Saturday, April 18, 2015         

New York Times

Clarence W. Habersham Jr. is drawing intense scrutiny both for the questions surrounding his response to the shooting and for what his role has illuminated about the pressures and expectations facing black officers in largely white police departments.

There once was a time, during the frenzied heights of China's Tibetan mastiff craze, when a droopy-eyed slobbering giant like Nibble might have fetched $200,000 and ended up roaming the landscaped grounds of some coal tycoon's suburban villa.

In an intensifying humanitarian crisis in Iraq's embattled Anbar province, thousands of residents are fleeing a pitched battle between Islamic State militants and pro-government forces around the provincial capital.

The comedian John Oliver doesn't think the length of the American presidential campaign is funny. "I have no interest whatsoever in the 2016 election, at the start of 2015," he recently told reporters. "There's a time and a place for that, and it's in 2016."

Barely a month after his father's inauguration as president in 1989, Jeb Bush and his new business partners landed in Nigeria. They had gone to promote their flood and irrigation equipment, but the reception they got was worthy of a state visit.

By 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the 50,000 seats in Kim Il Sung Stadium were nearly filled with men in Mao suits and coats and ties, women in dresses and heels, and police officers in olive-drab hats with crowns as wide as a discus.

A remarkable clash between two key U.S. allies in the Middle East burst into the open here on Wednesday as the Iraqi prime minister publicly criticized the Saudi air campaign in Yemen and a top Saudi official retorted that there was “no logic to those remarks.”

When David Ensor announced last week that he was stepping down as the director of the Voice of America, critics saw the move as the latest sign of turmoil at the government agency that is charged with presenting America’s viewpoint to the world.

Just before 5 p.m., wave after wave of smiling toddlers came bounding down the stairs, their grandparents from China breathlessly in tow.

On one side is a crowd of Republicans trying to look presidential. On the other side is a lone Democrat trying to look normal.

By the time four former Blackwater security guards were sentenced this week to long prison terms for the 2007 fatal shooting of 14 civilians in Iraq, the man who sent the contractors there had long since moved on from the country and the company he made notorious.

Promises of “decadent” hot baths on demand, putting greens and gurgling waterfalls to calm the mind: These luxurious touches rarely conjure images of a stay in a nursing home.

Antonio Weiss, the former Wall Street banker who became a top adviser to the Treasury secretary this year, has made two trips to Puerto Rico in recent weeks.

Countless words have been written about John Wilkes Booth since he shot Abraham Lincoln in Ford's Theater 150 years ago on Tuesday. But the assassin, amazingly, has not yet received a full-dress biography.

Libyans have puzzled for four years over what might arrest their country's disintegration. Feuding factions have consistently reached for guns instead of compromises in their battle to fill the vacuum left by the fall of Moammar Gadhafi.

On maps, the mighty Rio Grande meanders 1,900 miles, from southern Colorado’s San Juan Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2007, just as Tony Soprano faded to black, HBO fell into a deep slump. Forgettable shows like “John From Cincinnati” and “Tell Me You Love Me” did poorly, each lasting only a season. Its content cupboard was bare, and rival TV executives openly referred to the cable network as “HB-Over.”

Michael T. Slager played cops and robbers as a boy in the Virginia woods, volunteered as an emergency medical technician after high school and earned an associate degree in criminal justice while working full time as a patrolman.

The stacks of Supreme Court briefs filed on both sides of the same-sex marriage cases to be heard this month are roughly the same height. But they are nonetheless lopsided: There are no major law firms urging the justices to rule against gay marriage.

The food pantry here, just off the main drag in this neat college town, gets busiest on Wednesdays, when the parking lot is jammed and clients squeeze into the lobby, flipping through books left on a communal shelf as they wait their turn to select about a week’s worth of food.

An insurrection is brewing here at Wyoming Catholic College, a tiny redoubt of cowboy-style Catholicism where students learn about horseback riding and Thomas Aquinas, and take grueling mountain hikes conducted entirely in Latin.


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