I spend a couple of hours on Sundays putting together ingredients for Sunday Brunch, when you have a little more time for the good stuff.
- Touching: High school senior Molly Kate Kestner posted this April 20 on YouTube with a note that says “This is a story ... so listen.” and it has had more than 3.8 million views.
- Silly: Tiny Hamsters Eating Tiny Burritos – Episode 1 by HelloDenizen was shared by the Asher Agency. Posted April 27, the video went viral, getting nearly 5.4 million views by Sunday morning.
- My picks of the week’s Top 10 photos from the Associated Press.
- Here are The Journal Gazette’s top photos of the week.
- I was intrigued by this Allen Breed story about “tactical urbanism,” the use of short-term or temporary projects to test out or to demonstrate the possibility for long-term change. For example, drivers are zooming through an area with a lot of children. A mom makes bright crossing flags and puts a bunch of them in buckets on either side of the street. It’s an easy, quick safety fix until official changes can go through the system. Closer to home, Kara Hackett writes about efforts in 46807 ZIP code area of Fort Wayne.
- Who are the green men in the Crimea? Moscow says they are Ukrainians and not part of the Russian armed forces. Western officials and the Ukrainian government insist that Russians have led, organized and equipped the fighters. Who is right? C. J. Chivers and Noah Sneider of The New York Times went over there and took a look behind the masks. What they found might just surprise you.
- “He was the kind of kid who put on this ‘I’m a tough kid, I can handle anything.’ But he was really a softy with a big ole teddy-bear heart.” So why did this kid who wanted to be a Marine kill himself? Beth Macy at The Roanoke Times says only one person knew for sure, and he’s gone. We know he was bullied, but questions linger.
- Is a family with a car in the driveway, a flat-screen television and a computer with an Internet connection poor? Annie Lowrey at The New York Times takes a close look.
- “On a quiet summer evening in 1964, Mary McGrory’s phone rang. The caller identified himself as a Secret Service agent and said that President Johnson wanted to stop by her apartment in 15 minutes. “Oh, really,” McGrory replied drolly, sure that the caller was a fellow reporter pulling her leg, but the man on the line insisted he was serious.” I want to know how this ends, and I bet you do, too. John Norris of Politico writes about columnist Mary McGrory and the lost art of the Washington prima donna. Suggested by Craig Klugman.
Did I miss something wonderful? Send me an email with the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. Anne Gregory is web writer-editor at The Journal Gazette.