Thursday, September 3, 2015

Link roundup

1. Red squirrels are eradicating native gray squirrels in Los Angeles.

2. Trump's campaign coordinator:

“I was supposed to start Georgetown Law School like last week,” Powers tells me. But shortly before her May graduation, she received a LinkedIn message from a man asking if she would help him enlist interns for a Republican political campaign.

Messages of this sort were nothing unusual to Powers, who was finishing a year-and-a-half stint as vice president of the NYU College Republicans. But unlike other campaign officials, the man behind this message refused to disclose his candidate’s name over email.
3. "The Wyoming Matter":
This is the story — kept secret at the time, still largely unreported today — of how the most infamous disease in history broke into New York City in the midst of World War II. This is the story of the ominously-named “Wyoming matter,” and how it took me months to track down evidence it ever happened.

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For 22 years, Dr. Olesen explained, the Quarantine Station staff regularly carried out these guinea pig plague injections and no bubonic plague turned up. They felt their work was “routine and futile.” Olesen’s description of how things went pear-shaped probably had quarantine station workers wishing for their usual tedium.
4. "Jacqueline Kennedy's Old Love Letters Will School You in the Art of Breaking Up"