Thursday, June 15, 2023

Daily Headlines for June 15, 2023

Met Museum Trains ‘Monuments Men’ to Save Ukrainian Cultural Heritage
Curators are teaching military officers to save imperiled treasures abroad, but their efforts to credit Ukrainian artists have been met with a mixed response.

Reparations for Black Californians Face Uphill Climb in State Legislature
Monetary compensation is expected to be particularly controversial as task-force economists peg the impact of slavery and discrimination at more than $800 billion

Cancel Culture Comes for Philly’s Weirdest Museum
The Mütter calls itself ‘disturbingly informative.’ Its woke leaders appear anxious to sanitize it.

'Gay summer camp': How cruises create space for LGBTQ+ travelers at sea

Fox News Chyron Calls Biden a ‘Wannabe Dictator’
The onscreen text appeared Tuesday beneath split-screen footage of President Biden and former President Donald J. Trump, who had been charged with federal crimes hours earlier.

Pakistan’s Military Tightens Grip With Broad Clampdown on Opposition, Media
Thousands have been arrested and TV news stations have been warned not to use the name of Imran Khan or show his picture

Senators Write Letter of Support to Imprisoned Journal Reporter Evan Gershkovich
Bipartisan missive expresses ‘profound anger and concern’ over his detention by the Russian government

He Exposed Corruption in Guatemala. Now He’s Been Sentenced to Prison.
The trial of José Rubén Zamora, the founder of a newspaper who was convicted of money laundering and sentenced to up to six years, came as critics say democracy in Guatemala is crumbling.

Guatemala court sentences journalist to 6 years in prison for money laundering

The Phillip Schofield Scandal Explained, From Daytime TV to Parliament
The resignation of a television anchor, followed by an admission of an affair with a younger colleague, has gripped the British media for weeks. Here’s why.

Phillip Schofield saga distracts from daytime TV's radical potential

Music Publishers Sue Twitter, Accusing It of Copyright Infringement
A group of 17 music publishers sued the social media company and said it was seeking as much as $250 million in damages.

Music Companies Sue Twitter for More Than $250 Million in Damages Over Alleged Copyright Violations
Publishers representing thousands of artists seek payment for use of music in tweets

Europeans Take a Major Step Toward Regulating A.I.
A draft law in the European Parliament has become the world’s most far-reaching attempt to address the potentially harmful effects of artificial intelligence.

AI Regulation Is Here. Almost.
EU lawmakers move forward with draft law to regulate development of AI-powering products such as ChatGPT

AMD’s Superchips Face a Trillion-Dollar Hurdle
New AI chips challenge market leader Nvidia on its home turf

Red States Have Slowed the ESG Juggernaut
Laws against politicized investing may eventually force the hand of fund managers and blue states.

Is a U.S. Wealth Tax Constitutional?
A bad Ninth Circuit ruling needs Supreme Court review.

At a British Amazon Warehouse, a Union Bid Surges, Then Stalls
Over 700 workers in Coventry joined a union and are seeking recognition for it to negotiate with the company, known for its resistance to organized labor.

She said Starbucks fired her because she’s white. Jury agreed, awarding her $25.6 million

Google’s Online Advertising Practices Violate Antitrust Laws, E.U. Says
European Union regulators filed new antitrust charges against Google, which could lead to fines and orders for the company to change its business practices.

EU Says It Might Seek Breakup of Google’s Ad-Tech Business
Europe joins U.S. in accusing tech giant of abusing its dominance in digital-ad industry

Is This a Trillion-Dollar Look?
Jensen Huang, the C.E.O. of Nvidia, is transforming a black leather jacket into a symbol of the A.I. paradigm shift.

Democrats and Republicans share core values but still distrust each other

Kids and the Power of the Spoken Word
New standards in Georgia and Arkansas will require students to recite great poems or speeches.

Virginia teacher shot by 6-year-old no longer working for Newport News school

How South Korea Puts Its Food Scraps to Good Use
When wasted food rots in landfills, it pollutes soil and water — and warms the planet. Here’s how one country keeps that from happening.

Midwestern town’s Pride festival attracts thousands who reject far-right local politics

Hypothermia suspected in the deaths of 2 L.A. County inmates last winter

Grand Jury Votes to Indict Daniel Penny in Subway Chokehold Killing
Mr. Penny, a Marine veteran, has said he was defending himself and other passengers when he choked Jordan Neely to death.

