Feature

Good week, Bad week

Fibbing, Potholes, Sparing the rod

Good week for:

Fibbing, after President Obama told a student reporter during a healthy-eating event for kids that his favorite food is broccoli.

Being No. 2, after Mexico overtook the U.S. as the world’s fattest nation. Thanks to a rapidly worsening diet of fizzy drinks and cheap fast food, 32.8 percent of Mexican adults are now classified as obese, compared with 31.8 percent of Americans.

Potholes, after a British ambulance racing to the hospital hit a large rut, throwing patient Ray Lee in the air. When Lee came down, the jolt reset his racing heartbeat from a potentially fatal 190 beats a minute to 60. “The paramedic looked at me in disbelief,’’ said Lee, 65. Lee said that he used to complain about local roads, “but now I never want them to fill in another pothole.”

Bad week for:

Double daring, after Wanda Podgurski of California fled rather than face California charges of insurance fraud, taunting a prosecutor with a tweet reading, “Catch me if you can.” Police used her Twitter account to trace her to Mexico, where she was arrested.

Multiculturalism, after the New York Mets scheduled “Native American Heritage Day” on July 25—when they’re playing the Atlanta Braves. After some contentious discussion between the team and a Native American organization, the event has been canceled.

Sparing the rod, after an Oklahoma man who was “noodling”—catching fish with his bare hands—grabbed hold of a cottonmouth snake. After a week in the hospital and 14 doses of anti-venom, Destry Mitchell advised fellow noodlers: “Be careful.”

Recommended

Protesters in India demand official investigation into Adani Group
Protests against Gautam Adani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in India.
Anger in India

Protesters in India demand official investigation into Adani Group

Health care workers stage massive walkout in U.K. over low wages
Healthcare workers protest in the United Kingdom.
They've Had Enough

Health care workers stage massive walkout in U.K. over low wages

Putin promised not to kill Zelensky, says former Israeli prime minister
Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett
he gave his word

Putin promised not to kill Zelensky, says former Israeli prime minister

Hundreds killed in powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey, Syria
Collapsed building in Adana, Turkey
Nature's Terrors

Hundreds killed in powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Turkey, Syria

Most Popular

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean
A suspected Chinese spy balloon over Montana.
99 Red Balloons?

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean

New report describes numerous security breaches at the Supreme Court
Supreme Court building.
Problems with Justice

New report describes numerous security breaches at the Supreme Court

Yale honors Black girl who had the police called on her for spraying lanternflies
Spotted lanterflies
black girl magic

Yale honors Black girl who had the police called on her for spraying lanternflies