July 17, 2015 Issue

Cover story Tech & Science
With the ice in the Arctic melting, the region is in danger of becoming a 21st-century free-for-all for power and riches.

You Can't Kill Mr. Goodbar

Everybody loves a lurid sex-murder story, but there's another reason we keep telling these tales: to slut-shame single women.
In Focus

Grace Under Fire

Greeleyville, South Carolina—Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives examine the burned ruins of the Mount Zion AME Church, on July 1. Investigators said lightning most likely caused the fire but it drew national attention because it followed fires at at least five other black churches. Federal and state agencies are investigating the spate of church fires in the South that have occurred since the racist massacre in nearby Charleston, South Carolina, where nine people were killed during a Bible study meeting at an African-American church. Authorities have not found a connection between the churches or determined if arson was the cause of the fires.
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