What We Love This Week, Volume CXXXIII

Burundi Woman Crying

A relative of Patrick Ndikumana, who was killed by police last week, mourns his death at the family’s home in Bujumbura, Burundi, on June 28. Source: TIME

Three Months Of Crisis In Burundi

Burundi Violence Rubble Smoke

A protestor throws fuel onto a shop kiosk dragged into the road to form a barricade in the Cibitoke neighbourhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 7. Source: TIME

In the three months since Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza announced he would seek a third term–thus exceeding the constitutional limit of two–the country’s political climate has devolved from tension to protest to violence, with a failed coup along the way. Even before Nkurunziza “won” re-election last week (in an environment the U.N. understatedly called “not conducive for free, credible and inclusive elections”), his government had been violently squashing any opposition. With Uganda’s recent, ongoing mediation between the government and the opposition providing a glimmer of hope for this dire situation, TIME has taken a harrowing look back at the nation’s catastrophic unrest.

Burundi Children Sad Window

Orphaned youths are pictured through a mesh window at the OPDE care home in Bujumbura, Burundi, on July 27. Source: TIME

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When Cleveland, Ohio Decided To Launch 1.5 Million Balloons

Balloon Fest 1986 Launch

Surely someone could have seen this one coming.

In one helluva poorly conceived–if not momentarily pretty–publicity stunt, Los Angeles-based company Treb decided to promote its services by releasing nearly 1.5 million balloons into the skies of Cleveland, Ohio. In spite of wasting vast amounts of helium for a single, fleeting event, the launch was built on good intentions: children sold sponsorships to benefit charity United Way, at the price of $1 for every two balloons.

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This Palmitas Street Art Project Transformed A City

Palmitas Street Art Colorful

Source: In A Gist

In 2011, Sony Pictures painted Juzcar, Spain bright blue to promote the release of their new Smurfs 3D movie. Sorry, Sony: a youth collective operating under the name Germen Crew has blown your Spanish Smurftown out of the water.

In a government-sponsored street art project, Palmitas, Mexico has gone from stark white to a kaleidoscope of rich, brilliant colors. Designed by Mibe, a street artist from Mexico City, the incredible paint job took more than two and a half months to complete.

Palmitas Street Art Before After

Source: Flipboard


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What Is Legionnaire’s Disease?

Legionnaires Disease Image

TEM image of L. pneumophila, responsible for over 90% of Legionnaires’ Disease cases. Source: Wikipedia

Almost 40 years to the day that a mysterious illness broke out at an American Legion conference in Philadelphia — and changed the CDC forever — the culprit appears to be making a comeback in New York City. Legionnaire’s Disease seems to be back, but just what exactly is it?

In 1976, Philadelphia was the place to be if you wanted to think long and hard about America’s history and be aggressively patriotic. The year marked the nation’s bicentennial, and states held parades, celebrations and some of the most intense Independence Day barbecues that the US had ever seen.

July 4th, 1976 was a day for extreme patriotism. A few weeks later, Philly was still abuzz with red, white and blue — and the American Legion (an association of over two million veterans) held its annual conference at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel. 2,000 ‘legionnaires’ (as they’re called) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.

The convention ran from July 21st to July 24th. The first legionnaire death occurred on July 27th.

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