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Here's a term I hadn't encountered before today: "gang enhancement."

It refers to a law passed in response to the gang violence in Los Angeles back in the 1980s. Gang enhancement allows prosecutors to stiffen the sentence for certain types of crimes. But they have to prove the crime was committed by a gang member — or on behalf of a street gang.

But figuring out who's a gang member, and who isn't, is actually a difficult endeavor.

One Canadian man's fight to keep his mailbox

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Henry Evans-Tenbrinke 

For the last 19 days, Henry Evans-Tenbrinke has been holding a sit-in.

The Canadian retiree has been sitting in a lawn chair on his street to protest over changes to his mail delivery service.

With just his lawn chair — and sometimes his dog Albert — 60-year-old Evans-Tenbrinke is making a stand against the decision by Canada's postal service to phase out home mail delivery.

New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority holds auditions every year — for subway musicians. The program got started 30 years ago, in 1985, a time when the New York subway was not exactly a great place to hang out with both hands on a violin and some money at your feet.

A lot has changed since then: The subways are safe, ridership is at a record high and “Music Under New York” has never been more popular.

Editor's Note: The success of Kate Bolick's Spinster got us thinking about one of our most popular articles ever, China's ''Leftover Women.'' The author says the eye-popping situation hasn't changed. Here is her story.

Huang Yuanyuan is working late at her job in a Beijing radio newsroom. She’s also stressing out about the fact that the next day, she’ll turn 29.

“Scary. I’m one year older,” she said. “I’m nervous.”

Because she's still single.

What do FIFA and the mafia have in common? RICO

May 29, 2015
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Beneath the headlines of bribery, corruption and arrests at FIFA is one law with a short-name and an outsized history.

The FIFA charges are based on the 1970 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO. RICO is the US law that was passed by Congress to go after the Mafia. In fact, the statute was used to convict John Gotti, the boss of the Gambino family in New York.

But this US law is now being deftly applied to indict not only Americans, but also foreign nationals.  

If you haven’t yet heard Joey Alexander play the piano, well, it’s time you do.

Joey's scheduled to headline the Newport Jazz Festival this summer.

He lives in New York, but he was born far removed from New York's swinging jazz scene on the Indonesian island of Bali. He likes to swim and watch movies. He wears sneakers and blue framed glasses.

Here’s the thing. “I’m 11 years old,” says Joey. “I started playing piano when I was 6, but I already heard music before that, when I was a baby.”

Mike's Place is a blues bar in Tel Aviv, Israel.

It's also the title of a new graphic novel by filmmaker and journalist Jack Baxter.

In April 2003, Baxter headed to Israel to make a film about Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti. The leader was due to go on trial in Tel Aviv for terrorism.

But when Baxter got to the courthouse, he discovered that a group of Israeli filmmakers were already doing that.

Discouraged, he figured he'd go cry into a beer.

And that's when he discovered Mike's Place.

Here's what a map of the world sounds like

May 29, 2015

Imagine if there were a Google map for sounds. There is — kind of. It’s called Aporee, and it’s an online audio archive where people upload field recordings, a lot of them. It has almost 30,000 recordings, about 63 days worth of sound.

On Aporee, you can listen to all kinds of things from across the globe. There are people beat-boxing in Kampala, Uganda:


Wildlife in the Amazon's Amacayacu National Park:


Metal workers in Kathmandu, Nepal:


Iran Cartoon website

There's little agreement on what to call the so-called Islamic State. Should it be ISIL? ISIS? IS? Daesh? But there's plenty of agreement on what they are: An evil, violent menace. So when Iran announced it was holding an anti-ISIS cartoon contest, that was a good thing, right?  

Courtesy Aizzah Fatima 

Aizzah Fatima used to worry that the title of her one-woman play, "Dirty Paki Lingerie," would offend her fellow South Asians. But after nearly five years of staging the production from Toronto to Turkmenistan, the Pakistani American actress is less concerned when the ethnic slur raises eyebrows.

"It was a big challenge when I first started doing this play to get the Muslim American community to support it," she says. "That's really changed."