Anglers are fiercely protective of fishing records. When Tom Volk caught a huge walleye in North Dakota, it led to social media outcry and a criminal investigation.
Alan Blinder"In 2009, a fisherman was required to take a polygraph exam to have his world-record claim certified." That gem and more in @MitchKSmith's look a war within North Dakota's fishing world.
The parents of the 21-year-old student, one of two killed in the shooting last week, said their son had died as he had lived: headlong and helpfully.
Alan Blinder"Mass shootings have their perpetrators and their victims. And then there are those heroes, Mr. Howell now among them, who risk their lives to try to take the gunmen down."
Read @jimdwyernyt and @MyahWard.
On any given day, severe weather can threaten millions of people. An Oklahoma office tries to see it all coming.
Alan BlinderAfter a well-predicted tornado outbreak in Alabama, an editor asked how the forecast had been so accurate. That question led to a trip to Oklahoma and a day at the Storm Prediction Center.
Alan BlinderThread: Would you believe me if I told you some of America’s elite weather forecasters draw maps by hand? You should. It happens at the Storm Prediction Center. (1/14)
Alan BlinderMonday will bring the possibility of ugly weather for parts of Texas and Oklahoma. We recently went inside the operation that tries to predict the worst storms hours and days before they strike.
Computer glitches have compromised jury selection processes across the country. More trouble surfaced recently in a death penalty case in Louisiana.
Alan Blinder“It counts as something that sounds hard to believe until you think a little more about it, and then it becomes all too easy to believe.”
A look from Baton Rouge at jury database errors, computer glitches and the constitutional questions that can follow.
As the N.B.A. playoffs begin, the Golden State Warriors superstar guard tells all about his favorite snack and how it fuels his sharpshooting
Alan BlinderThe Times asked Stephen Curry to rank the popcorn at all 29 N.B.A. arenas.
"Curry not only agreed but also suggested scoring five factors on a scale of 1 to 5 to support the rankings: freshness, saltiness, crunchiness, butter and presentation."
The Legislature went home last week for a four-day weekend in a bit of a grouchy mood.
Alan Blinder"Nebraska's flood disaster and its aftermath is continuing to receive national attention through @MitchKSmith's continuing, and comprehensive, coverage in The New York Times. Smith is a University of Nebraska-Lincoln grad."
The Southern Poverty Law Center has become a crusading anti-hate empire, but current and former employees say its leaders have never dealt with internal strife.
Alan BlinderThe Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the nation's wealthiest and best-known nonprofit organizations. It is in turmoil. With @abscribe and @jeligon.
Alan Blinder"Aside from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, it has probably been the single most responsive and reliable civil rights institution in the South," a former federal judge said.
But the Southern Poverty Law Center now finds itself beset by internal conflict.