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The big white house with pillars at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, D.C
Last season the University of Oregon won the Pac-12 title and earned a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Ducks reached the Elite 8, defeating Duke in the regional semifinals and losing to Oklahoma and Buddy Hield in the regional finals
BERLIN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The European Union is in danger of breaking apart unless France and Germany, in particular, work harder to stimulate growth and employment and heed citizens’ concerns, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in the German capital on Thursday. Valls said the two countries, for decades the axis around which the EU revolved, had to help refocus the bloc to tackle an immigration crisis, a lack of solidarity between member states, Britain’s looming exit, and terrorism. “Europe is in danger of falling apart,” Valls said at an event organized by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper
“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned how to walk without having feet.” – Tupac Shakur The late Tupac Shakur’s poem has always resonated with me. His words speak to the underdog, the overlooked and unsung hero, who finds a way to grow and thrive, against the harshest odds.
It’s no secret that we’re bombarded with bothersome headlines more often than pleasant ones.
This piece is co-authored by Jens Ole Hansen, Global Market Director, Ramboll Energy How can you accelerate implementation of the Paris Climate Accord? That is the common theme of the side events at Cop22 Climate Conference in Morocco right now
Regina Spektor has a knack for turning simple chord progressions into ethereal expressions of joy, longing and sadness – sometimes all three in the same breadth. Her intonation alternates between whimsy and passion. This was all on display at her recent Town Hall show when she took the stage with a string quartet plus bass and drums.
LONDON (Reuters) – He turned “You’re fired” into his reality show catch-phrase, but it was Donald Trump who went up in flames on Saturday – or at least an effigy of him did, as part of Britain’s annual Bonfire Night celebrations.
At a special dinner honoring The Man Who Knew Infinity movie, and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons at Bagatelle in the Meatpacking district this week, the discussion was on how you play a math geek. The answer: you have a secret weapon, a real math geek who can teach you how to scribble those equations effectively on a chalkboard. The man in question, Manjul Bhargava, was honored with a Fields Medal; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “just your neighborhood astrophysicist,” as he describes himself, explained just how impressive the Fields Medal, is.
Moundsville, West Virginia There are two types of Halloween mounds: One is the delicious coconut candy bar. The other is the tumulus or Hügelgräber , a.k.a. the burial mound.
Congratulations are in order for the newlyweds! Ciara and Russell Wilson announced that they’re expecting their first child on Tuesday, which was also the singer’s 31st birthday. The two shared the happy news via Instagram. “On this special Birthday I received an abundance of love from friends and family..
Bobby Vee got blasted into rock ‘n’ roll under the worst circumstances imaginable. He and his new band filled in for Buddy Holly on Feb. 4, 1959, the night after Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper died in a plane crash
In John Oliver ’s latest segment on opioids during Last Week Tonight , he pulled up one of the key statistics pharmaceutical salespeople used to market prescription opioids to doctors in the 1990s: Less than 1 percent of patients taking opioids become addicted to painkillers. That figure is completely inaccurate, of course, and as Oliver points out, it has a disturbing origin story. “I know it may seem like they are pulling that number out of their ass, but they actually pulled it out of the letters to the editor section of the New England Journal of Medicine,” Oliver said. “Seriously
This specter just wants everything to be spotless. Eerie surveillance footage shows what staff at The Chapel House pub in Dudley, central England, claim is a “ghost” helping them to clean up at closing time
Co-written with Klaudia Kovacs American culture is ubiquitous and no matter where one goes in the world, from Copenhagen to Beijing, one will encounter the same US brands of jeans, T-shirts, computers, phones and burger joints. Over the course of history, dominating cultures have expanded and contracted, forcing their dominance into their conquered territories. One might wonder what happens in the cultural void they leave behind
Britain is to pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of crimes under sexual offense laws which have now been abolished, following on from the 2013 exoneration of celebrated World War II codebreaker Alan Turing.
–Diego Rivera, Flower Seller 1942 Autumn is the season for remembrance, and nobody does remembrance like the Parisians. Crisp air, sunny skies, fewer tourists (at least most places) and easy public bike rentals: what could be a better moment to leap into the sentiments of moments past: the graphic intensity of mid-century Mexican painters and sculptors, the revisited brilliance of Oscar Wilde who died in Paris a victim of British sexual duplicity, and the always charming–if occasionally vapid–surrealist advertising images of semi-surrealist René Magritte
“ American Horror Story ,” the campy horror series that’s doubling as an instructional guide to disembowelment this season, revealed a lot about Lady Gaga’s Season 6 character in Wednesday’s episode. Until now, Gaga’s Witch of the Woods has been a fleeting presence, appearing menacingly in the background as Kathy Bates’ band of stab-happy former colonists find new victims.
