Top reads on The Daylighter, as tracked on our website analytics, and listed in chronological order.
TYRONE, Pa. — The massive pickup truck slows down for the obligatory four-way stop out front of the Tyrone, Pa., municipal building, as the Black Lives Matter protestors stand expectant. It’s Friday, June 5, and they are clutching signs with slogans in black magic marker — “I understand that I will never understand, but I […]> Read More
Across a continent where Internet access isn’t always easy to come by, messages about the COVID-19 pandemic are passed along through pop music. Popular musicians in Africa are recording new songs with public-health messages, as well as videos for Youtube, for those who can access it. Liberia’s singing president And a surprising number of presidents […]> Read More
The largest animal ever to have lived on Earth appears to be making a comeback. Record numbers of the Antarctic blue whale have been tallied off South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic, spurring hopes that this species will join the recovery of humpbacks and other whales that were once decimated by commercial whaling. Whaling […]> Read More
In Connecticut, psychiatric patients can still be given shock treatments against their will. In fact, electroconvulsive therapy is a standard medical practice in the United States and around the world — despite the risks of permanent brain damage or worse. Positives … and negatives The use of electric shocks to the brain to temporarily arrest […]> Read More
It’s becoming harder and harder for the Haskell Free Library to be part of Canada and the United States at the same time. The remarkable, century-old building straddles the border between the two countries — and families that can’t freely across the border, particularly Iranians, have often used it for tearful reunions. But with ever-greater […]> Read More
Leaders of one of the world’s biggest environmental organizations were aware of ongoing human-rights abuses committed by their anti-poaching officers in Africa, according to an investigation by Buzzfeed News. Instantly recognizable for its iconic panda-bear logo, the World Wide Fund for Nature — known as the World Wildlife Fund in the United States — has […]> Read More