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New York Today: New York Today: Nominating Your Neighbors

Weather.init(); }()); We nominate Mother Nature. (For today, at least.) Dazzling skies and a high around 50 on this Monday, with a more cloudy and cool evening ahead. Enjoy a stroll outside while you can; the next couple of days are looking chancy. In the News • Once dubbed the “Boulevard of Death,” not a single pedestrian or cyclist has been killed on Queens Boulevard since 2014. [New York Times] Photo ” data-mediaviewer-credit=”Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times” itemprop=”url” itemid=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2017/11/28/nyregion/00queensblvd1-NYTodaycopy/00queensblvd1-master675.jpg”/> Since 1990, 138 pedestrians have been killed on Queens Boulevard, but none in the last three years. Credit Michelle V. Agins/The New York Times • An early Sunday morning fight over a parking space in Queens turned deadly […]

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Famous Athletes Have Always Led the Way

All of this seems foreign to people who didn’t — and don’t — depend on their sports stars or their entertainers to double as part-time spokesmen and spokeswomen for their race. Taylor Swift carries no such burden; Bryce Harper curries no such expectation. Sure, Joe DiMaggio made the Italians proud, and Jews exulted in the play of Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax. But despite the undeniable prejudice some of them confronted, none truly faced the feisty assortment of bigotries that dogged the black athlete’s path. Muhammad Ali spoke against the war in Vietnam, often linking it to domestic racial terror, and he paid for his dissent, cast as a villain, a racial pariah, a traitor, a coward, a clueless and unpatriotic dupe. Ali died a hero decades later, but by then his transformation was aided by a disease that diminished his speech […]

Kenya adjusts to life without plastic bags

No more plastic bags means a return to old-fashioned ways of packaging and carrying goods — not necessarily a bad thing! […]

Kenya adjusts to life without plastic bags

No more plastic bags means a return to old-fashioned ways of packaging and carrying goods — not necessarily a bad thing! […]

Life After the Storm: Children Who Survived Katrina Offer Lessons

“My mom was overwhelmed. I had to get my little brother to school every day; it was like every day I woke up and had to forget everything that had happened to day before,” said Mr. Bridges, who now works for a New Orleans social justice nonprofit, and sings in a band, Melomania. “Homework – forget it […]

Trump’s R.S.V.P. to Macron: Yes to Bastille Day in Paris

Ever since their death grip of a handshake in Brussels in May, the personal dynamic between Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron has seemed less like a budding friendship than a polite prizefight — a mixture of bluff and bluster by two alpha males intent on claiming an edge.Continue reading the main storyMr. Macron told a French newspaper that the prolonged handshake was deliberate — “a moment of truth” intended to show Mr. Trump that he would not “make small concessions, even symbolic ones.”Mr. Trump rooted openly for Mr. Macron’s far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen, in the French election this spring. At their first meeting, before a NATO gathering, Mr. Trump and Mr. Macron spoke over lunch about Article 5, the clause in the NATO treaty stipulating that alliance members will come to each other’s defense.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyThank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. […]

Death Comes eCalling – Leslie O’Kane

Death Comes eCallingLeslie O’Kane Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers Publish Date: November 15, 2013 Publisher: Leslie O’Kane Seller: Draft2Digital, LLC Meet Molly Masters, a zany mother and accidental sleuth who owns a one-woman business that creates humorous eCards. After a twenty-year absence, Molly has relocated her family to her childhood home in a suburb of Albany, NY, only to have her husband’s reassignment abruptly changed to overseas. Molly’s least-favorite high school teacher dies on the very same day that Molly receives both a letter from that teacher and an anonymous email that threatens Molly’s life. All too soon, Molly finds herself knee deep in gossip…and murder. […]