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The government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is secretly selling its gold reserves to stay alive.⠀ ⠀ Shipments of gold from Venezuela to Uganda expose a link in the underground economy that many suspect is helping Maduro cling to power by bypassing the U.S.-dominated international finance system. ⠀ ⠀  What was once Latin America’s richest economy is starving, its oil sales have dwindled and citizens are suffering through dayslong power outages and shortages of basic goods.⠀ ⠀ Gold sales, officials say, are one of the Venezuelan government’s final financial lifelines.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @esther_mbabazi for @wsjphotos
In Caroline Ecklin's garage sits a 1980 Porsche 911 that preserves the history of how her parents met.⠀ ⠀ Her mom and dad "used to tell the funniest stories about them dating in this car before they were married," said the 27-year-old from Lancaster, Pa. "My father joked that he knew the moment he fell in love. They were on a trip and he was tired; she took over driving the 911 so he could sleep and when he woke up she was doing over 80 mph. He was, like, 'Oh! OK!'"⠀ ⠀ When Ecklin's mother passed away last year, she and her father decided to restore the Porsche to its original condition.⠀ ⠀ "The car is so full of memories of her, so we decided that it was time, in her honor," she said of the restoration, which was completed this spring.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @mattrothphoto for @wsjphotos
In the late '70s, Cathy Guisewite, creator of the long-running comic strip "Cathy," found herself between a "brilliant career" at an ad agency and a "miserable love life."⠀ ⠀ "The world was changing dramatically for women, a huge societal rebellion I wanted but didn’t want to join," she said.⠀ ⠀ Frustrated, she would write in her journal and eventually started drawing pictures, sending them to her parents to let them know how she was coping.⠀ ⠀ "[My mother] immediately said my scribbles could be a comic strip. I was beyond shocked," said Guisewite, now 68. "These were pictures of me at my most vulnerable."⠀ ⠀ Though her mother's suggestion "seemed insane" at the time, Guisewite sent her strips to the Universal Press Syndicate, which wrote back within days to sign her up.⠀ ⠀ She went on to draw "Cathy" for the next 34 years, ending the strip in 2010.⠀ ⠀ "I don't miss the deadlines, but I do miss the connection I had with readers," Guisewite said. "A lot of women went through the same things I did but had no place to dump it. I could air their frustrations."⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @matthewscottgranger
As advances in technology have lowered the cost of building satellites and sending them into orbit​, space has become a battleground for tech investors and startups.⠀ ⠀ About 2,000 satellites currently circle the Earth, including some no longer in use. China has the second most satellites in space, behind the U.S.⠀ ⠀ Satellites used to be mostly large, hand-built, one-off designs weighing thousands of pounds. Newer, smaller satellites can weigh as little as 10 pounds.⠀ ⠀ Now new rocket builders, including Elon Musk's @spacex, are lowering the cost of getting satellites into orbit. Last month, the company launched 60 of its satellites for beaming broadband internet service on a single rocket.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📊: Yaryna Serkez and Joel Eastwood
At just 49 years old, Oscar Washington Jr. died after suffering a major heart attack—leaving behind his wife, Doris, and daughters Stephanie and Sydnie. "He didn't have any symptoms," Doris said of her husband, who wasn’t feeling well when he got out of the shower one morning after a workout.  A trip to the hospital revealed Oscar had blockages in a main artery on the heart and two others. Despite an emergency triple bypass operation, he died two weeks later of complications of his condition.  Heart disease was once on course to fall below cancer as the nation's leading cause of death by 2020. That no longer seems likely. Researchers and cardiologists say the obesity epidemic and related rise in the prevalence of Type 2 diabetes are key culprits in a new wave of cardiovascular disease mortality.  Particularly alarming is that the death rate is actually rising for middle-aged Americans.  Read more at the link in our bio. 📷: @_andrea_morales for @wsjphotos
Does your morning coffee include purple yam extract?⠀ ⠀ An iced latte made with an extract of the sweet tuber ube has become a signature drink at Cafe Phin, a New York City pop-up from @nguyencoffeesupply serving a range of hot and cold brews.⠀ ⠀ Cafes specializing in Vietnamese coffee now caffeinate cities from Pittsburgh to Austin, handling beans from Vietnam with respect and showcasing flavors inspired by the wide repertoire of Southeast Asian coffee beverages.⠀ ⠀ Over the last couple decades, "serious" cafes have favored arabica beans, frequently given a light roast to reveal a nuanced, bright acidity. The bulk of beans coming out of Vietnam—the world's second-largest coffee exporter—are of the robusta species. As the name suggests, they're bold and bitter—qualities emphasized by the dark roast the beans typically get. At their best, robusta beans can also be nutty, lush and beautifully baritone in personality, fit to stand up to the condensed milk frequently mixed into coffee in the part of the world where they're grown.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @nschinco for @wsjoffduty
