GREECE, N.Y. — A few months after he turned 17 — and more than two years before he was arrested — Vincent Vetromile recast himself as an online revolutionary. Offline, in this suburb of Rochester, New York, Vetromile was finishing requirements for promotion to Eagle Scout in a troop that met at a local church. He enrolled at Monroe Community College, taking classes to become a heating and air conditioning technician. On weekends, he spent hours in the driveway with his father, a Navy veteran, working on cars. On social media, though, the teenager spoke in world-worn tones about the need to "reclaim our nation at any cost." Eventually he subbed out the grinning selfie in his Twitter profile, replacing it with the image of a colonial militiaman shouldering an AR-15 rifle. And he traded his name for a handle: "Standing on the Edge." That edge became apparent in Vetromile's posts, including many interactions over the last two years with accounts that praised the … [Read more...] about Twitter terror: Arrests prompt concern over online extremism
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Spain grows ever more popular with tourists every year with a record-breaking number of visitors to its shores in 2017 - 81.8 million in 2017 according to statistics from the World Tourism Organization – but after enjoying the sun, sea and sangria most head back home. But how many foreigners actually choose to put down roots in Spanish soil and make Spain their permanent home? If you take a trip to parts of the Costa Blanca or Costa del Sol it may seem as if it some towns are entirely populated by English-speaking communities but the official statistics provide a different story. Spain is home to 46.5 million people and counts just over 10 percent of its population (4.7 million) as foreigners, with the top three nationalities in terms of size of population being Moroccan, Romanian and Chinese. In fact native English speakers only represent around 7 percent of all the foreign-born residents in Spain. Brits may account for a sizeable proportion of that group but included in the … [Read more...] about Where do all the English speakers live in Spain?
By Charlotte Greenfield and Hameed Farzad KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Generation Z has grown up in a 17-year window shadowed by warfare and a heavy international presence, but now faces an uncertain future and the possibility of stark change. Peace talks between the United States and Taliban are ramping up, which could see the hardline group take on a formal role in government, while U.S. President Donald Trump is reported to be mulling cutting the number of U.S. troops, which peaked at 100,000 in the early 2010s and is now at about 14,000. No one knows what form a new government may take or how much control the Taliban might have under any deal, but for young people who were babies when the Taliban were driven from power by a U.S.-led campaign in 2001, the prospect of peace with the hardline Islamists brings a daunting mix of hope and fear. For villagers in rural Afghanistan, where traditional ways have always counted for more than central government law, life may not change much. … [Read more...] about Afghanistan’s post 9/11 generation wary of any future with the Taliban
I’m a tournament Scrabble player, and friends often ask me how they can improve their Scrabble skills. Although memorising words is important for Scrabble, there’s also an important strategic element of the game that many casual players overlook. Bonus squares can double or triple the amount of points you score on a turn, so you’d be wise to strategize your game around using them. Scrabble at its highest level is very different from the board game you grew up playing around the living room table. I would know – I’ve been a tournament Scrabble player for more than 10 years and I’ve played in competitions around the country, including two North American Scrabble Championships. Becoming a Scrabble expert requires memorising thousands of obscure words from the far reaches of the English dictionary, like “adz” (a cutting tool), “pahoehoe” (a type of lava), and “crwth” (a Celtic string instrument, and no, … [Read more...] about I’m a nationally ranked Scrabble player, and my go-to tip for my friends can elevate anyone’s game
SFGATE staff Published 3:11 pm PST, Friday, January 11, 2019 Sweepstake medal winners of the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition held at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Grounds in Cloverdale, CA, on Friday January 11, 2019. The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition judging sweepstakes was held at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Grounds in Cloverdale, Calif. on Friday January 11, 2019. less Sweepstake medal winners of the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition held at the Cloverdale Citrus Fair Grounds in Cloverdale, CA, on Friday January 11, 2019. The 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine ... more Photo: Michael Short/Special To The Chronicle, Michael Short Photo: Michael Short/Special To The Chronicle, Michael Short Image 1 of / 47 Caption Close Image 1 of 47 … [Read more...] about 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Winners