San Antonio is the nation’s seventh largest city and, more importantly, it’s the city that you, personally, grew up in. Temperatures may be hot, but the pace is cool and laid-back. Explore its gated communities, movie theaters, and fast food chains that are uniquely South Texan. But make some time to go beyond the obvious attractions and visit the Woodridge Elementary School playground, the alley behind that one pizza place you used to go for lunch in high school, and Jeremy Silverman’s childhood bedroom.
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No foray into the Hill Country is complete without a trip to the Levine Family Home (8662 Greenbriar Drive; [...]
The Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital in New Jersey opened in 1937 and closed in 1990. The 600-acre grounds are dotted by Tudor-style "cottages" that housed up to 55 patients each, which are in turn dwarfed by the larger, looming treatment buildings. "This is the kind of place people were talking about when they said someone had been ‘put away,'" Greg Roberts, chief executive at the hospital for 17 years, told the New York Times as he packed up his office. "For a long time, that's what happened—people were put here and all but forgotten."
Legend has it that the builders approached the owner of a local slaughterhouse, looking to buy [...]
In Rolling Stone this month, the story of Audrie Pott, the 15-year-old who committed suicide in September 2012, allegedly after her sexual assault ended in naked photographs passed around the halls of her Saratoga, Calif., high school. The story—and so many others like it—is dreadfully sad, and it's also hard to understand for anyone who went to high school before the digital age. Rape stats aren't necessarily higher, reporter Nina Burleigh explains, "but the numbers are as shocking as ever":
Every two minutes, a sexual assault happens in the U.S., and nearly 50 percent of the victims are under the age of 18, according to Katherine [...]