Jamie Dean

Jamie is WORLD’s national editor based in Charlotte, N.C. Follow Jamie on Twitter @deanworldmag.

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Sizzles and fizzles

News | Heat waves hit cities and politicians, while a cold wind blows for others
by Jamie Dean
Posted 8/01/19, 07:19 am

American singer Frank Sinatra once joined a long list of musicians crooning about a love for Paris year-round: “I love Paris in the winter when it drizzles. … I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles.”

But Sinatra might not have loved this much sizzle: French meteorologists reported the temperature in Paris soared to 108.6 degrees on July 25—the city’s hottest day on record. 

A summer heat wave broke records across Europe, and it even baked Alaska: The temperature in Anchorage hit 90 degrees in July.

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Dementia and delight

Grief & Suffering | Readers share stories showing how a dreadful disease doesn’t extinguish the grace of God
by Jamie Dean
Posted 7/30/19, 10:28 am

Delight isn’t a word most people associate with dementia. 

But over the last few weeks, I’ve heard from many readers responding to a story I wrote about dementia, caregivers, and churches. And I’ve been moved by the current of delight that runs through the suffering in many of those messages.

Some caregivers delight when a loved one still remembers a handful of the people closest to him. Some delight when mom remembers the chorus of a familiar hymn or dad reflexively utters the words of the Lord’s Prayer.

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Stranger danger

News analysis | Summer plot twists punctuate a weird season of politics and culture
by Jamie Dean
Posted 7/18/19, 11:48 am

Summer hit full stride in July, but backyard barbecues faced stiff competition from indoor pursuits: Netflix released the third season of its nostalgia-fueled hit Stranger Things on July 4 and reported more than 40 million households streamed the show during the first week.

The massive viewership broke streaming records, but a Netflix account wasn’t necessary to watch plenty of other strange things unfold during July.

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