Friday, September 4, 2015         

New York Times


The unemployment rate is low by any historical standard at 5.3 percent. Businesses are complaining of worker shortages in industries including health care, construction and trucking.

With thousands of migrants pouring out of Afghanistan and the Middle East, the business of smuggling them across the Balkans into the European Union has grown even larger than the illicit trade in drugs and weapons, law enforcement officials said.

Before she ignited a firestorm over gay marriage, Kim Davis was known, for decades, as a woman behind the counter of a small county clerk's office: a mild-mannered conduit for auto tag renewals, lien releases, land records and marriage certificates.

It was intended to provide relief from the extreme summer heat in Poland. But instead, a suspended hose that sprays visitors to Auschwitz with a fine mist is reminding some of the concentration camp's grim history.

A little more than a week after crowds at the Denver Botanic Gardens welcomed the smelly bloom of its resident titan arum, known as the corpse flower, another of the flowers failed to give visitors at the Chicago Botanic Garden a similar, smelly show.


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