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The Palio di Siena: A Survivor’s Tale

NY Times - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 05:00
Crowds and chaotic thrills at the thunderous, lawless, medieval-style horse race in Siena, Italy.

Friendship’s Dark Side: ‘We Need a Common Enemy’

NY Times - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 05:00
Friendship generally is regarded as an unalloyed good. But scientists have found it also can be a conspiracy, a way to separate “us” from “them.”

‘They Eat Money’: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption

NY Times - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 02:59
Since apartheid ended, African National Congress leaders have siphoned off tens of billions of dollars. Will South Africa’s new government confront such epic graft?

Today, Go Say an Overdue Thank You. It’ll Make You Feel Better.

NY Times - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 02:45
Expressing gratitude can measurably improve your overall happiness and life satisfaction — even if you’re faking it.

Today, Go Say an Overdue Thank You. It’ll Make You Feel Better.

NY Times - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 02:45
Expressing gratitude can measurably improve your overall happiness and life satisfaction — even if you’re faking it.

Maralinga Journal: Australia’s Least Likely Tourist Spot: A Test Site for Atom Bombs

NY Times - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:05
“Yes, there is still radiation here,” Australia’s only nuclear tour guide says of Maralinga, where the Australian and British governments dropped seven bombs between 1956 and 1963.

Europe Edition: Syria, James Comey, Iceland: Your Monday Briefing

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:52
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

R. Lee Ermey, Profane Drill Sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ Dies at 74

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:47
Mr. Ermey, who was nicknamed the Gunny, earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as foulmouthed Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the 1987 film.

James Comey’s Interview on ABC’s ‘20/20’: Annotated Excerpts

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 23:24
Mr. Comey, the former F.B.I. director fired by President Trump in 2017, appeared in an hourlong interview on ABC Sunday night. Here is some of what he had to say.

In Interview, Comey Calls Trump ‘Morally Unfit’ and a ‘Stain’ on All Around Him

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:13
James B. Comey, in portraying President Trump as a danger to the nation, is mounting a remarkable public assault on a sitting president — who fires back.

Op-Ed Columnist: Dislike Comey, Despise Trump

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:07
Forgive me if I don’t rise in applause simply because Comey’s revelations are agitating Trump.

James Comey in ABC Interview: Trump Is a Serial Liar, Treats Women Like ‘Meat’ and Is a ‘Stain’ on All Who Work for Him

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:49
President Trump is on the attack ahead of James B. Comey’s interview on ABC on Sunday night. Here are highlights of The New York Times’s coverage of their confrontation.

Trump to Impose New Sanctions on Russia Over Support for Syria

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:08
Nikki Haley, the ambassador to the United Nations, said Russian companies that have supported Syria’s chemical weapons will be targeted on Monday.

Independent New York Prosecutors Pose Potential Risk for Trump

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:04
The office of the United States attorney for the Southern District, which is overseeing the Michael Cohen investigation, is known for nonpartisanship.

‘I Am Gay, Not a Pervert’: Furor Erupts in China as Sina Weibo Bans Gay Content

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:04
Activists said the social media site’s vow to delete posts with gay themes was the latest sign of discrimination in the country.

Europe Divided Over Robot 'Personhood'

SlashDot - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:00
Politico Europe has an interesting piece which looks at the high-stakes debate between European lawmakers, legal experts and manufacturers over who should bear the ultimate responsibility for the actions by a machine: the machine itself or the humans who made them?. Two excerpts from the piece: The battle goes back to a paragraph of text, buried deep in a European Parliament report from early 2017, which suggests that self-learning robots could be granted "electronic personalities." Such a status could allow robots to be insured individually and be held liable for damages if they go rogue and start hurting people or damaging property. Those pushing for such a legal change, including some manufacturers and their affiliates, say the proposal is common sense. Legal personhood would not make robots virtual people who can get married and benefit from human rights, they say; it would merely put them on par with corporations, which already have status as "legal persons," and are treated as such by courts around the world.

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He Called Out Sick, Then Apologized for Leaving This World

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:27
Before setting himself on fire in a Brooklyn park, David S. Buckel sent an email to a man he had mentored, one clue among several as friends and family tried to make sense of the act.

Gillian Ayres, Abstract Artist Besotted by Paint, Dies at 88

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:12
Ms. Ayres had little patience for people seeking the meaning of her bold, colorful works. “I wish they’d just look. It’s visual.”

Op-Ed Contributor: When Children Grow Up Poor, the Nation Pays a Price

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:12
For each dollar spent on reducing childhood poverty, the United States would save at least $7, research shows.

News Analysis: After Trump Strikes Syria, Syrians Wonder ‘What’s Next?’

NY Times - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 20:07
The strikes were calibrated to keep the West from being dragged further into war. That left Assad in power and Syria in its painful status quo.