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In Wake of Florida Massacre, Gun Control Advocates Look to Connecticut

There is no doubt that there are limits to state and local gun laws. Cities like Chicago and Baltimore, with rigorous gun laws, also have two of the highest murder rates in the country. The black market for illegal guns has thrived in those cities, with gang members and criminals turning to the streets to get firearms.And the drop in fatal shootings in Connecticut has occurred in the context of a broad, long-term decline in violent crime across the country. Citing F.B.I. statistics, the Pew Research Center reports that violent crime fell 48 percent from 1993 to 2016.Gun-rights groups say the problem is not the guns, but the individuals using them. They argue that laws alone are no panacea, and that social issues like mental illness and unemployment must be addressed to help curb gun violence. Some gun advocates have also called for more training and security for those who legally and responsibly maintain guns.Still, with little appetite in Congress to take on gun control, the debate is playing out at the state level, with Connecticut seen as a model for gun-control advocates.PhotoIn April 2013, Gov. Dannel P. […]

California Today: California Today: The World Asks Santa Barbara, ‘Are You O.K.?’

Supported byU.S.California Today: The World Asks Santa Barbara, ‘Are You O.K.?’PhotoEmbers flew past inmate firefighters putting out hot spots over the weekend in Montecito.Credit David Mcnew/Getty ImagesGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)As fires raged in the foothills of Santa Barbara county over the weekend, commiseration and concern came from around the world, from friends and colleagues in Bangladesh, Haiti and Sierra Leone.For Thomas Tighe, a resident of Montecito and the head of Direct Relief, an aid organization that dispenses medical provisions to the needy around the globe, the shoe was on the other foot — this time the emergency was his own.Mr. Tighe and his family quickly gathered photos, drawings, birth certificates and computer hard drives. They summoned the dogs, rounded up the cats and evacuated their home on Sunday.As they fled, the messages came in. Father Richard Frechette, the founder of a pediatric hospital in Haiti, sent an email: “Are you OK? and your home and offices? many prayers for you! […]

New York Today: New York Today: How Did the Subways Get So Bad?

Weather.init(); }()); You wear Monday well, Mother Nature. Clear-as-glass blue skies today, with endless sunshine and a high near 47. The rest of the week is looking equally delightful, and it might even warm up just a tad. In the News • Kiryas Joel, a village in Orange County that is home to more than 20,000 Hasidic Jews, gained its independence from the Town of Monroe, ending years of conflict over zoning. [New York Times] Photo Kiryas Joel, in Orange County, gained its independence from the Town of Monroe on Nov. 7. Credit Jackson Krule for The New York Times • More students have become interested in old-school photography, increasing the demand for photography classes that have darkrooms. [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • A former senior official appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment and assault, according to a lawsuit. […]

New York Today: New York Today: Reflections on Elections

Weather.init(); }()); Bundle up, New York City: The 40s have arrived. A sunny morning is ahead, with a light breeze and a high below 50. But things will get cooler and cloudier this afternoon, and rain is expected to start around 4 p.m […]

Kennedy’s Vote Is in Play on Voting Maps Warped by Politics

Some of the court’s more liberal members said the problem represented a crisis for democracy and that the Supreme Court should step in.“What’s really behind all of this?” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked. She answered her own question: “The precious right to vote.”In extended remarks, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. expressed worry that the court’s authority and legitimacy would be hurt were it to start striking down voting districts in favor of one political party or another.“That is going to cause very serious harm to the status and integrity of the decisions of this court in the eyes of the country,” he said.Interactive FeatureHow the New Math of Gerrymandering WorksThe Supreme Court is considering a gerrymandering case in Wisconsin. […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Trump Is ‘Going Straight to Hell’

Mr. Miranda suggested the president was lying about the effectiveness of the federal response, and took aim at Mr […]

‘This Is Like in War’: A Scramble to Care for Puerto Rico’s Sick and Injured

On the ground, Puerto Rico remains a patchwork of desperate fixes, with 3.4 million people improvising ways to get much-needed medicine, diesel for their generators, food for their shelves and water to either drink or bathe in. With no choice, people wait and wait, some as long as a day for gas or hours for food at local supermarkets, which are letting in 25 people at a time to avoid mayhem.There is some progress. The governor said Tuesday that 450 of the island’s 1,100 gas stations are now working. Two days ago, that number was 181.Health scares are mounting […]