Flying United

About a week and a half ago, I flew United for the first time in a few years. Usually when I go between New York and Boston I take Amtrak, but United had a great fare. . .

Scanning and Tweeting the "Chelsea" Bomb

This weekend, an explosion from a homemade bomb shattered the peace of a mild Saturday evening on a quiet stretch of West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood. Within a few minutes of the 8:30 p.m. blast, local news apps were pushing breaking news of an I.E.D. detonation with scores injured, setting off a night of confusion, uncertainty, and fear (at least, for people outside of New York — more on that later). . .