Tuesday night, several suicide bombers blew themselves up at Europe's third largest airport in Istanbul, Turkey, according to multiple sources. At least 28 were killed, and at least 60 injured at Ataturk International Airport.
The attack was seemed to have been coordinated, according to the BBC and led by as many as three attackers—one shooting a gun at the terminal entry points, and the other two carrying out the suicide bombing.
Anadolu Agency, the state-run news agency, reported that the Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said a terrorist used an AK-47 assault rifle to fire before they detonated.
A Turkish government official reported that the police fired at the two bombers, in an attempt to keep them from reaching a security checkpoint, but they were unsuccessful.
Details continue to emerge about the attack, which comes as the sixth terrorist attack of the year in Turkey—most of them carried out by suicide bombers in public places. Discuss
JK Rowling's newest post on Pottermore started answering some of our questions about Ilvermorny, the American wizarding school that sits hidden in the forests of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts, which will be the backdrop for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this fall.
The video shares a bit of Ilvermorny's history.
According to Rowling's post, the school was founded by Isolt Sayre, an Irish orphan who was a descendant to Salazar Slytherin. Isolt ended up in America on the Mayflower by running away from an evil relative. Isolt ends up marrying a No-Maj—or Muggle—and founds the school with him, loosely basing it off of the little knowledge she has of Hogwarts.
Ilvermorny, like Hogwarts, sorts the students in four houses, not with a hat but with the wooden carvings that represent the houses: Horned Serpent, representing the mind and favoring scholarly students; Wampus, representing the body and favoring warriors; Pukwudgie, representing the heart and favoring healers; and finally the Thunderbird, representing the soul and favoring the most adventurous of students. Pottermore users can be sorted into one of the Ilvermorny houses too.
If more than one house wants a student, then the student gets to pick—which is to be expected from a school that is "one of the most democratic, least elitist of all the great wizarding schools."
Rowling will continue to update Pottermore with stories about Ilvermorny as we get closer to the premiere of Fantastic Beasts.Discuss
Photographer Johnny Millier has captured some absolutely shocking images that show the dramatic discrepancies between how differently rich and poor residents of South Africa live. He writes, on the Unequal Scenes site:
During apartheid, segregation of urban spaces was instituted as policy. Roads, rivers, “buffer zones” of empty land, and other barriers were constructed and modified to keep people separate. 22 years after the end of apartheid, many of these barriers, and the inequalities they have engendered, still exist. Oftentimes, communities of extreme wealth and privilege will exist just meters from squalid conditions and shack dwellings.
My desire with this project is to portray the most Unequal Scenes in South Africa as objectively as possible. By providing a new perspective on an old problem, I hope to provoke a dialogue which can begin to address the issues of inequality and disenfranchisement in a constructive and peaceful way.
Images show crowded slums that back up to luxury suburbs; golf courses that border tiny homes and more. It’s stunning look at income inequality, wealth and poverty. Discuss
The folk outfit The Avett Brothers stopped by The Tonight Show this week to perform their new single “Satan Pulls the Strings,” and it was a wild time.
Their newest Rick Rubin-produced album True Sadness dropped last week, and as this raucous performance shows, it contains their signature mix of spirituality, Appalachian folk and rock ’n roll attitude. Discuss
A new TV series is taking on the weird world of Scientology. According to The Underground Bunker—a website that specializes in breaking news about the controversial Church of Scientology—actress Leah Remini is currently making a new TV show about how Scientology destroys families.
Remini famously left the church in 2013 after spending most of her life as a Scientologist, and wrote an explosive tell-all last fall called Troublemaker about her time with the group. The new series reportedly focuses on the practice of “disconnection” in which officials persuade members of the church to cut ties with family and friends who are critical of the church.
Since the release of her book, Scientology officials have called her a “bitter ex-Scientologist” who is “exploiting her former religion,” though, she is not alone in exposing concerning actions by the group's leadership.
The HBO documentary Going Clear, which featured interviews with former celebrities and members of Scientology, won an Emmy for Best Documentary for showing the treatment of former members and the harassment they faced after leaving.
There’s no word yet on what network will air Remini’s new show or when it will premiere. Discuss