Economics/Class Relations

How to fall off a cruise ship and live

Nicholas Carlson, December 8, 2022


Hello, Insiders. Our investigations team spent months and months digging into the rise of homicides targeting transgender people, creating the most definitive record to date of how and why members of this community fall victim to fatal violence at alarming rates. Their work is moving, humanizing, and revelatory, and more reports from the project are continuing to be published by the team.


The latest looks at how often police fail to adequately investigate these murders, centering on a trans teen who was killed in small-town Alabama at a crowded party. Senior reporter Nicole Einbinder examines why, two years later, police still haven’t solved the case. It’s a gripping and powerful must-read.


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The death of an American soldier fighting in Ukraine exposes chaos in the foreign legion.


Almost 20,000 people from 52 nations flocked to help Ukraine fight against Russia’s invasion, but many volunteers have ended up leaving because of disorganization and mismanagement.


After Bryan Young, who lived in Georgia, arrived in Ukraine to help defend the country, his partner said she received concerning messages complaining about a lack of organization and equipment.


In the early hours of July 18, Young and his unit were tasked with clearing out a ravine to slow the Russian advance. Another US veteran who was with the unit said the mission was a disaster from the start. “I knew someone was going to die,” he told Insider.


Young was killed during the mission — but his widow said his death was preventable. Messages sent to her from soldiers in Young’s unit reveal that many thought their commander was reckless and often drunk.


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