Two-Home Oceanfront Compound in Carmel Wants $25M – House of the Day – Curbed National

  Location: Carmel, Calif. Price: $25,000,000 The Skinny: The $25M asking price for this midcentury beach house on the shore of Carmel, Calif., may seem excessive at first glance, but once you drill down into the listing and realize that it actually includes another, slightly smaller boardwalk house, views of the Pebble Beach links, and a pretty …

China Offers Freebies to Promote Burials at Sea – Businessweek

Saturday brings the Qingming Festival, a traditional tomb-sweeping holiday when Chinese visit the graves of departed relatives. In honor of the festival, the China Daily reports on what some officials clearly hope will become the latest trend in Chinese funerals: burials at sea. According to the country’s official English-language newspaper, local governments …

The Overprotected Kid – The Atlantic

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution. trio of boys tramps along the length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens in half an hour.” …

Sweden Turns Japanese – NYTimes.com

Three years ago Sweden was widely regarded as a role model in how to deal with a global crisis. The nation’s exports were hit hard by slumping world trade but snapped back; its well-regulated banks rode out the financial storm; its strong social insurance programs supported consumer demand; and unlike …

Thai activist who opposed lese majeste law killed

BANGKOK (AP) — A pro-government activist who opposed a law punishing critics of Thailand’s monarchy was fatally shot Wednesday in the capital, police said. The killing came as tensions continue over the political fate of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, whose foes are trying to force her from office to make …