Richard Pithouse , Rhodes University In our regular series, “Under the influence”, we ask experts to share what they believe are the most influential works of art or artists in their field. Bruce Springsteen will soon release his long-awaited autobiography . Here, academic Richard Pithouse, who has also worked as a music critic, explains why he finds Springsteen, the progressive musician known to his fans as The Boss, a hugely influential figure in rock music.
China was criticized last year when it unexpectedly set the renminbi exchange rate 3% lower overnight against the dollar. The move triggered fears about the Chinese economy and extraordinary volatility in global financial markets. But Beijing didn’t devalue for no reason
Last year I spent two weeks traveling across South England, researching my Rick Steves England guidebook . At the same time, I collected lots of great ideas for this month’s TV shoot. For example, I fell in love with a tiny hamlet called East Dean, with a classic medieval village green and a darling little pub that rents rooms
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Once upon a time, Amy Schumer dated a guy who turned out to be gay. So goes a recently released excerpt from the comedian’s upcoming book Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo featuring personal and observational stories from Schumer’s presumably eventful 35 years on planet Earth. More…
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Lowell McAdam, Verizon Communications’ Chairman and CEO, second quarter, 2016 earnings call, July, 26th, 2016: “You saw the first fruits of this strategy in April, when we announced our One Fiber strategy for the city of Boston.” More…
First Nighter: "The Merchant of Venice" in Jonathan Munby’s First-Rate Shakespeare’s Globe Production
William Shakespeare has certainly posed challenges for directors these many decades and centuries later. What to do, for instance, in the 21st century about the relentless anti-Semitism in The Merchant of Venice ?
A good tour leader — especially on a Rick Steves tour — creates a learning atmosphere on the bus, laces together a good balance of sights and experiences, and makes sure there’s lots of fun along the way. In this montage of clips, I get a chance to talk about how the European Union funds ethnic regions (in this case, Ehrenberg Castle in Tirol, which spans Austria and Italy); we visit one of my favorite open-air folk museums ( Ballenberg in Switzerland ); we poke into an old farmhouse to ring some cowbells; and we rip down the mountain on a summer luge ride. All 26 of us enjoyed two trips each on the longest and most exciting luge course in Tirol (Biberwier, on the road between Innsbruck and Reutte)
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Ask any movie star — you face a lot of rejection before you finally make it. That’s never been more true than for Freya, a pup dubbed “Britain’s loneliest dog” by the Mirror in May after the outlet learned she had been in the care of Freshfields Animal Rescue in Liverpool for six years.
Under the EU-Turkey agreement and Greek refugee return law, refugees are quickly being deported. There is a backlog of refugees trapped in Athens, anxiously awaiting eminent deportation and who are in need of immediate care. The camps impacted and the national economy in crisis, Greek people have taken it upon themselves to fill in the gaps where international volunteers cannot manage.
Kate Beckinsale is a performer who has always ably jumped between such bombastic Hollywood fare as Total Recall and her signature Underworld series, and smaller offerings such as her latest project, Love & Friendship .
Based on the book by Lewis Carroll, Disney brings us Alice Through the Looking Glass directed by James Bobin and produced by Tim Burton. The story follows Alice who returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Clayton P
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Compare this write up about Verizon’s $300 million, 6 year build out of fiber optics in Boston, Massachusetts, with Verizon’s statement that the $300 million was already spent. Boston.com More..
Tom Brady pic.twitter.com/NCshn5nFx2 — ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD_) February 7, 2016 So, uh, how are NFL fans feeling about Tom Brady these days?
LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum and Lowry hear two “sighs of relief” in Iowa — from HRC, because two straight losses would’ve been awful, and from Lowry, because Iowa vindicated his gutsy National Review issue denouncing Trump. Also: There’s now a sense that Clinton’s rising in NH, while Rubio’s robotry reveals someone more callow than charismatic.
Kids getting footballs is still pretty great pic.twitter.com/949LSvUHEQ — The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016 As has recently become a weekly tradition, the Carolina Panthers just made yet another young fan’s dream come true. Seemingly every Sunday, Cam Newton’s squad turns on-field success into off-field elation, as players run to the stands to give touchdown balls to Carolina loyalists
(Reuters) – Thick snow covered the Washington D.C. area on Saturday as a potentially record-breaking blizzard paralyzed road, rail and airline travel on the U.S. East Coast from North Carolina to New York.
