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Social Spelunking With Will Hunt

NPR Technology

A tube worker being lowered into a tunnelling shaft in Cavendish Square during work on London Underground's new Victoria Line. According to author Will Hunt, there are whole worlds. In his first book, Underground: A Human History of the Worlds Under Our Feet, Hunt takes readers on a journey through the catacombs, Cold War bunkers, subway systems and ancient burrows around the world. For over a decade, he traveled, along with urban explorers and scientists, through subterranean landscapes so few humans dare to tread, in order to discover new insights into human nature. It turns out that the damp, dark spaces miles below our daily life have a lot to tell us about how we think and live.


Black Students Wrongly Accused of Leaving Without Paying

U.S. News

The students, all incoming freshmen at Washington University, were walking to a light rail station around 12:30 a.m. July 8 when they were stopped by police and told they were suspected of leaving an IHOP restaurant without paying, even though some showed receipts.


Seaplane That Crashed in Sydney Killing Compass Group Exec Was off Course - Investigator

U.S. News

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A seaplane that crashed in Sydney on New Year's Eve killing six people, including the chief executive of British catering company Compass Group Plc, was off course but the cause of the crash remains undetermined, Australian investigators said on Wednesday.


One Man Killed in Japan Bullet Train Attack

U.S. News

Japan's Shinkansen trains are known for their speed and safety. But in 2015, a passenger set himself on fire on one of the trains, killing himself and another passenger -- an incident that prompted the installation of cameras in train carriages.


3 Men Charged, 3 Still Sought, in Attack on Light Rail Rider

U.S. News

St. Louis County prosecutors filed charges Friday that accuse 23-year-old Jahma Swanigan, 23-year-old Jody Dale and 31-year-old Eddie Price of attacking a man on a MetroLink train on Monday as the train was near the University of Missouri-St. Authorities say the men struck the victim with their knees, punched him, and slammed him to the floor.