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Dividing by Race Comes to Grade School

  • Families at Riverdale are encouraged to join school-sponsored “affinity” groups to bond with people from their ethnicity or skin color.
  • In mid-June, a few weeks after the George Floyd protests began, the head of Riverdale Country School, the New York City private school my wife and I entrusted with the education of our two young children, sent a memo apologizing for unspecified past wrongs.
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Cuomo says he won’t resign in wake of more allegations of inappropriate behavior

By Steve Hughes
  • Cuomo said Sunday he will not resign, the day after two more women accused him of inappropriate behavior in articles for the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.
  • On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post both published stories that included women who alleged that Cuomo touched them or behaved in a way that made them uncomfortable.
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Ross Douthat: Do liberals care if books disappear?

  • In The Guardian, Lili Wilkinson noted dismissively that “the six books in question were far from being bestsellers,” while Bump’s colleague, the usually perspicacious critic Alyssa Rosenberg, took the cancellation as an occasion to complain about “the tiresome lack of imagination” of people who obsess over Seuss but not, say, Peter Spier.
  • From the idealistic liberalism of my high school English teachers, I learned that to try to get rid of offensive literature is the great sin of easily triggered rubes.
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The Queen Emphasizes Unity in Commonwealth Day Speech

By Katie Nicholl
  • Harry and Meghan, who made their last public appearance alongside the Royal Family at the Commonwealth Day service last year, were not invited to take part in the program.
  • The Queen normally provides a written speech included in the program for the in-person Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey, but this year’s event was turned into a broadcast on BBC One. Speaking about the past year of the pandemic, the Queen noted that
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Cedar Park eight-year-old reports man in truck staring from in front of his house

By Russell Falcon
CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Cedar Park Police are asking the public for any information they may have about any similar incidents after a local child reported a strange incident that happened in front of his house. According to CPP, an eight-year-old resident told police he was walking home from a friend’s house near Lakeline and Elkins Lane Saturday evening. At around 5:30 p.m., he said he noticed a grey or black truck stop in front of his home. The man stared at him for several minutes before driving away, the child said. The vehicle is described as a Black 2020 Dodge Ram. The driver is described as a man possibly in his 30s […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Queen leads TV special praising ‘dedication of duty’ before Harry & Meghan sit-down

By Lee Brown
  • Queen Elizabeth II led the royal family in their own pre-recorded TV special Sunday — just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s potentially explosive Oprah interview was due to air in the US — and praised those committed to a “selfless dedication of duty.”
  • In the special — titled “A Celebration for Commonwealth Day,” which is Monday — the monarch said of the coronavirus pandemic, “We have an opportunity to reflect on a time like no other” — while hailing “stirring examples of courage, commitment and selfless dedication to duty.
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Fauci warns against lifting Covid measures but Republican states push on

By Amanda Holpuch in New York
  • The top infectious disease expert in the US, Dr Anthony Fauci, has warned it is too early to end Covid-19 restrictions, despite Texas and Mississippi having lifted mask mandates and business capacity limits this week.
  • “We do have to keep America as safe as we can from this virus by not letting up on any of the public health measures we’ve taken and we need to get people vaccinated as quickly as we can,” said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
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Workers worry about safety, stress as states ease mask rules

By Leah Willingham, Michael Liedtke, Anne D’Innocenzio
  • As more jurisdictions join Texas, Mississippi and other states in lifting mask mandates and easing restrictions on businesses, many essential workers — including bartenders, restaurant servers and retail workers — are relieved by changes that might help the economy but also concerned they could make them less safe amid a pandemic that health experts warn is far from over.
  • Texas Retailers Association President and CEO George Kelemen said he thinks many members will continue to require workers — but not necessarily customers — to wear masks and other protective gear.
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Joe Manchin opens the door to filibuster reform

By Cameron Peters
  • That may not sound like a big deal, but it is: As Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio pointed out on Twitter Sunday, what Manchin appears to be describing is a throwback to the “talking filibuster,” which would likely pose a much more surmountable obstacle to the narrow Democratic Senate majority.
  • It won’t, unless Manchin and other moderates have a dramatic change of heart — but Manchin’s comments are a reminder that Democrats could still use their majority to find a way around the filibuster if their members aren’t willing to end it outright.
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CNN and New York Times Team Up For Multipart Rupert Murdoch Series

By Jordan Hoffman
  • Rupert Murdoch will be the subject of a multipart documentary series produced by CNN and the New York Times, according to a report by Bloomberg News .
  • While the 90-year-old Murdoch and his family have been the subject of many documentaries, and is not not the inspiration for Succession, this new, unnamed series is the first to come from a team-up between the two competing news organizations with which he has most frequently locked horns.
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Biden marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ by signing voting rights order

