This week's feature story, Over the Volcano, details 36-year-old New Yorker Alex Sverdlov's adventure gone wrong on Mauna Loa, a massive Hawaiian volcano. After Sverdlov reached the summit on the third day of the hike, an unexpected storm hit the mountain with freezing temperatures, 50-mile-per-hour ... More >>
Alex Sverdlov had climbed the volcano alone a year ago. It took him three and a half days to reach the top and get back to sea level. The hike was peaceful and not steep, but it was challenging enough that he decided to summit the volcano again. He was an experienced outdoorsman and strenuous advent ... More >>
On August 7, TripAdvisor proclaimed New York City the fourth best city in the United States for pizza. That means that based on a survey of its members, the greatest city in the world lost supremacy of one of its iconic images to a beach town, a strip in the desert, and, worst of all, Boston.
John Denver is coming to town, and he's bringing his old bandmates with him. Together, they're kicking off the "Rocky Mountain High Concert" U.S. tour in Westbury on Friday (at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury), and then looping back around to Best Buy Theatre on Tuesday, February 12. And they'll be pla ... More >>
Recently at The Week, rightwing author Michael K. Lewis penned a provocative column called "The culture war is over, and conservatives lost." He was echoing what many rightbloggers have been saying since the recent election -- that after two consecutive victories by the Kenyan Pretender, conservativ ... More >>
Yesterday, Karen de la Carriere memorialized her son, Alexander Jentzsch, who was found dead at a home in Los Angeles on the morning of July 3. He was only 27 years old. Because the Church of Scientology would not give her access to her son's ashes, Karen had rose petals cast on the Pacific Ocean a ... More >>
This afternoon, Tom Cruise's former auditor, Marty Rathbun, laid out his predictions for how the Cruise-Holmes divorce is going to go, based on his extensive history helping to run the church. Rathbun predicts that Tom Cruise will give up sole custody of Suri as long as Katie Holmes goes along with ... More >>
via WikipediaIn September, NASA's UARS satellite plummeted back to Earth, scattering debris over the Pacific Ocean. In October, Germany's ROSAT orbiting telescope reentered our atmosphere and crashed somewhere in Southeast Asia. Following this pattern of space crap falling back to Earth comes ... More >>
via German Aerospace CenterThere's the bastard!Apparently, it's satellites-crashing-to-Earth season. Space.com reports that Germany's 2.7-ton ROSAT satellite is estimated to fall to Earth sometime between 2 p.m. today and 8 a.m. tomorrow. Last month, a decommissioned NASA satellite crashed in ... More >>
UARS -- the 6-ton satellite that just maybe was going to hit you -- fell back to earth sometime between 11:23 p.m. Friday and 1:09 a.m. Saturday EDT, NASA has said. But even though it "penetrated the atmosphere" over the Pacific Ocean, when and where it exactly fell is still unknown, so let t ... More >>
via DARPA's news release.An unmanned aircraft engineered to go 20 times the speed of sound was lost on its second test flight Thursday. The BBC reports that scientists lost track of the Falcon Hypersonic Test Vehicle 2, or HTV-2, shortly after it detached from a rocket high above the Californ ... More >>
Don't expect to find any Oaxacan food here. The name? A total sham! Lauren S. asks: Where can I get Oaxacan food in New York City? Dear Lauren: This question always makes me sad. In brief, there is no Oaxacan food in Gotham. I'm not really sure why, since it would be easy enough for someon ... More >>
The substance has helped addicts kick heroin, meth, and everything in between. Is it the trip that does the trick?
Remember that mysterious vapor trail that appeared over L.A. on Monday? The one that set off speculation about UFOs or an enemy missile attack that nobody (not even the Pentagon) could immediately explain? Well, now New York has one too! (Of course we do.) The New York Post says a local photo ... More >>
Surely you remember my contest where the best travel essay won a free month on JetBlue. Well, Courtney Sampsell nabbed the prize, and though she never sent me a postcard, she did come home with a lovely new essay about the experiences she enjoyed around the country, and that's good enough ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. January 1, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 1 Films in Focus by Andrew Sarris "THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?" has finally come to the screen 34 years after the publication of Horace McCoy's classic wouldn't-that-make-a-wonderful-movie novel. I read ... More >>
Joe DiStefano In addition to a full complement of Southeast Asian ingredients (fish sauce, noodles, curry pastes, sambals, etc.) Malaysian grocer Old Town on the second floor of the Flushing Mall has its share of strange snacks. Amid a rack containing durian candy and other goodies, t ... More >>
You know, I'm so tired of everryone acting like Mackenzie Phillips is the only headline-making onetime user who's currently on TV Land. To remind us of her travails with coke, crystal, ecstasy, and booze, Jodie Sweetin has written a memoir called Unsweetined, which deals with her own prematu ... More >>
This remote cove can be attained only by cluching a nylon rope and rappelling down a steep cliff face. The area surrounding San Francisco Bay--anchored by the city of San Francisco in the north and San Jose in the south--is a welter of densely populated towns and superhighways and high-tech ... More >>
The surging popularity of yaoigraphic boy-on-boy comicsmight be the genre's downfall
Reagan's mass firing of air traffic controllers made American skies much less safe in the 1980s. Is Bush's flight plan the same?
High and Low: Soft Shell Crabs
Hang like a celebrity in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Aide spent a quarter of a million dollars on food, fun, and travel
Hey, remember when climate change was a swell idea? Coconuts were in the offing.
Record execs hoist soca as the island flavor of the season
Inside the Movement for Posthuman Rights
How a Politically Tied Aide Spent a Quarter of a Million Dollars on Food, Fun, and Travel
The International Space Station's Operational. Want to Visit?
Blue Dog Demsand Their Corporate SponsorsHear It From the Beach