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Joel Shannon


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Recent articles by Joel:

Live videos, webcams show Barry's landfall in New Orleans and the Louisiana coast

Live feeds from New Orleans and the Louisiana coast give a glimpse of conditions on the ground as Barry is predicted to make landfall as a hurricane. → Read More

'All-white company' wrongly accused immigrant author of racism, $13M lawsuit claims

Jordanian-American author Natasha Tynes is suing book publisher Rare Bird Lit. Inc. for the company's actions amid a social media shaming scandal. → Read More

A 'woman of God,' a Scottish music lover: These are the victims of Virginia Beach shooting

Virginia Beach Police said 12 people were killed in the mass shooting and at least four more were wounded. An officer was among those injured. → Read More

'Virgin birth': A captive anaconda became pregnant by herself and gave birth to two babies

Anna, a female anaconda, gave birth to two babies without sexually reproducing with a male snake, Boston's New England Aquarium has announced. → Read More

This stamp lets you put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill in an act of 'civil disobedience'

After Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the delay of a Harriet Tubman $20 bill, some are turning to a stamp in an act of civil disobedience. → Read More

They don't look as scary as a snake or a bear, but these animals are surprisingly deadly

Dogs bite. Bees sting. Farm animals kill. These animals don't look as scary as snakes or bears, but it's worth remembering how deadly they can be. → Read More

A North Carolina city is suing an RV retailer over its ‘gigantic’ American flag. They still won't take it down

A North Carolina city says Gander RV's American flag is too big. CEO Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's "The Profit," says he will not remove it. → Read More

These dogs helped Parkland students cope with tragedy. They got their own yearbook page

The 2019 yearbook of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, includes the photos of more than a dozen therapy and service dogs. → Read More

West Point's class of 2019 includes historic number of African-American women

West Point also projects a record number of hispanic female graduates in the Class of 2019, which is set to include the academy's 5,000 female grad. → Read More

'Zombie raccoon' sightings: They stagger, show their teeth and may have glowing eyes

Chicago-area officials have repeatedly warned locals of raccoons infected with the distemper virus, which can cause the animals to act like "zombies." → Read More

Author accused of shaming black Metro employee for eating on train; book deal halted

Author Natasha Tynes has been accused of shaming a black woman who works on the Washington. D.C., Metro for eating on a train. → Read More

Penguin and seal poop gives life to Antarctica, new study finds

Researchers found "hotspots" of biodiversity surrounding Antarctic colonies of seals and penguins. The cause: Gasses from the animals' waste. → Read More

This striking Notre Dame concept imagines a rooftop garden and solar power generation

Vincent Callebaut Architectures says the concept for the iconic Paris cathedral would create more energy than it consumes. → Read More

Vaccines are 'sorcery,' Texas lawmaker tells vaccine expert and pediatrician

Texas state Rep. Jonathan Stickland called vaccines "sorcery" in a social media post criticizing vaccine expert Peter Hotez. → Read More

Franklin Graham calls on Pete Buttigieg to repent for the 'sin' of being gay

The son of legendary preacher Billy Graham is known as an evangelist, social conservative activist and supporter of President Donald Trump. → Read More

Los Angeles measles quarantines impact hundreds of university students, staff

The UCLA and Cal State quarantines affect people who either have not been vaccinated or can't verify that they have immunity. → Read More

#FeelingCute challenge: Texas prison guards fired after probe into 'inappropriate' posts

The trend often involves uniformed workers posting selfies coupled with captions joking about what their work day may entail. → Read More

'We don't know if it's enough': $1 billion may not cover Notre Dame Cathedral rebuilding costs after fire

An international surge in donations may not yet cover the rebuilding costs of Paris' beloved Notre Dame Cathedral, officials say. → Read More

'SCOHOL': Contractor misspelled 'school' on Florida road, city confirms

The contractor spelled the word "SCOHOL" — an unfortunate error the city said would be quickly fixed. → Read More

Massive Notre Dame Cathedral donations draw high-profile backlash

A common position among critics: The mega-donations prove social problems could be quickly addressed if the wealthy were motivated to do so. → Read More