Louisiana Army base renamed for Black World War I soldier

When Finding Your Bliss Means Floating, Naked
It sounds woo-woo, but floating can help us calm down and lower stress

Opinion: Violence against Black women and girls is underreported. Here’s how we can address it

In further blow to Russian LGBTQ+ community, lawmakers move to ban gender transitioning procedures

Here’s How Much Hotter Than Normal This June Has Been

Roger Payne, Biologist Who Heard Whales Singing, Dies at 88
His underwater microphones recorded “Songs of the Humpback Whale,” inspiring a movement that led to national and international bans on commercial whaling.

A Moon of Saturn Has All the Ingredients Needed for Life
Data from NASA spacecraft reveal phosphorus is present in the subsurface ocean of Enceladus

Kairan Quazi, 14, is the newest team member of SpaceX: 'Nobody winced at my age'

Battle for Oak Flat: How Apache opposition to a copper mine became a religious liberty test

Southern Baptists turn their backs on O.C.’s Saddleback Church over its female pastors

Southern Baptists Vote to Further Expand Restrictions on Women as Leaders
Delegates at the denomination’s convention approved a stricter ban on female pastors and rejected the appeals of two churches led by women to remain in the denomination.

Southern Baptists Resoundingly Reject Women Pastors
Vote comes despite appeal from the Rev. Rick Warren, one of the denomination’s leading figures

Activists rally Congress to create a Muslim American Heritage Month to celebrate diversity

Archbishop to pray for L.A. hours before Dodgers honor Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Hawthorne’s Marked-Up Proofs for the ‘Scarlet Letter’ Could Fetch $600,000
A trove of early American literature for sale includes first editions by Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman and Harriet Beecher Stowe

Appreciation: I thought I was done with Cormac McCarthy, but he wasn’t done with me

Cormac McCarthy, Riding Into a Bloodred Sunset
He was the last of a generational cohort of writers who redefined American prose.

A Guide to Cormac McCarthy’s Books
McCarthy applied a stark, merciless vision to his stories of misfits and the apocalypse. Here’s where to start with his work.

Robert Gottlieb, Eminent Editor From le Carré to Clinton, Dies at 92
At Simon & Schuster, Alfred A. Knopf and The New Yorker, he polished the work of a who’s who of mid-to-late 20th century writers.

Influential Marvel Artist Who Drew Spider-Man, Wolverine Dies
John Romita Sr. was art director at Marvel Comics for more than two decades

Mister Cartoon, tattooist to the stars, draws on ‘memories and fantasies’ for first solo show

Fashion’s Reluctant It Boy
Eli Russell Linnetz has worked with Ye, Gaga, Dior and Comme des Garçons. What makes the siloed storyteller of Venice Beach so in demand?

‘Raphael. Born Architect’ Review: A Renaissance Master’s Foundations
An exhibition at the Palladio Museum in Vicenza, Italy, highlights a lesser-known side of the great Renaissance painter’s career and its impact on his artistry

Pat Sajak Was the Center of the Wheel
For decades, the soon-to-retire “Wheel of Fortune” host was … just there. That was the whole point of him.

Sundance Institute gets $4 million to support Indigenous filmmakers

Review: Wes Anderson’s gorgeous ‘Asteroid City’ is more starry than stellar

'You feel it all deeply': Pixar's first rom-com 'Elemental' talks frankly about racism

'The Flash' movie review: Ezra Miller's DC adventure puts a superhero spin on 'Back to the Future'

A Beautiful Evening of Music Emerged From a New York City Sewer
New Yorkers gathered on the shores of the East River to hear musicians — aboard a barge and canoe — taking advantage of the unique acoustics of a drainage tunnel.

How the Record Man Harvey Averne Helped Take Latin Music Worldwide
Now 86, he reflects on his time at Fania Records, his tempestuous creative relationship with Eddie Palmieri and his exit from the industry he loves.

Riley Keough to Pay Priscilla Presley to End Family Trust Dispute
Keough had been locked in a court fight with her grandmother over control of the family trust, but under a settlement Keough will be its sole trustee.

Monday, May 08, 2023

Daily Headlines for May 8, 2023

Gunman used an AR-15-style rifle in the shooting spree outside of Dallas

We have fantasized about this moment for decades. The trick is learning how to savor it.

