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Weekend link dump for January 3

“As relations between Cuba and the United States warm up, Major League Baseball is hoping to avoid human trafficking of potential players by dealing directly with the communist government.”

Cassette tapes are making a comeback? Seriously?

On average, 2015 was a pretty good year.

“Muslims, Christians and Jews worship the same God, just in different ways. Those differences can make each group wary of the other, until they realize that a fundamental teaching in all three religions is to co-exist in peace with others. True, we can all dig into each other’s holy texts for isolated quotes that seem to contradict this, and we can all air each other’s historical dirty laundry when each acted contrary to this teaching. But Christmas reminds us all that what really matters is how we behave here and now toward each other.”

The year in same sex marriage, all around the world.

The year in Scalzi Twitter silliness.

The major court cases for 2016, and the effect they could have on your life.

How a notorious serial killer is helping to clear unrelated cold cases today.

There are many reasons youth end up homeless. Some run away from their families, as I did. Some are kicked out of placements, as Darion was. Most are trying to escape violent homes. And unlike homeless adults and families, unaccompanied youths have no place to go: There’s a severe shortage of shelter beds and almost none are earmarked for them.”

Babe Ruth was a Christmas Eve present to the Yankees in 1919, though the rest of the world didn’t find out until 1920.

Oh, just a giant squid sighting. No big deal.

Used book stores are having a bit of a renaissance.

RIP, Dave Henderson, former MLB player best known for his home run in the 1986 AL Championship Series for Boston.

“The reality is, we are a very affluent country, we have loose borders, and we have a bad education system. And all that adds up to a significant amount of correctional needs, which, thankfully, we’ve been able to help the country out with and states with by providing a lower cost solution.”

What everyone needs to know about the police killing of Tamir Rice.

Lazy authentication is still the norm.

Some of the Texans who left us in 2015 that we will miss.

The 2015 Jon Swift Memorial Roundup is up.

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