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A fifteen-year-old cartoon is an unlikely contender for most-watched show in America. And yet when “Avatar: The Last Airbender” arrived on Netflix, in May, it rose through the ranks to become the platform’s No. 1 offering, and even now it remains a fixture in the Top Ten for the...
He had assumed that Auburn had vetted Mr. Stroud as a potential donor. Jerry Smith, a local fund-raising consultant who has worked with the athletic department, met with Mr. Stroud, but was dubious.“I couldn’t tell whether the guy was for real or not — he talked a good game,”...
Democratic lawmakers recently proposed a moratorium on facial recognition use by federal agencies, as well as on technology for voice recognition and gait recognition, with tough restrictions that withhold federal grants from state and local governments until they pass their own bans. While perennial government moratoriums are not as...
The slain girl was visiting her grandmother in the Austin neighborhood on Saturday evening, playing with other kids when a light-colored vehicle pulled up in front of a residence, three suspects got out and opened fire on a group of people, police said. The 7-year-old was shot in the...
This year, the anniversary of American independence has arrived at a moment when more and more Americans are speaking out about injustice. The protests across the country are of enormous significance. They signal a real shift in thinking about racism, American history, and national institutions. This week, we’re bringing...
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Read: We’re living in the retro-futureLet’s give ourselves some credit. No matter how horrific the disaster, no matter how damaged our psyches, we wounded humans always bounce back. We rebuilt San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake. We rebuilt Chicago after the great fire. We rebuilt Dresden, Warsaw, Hiroshima, Nagasaki....
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The novelist Don DeLillo, in “Mao II,” published in 1991, proposes that “the future belongs to crowds.” The novel offers a series of strong images of crowds, joined by a light, suggestive plot, and animated by oracular commentary. The images are from 1989: Chinese pro-democracy protesters dispersed by troops...