By AAMER MADHANI
  • WASHINGTON — A new executive order from President Joe Biden directs federal agencies to take a series of steps to promote voting access, a move that comes as congressional Democrats press for a sweeping voting and elections bill to counter efforts to restrict voting access.
  • His plan was announced during a recorded address on the 56th commemoration of "Bloody Sunday," the 1965 incident in which some 600 civil rights activists were viciously beaten by state troopers as they tried to march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama.
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Workers worry about safety and stress as states ease mask rules

By LEAH WILLINGHAM
As more jurisdictions join Texas, Mississippi and other states in lifting mask mandates and easing restrictions on businesses, many essential workers — including bartenders, restaurant servers and retail workers — are relieved by changes that might help the economy but also concerned they could make them less safe amid a pandemic that health experts warn is far from over. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Veterans home’s leaders were ousted during the pandemic, but new regime is raising questions

New leadership will be in place at the Menlo Park Memorial Veterans Home next week, where one in three residents died from the coronavirus and its CEO was ousted last year. But some residents and a state Senator already have raised concerns about the people the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has selected to fill the top two jobs. […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Jim McKee: Harrison is a little town with a big history

  • Before statehood in 1867, Nebraska’s panhandle extended west to the Rocky Mountains, then, what would become Sioux County, was suddenly shortened by two-thirds and a decade later the Legislature redefined its new borders while, in 1877, the entire county’s population was estimated at 550.
  • By 1882 the entire area was termed simply “North-western Nebraska” while the new population was estimated to be 800 plus about 300,000 cattle.
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New Allegations Against Andrew Cuomo Keep Piling Up

By Charlotte Klein
  • Also on Saturday, Karen Hinton, who worked for Cuomo as a press aide in the 1990s when he was the U.S. housing secretary, told the Post that the governor requested she come to his hotel room after a work event in 2000 and asked her a slew of personal questions before approaching her when she got up to leave in an embrace that Hinton described as “very long, too long, too tight, too intimate.”
  • Current and former staffers told both the Post and the Journal that Cuomo’s manipulation tactics ranged from making inappropriate comments about their physical appearance and personal lives to unwelcome physical contact, including in front of others during meetings.
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Review: In ‘Truffle Hunters,’ an enchanting but beset world

By Jake Coyle
  • “The Truffle Hunters,” Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s exquisitely charming documentary about old Italian men who scavenge truffles and the dogs they’re bound to, lists the canines with the appropriate respect in the end credits.
  • Dweck and Kershaw, both cinematographers, film the truffle hunters — aging, sweet men practicing an ancient and secretive tradition — in painterly, pointillistic tableaux as they walk through autumnal forests, foraging with their dogs.
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How Margin Debt Works

  • It is the money that investors borrow from stockbrokers to buy securities when they can’t or don’t want to fund the entire purchase with cash.
  • And if the individual starts losing money on the investment, the stockbroker might ask for additional cash as security or collateral.
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COVID-19: 461 new cases reported in state Sunday

  • Director Bruce Dart said those who got a Pfizer vaccine through Tulsa Health Department should try to come back to the same site 21 days after the prime dose; those who got Moderna should walk back into the same site 28 days after.
  • Second-dose appointments may also be made via the state portal, and users will be asked whether they need the Pfizer or Moderna shot.
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Raya and the Last Dragon’s Muted Box Office Win May Be Sign of Discord

By Jordan Hoffman
  • While the $8.6 million gross, according to The Hollywood Reporter, isn't anything to sneeze at in these unusual pandemic times, it is worth noting that last week an animated film with far worse reviews (and no New York City theaters), Tom & Jerry, opened to $14.1 million.
  • The animated film Raya and the Last Dragon easily topped the box office this weekend, the first one that also included some theaters in New York City.
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Estiatorio Miloas announces opening date for Venetian location

  • Spiliadis, who operates outposts of the Greek seafood restaurant in New York, Miami, Montreal, London and Athens, Greece, closed Estiatorio Milos in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in October to concentrate on building a new home for it at The Venetian and Palazzo’s restaurant row.
  • “I have great news,” says Estiatorio Milos’ chef and owner Costas Spiliadis, who is on the phone from Montreal, where he’s been waiting out the coronavirus pandemic for the past year.
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Biden is right to end Trump’s inhumane border policies. The cost is a new surge of migrants.