In its midcentury boom years, Detroit defined America. But in the subsequent decades, no city fell further, or harder. Now a much-publicized revival is unfolding in Motown. Downtown is a hive of construction, and neighborhoods like Midtown (née Cass Corridor) and the West Village are rebounding with ambitious new bars and restaurants.⠀ ⠀ Taking in everything the Motor City has to offer over the course of a long weekend is challenging, but @wsjoffduty tried its best with this guide spending a memorable few days in the iconic metropolis.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @marvinshaouniphoto for @wsjoffduty
Meet the man behind @fortnite, the blockbuster videogame that has racked up more than 250 million players.⠀ ⠀ Tim Sweeney may be a tech giant worth a reported $7 billion, but he remains a little-known figure. The 48-year-old founded @epicgames in his parents' basement at age 20, funded by $4,000 of his personal savings, and later dropped out of college a few credits shy of a mechanical-engineering degree. His company was last valued at $15 billion.⠀ ⠀ Colleagues have described Sweeney as having a youthful air, and he's been seen hopping on a small trampoline in the office and rollerblading around the company's parking lot in Cary, N.C. His office uniform is a T-shirt and cargo pants, and his favorite food is Bojangles' fried chicken.⠀ ⠀ "I'm single. Unmarried, no kids. So I lead a fairly simple life," said Sweeney, who's quick to point out that he didn't create "Fortnite"—his employees did.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @jeremymlange for @wsjphotos
"We like our cars low to the ground. We like flashy paint, nice interiors and a lot of chrome to make the car stand out."⠀ ⠀ Here in Española, New Mexico—home of the @EspanolaLowriderMuseum—Jeff Quintana will be bringing his prized 1960 Chevrolet Impala to next month's Lowrider Day car show.⠀ ⠀ The 50-year-old first spotted the car in a field behind a house 25 years ago, being used as storage, with no engine and no interior. He bought it from the owner for $2,000.⠀ ⠀ "I had a vision of what I wanted to build," said Quintana, whose father had the same car.⠀ ⠀ After starting work on the Chevy, he turned his focus to building a motorocylce and let the car sit for a decade. But when he met his girlfriend, Yvonne Romero, three years ago, she wanted to get the project going again. It took six months for the couple to rebuild the car, complete with a custom interior, chrome- and gold-plated engine and undercarriage, and gold-plated front and rear ends. Hydraulic lifts let them "put it up on three wheels or make it hop," Quintana said.⠀ ⠀ "It is part of the culture here."⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @catedingley for @wsjphotos
Phoenix has become the petri dish for America's housing experiments.⠀ ⠀ Last month, a three-bedroom house at the edge of the Arizona capital sold for $240,000, after the seller paid $215,000 for the property in January.⠀ ⠀ A computer determined what to offer and how much to ask. There was no need to schedule a showing with a real-estate agent. Prospective buyers were able to download an app to unlock the door.⠀ ⠀ Welcome to the world of high-tech house flipping, where investors armed with loads of cash and the latest in machine learning are reshaping the $26 trillion market for U.S. residential real estate.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @benhoste for @wsjphotos
Go ahead, touch the art. 👉🖼 ⠀ ⠀ What is unthinkable at a museum—taking a painting off the wall or turning over a piece of furniture—is not an uncommon practice for visitors to auction houses like @christiesinc. ⠀ ⠀ A collector interested in an item up for sale may ask to inspect it, under supervision, and not only with their hands.⠀ ⠀ "In addition to touching the pieces, you can also smell them," said furniture dealer Leon Dalva. "There is a pretty distinctive 18th-century smell. You use all of your senses."⠀ ⠀ Christie's will even let collectors take pieces home if they are serious about the items up for bidding.⠀ ⠀ Read more at the link in our bio.⠀ ⠀ 📷: @bessadler for @wsjphotos
Straightforward recipes and unfussy techniques are cook and writer @alisoneroman's speciality—though you might not guess it from the photogenic creations on her Instagram feed.⠀ ⠀ Her new book, "Nothing Fancy," comes out this fall and provides at-home chefs with recipes for having people over.⠀ ⠀ Roman will travel to Europe this summer to promote the book, and she talked to @wsjmag about her favorite London restaurants, the indulgence of ordering coffee in bed and why she loves to work on planes.  Read more at the link in our bio. ⠀ 📷: @graydonherriott

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