One Seat, Competing Pressures as Newsom Considers Senate Pick

Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Kamala Harris. But Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to be in no rush to make his choice.

#alex-padilla, #becerra-xavier, #california, #elections-house-of-representatives, #latino-victory-fund, #newsom-gavin

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‘I Have Never Seen so Many Toadstools.’ A Bumper Crop of Mushrooms in Ukraine

Hunting for mushrooms deep in the forest is the ideal socially distanced pastime.

#chernobyl-ukraine, #mushrooms, #ukraine

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New York City Will Reopen Elementary Schools and Phase Out Hybrid Learning

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an abrupt shift in managing schools during the pandemic. Officials had faced criticism that they prioritized activities like indoor dining over the well-being of children.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #education-k-12, #new-york-city, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Offices of Diego Maradona’s Doctor Raided Over His Death

The authorities searched the home and offices of the soccer hero’s doctor as part of an investigation into the circumstances of his death last week.

#argentina, #maradona-diego, #search-and-seizure, #soccer

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Trump Looms Large Now, but Maybe Not Forever

One-term presidents generally don’t leave big footprints. And the last four years may be seen as a reaction to the game-changing presidency of Barack Obama.

#obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Leadership of U.N. Human Rights Body Becomes Proxy Battle for World Powers

A fight over the council’s presidency is seen by some as an effort by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia to put a more compliant state in control ahead of greater involvement by the Biden administration.

#bahrain, #bainimarama-frank, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #fiji, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations

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The N.F.L. Confronts a Growing Crisis

The virus created turmoil for two more teams, the Broncos and 49ers. Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado tested positive. Here’s the latest.

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Transition Updates: Who’s Still in the Running for Biden’s Cabinet

These are some top contenders for President-elect Joe Biden’s cabinet. Arizona is settling into life as a “magenta” state. Here’s the latest.

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The Beat at the Heart of ‘Lovers Rock’

Steve McQueen’s new “Small Axe” anthology includes a film that centers on an offshoot of reggae that represented big shifts in the music, and in Black British culture.

#black-people, #bovell-dennis, #england, #kay-janet-1958, #lovers-rock-movie, #mcqueen-steve, #reggae-music, #silly-games-song, #small-axe-tv-program

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‘The Lessons of Nuremberg Must Be Continually Relearned’

Former Senator Christopher J. Dodd writes of his father’s role at the World War II military tribunal, and the lessons that can be drawn today.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dodd-christopher-j, #dodd-thomas-j, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #nuremberg-war-crimes-tribunal-1945-49, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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Amanda Seyfried Finally Stakes Her Claim

The “Mean Girls” and “Mamma Mia!” actress knows her performance as Marion Davies in“Mank” will be a turning point in her career. But first, she had to put some distance between herself and Hollywood.

#actors-and-actresses, #content-type-personal-profile, #mank-movie, #movies, #seyfried-amanda

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Coronavirus Deaths, Joe Biden, Holiday Windows: Your Weekend Briefing

Here’s what you need to know about the week’s top stories.

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Dave Prowse, Man Behind Darth Vader’s Mask, Is Dead at 85

Mr. Prowse went from being a weight lifting champion in Britain to helping portray one of the most iconic villains in movie history. But his voice did not make the edit.

#deaths-obituaries, #jones-james-earl, #movies, #prowse-dave, #return-of-the-jedi-movie, #star-wars-movie, #the-empire-strikes-back-movie

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The Lost Days That Made Bergamo a Coronavirus Tragedy

The northern Italian province became one of the deadliest killing fields for the virus in the Western world. But a Times investigation found that faulty guidance and bureaucratic delays rendered the toll far worse than it had to be.

#bergamo-italy, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #italy, #medicine-and-health, #politics-and-government, #shutdowns-institutional, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

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Bah, Pandemic! How Theaters Are Saving ‘A Christmas Carol’

Seasonal stagings often underwrite the usual fare. But even without indoor audiences, the tradition lives on — by mail, by screen, by car and by radio.

#a-christmas-carol-play, #alliance-theater, #american-shakespeare-center-theater-co, #dickens-charles, #fords-theater, #guthrie-theater, #kansas-city-repertory-theater, #mays-jefferson, #mccarter-theater, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #st-louis-shakespeare-festival, #summoners-ensemble-theater, #theater, #trinity-repertory-company

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The College Athletes Who Are Allowed to Make Big Bucks: Cheerleaders

Because cheerleading is not governed by the N.C.A.A., its participants can sign lucrative endorsement deals that would lead to punishment for most college athletes, including soon-to-be N.F.L. and N.B.A. millionaires.

#cheerleaders, #college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities

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Diego Maradona’s Long Shadow

Dozens of players have been hailed as the next Maradona. A few have even worn his famed No. 10 with his blessing. But the fit was never perfect.