By Editorial Board
  • By rightly refusing to summarily expel children who cross the border illegally — or separate them from their families, as the Trump administration did — Mr. Biden seems to have nullified official calls for migrants to bide their time.
  • The resulting surge of illegal border crossing has become a crucible for the new administration just weeks after President Biden assumed office.
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Anti-maskers encouraged kids to burn their face coverings on the Capitol steps in Idaho

By Kim Bellware
  • Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) has never implemented a statewide mask requirement, though nearly a dozen areas of the state have local restrictions, including Boise.
  • Cheering parents watched as children tossed surgical masks into a fire outside the Idaho Capitol in Boise on Saturday as more than 100 people gathered to protest mask mandates as an affront to their civil liberties.
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A user’s guide to the coronavirus variants emerging in California and beyond

By Emily DeRuy
  • That’s not necessarily true of every variant, and scientists themselves disagree over whether some of the new strains, such as one first detected in South Africa, make people more sick than the original.
  • The good news: Researchers like Pinsky are less concerned about the UK variant than some others, because vaccines appear to be very effective at keeping people exposed to this variant from getting sick.
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How a Montebello DJ spent years tracking down rare Armenian music of the ’70s and ’80s

By Liz Ohanesian
  • Now Sassounian is sharing one of the songs from that album, the incomparably funky “Tears on My Eyes,” on the compilation “Silk Road: Journey of the Armenian Diaspora (1971-1982),” available now digitally and on vinyl via record label Terrestrial Funk.
  • The album is a labor of love that brings together music recorded by Armenian diasporan artists between 1971 and 1982.
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The Differences Between the Vaccines Matter

By Hilda Bastian
  • (Topol highlighted this very issue in an op-ed last fall for The New York Times .) Out of the six vaccines included in the dramatic data tables that made the rounds on Twitter, the clinical trials for only two of them—Oxford-AstraZeneca’s and Johnson & Johnson’s—included hospitalization for COVID-19 as a secondary outcome, and reported that efficacy rate.
  • Public-health officials are enthusiastic about the new, single-shot COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, despite its having a somewhat lower efficacy at preventing symptomatic illness than other available options.
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Greeting cards that joke about getting older: What readers are saying

By Helen Dennis
  • The most insulting part of your article is that although we apparently are wise, venerable, faithful friends, fun and spectacular, we are not allowed to share a joke with like-minded older friends of both sexes on our birthdays and still have loads of old-person self-esteem when we are done laughing.”
  • One of their many initiatives is to provide a choice in the type of birthday greetings sent to an older people; their recommended choice is to send a card with a positive image of aging.
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Joe Manchin’s stimulus stand exposes dangerous fissures in Democratic ranks

By Martin Pengelly in New York
  • He also said he was in favour of raising the wage to $11 – a figure unacceptable to progressives and indeed the Republicans with whom Manchin insists he is willing to work.
  • The progressive congresswoman from New York has attacked Manchin and Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, another opponent of the $15 wage, as “two people in this entire country that are holding back a complete transformation in working people’s lives”.
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Ahmad Thomas, Silicon Valley Leadership Group CEO, talks about the economy and diversity

By George Avalos
  • Ahmad Thomas, chief executive officer of Silicon Valley Leadership Group, has hit the ground running in his new role at the head of the powerful business organization.
  • Thomas, who became CEO in August, and the leadership group recently launched a major initiative called 25×25 that is designed to encourage Bay Area companies to institute racial diversity in their executive ranks.
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Hollywood Foreign Press Association Pledges Action Concerning Lack of Diversity and Ethics Allegations

By Jordan Hoffman
  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the 87-member organization that presents the Golden Globe Awards, issued a statement Saturday in response to increasing criticism concerning its lack of diversity and questionable ethics.
  • Brown, and others, posted messages to social media decrying that the group had not one Black member in its voting body, and had not for 20 years.
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Commission approves master plan draft

In a process that has been more than four years in development, the Huron County Planning Commission has approved a draft of the new master plan to go before the Huron County Board of Commissioners. The planners have been working on a new master plan since 2016 in a process that has been delayed by issues such as nonconforming land use for re-powering turbines, […]Read more >Similar articles >
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Chicago activists end hunger strike against recycling plant but vow to ‘continue fight’

By Taylor Moore
  • The mayor wrote a letter on 23 February acknowledging the hunger strike and the environmental racism the East Side neighborhood faces, but stopped short of denying the final permit needed for Southside Recycling to operate.
  • Southeast Side organizers and residents are demanding the city stop a metal shredder from operating in a Latino neighborhood already overburdened by pollution.
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