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Mountain bike vs. dirt bike in the Idaho mountains

Mountain bike vs. dirt bike in the Idaho mountains

Endless miles of connecting trails surround my hometown of Sun Valley, Idaho, and create the gateways to the Pioneer, Boulder, and Smokey Mountains adjacent to the resort community. After mountain biking locally in Sun Valley my entire life, I thought I’d ridden almost all the trails our area had to offer — boy, was I mistaken.

What it’s like to be detained at Heathrow

What it’s like to be detained at Heathrow

THIS WEEKEND, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, was detained at Heathrow Airport for nine hours. Greenwald alleges this was an act of intimidation by the US and UK because of his Edward Snowden-informed writings revealing the NSA’s widespread surveillance programs.This is a profound attack on press freedoms and the news gathering process.

24 hours in Mogadishu, Somalia [pics]

24 hours in Mogadishu, Somalia [pics]

At exactly 9:43am, an excruciatingly loud and garbled voice, full of deep, rolling Rs, jolted me from peaceful sleep: “Attention ladies and gentlemen. We are now beginning our descent into Mogadishu.”For two years I had managed to avoid going to Mogadishu. “Avoid” is probably the wrong word, actually.

21 insanely colorful photos of Texas wildflower season

21 insanely colorful photos of Texas wildflower season

WE TEXANS TAKE OUR WILDFLOWERS SERIOUSLY, and not just because we’re treated to some particularly impressive blooms each spring. Much of the appreciation for wildflowers — and, more generally, native-plant ecology — we see nationwide today originated here in the state thanks to the work of Lady Bird Johnson.

These Olympic uniforms are so ugly, even the US State Department warns athletes not to wear them

These Olympic uniforms are so ugly, even the US State Department warns athletes not to wear them

I’VE SEEN SOME ghastly photos of Sochi’s Olympic preparedness (or lack thereof) circulating the internet, containing run-down hotel rooms, dodgy toilets, and wifi modems dangling from circuit boards, but nothing has offended me so much as the US Winter Olympic team uniforms.Even the US State Department thinks these costumes could do some serious emotional damage: they’ve issued a warning discouraging athletes from wearing this, and other team gear, outside of the Olympic arenas.

Egyptian ‘spiderman’ free-climbs 13 stories, removes Israeli flag from embassy

Egyptian ‘spiderman’ free-climbs 13 stories, removes Israeli flag from embassy

23-YEAR-OLD painter, Ahmed El-Shahat, decided to take matters into his own hands, climbing to the top of the 13-storey building to remove the Israeli flag. He managed this at night, with no rope, whilst carrying an Egyptian flag which he then swapped for the Israeli one.There are a few videos knocking around YouTube, but the clearest I could find was posted on Zeinobia’s blog.