Here in Ohio, we're just dodging rain showers and catching up on some internet reading. Maybe a few of these stories will pique your interest:
Off-Speed Kills: Lance McCullers Throws a 94 mph Changeup (and It's His Third-Best Pitch) - Grantland
Back Home Again In Indiana: A.J. Foyt Returns to the 500 - SBNation
A Royal Flush for Kansas City in All-Star Voting - Wall Street Journal. After Cincinnati fans did this in 1957, baseball suspended fan voting until 1970.
How Maria Sharapova Became the World's Wealthiest Female Athlete - Bloomberg
The Blight of the Honey Bee - New York Magazine
Once and Future Nut: How Genetic Engineering May Bring Back Chestnuts - The Salt
Drought devastates cherry crop, puts some growers out of business - LA Times
Helen Rosner: On Chicken Tenders - Guernica
In North Dakota's Bakken oil boom, there will be blood - Reveal
The People v. The Coal Baron - New York Times. He blamed the Upper Big Branch mine explosion on unsafe safety regulations, when he wasn't following them anyway. As the article mentions, he was almost a cartoon villain. Society will be a better place with him in jail. However, jail will be worse off.
The IMF Confirms That 'Trickle-Down' Economics Is, Indeed, a Joke - Pacific Standard. One of the things that pisses me off most about the Republican party is that every candidate for every office wants to jack up consumption taxes and cut income taxes. After 35 years, we can definitively say it doesn't fucking work.
This Year is Headed for the Hottest on Record, by a Long Shot - Bloomberg
This photo captures America's relationship with guns - Washington Post
Take Down the Confederate Flag - Now - Ta-Nehisi Coates. When treason is the LEAST objectionable thing the flag symbolizes, you know it is bad. The flag supporters are right that the flag is a symbol of southern heritage. That heritage just happens to be exactly what the flag's opponents say it symbolizes, slavery and racism.
A Kansas State Rep Faces Censure Because She Called a Bill Racist - Slate. Nothing pisses racists off more than being called racist.
American politics? They've become a family affair - MacLean's
Why Does Portland Have so Many Strip Clubs? - priceonomics