much more than the cases she mounted against Baltimore's police department. 

Britain's Turner Prize Finalists

Why this year's Turner Prize is one of the best in ages The Telegraph

Three of the four artists who are contenders for this year's Tate's Turner prize are women. Is this a first? 

Anthea Hamilton, 37, has provided the exhibition’s most-publicized work, a 20ft-high pair of male buttocks in molded polystyrene, grasped by a pair of male hands.  

Artist Josephine Pryde, 49, (age is relevant because the Turner prize artists must be no older than 50) put a stop to her choo-choo train and they can no longer hop a ride as they did in San Francisco, Berlin and Bristol. 

Newcastle-born artist Michael Dean, 38, has deposited millions of penny pieces in his room at the Tate Martin. The penny pileup is one penny below the poverty line that a family of four lives on in the UK. The fourth artist Helen Marten, age 30, creates a modern-life landscape of assorted shapes suitable for a 21st century archaeologists. 

Related: Runners but no riders line up for the Turner prize show The Guardian

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Women negotiate for raises as much as men do. They just don't get them VOX

Internal 'clock' makes some people age faster and die younger -- regardless of lifestyle The Guardian

Vogue editors accused of hypocrisy after declaring war on fashion bloggers The Guardian

25 Famous Women on Being Alone New York Magazine

Will the Left Survive the Millennials? The New York Times


France Is the First Country to Ban Plastic Cups, Plates, and Cutlery Global Citizen

Starting in 2020, most plastic cups, plates and cutlery will be totally banned in France.

The new policy outlaws disposable utensils in an attempt to build a more sustainable economy. The only exception will be for disposable items made from minimum 50% biodegradable materials, rising to 60% by 2025. This decision follows a total ban on plastic bags last year. 

Plastic thrown in our oceans, causing enormous problems for fish who swallow it or become entangled in it, is such a problem that there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050. 

Once-In-A-Lifetime Photo captures a Caiman Wearing a Crown of Butterflies in the Amazon Modern Met

Photographer Mark Cowan captured the photo of a lifetime in his research work in herpetology for the U of Michigan. Biologically, butterflies need salt to survive. Here, the water collected in the caiman's skin provides life-sustaining nutrients in a process called commensalism. Note also that the three species of butterflies also congregate together. 


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One of Mexico City's Hottest Dining Trends? Eating Insects

Intrepid Travel’s Real Food Adventure-Mexico local guide Ubish Yaren, says that the eating of insects dates back to pre-Hispanic times. “Why do you start eating insects or cactus or things with spines? Because of need,” says Yaren. “But now, insects are one of the most expensive ingredients in Mexican cuisine.” The commitment to insects ties in with the worldwide eat local trend and the artisan emphasis on heritage items.  Mexico City’s dining scene elevates the trend of celebrating simple ingredients beyond vegetables to insects.

Natural Wonders in a Renewed Congo WSJ Magazine

After years of civil war that ravaged Eastern Congo, Virugna National Park's team of restorers is bringing peace and a sense of security to the area -- along with hope for its gorilla population. 


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Miss Michigan, Pamela Anne Eldred, and Miss Ohio , Kathy Lynn Baumann, September 7, 1969

Miss Michigan, Pamela Anne Eldred, and Miss Ohio , Kathy Lynn Baumann, September 7, 1969

That Time Feminists Descended on the Miss America Pageant

Forty-eight years ago this week, a few hundred women arrived on the Atlantic City boardwalk and staged the infamous bra-burning protest. (Men were allowed to drive them to the event, but not to participate: “Male chauvinist-reactionaries on this issue had best stay away, nor are male liberals welcome in the demonstrations. But sympathetic men can donate money as well as cars and drivers,” the organizers instructed.)
As it turns out, no underwear was actually burned. A giant trash can was erected on the boardwalk into which were tossed mops, pots, copies of women’s magazines andPlayboy, false eyelashes, high heels, hair rollers, cosmetics, and, of course, girdles, and bras, and there were erroneous reports in the press that this ignominious heap, this hot mess, was set ablaze. But fire or no fire, this group of activists—some with nerves of steel managed to get inside the hall and unfurl a bedsheet from the balcony that read Women’s Liberation before getting thrown out—brought the issue of women’s rights to riveting attention across the country.