Only a few kids in the fourth-period girls’ PE class noticed the new student. She had long black hair and mahogany eyes, and when she walked into the gym, she sat by herself in the bleachers, staring curiously at the other girls in their shorts and T-shirts doing jumping jacks and push-ups. She seemed a little lost, unsure what she was supposed to be doing. It was September 11, 2017, and after two weeks of cancellations caused by Hurricane Harvey, classes had resumed at Santa Fe High School, some 35 miles south of Houston. Just before fourth period came to an end, one of the students approached the girl in the stands. She had straw-blond hair and turquoise eyes, and she wore a blue T-shirt with a Bible verse, Matthew 4:19, printed on the front in white: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” The girl with the blond hair smiled. “I’m Jaelyn,” she said. The girl with the black hair smiled back. “I’m Sabika.” … [Read more...] about Faith, Friendship, and Tragedy at Santa Fe High
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The Secret History of Women in Coding Sections Skip to content Skip to site index Feature Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong? Mary Allen Wilkes with a LINC at M.I.T., where she was a programmer. Credit Credit Joseph C. Towler, Jr. Supported by ByClive Thompson Feb. 13, 2019 As a teenager in Maryland in the 1950s, Mary Allen Wilkes had no plans to become a software pioneer — she dreamed of being a litigator. One day in junior high in 1950, though, her geography teacher surprised her with a comment: “Mary Allen, when you grow up, you should be a computer programmer!” Wilkes had no idea what a programmer was; she wasn’t even sure what a computer was. Relatively few Americans were. The first digital computers had been built barely a decade earlier at universities and in government labs. By the time she was graduating from Wellesley College in … [Read more...] about The Secret History of Women in Coding
Elizabeth Bruenig, The Washington Post Published 9:17 am PDT, Monday, September 24, 2018 Amber Wyatt got married in March and is completing an undergraduate psychology program at Texas State University. Amber Wyatt got married in March and is completing an undergraduate psychology program at Texas State University. Photo: Photo For The Washington Post By Amanda Voisard Amber Wyatt is back in school and married to Stephen Wilson, whom she encountered during her recovery. The couple is seen with their dog, Stitch, in San Marcos, Texas. Amber Wyatt is back in school and married to Stephen Wilson, whom she encountered during her recovery. The couple is seen with their dog, Stitch, in San Marcos, Texas. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Amanda Voisard A ladder leads to the loft of the shed where Amber Wyatt reported she was raped, in a 2006 evidence … [Read more...] about Teen reported 2006 rape. Then nothing happened. In #MeToo era, what do we owe her?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In At War The Pentagon’s failed campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan left a generation of soldiers with little to fight for but one another. Pfc. Paul Landenberger, a soldier in Viper Company, on patrol in the Korengal Valley in April 2009. Credit Tyler Hicks/The New York Times Supported by ByC. J. Chivers Aug. 8, 2018 Second Platoon did not hide its dark mood as its soldiers waded across the Korengal River in the bright light of afternoon. It was early in April 2009 and early in the Pentagon’s resumption in earnest of the Afghan war. The platoon’s mission was to ascend a mountain slope and try to ambush the Taliban at night. They were about 30 men in all, riflemen and machine-gunners reinforced with scouts, a mix of original platoon members and replacements who filled gaps left by the wounded and the dead. Many of them considered their plan foolish, … [Read more...] about War Without End
By NATHANIEL RICH AUG. 1, 2018 We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. Losing Earth Prologue Part One Part Two Epilogue Thirty years ago, we had a chance to save the planet. The science of climate change was settled. Almost nothing stood in our way — except ourselves. We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts. By Nathaniel Rich AUG. 1, 2018 Editor’s Note This narrative by Nathaniel Rich is a work of history, addressing the 10-year period from 1979 to 1989: the decisive decade when humankind first came to a broad understanding of the causes and dangers of climate change. Complementing the text is a series of aerial photographs and videos, all shot over the past year by George Steinmetz. With support from the Pulitzer Center, this two-part article is … [Read more...] about Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change