Saturday, April 25, 2015         

New York Times

For nearly two years, ever since her brother Tyrone West died after a struggle with the police, a 35-year-old preschool teacher named Tawanda Jones has been in the streets here on Wednesday nights, protesting.

For thousands of years, fathers in India have arranged the marriages of their children, and Garima Pant — like an estimated 95 percent of her millennial peers — was intent on following this most Indian of traditions.

To human rights advocates, one of Europe's biggest mistakes in the Mediterranean migration crisis came in November with the shutdown of the Italian patrol and rescue program known as Mare Nostrum.

John G. Kallam Jr., 67, carries a worn black Bible and another copy on his iPad, and believes Scripture is unequivocal. "Sodom and Gomorrah, that story alone tells you what God thinks of same-sex marriage," he said.

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir Putin's latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: "Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World."

By the time he was a senior at Princeton University in 1992, Ted Cruz had developed an arsenal of rhetorical skills and theatrical gestures that made him one of the most polished performers on the college debate circuit.

In the summer of 2010, Richard C. Holbrooke, the Obama administration's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, began recording a secret audio diary, detailing his frustrations with a White House that he believed was too willing to listen to the military.

"Scotland has gone mad," wrote Chris Deerin, a Scottish columnist, trying to comprehend the surge of nationalism only seven months after an independence referendum was soundly defeated by 10 percentage points.

They may not know it, and they most certainly will not be in attendance, but Hercules and Leo will have their day in court.

The Hunts Point Library in the South Bronx uses only two of the three floors in its Italian Renaissance building, which was built in 1929 with money from the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

Just after 10:15 every night, the three stone goddesses of Mahalakshmi Temple are stripped of their finery - the gleaming masks, said to contain 17 pounds of gold, ropy gold necklaces, pendants shuddering with jewels.

Apple has scrapped its usual routine for releasing products with its new device, the Apple Watch. The company is instead taking a page from the playbook of another industry: luxury-goods makers.

An imposingly realistic vision of 2 World Trade Center, the doomed south tower, will begin appearing next month in a most unlikely place: the five special elevators servicing the observatory atop the new 1 World Trade Center.

When Andreas Lubitz sent an email in 2009 seeking reinstatement to Lufthansa's flight-training program after a months-long absence, he appended what in retrospect was a clear warning signal about his fitness to fly passenger jetliners: an acknowledgment that he had suffered from severe depression.

Amid nationwide outrage over a police officer's shooting eight bullets at the back of an unarmed, fleeing suspect in South Carolina, the statement by the local police union had a half-sentence of regret and contrition: Yes, it said, the fatal shooting was "beyond comprehension."

When Shafiqullah walked into his wedding celebration, he was surprised to find 600 extra people in the room, none of whom he recognized. Still, he knew his obligations.


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