Today's Five Best Columns
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Feb 8, 2013 1:53PM ET
Amid a crisis that's gripping the United Kingdom and frightening eaters everywhere, here's how to tell if you've accidentally tastes horse meat — and, relax, turns out it's not that bad, and that you probably haven't anyway.
Feb 8, 2013 12:46PM ET
Threatening as they actually may be, snowstorms aren't hurricanes — and just because The Weather Channel started naming them doesn't mean that's proper meteorology. Here's what AccuWeather and the National Weather Service have to say for themselves.
Feb 8, 2013 11:03AM ET
The Manhattan private school that got caught sending a list of rejected and pending applicants, has suddenly side-stepped the leak — and a lot of people seem to be accepting it, despite a potential "domino effect" of pay-for-acceptance in exclusive schools.
Feb 8, 2013 10:23AM ET
Heeding increasingly loud warnings, people throughout the Northeast took it upon themselves to get stocked up.
Feb 8, 2013 9:47AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Feb 8, 2013 9:08AM ET
The Daily Show host couldn't believe that the Internet elected its unofficial mascot to be the next Monopoly token.
Feb 8, 2013 8:42AM ET
Until the white-out begins — and as it continues to hammer the Northeast all weekend — here are the weather experts you should be reading and/or following on Twitter and beyond, plus what they can already teach you about this "Nemo" storm.
Feb 8, 2013 7:17AM ET
Police are still on the hunt for Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop accused of killing at least three people who published a manifesto promising to kill more. They've locked down the mountain resort town of Big Bear, California, but there's a new problem: He's allegedly been spotted some 200 miles away near San Diego this morning.
Feb 7, 2013 6:25PM ET
While we were talking about the barriers outside of Silicon Valley facing certain kinds of people when trying to make it in, Etsy was busy fixing the problem.
Feb 7, 2013 6:20PM ET
We in the Northeast could get hit with a lot of snow in the coming days, and the Internet and cellphones are telling us to prepare as only the Internet and cellphones can these days. Like so.
Feb 7, 2013 12:52PM ET
After a truly bizarre day that stretched from a cop killing in Los Angeles to a manhunt from San Diego to the San Bernardino Mountains, night fell on Big Bear ski resort as authorities were still going to door-to-door and checking vehicles for the Chris Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer who shot at least five people and is still on the lam. Get the best updates right here.
Feb 7, 2013 12:09PM ET
In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, tributes flooded the community to the extent that the town is now "emotionally overtaxed" with donations and letters of grief, solidarity, and sorrow — not least of all because of a digital outpouring of emotion.
Feb 7, 2013 10:47AM ET
The cover of a self-published new anthology edition of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic orphan tale has Amazon commenters reaching peak dye-job hysteria right now. Since when is Anne of Green Gables supposed to look like an Abercrombie & Fitch model?
Feb 7, 2013 9:37AM ET
Feb 7, 2013 9:32AM ET
Dalton sent out a list of rejected applicants and parents of kids with pending applications, all in an apparent effort to get alumni to push said parents into donating money to the already very well-off school.
Feb 7, 2013 7:09AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to be perfect, so when he found out who was behind the delays of the site's ski jumping complex, he did the understandable thing and axed the Russian Olympics Committee deputy chief.
Feb 6, 2013 4:56PM ET
The United States leveled sanctions on Wednesday against the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, a gigantic umbrella group that controls Press TV, which has given the world some truly absurd versions of news stories in the past year.
Feb 6, 2013 3:23PM ET
Five colleges have recently been caught cooking admissions statistics in order to secure higher spots in the U.S. News college rankings. As admissions officers come clean about the rankings racket, suspicions about U.S. News' credibility have been raised.
Feb 6, 2013 1:06PM ET
Emotional observers are split on whether or not the Saturday delivery stoppage will be enough to save the beloved institution: Either the American institution remains as crucial as ever, or it's about to go the way of the fax machine. Here's a look at what's next.
Feb 6, 2013 10:58AM ET
After a week of speculation, from across America and including the president, the group has pushed off a decision on lifting its national ban on gay scouts and scout leaders until a national meeting in May.
Feb 6, 2013 10:15AM ET
In a week that has already seen the Obama administration's targeted killing program rise from clandestine legalise to coffee-table conversation, many unanswered question still remain: How much else does Brennan know? How much does the Senate? And how much will his confirmation hearing divulge by week's end?
Feb 6, 2013 9:42AM ET
Between Croatia's economic troubles and the rogue stories about Nora Situm's treatment costs skyrocketing at the last minute, the public shaming of Children's Hospital escalated quickly, from Zagreb to Philly and social media in between. Maybe too quickly.
Feb 6, 2013 9:29AM ET
Feb 6, 2013 8:28AM ET
On the day of the FBI raid on Jimmy Lee Dykes's bunker, he may have been very close to detonating one of his crude, home-made bombs.
Feb 6, 2013 8:21AM ET
The feline token has beat out fellow newcomers like the robot and the guitar, and will be replacing the unloved iron as the newest game piece in the classic board game, Monopoly.
Feb 6, 2013 7:47AM ET
CBS News reported this morning that the United States Post Office has decided to end Saturday delivery and will phase out the practice by the end of this summer.
Feb 5, 2013 12:37PM ET
Today's big immigration hearing at the House Judiciary Committee got off to a rocky start this morning, when Rep. John Conyers opened the proceedings by asking everyone to please stop saying the words "illegal immigrants."
Feb 5, 2013 11:49AM ET
Michelle Rhee on her school-voucher conversion, Ramesh Ponnuru on the hidden cost of reusable grocery bags, Joe Nocera on the N.C.A.A., Evgeny Morozov on Wikipedia and social change, and Jonathan Chait on the GOP electoral scheme.
Feb 5, 2013 11:42AM ET
Had he not been killed, Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 today. And had George Zimmerman not shot Martin to death, we wouldn't have to report that a Florida judge just denied the defense's motion to delay the second-degree murder trial past June 10.
Feb 5, 2013 10:13AM ET
Everyone is anxious about the "white paper" that finally begins to detail the Obama administration's opinons on targeted assassination, but what seems to have even more people worried on the morning after — and less than 48 hours from John Brennan's confirmation hearing — is what's missing from that argument.