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Lunchtime Links: Family Labyrinth Costume is the Best Ever, New Kimpton hotel at Pearl gets Architect, Pakistani Drone Victim Comes To Congress For Answer, How to Break Into a Computer (and Prevent It from Happening to You), San Antonio Wookie Walk is Coming, 14 Facebook Tools You Didn’t Know Existed + More

October 29, 2013
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1. Dallas architectural firm bringing its expertise to new Kimpton hotel at Pearl “The Pearl Brewery Brewhouse is being renovated into what will soon become the Hotel Pearl. The 146-room venue is slated to debut in the summer of 2014.” (SBJ)

2. A Grim Report on Press Freedoms Under Obama “Today the Committee to Protect Journalists unveiled a detailed, sober assessment of press freedom in the United States during President Obama’s tenure. The report concluded that far from fulfilling his campaign promise to improve transparency, the president has instead presided over an unprecedented campaign to contain leaks and to control media coverage of government operations.” (Moyers & Company)

3. Why Did America Kill My Mother? Pakistani Drone Victim Comes To Congress For Answer “The Rehmans’ story, documented extensively in a report released last week by Amnesty International and in a new documentary from filmmaker Robert Greenwald, serves as a wrenching, first-hand rebuke to the Obama administration’s frequent claims that drone strikes have caused few if any civilian casualties. Bibi was the only person killed in the strike. Nine people, including the two children, were hurt.” (Huffington Post)

4. Sriracha sauce factory odor causing headaches, burning eyes, city says “The city of Irwindale filed suit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, claiming that the odor was a public nuisance and asking a judge to stop production until the smell can be reduced.” (LA Times)

5. How to Break Into a Computer (and Prevent It from Happening to You) “Sometimes you need to get into a computer without knowing the password. Perhaps you’ve forgotten yours, or perhaps you’re up to no good. Either way, it’s actually pretty easy to do, provided your victim hasn’t taken the necessary precautions.” (Lifehacker)

6. 14 Facebook Tools You Didn’t Know Existed “You know all about Facebook’s basic tools. You can post statuses and share articles with the best of ‘em. But how often do you check your Activity Log? What is the Browse tool for?” (Mashable)

7. There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t “I’m just not a math person.” We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today.” (QUARTZ)

8. New Voter ID Law Forces Governor Candidate Wendy Davis To Sign Affidavit To Vote “A new law being enforced for the first time requires a voter show a valid photo ID that includes the voter’s name exactly as it appears on the elections department’s registration list. A 2011 state legislative decision requires Texans to show valid photo IDs at the polls for the first time.” (KERA NEWS)

9. Meet Ted Cruz’s Real Constituents “Unless you have a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag in front of your home, you’ve probably never heard of Toby Marie Walker, president of the Waco Tea Party. But you can bet Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and lots of other top Texas Republicans have her number on speed dial.” (Texas Observer)

10. The San Antonio Wookie Walk is Coming  May the fourth be with you.

BONUS: This family Labyrinth costume is the best ever. (Reddit)