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Testing faith with poison

The tiny community of Squire, West Virginia, near a coal mine in the Appalachian mountains is made up of a few scattered houses, a car wash, and one of the few remaining Pentecostal Signs churches. With old fashioned apostolic gospel music echoing through the small woodenFULL STORY

Riding on ‘Yugonostalgia’

“Join us comrade!” tourists are warmly greeted, as they climb into a vintage car that is no longer produced for a visit back in time to a country that no longer exists. As a symbol of the former Yugoslavia, the Yugo car is back in vogueFULL STORY

Haunted by a mugshot: How predatory Web sites exploit the shame of arrest2018-06-18

By Olivia Solon

Gregory Rakoczy was asleep in his van at a Maryland campsite when six police officers knocked on his door. A fellow camper had Googled his name and found a mugshot indicating he was a felon on the run. He was not. Rakoczy was arrested and heldFULL STORY

Taiwan in Time: After 228: The governor-general’s last days2018-06-17

By Han Cheung

June 18 to June 24 Neatly clad in a suit and tie, Chen Yi (陳儀) appears calm as the military judge in Taipei says “[t]he President has personally ordered your execution. Do you have anything to say?” The signal is given, and ChenFULL STORY

RESTAURANT REVIEW: Biteology2018-06-16

By Sherry Hsiao

Far too often restaurants in Taipei try to do something different. They try to surprise you — if not with strange decor, then with experimental dishes like the fusion pork buns you can expect to find in cities like London or San Francisco. But at Biteology,FULL STORY

Food truck evolution: Owners strategize as novelty wears off2018-06-16

By Joyce Rosenberg

Starting a food truck to sell tacos or barbecue on downtown streets may seem easy or fun, but owners are finding they need more sophisticated plans now that the novelty has worn off. A culinary fad a decade ago, food trucks have lost some luster andFULL STORY

Off the BeatenTrack: Lee Teng Fang Mansion2018-06-15

By Richard Saunders

Driving along the narrow, dead-straight lane that leads through the fields from Dasi District (大溪) to Lee Teng Fang Mansion (李藤芳古厝), the town’s greatest historic relic, the countryside is strikingly quiet, even soporific. There’s little of the ugly factory development that scars the once pleasantFULL STORY

Art exhibition listings2018-06-15

By Sheryl Cheung

Program X-Site is an annual outdoor architectural project commissioned by the Taipei Fine Arts Museum. The museum reviews a number of open-call submissions each year and selects one project to be realized and presented on the museum plaza. This year 36 entries were submitted andFULL STORY

Highlight: Eid al-Fitr Muslim Carnival2018-06-15

By Han Cheung

The annual Eid al-Fitr celebration in Taipei for the end of Ramadan keeps outgrowing its venues, but this year’s move to Daan Forest Park should solve the overcrowding issue. The festivities on Sunday take on more of a pan-Muslim scope, featuring a “Muslim Carnival” onFULL STORY

Highlight: The art of sacrifice2018-06-15

By Diane Baker

The myth of the Paris premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, on May 29, 1913, was that it sparked a riot and caused a scandal. Whether there really was a riot,FULL STORY

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