7 Dramatic Storylines to Make Anyone a World Cup Soccer Fan

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Maybe you just. Can’t. Get. IntoSoccer. Maybe 20-odd guys kicking a ball around a large expanse of grass in hopes of nudging that ball over a painted white line once or twice doesn’t do it for you. Maybe you’ll never give two figs about the technical brilliance of Lionel Messi or savant-like vision of Andrea Pirlo

That’s fine — but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this summer’s World Cup

The world’s biggest sporting event has enough subplots and storylines — players gunning for immortality, teams looking to stake a claim to history, fans and players seeking escape from unspeakable tragedy — to interest even the most casual observer Read more…

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Washington Mudslide: The Dramatic Before and After

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It’s been nearly a week since a mudslide swept the small town of Oso, Wash., leaving 25 dead — a figure that officials say will sharply rise over the next few days as they continue to search through the rubble for 90 people who are still missing.

Although local authorities said a 1.1 magnitude earthquake preceded the mudslide, officials from the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday said it was not the cause. The Snohomish County landslide was mostly likely the result high rainfall and soil conditions that made the steep slope unstable — a perfect recipe for the dramatic event. Read more…

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