Sochi Olympics Sounding More and More Like a Death Trap

I've never been obsessed with the Olympics to the point that I'd buy officially licensed Olympic gear; however, I have been an enthusiastic viewer of the Olympics to the point that sometimes I have nightmares that are narrated by Elfi Schlegel. But in the build up to these Sochi Winter Games, now less than 2 weeks… » 1/23/14 6:30pm 1/23/14 6:30pm

Former Miss Venezuela Shot and Killed in Roadside Robbery

This is completely awful. Monica Spear, 29, former Miss Venezuela and current telenovela star, was shot and killed while vacationing in her home country. Spear's boyfriend was also killed. Venezuela has been called the most dangerous country in South America, due to government and police corruption, arms proliferation, … » 1/07/14 5:30pm 1/07/14 5:30pm

Mother Forced to Leave Dying Infant to Direct Rescuers to Plane Crash

News of yet another aviation disaster (this one in the all-but-impenetrable Alaska wilderness) has an extra heart-wrenching twist: a mother who survived a plane crash in remote southwest Alaska was forced to leave her fatally injured infant son to lead rescuers slowed by fog to the crash site. » 12/01/13 12:00pm 12/01/13 12:00pm

The Sriracha Factory Might Be Closing, but You Can Make Your Own!

Sick and tired of essentially living inside a giant cloud of pepper spray, residents of Irwindale, CA petitioned to have the Huy Fong Foods factory (makers of Sriracha) shut down until they can regulate their fumes. Yesterday, city officials filed suit. A judge will decide on Thursday whether or not to grant the order. » 10/30/13 1:30pm 10/30/13 1:30pm

Tragedy Is Not a Competition: How to Talk About Boston

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Welcome to a very special episode of Friendzone, Jezebel's column devoted to dealing with the valuable people in your life who you're not humping. In this installment, we're tackling one from the comments on Boston: dealing with your sanctimonious friend who says we should reallllly be talking about [insert other… » 4/17/13 10:50am 4/17/13 10:50am

For Team Newtown Strong, Boston Bombing Is a Tragedy Within a Tragedy

In the days and weeks that follow the Boston Marathon bombing, media outlets will begin the grim task of sorting through a matryoshka doll of personal tragedies, although one such doubly tragic storyline has already emerged: the race was dedicated to the 26 victims of the Newtown school shooting, and not only did nine… » 4/16/13 10:00am 4/16/13 10:00am

Boston PD: Marathon Explosions Are an ‘Ongoing Event’ [Update]

Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis has described the two horrific explosions at the Boston Marathon as part of “an ongoing event” after a third explosion occurred about an hour ago at the John F. Kennedy Presidential library, five miles southeast of the Boston Marathon finish line in Copley Square. » 4/15/13 5:50pm 4/15/13 5:50pm

Young Couple of Expectant Parents Killed En Route to Hospital, Baby…

A pair of extremely young expectant parents were killed on Saturday night when the car they were taking to the hospital to deliver their child was struck at intersection in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. That, unfortunately, is only the first half of the tragic set-up to a modern-day Dickens serial — their baby… » 3/03/13 1:30pm 3/03/13 1:30pm

Monopoly Is Retiring One of Its Beloved Game Pieces Forever and It…

Look. I don't even like Monopoly that much because it takes forever and, I don't know, I'm just not that tickled by recreational real estate brokerage. I'm more of a Game of Life kind of girl. (Runner up: Mille Bornes. CREVE!) But come on, it's MONOPOLY. It's America's game! You can't just go around changing it and… » 1/09/13 4:30pm 1/09/13 4:30pm

Jacintha Saldanha’s Body Returns to India and the BBC Cancels Prank…

The body of Jacintha Saldanha, the nurse who apparently killed herself over a prank phone call from two hapless Australian DJs looking to get details about Kate Middleton's pregnancy, is being escorted from the UK to Mangalore, India today by Saldanha's husband and two children. According to the BBC, the burial will… » 12/16/12 4:00pm 12/16/12 4:00pm

A Very Brief Profile of Nancy Lanza Intimates That She Was an…

The mother of Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old man police have identified as the gunman in Friday's horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is quickly becoming an object of media fascination (and thoroughly sensationalized speculation) in the wake of a school shooting that that left 20… » 12/16/12 12:00pm 12/16/12 12:00pm