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H.G. Wells’ The War Of The Worlds
Adapted by Ian Edginton and illustrated by D’Israeli,
In the hundred-plus years since H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds was published, alien invasions have become clichéd standbys of blockbusters and B-movies. But this lushly illustrated e-comic gives a fresh spin to the familiar story. As the Victorian cities burn and Britain’s carefully planned society crumbles, the comic evokes a human drama of witnessing the end of the world that’s eerily timely. In this adaptation, Wells’ story seems to be less about the terror of ray-gun toting aliens, and more about the basic fragility of human society. — Brendan Mackie

Enjoy The Air Show — You Paid For It
By Jeff Inglis, Phoenix
The Blue Angles are famous for their daring and skill, arcing through the sky and cruising low over stands of spectators. What most people don’t know about them is that the 13-plane fleet is manned by a team of 114 who are paid an annual salary of over $5 million directly from government coffers. Jeff Inglis of the Phoenix looks at other startling statistics as he tries to understand why these military spectacles are necessary, and why they’re paid for by the public purse. Chris Gehrke

The Racial Politics of College Newspapers
By Justin Elliott, Campus Progress
‘College papers are the province of mostly well-off white and Asian students,’ writes Justin Elliott, former executive editor of the Brown Daily Herald. Even if these students were the most diversity-minded of journalists, college newsrooms would still have trouble covering minority communities. That’s because, Elliott argues, in the world of campus journalism, ‘there are few press releases, word of mouth is everything.’ The lack of diversity doesn’t just limit the newspapers’ coverage either; it limits their readership. — Cara Binder

GermanSoccer Club Builds Cemeteryfor its Fans
By Spiegel Online
The most faithful of German soccer fans will now be able to be buried within earshot of Hamburg’s Nordbank Arena stadium. After fielding several requests to have ashes scattered or graves placed inside the stadium, the soccer club decided to construct a cemetery to accommodate 300 to 500 fans who wish to posthumously cheer for their home team. The entrance gate will resemble a goal, and the graves themselves will be set in a semicircle, in ascending levels that evoke soccer stands. — Cara Binder,1518,506164,00.html

Youth Interrupted
By Tina Gerhardt, WireTap
A tragic and under-reported consequence of the War in Iraq is the increasing number of Iraqi refugees who are being forced into prostitution. With little savings and no legal work, more and more women and girls have no choice but sex work. One nonprofit in Syria, where many Iraqis seek refuge, is working to provide healthcare services to girls arrested for prostitution, and an intergovernmental organization is looking improve the legal situation by prosecuting sex traffickers. But as the situation in Iraq becomes increasingly desperate, Tina Gerhardt reports, ‘the number of young girls forced into the ugly world of prostitution continues to grow.’ — Anna Cynar

By Curt Holman, Creative Loafing Atlanta
Long relegated to the children’s nooks at the public library, puppetry is ready to grow up. The Atlanta-based Center for Puppetry Arts puts on productions of works by Edgar Allen Poe, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying that are as ambitious as they are licentious. But adult puppetry’s not for the faint of heart. By the end of one show an artist’s puppets ‘are usually so sopping with blood that they can’t be used again.’ — Brendan Mackie

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