Every five years, scientists take a survey of the axolotl in ancient Lake Xochimilco, in southern Mexico City, the only place in the world where the amphibian still lives. In 1998 there were 6,000. In 2003 there were 1,000. In 2008 there were 100. And in 2013 there were 0. RIP axolotl, you delightful primitive weirdo.
Warren Christopher and Danny Stiles were both men that either you've never heard of or you've forgotten about. Christopher was a public servant, and Stiles was a disk jockey, both for a long time. There was nothing to connect them in the course of their long, rich lives but for the coincidence of their passing—Christopher died last Friday; Stiles, a week ago—and the fact that they were both the last of their breeds.
Christopher left the bigger footprint. Bill Clinton's first Secretary of State, Christopher bounced between law practice and public service. He was the head of what came to be known as the Christopher Commission, which suggested [...]