Ariana Tobin
News writer, pet-sitter, book abuser. Wins pun-offs.

Africa's Greatest Son, Nelson Mandela, Dies At 95

Beloved former South African President and anti-Apartheid era activist Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday, at age 95. "Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed," South African present Jacob Zuma, announced at a p…
By Ariana Tobin

Nelson Mandela's Life & Global Impact In Pics

Former South African Nelson Mandela passed away at age 95 Thursday, leaving behind his wife, six children, and a nation that calls him father. “Nelson Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” South African present Jaco…
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A Very Honest Conversation With 'The Riveter'

Kaylen Ralph and Joanna Demkiewicz graduated from the University of Missouri in May, prepared to tackle that problem of women's underrepresentation in journalism by starting a new print magazine. Long-form print in 2013? Yup, and it's working: The tw…
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Native American Issues That Go Beyond the 'R-Word'

With football season on the horizon, the usual headlines commence: injuries, trades, and...style guides? Slate, The New Republic, and Mother Jones have all said they will no longer use the term "Redskins" in their publications, citing its long histor…
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NFL Patriots' Aaron Hernandez Officially Indicted

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has enough evidence against him to formalize charges for first degree murder, a district court in Boston decided Thursday. Prosecutors surprised the court by laying out charges at what was supposed to be a r…
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What Everyone Thinks About Circumcision

As we know all too well, people with penises tend to direct most of the world's conversation. Thus, it comes as no surprise: When those penises make the news, they will cause discussion. Today's case in point: The National Center for Health Statistic…
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NSA Surveillance Looking More and More Illegal

As reporters sift through the pile of National Security Agency (NSA) documents declassified Wednesday, evidence mounts that the agency's surveillance was illegal — and much more pervasive than anyone knew. One newly declassified 2011 opinion from the…
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Journo Kicked off Russia TV For Talking Gay Rights

What does a gay, American journalist in Russia do when he hears the story of a gay, Russian journalist getting kicked off the air for "homosexual propaganda"? Why, he propagandizes homosexuality himself. American journalist James Kirchick took advant…
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Leaked Global Warming Report Has Bad News

According to a leaked report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), humans' increased use of fossil fuels from the 1950s onward "almost certainly" has caused an ominous increase in temperatures. In short: Great work, everyone…
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In Other News August 20, 2013

'In Other News' is Bustle's daily roundup of the stories, videos, and more media you might have missed. Demographers at the University of Virginia's Cooper Center digitally mapped out 2010 Census Data by race and ethnicity, painting (well, mapping), …
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Gay Florida Teen Back in Jail

Kaitlyn Hunt, the 19 year-old Florida woman charged for having consensual sex with her then-14 year-old girlfriend is back in jail, after violating court orders by trying to contact her "victim." In February, Hunt was expelled from high school and ar…
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Was a Bank of America Intern Worked to Death?

Because intern advocates needed yet another horrifying anecdote for their arsenal, a spokesman for Bank of America's London office has confirmed the death of 21 year-old summer intern Moritz Erhardt, who passed out in the shower after working for 72 …
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Who Else Is Worried About Russian LGBT Rights?

As Russian officials ramp up legislation banning "homosexual propaganda," everyone from Human Rights Watch to Californians to Jay Leno have come out swinging against President Putin and his Kremlin cohort. Thousands of people around the world have si…
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In Other News: August 14, 2013

'In Other News' is Bustle's daily roundup of the stories, videos, and other media you might have missed. The Wall Street Journal took a closer look at some of the "alternately painful and productive" incidents that inspired a federal judge to rule st…
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#SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen Creator Speaks

When a 25-character twitter hashtag catches on worldwide, calls out big-name writers, and continues to spread for days, its creator will have quite the busy schedule — as Mikki Kendall can attest. The hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen has become a c…
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Incarcerated Women May Be Making Your Underwear

When Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans Monday to stage a federal retreat on the War on Drugs, the country responded in standard fashion: with general bipartisan support and a conversation revolving around an agreed upon set of numbers. Wai…
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What Is #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen About?

What is #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen about? That's the question of the day for outlets from HuffPost Live to Al-Jazeera, as the newly persistent hashtag catches on beyond American borders. Here's how it started: The "retired" self-proclaimed "male femi…
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Whitey Bulger's Jurors Spill on Deliberations

Now that James "Whitey" Bulger has been deemed very, very guilty, jurors are reporting that deliberations behind the scenes were almost as theatrical as the trial itself. Scott Hotyckey, otherwise known as "Juror #5", said "dissension" ran high as ju…
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Clashes Escalate in Egypt

The Egyptian government's tenuous effort to "avoid bloodshed" seems to be cracking under the strain of two tense sit-ins by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, as reports of violence in Central Cairo escalate. A Reuters reporter described …
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Here's Everything You Need to Know About IUDs

I've had vomit-inducing period cramps since I was 13, and let's just say I've had an unpredictable cycle or twelve in my time. But when I went on Ortho-Tricyclen Lo earlier this year, I gained what felt like fifty pounds, and had constant headaches. …
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