While a report by a British judge found that Russian president Vladimir Putin probably approved of the Russian security service’s plan to kill Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB officer turned Kremlin critic, justice remains far for many other dead, disappeared or jailed Putin critics. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 56 journalists have been killed in Russia since 1992. Here are some of the most prominent Kremlin critics who have been killed or jailed in the last decade: Boris Nemtsov Nemtsov, a prominent critic of Putin who exposed corruption in the government, was gunned down in February near the Kremlin. At the time of his murder, Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister, had been working on a report on Russia’s role in separatist uprisings in eastern Ukraine in 2014
British police are disputing the account of a Muslim family that says it was investigated over a spelling mistake made by a 10-year-old boy. Last month, the boy had wrote in a school assignment that he lived in a “terrorist house” when he was trying to write ” terraced house ,” his family told the BBC. Authorities questioned him at home the next day and examined a laptop, the family said. Wednesday's Metro front page: Terrorist house?
It’s often said that Buddhism is built on two core principles – wisdom and compassion. On intensive meditation retreats, I spend most of my time engaged in wisdom-based practice, with mindfulness at the root. But it is metta , the Pali term for loving-kindness, that imbues the long, silent days with a fundamental heartfulness.
One of the rarest whales in the world has been spotted off the coast of South Carolina for the first time in three years. An endangered North Atlantic right whale nicknamed Chiminea was seen earlier this month swimming near Folly Beach, not far from Charleston: Rare right #whale spotted off Folly Beach https://t.co/PBtnClWnMM Sea to Shore Alliance pic.twitter.com/dbvLQF4Zir — Kate Redman Ⓥ (@DolphinSeeker30) January 17, 2016 It was the first confirmed sighting of a right whale off South Carolina in three years , according to the Post and Courier newspaper. Right whales reach lengths of up to 55 feet, which is longer than a school bus, and weigh as much as 140,000 pounds, which is nearly the weight of an empty space shuttle.
Pittsburgh Steelers assistant coach Mike Munchak has absolutely no chill. Towards the end of the first quarter of the Steelers’ Wild Card matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night, Munchak yanked a handful of Bengals safety Reggie Nelson’s dreadlocks. Nelson barrelled into the Steelers’ sidelines after pushing running back Jordan Todman out-of-bounds. Munchak may have felt like Nelson unnecessarily shoved his running back into the sideline — Todman was nearly out-out-bounds when Nelson hit him, and the extra push sent Todman crashing into the bench. Todman should have been the star of the play for his darting run, but one of his coaches overreacted to a bit of chippiness on Nelson’s part.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has responded to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s recent challenge with an all-timer of a touchdown catch. Ahead of Saturday night’s Steelers road playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Roethlisberger publicly challenged his inconsistent big-play threat
“Even creatures you might regard as though they were superfluous were integral to the creation of the world.” Midrash Rabbah on Exodus 7 I won’t go so far as to call them old friends – tight bunch as they are, the gang of wild turkeys that occasionally wander up into the streets of my Brookline neighborhood don’t seem much interested in fellowship beyond their own kind. But at least they don’t startle me quite as much as the first time we crossed paths. That first time, they made the impression of ‘Arov – the fourth plague of Egypt, about which we read this week – wild beasts stirred into the mix of human life where one least expects them.
by Rod Collins, Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors In a recent article in Acoustic Guitar , Adam Perlmutter chronicles the unusual career path of Dick Boak, one of Martin Guitar’s most creative luthiers. Today Boak is the historian-in-residence of the 183-year old company and one of the most respected craftsman in his profession, but his entrée and advancement in the revered company is an intriguing and unconventional tale. Boak was enamored with music and woodmaking at an early age.
I remember every detail of a recent exchange I had with my colleagues, and I think I always will. I was speaking with a team at our firm who told me how they had helped a global client achieve one of its most important priorities — data integrity — by developing predictive algorithms to detect data deviations. I know what you’re thinking: Why was I so interested in data algorithms
ATTN: The Honorable Penny Pritzker Secretary of Commerce Email: TheSec@DOC.gov Dear Madam Secretary, My Name is Jonah Bryson, and I am a 15-year-old American who is concerned about his future and the future of our planet. I have devoted much of my time and passion to making the world a better place. And at this point in time, with what we know, I am shocked that policy-makers still allow others to contribute to the extinction of species and depletion of biodiversity
If you’re protecting important personal accounts with nothing more than a few security questions, it may be time for an upgrade. A study from Google recently compared the use of security questions to other account recovery methods like SMS (short text messages) and an alternative email address. It found that true or made-up responses to questions like, “What was your mother’s maiden name?” or specific answers to prompts such as “Favorite Superhero,” “First Car” or “Childhood Phone Number,” weren’t a reliable way to recover or protect an account.