Six months into running the social-media company, the billionaire is talking about his own metric of success

Conference in Africa focuses on AI’s promise and peril for less wealthy nations after ChatGPT sparked frenzy among big tech companies

Research in China on workarounds, such as using software to leverage less powerful chips, is accelerating

‘Robber barons’ of the 19th and 21st centuries enrich, not exploit, the poor and middle class.

Our brains aren’t wired to juggle tasks

A study found that 60% of employment in 2018 was in roles that didn’t exist in 1940.

Stock declines wipe out billions of dollars of paper gains meant for big-ticket expenses

What Investors Should Know About Money-Market Funds and CDs
Investors are turning to these cash-equivalent investments, some of which are yielding 5% or more. But it pays to have a strategy beyond fear.

Does market timing hurt portfolios most during up years or down years? What about when things are volatile? We ran the numbers.

Women analysts with perceived dominant faces, however, are at a competitive disadvantage, a study suggests

Company has reported $1.5 billion in operating losses amid problems developing vehicles

Requirement that detained citizens sign a form before government can share information on their cases hamstrings officials

Gov. Spencer Cox thought a redesign of the state flag would bring people together. ‘I should have known better.’

Far-right group is pivoting its activism from denying 2020 election results toward cultural issues

Some reports based on publicly available information alarmed officials

The Bard Prison Initiative team has built an impressive record—and international reputation—since its unlikely 2015 victory

Ohio State could soon have a redoubt for free academic inquiry.

Oldest millennials reach decade when people often start to notice signs of aging

States push to increase penalties, programs aimed at reducing such attacks

My bill would exclude soda and prepared desserts from SNAP.

Workforce dropouts and drug overdoses became more common as the world obsessed over the virus.

The third installment’s opening weekend falls short of the previous ‘Guardians,’ adding to talk of superhero fatigue

Thursday, May 04, 2023

Daily Headlines for May 4, 2023

Our fear of mass shootings impacts our minds in surprising ways

Why Do the Richest Americans Live a Decade Longer Than the Poorest?
Falling life expectancy is no accident—it is a direct result, and failure, of policy.

Why Isn’t the Death of Local News National News?

‘More Completely Blacklisted’: Remembering John Howard Lawson
Seventy-five years after the Hollywood Blacklist, the ‘Hollywood Ten’ screenwriter’s legacy gets its due.

What’s Behind the GOP’s War Against Democracy?
And are rightwing billionaires who want more, more, more money willing to make common cause with bigots, fascists, and wannabee killers to get it?

Why Do Republicans Lionize the Leaker?

Be a Capitol Hill Citizen on Your Congress

How to become one of Clarence and Ginni’s dearest friends

A Parent’s Bill of Rights for the Rest of Us

Editorial: ’One Dumb Person’ doctrine at work

Amazon delivery firm allows its drivers to unionize with the Teamsters
Eighty-four workers at Amazon contractor Battle Tested Strategies in California have reached a contract with the Teamsters, a major step forward in the battle to unionize the workers who deliver packages for the e-commerce giant

Rutgers University Workers Waging Historic Strike For Economic Justice

Do you worry that your bank is too liberal?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. Here’s what it means for the way we work
New technologies are on track to trigger leaps in productivity greater than we have ever seen before.

How companies can solve the mental health crisis happening in the workforce
The perks that may have once seemed optional are now essential.

Young, Stupid, and Overconfident
We have raised a generation of entrepreneurs and workers who are remarkably out of touch with what's required to start and run a business. Here's a hint, snowflakes: It doesn't involve kombucha on tap.

The Gruesome Death of Lashawn Thompson in the Fulton County Jail

A Colorado reservoir gets ready for an epic snowmelt

Support libraries by rejecting book bans

You need an e-reader, and here’s why
E-books are good for you, incredibly convenient, and best consumed on a device built for the purpose—such as a Kobo.

Monday, May 01, 2023

Life Assignments

 Every time you go to a park:

  1. Walk around the park's perimeter twice—clockwise and counterclockwise
  2. Find the exact center of the park and lie down on the ground, looking at the sky
  3. Sit on every bench in the park to find the most comfortable bench and best view
  4. Pick up at least one piece of litter and throw it away
  5. Take note of one distinguishing feature of the park: What makes it stand out among other parks you've been to?
  6. Thank the park for being there and doing what it does for you, the neighborhood, and the community