#argentina, #boca-juniors-soccer-team, #maradona-diego, #messi-lionel, #soccer

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Make a Poem From Newspaper

A cento is a poem written using borrowed lines, like ones from this publication. Don’t forget to give credit.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-service, #handicrafts, #newspapers, #poetry-and-poets, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #writing-and-writers

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Making Bar Trivia Virtual

Though many bars are under lockdown restrictions, pub quiz companies still operate online. You provide the booze, they provide the brainteasers.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #content-type-service, #games, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skype-technologies, #trivia, #twitch-interactive-inc, #zoom-video-communications

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Jailed, Exiled and Silenced: Smothering East Africa’s Political Opposition

In several countries, entrenched leaders are taking advantage of coronavirus restrictions and a world distracted by the pandemic to clamp down hard on prominent political opponents.

#ahmed-abiy, #burundi, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #djibouti, #east-africa, #elections, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kyagulanyi-ssentamu-robert-bobi-wine, #lissu-tundu, #magufuli-john-1959, #mohammed-jawar, #museveni-yoweri, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #tanzania, #tigray-ethiopia, #uganda

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That Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert? It’s Gone, Officials Say

The metal structure has been removed, Utah officials said on Saturday, adding that they had not taken it down.

#art, #bureau-of-land-management, #utah

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Virus Disruptions Hit 49ers and Broncos, as N.F.L. Crisis Grows

The 49ers would need to train away for the headquarters for three weeks under an order from local health officials. The Broncos have none of their quarterbacks available for their game on Sunday.

#baltimore-ravens, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denver-broncos, #football, #national-football-league, #san-francisco-49ers, #santa-clara-county-calif

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Brazen Killings Expose Iran’s Vulnerabilities as It Struggles to Respond

After suffering a string of audacious attacks, Tehran faces an agonizing choice: embracing hard-liner demands for swift retaliation, or trying to make a fresh start with the Biden administration.

#al-qaeda, #azerbaijan, #brookings-institution, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #rouhani-hassan, #suleimani-qassim, #targeted-killings

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A Scorched Earth Strategy on Iran

The assassination of a top nuclear scientist isn’t about stopping a bomb — it’s about preventing diplomacy. Joe Biden doesn’t have to let it work.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #europe, #iran, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-weapons, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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How Tony Hsieh Tried to Single-Handedly Transform Downtown Las Vegas

Mr. Hsieh, who died at 46, tried to revitalize a corner of the city by attracting other entrepreneurs.

#affordable-housing, #area-planning-and-renewal, #downtown-project-las-vegas, #hsieh-tony, #las-vegas-nev, #park-city-utah, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #urban-areas, #zappos

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A Cat Is Said to Be Joining the Bidens in the White House

The last cat to live in the White House, India, belonged to President George W. Bush.

#biden-jill-tracy-jacobs, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cats, #champ-dog, #major-dog, #pets, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #white-house-building-washington-dc

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Updates: Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. Give Boxing a Throwback Party

Mike Tyson is scheduled to fight Roy Jones Jr. in an exhibition that is more show and nostalgia than high-level boxing.

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Let’s Talk About Higher Wages

The nation, and the Democratic Party, desperately needs a replacement for the tired story that tax cuts drive economic growth.

#democratic-party, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #republican-party, #taxation, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Sarah Fuller, With a Kickoff, Is the First Woman to Play Football in a Power 5 Game

Fuller, a goalkeeper for Vanderbilt’s women’s soccer team, was asked to play because the football team’s kicking unit could not practice because of the coronavirus.

#football-college, #goss-april-1993, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #sankey-greg, #tennessee, #vanderbilt-university, #women-and-girls

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It’s the Winter of Backcountry. Here’s How to Start Safely.

The pandemic has many people wanting to avoid crowded slopes. Going into the backcountry requires avalanche knowledge or a guide. Here are suggestions for taking part across the United States.

#alpine-skiing, #mountains, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #skiing, #snowboarding, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

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A Rush to Expand the Border Wall That Many Fear Is Here to Stay

Despite the president-elect’s vow to halt the project, the Trump administration is expanding the wall at a breakneck pace.

#arizona, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #border-barriers, #border-patrol-us, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #trump-donald-j

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Ethiopia Claims Victory in Tigray Conflict After Shelling Restive Region’s Capital

After heavy artillery strikes on Saturday, the federal government claimed the city of Mekelle was now under its control, but there was no way to independently confirm the assertion.

#africa, #african-union, #ahmed-abiy, #defense-and-military-forces, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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In Key States, Republicans Were Critical in Resisting Trump’s Election Narrative

They refuted conspiracy theories, certified results, dismissed lawsuits and repudiated a president of their own party.

#elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #georgia, #michigan, #pennsylvania, #presidential-election-of-2020, #raffensperger-brad, #republican-party, #tina-barton, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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Protests Over Security Bill in France Draw Tens of Thousands

Demonstrators accused the government of drifting toward repressive policies.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

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Israel’s Pick to Head Holocaust Memorial Stirs International Uproar

Critics are protesting the nomination of Effie Eitam, a retired general and far-right politician, to lead Yad Vashem, a hallowed Israeli institution.

#eitam-effie, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #politics-and-government, #yad-vashem-holocaust-museum

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‘Dear Joe’: Advice for Biden

What is the greatest challenge facing President-elect Joe Biden? We asked readers that question, and what advice they would give him.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #harris-kamala-d, #mcconnell-mitch, #obama-barack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Virus Deaths Approach Spring Record Amid Changing U.S. Crisis

On April 15, more Americans were reported dead of Covid-19 than on any other day of the pandemic. The daily toll is growing close once more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #emergency-medical-treatment, #new-york-city, #united-states

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Guns, Drugs and Viral Content: Welcome to Cartel TikTok

Mexico is set to shatter another murder record, but that grim reality is nowhere to be seen on the TikTok videos that go viral by showcasing drug cartel culture.

#advertising-and-marketing, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #drug-cartels, #mexico, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

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Assassination Threatens Fate of Iran Nuclear Deal

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist is likely to impede the country’s military ambitions. Its real purpose may have been to prevent the president-elect from resuming diplomacy with Tehran.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #suleimani-qassim, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations

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19th-Century Ship Is Revealed by Storm Erosion in Florida

Researchers believe the vessel is the Caroline Eddy, a ship built during the Civil War and wrecked in 1880. “It was a sea like a mountain,” its captain recounted at the time.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #coast-erosion, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #meide-chuck, #sand-and-gravel, #shipwrecks-historic

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Tony Hsieh, Longtime Chief of Zappos, Dies at 46

He stepped down from the online shoe retailer to focus on revitalizing downtown Las Vegas. He died of injuries suffered in a fire.

#deaths-obituaries, #e-commerce, #hsieh-tony, #las-vegas-nev, #shoes-and-boots, #zappos

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Aides’ Ties to Firms Present Biden With Early Ethics Test

Some of the president-elect’s choices for top posts have done work for undisclosed corporate clients and aided a fund that invests in government contractors.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #cohen-david-s, #daschle-tom, #defense-department, #flournoy-michele-a, #gephardt-richard-a, #haines-avril-d, #harris-kamala-d, #jigsaw-llc, #monaco-lisa-o, #pine-island-capital-partners-llc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-us, #psaki-jennifer-r, #thain-john-a, #united-states-politics-and-government, #westexec-advisors-llc, #work-robert-o

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Pandemic-Proof Your Habits

Too many people are still longing for their old routines. Get some new ones instead.

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Groups Trying to Open Golf to Young People Are Struggling Themselves

Even as more young men and women in need want to play, the pandemic has made it more difficult for nonprofits to raise money.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-reopenings, #first-tee, #golf, #national-golf-foundation, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy

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With Learning Upended, Parents Pull Children From U.S. Public Schools

Amazon has been on a hiring binge to keep up with pandemic shopping, but for the global economy, “normal” is a long way away. Cases are rising in South Africa, ahead of its travel season.

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Closing Time for a Village’s Last Pub?

With a deadline looming, locals scramble to raise enough money to buy the White Horse Tavern — and save the soul of their community.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #great-britain, #oxfordshire-england, #shutdowns-institutional

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As Iran Threatens Payback After Assassination, Germany Urges Restraint

The killing of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, which Tehran blamed on Israel, raised fears of an escalation in violent retribution.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #defense-and-military-forces, #fakhrizadeh-mohsen, #iran, #nuclear-weapons, #united-states-international-relations

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Pedophile Scandal Can’t Crack the Closed Circles of Literary France

The scandal surrounding the writer Gabriel Matzneff was not limited to his pedophilia. It also opened a window on the entrenched and clubby nature of many of France’s elite institutions.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #conflicts-of-interest, #editions-gallimard, #france, #giudicelli-christian, #matzneff-gabriel, #prix-renaudot, #sex-crimes, #writing-and-writers

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Art Basel Miami Beach Was Canceled, but the Show Goes On

As coronavirus deaths rose, museums and galleries rolled out new shows. The socialite Libbie Mugrabi is planning a dinner for the ages. Is Miami’s art world clueless?

#art, #art-basel-miami-beach, #cordova-william-1969, #florida, #miami-beach-fla, #miami-design-district-miami-fla, #mugrabi-libbie, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #robins-craig-1963

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Los Angeles County, where the virus is surging, urges residents to stay home.

#internal-essential

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