Lately, it seems like every week we read about a new hot startup selling for millions of dollars. Despite the high prices investors are willing to put on these companies, many are not profitable, and some are not even generating revenue
We all know what Thanksgiving entails–turkey, pies, family, friends, acceptable overeating, and leading up to and directly after the event, a whole lot of sleeping. It’s a fantastic holiday, and unlike Christmas or the various birthday parties you attend throughout the year, you can typically get through it without spending an egregious amount of money
In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation’s states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says he’d set up an agency with a “mandate” to promote what he calls “Judeo-Christian values” overseas to counter Islamist propaganda. The Ohio governor says he would create the new agency to promote the values of human rights, democracy and the freedoms of speech, religion and association. Kasich says the information would be distributed in the Middle East, China, Iran and Russia, to compete with the propaganda and misinformation purveyed by Islamic militants
“Les méchants, c'est pas très gentil.”➡ http://bit.ly/1Lix9L2#LPJ Posted by Le Petit Journal on Monday, November 16, 2015 This exchange between a frightened Parisian boy, his father and a reporter may be the most touching reminder you’ll see that only love can conquer hate. In an interview posted by the French news broadcast Le Petit Journal on Monday, a reporter asks a young French boy if he understands why terrorists attacked Paris on Friday, killing at least 129 people and injuring 350. “Yes, because they’re very very very mean,” the boy replies.
www.reddit.com I wasn’t the brightest kid. I grew up believing the tale my father told me — that I had spent World War II being toted around on his back. It wasn’t until I was about 9-years-old that I realized the impossibility.
Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Forests: the cheapest way to store carbon What We Lose when the forests of Asia burn include the jeweled flower mantis..
Jessica Simpson knows the power of a great little black dress. The 35-year-old stepped out on Saturday night for a night in New York City with husband Eric Johnson. Simpson wore a sexy black frock which featured a short hemline and leather accents on the torso, and it appears she opted to go braless.
Susan Schneider, Robin Williams’ widow, recently sat down with People to talk about her late husband’s battle with Lewy body dementia and his August 2014 suicide. “I completely forgave him, I completely understood,” Schneider told People magazine , in reference to her husband’s death. “I was beside myself in agony, but he fought to the end and I didn’t know what we were fighting, but I knew we were fighting hard.” While some speculated that Williams suffered from depression, Schneider explained to People that it wasn’t the main cause of his death. “It was not depression that killed Robin,” she said . “Depression was one of let’s call it 50 symptoms and it was a small one.” Williams was eventually diagnosed Lewy body dementia after his death
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(Photo-Illustration: Photos: Corbis) By Alexa Tsoulis-Reay In 1963, a 15-year-old girl presented herself to a pair of dermatologists in Pennsylvania complaining that she’d broken out in angry, red lesions after a session of waterskiing. That first mysterious outbreak became a trend: Blotchy, itchy hives would pop up all over her limbs every time she took a bath, went swimming, or perspired heavily. The doctors conducted a series of tests to rule out obvious possible triggers like cold and, using a hand towel soaked in distilled water, identified a condition called aquagenic urticaria: Sufferers are so sensitive to pure water it causes them to erupt in hives within minutes of exposure.
Frank Keat had dedicated 65 years of his life to horses. He started working in stables as a teenager, and he later bred the animals and served as a judge at equestrian competitions across England. On his death bed, the 80-year-old, who had cancer, would regale nurses at Bodmin Hospital in Cornwall with stories about his equine career
Even after getting sacked five times, Tom Brady is a determined quarterback whose only end goal is getting the win. That’s the mantra this season for a player that is hell-bent on proving to the world that he is deserving of his four championship rings, and on his way to getting one more. The Dallas Cowboys looked confused, bewildered, outplayed and just downright scared at times on Sunday when being pitted against the New England Patriots and their golden boy, Tom Brady.
As he comes to grips with his failed escalations in Afghanistan and Syria, President Barack Obama should nevertheless respond to China’s escalations in the South China Sea. Fortunately, all it requires is that he direct the U.S. Navy to sail where it has legally sailed for more than a century
"Never Surrender," John Kelley’s Chronicle of Winston Churchill, Great Britain, And The Fateful Summer Of 1940, Is A Feast For History Buffs
In the short-form version of Winston Churchill’s life — I’m thinking of Paul Johnson’s excellent 192-page biography — we meet the Churchill who’s become legend, a late-life hero who saved the free world. John Kelly’s “Never Surrender: Winston Churchill and Britain’s Decision to Fight Nazi Germany in the Fateful Summer of 1940” weighs in at 384 pages followed by 20 pages of footnotes, and offers a more nuanced view.
We all thought it was a miracle when the Badgers beat Kentucky in the Final Four. Legislators – both Republican and Democrat – couldn’t wait to honor the University of Wisconsin basketball team.