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New York Today: New York Today: Our City’s Rosa Parks

Weather.init(); }()); You knew it wouldn’t last. Our balmy weather is gone. Today will be cold, gray and wet. Expect rain, mostly after 9 a.m., and temperatures to fall to 39 by sunset. In the News • As the temperature hit a record high by noon, the Bryant Park ice skating rink in Midtown was covered in puddles, but skaters were undeterred. [New York Times] Photo The temperature reached 78 degrees in Manhattan. Credit Julia Gillard for The New York Times • A federal judge rejected bail for the former charter schoolteacher who was arrested last week for what the authorities called a bomb-making effort with his twin brother. [New York Times] • Seventeen people were indicted in a scheme to dominate the city’s towing industry, which prosecutors said defrauded insurers out of millions of dollars. [New York Times] • Representative Claudia Tenney, a Republican from Central New York, is being criticized after remarking that many mass murderers “end up being Democrats.” [New York Times] Continue reading the main story • JPMorgan Chase announced that it planned to tear down its Park Avenue headquarters and build a bigger, sleeker building in an effort to take advantage of new zoning laws. […]

California Today: California Today: Women’s Marches Draw Actors and Activists

Supported byU.S.California Today: Women’s Marches Draw Actors and ActivistsPhotoProtesters listened to speeches during a Women’s March at the Grand Park in Los Angeles on Saturday.Credit Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? […]

Op-Ed Contributor: What Makes a Country Great? Meet Haiti’s People.

I didn’t. We finally got through it. The next week, she cooked diri ak lalo — the best Haitian meal, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise — and brought it for me in class and thanked me profusely. It nearly brought me to tears. She was my Davos Seaworth and I was her Shireen Baratheon. It’s one of my most cherished memories, and I will take the grateful look on her face to the grave with me.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storySign Up for the Opinion Today NewsletterEvery weekday, get thought-provoking commentary from Op-Ed columnists, the Times editorial board and contributing writers from around the world.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. Please try again later.You are already subscribed to this email.View all New York Times newsletters.This is the place where I’m from.I’m not going to give you a history lesson here, but there’s a short apocryphal story that illustrates the pride and sense of righteousness of Haitians. It goes like this: In 1939, when World War II broke out, Haiti, a pioneer of freedom, having led the most successful slave rebellion in the history of the world, joined the Allied forces and declared war on Nazi Germany. When that was reported to Hitler, he picked up a map to look for this presumptuous place he’d never heard of […]

New York Today: New York Today: The Year in (Good) News

Weather.init(); }()); In weather news today, there’s both good and bad. The bad: It’s pretty cold. The high is near 39, but it will feel below freeing for most of the day. The good: The sun will be out and shining. The mercury jumps into the 50s tomorrow, but rain enters the forecast. […]

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: An Explosion in Times Square

Weather.init(); }()); Don’t expect much charity from Mother Nature this week. Today is mostly sunny and crisp with a high near 41. Savor it. Rain and snow enter the forecast tomorrow, and frigid temperatures are on tap for the next few days. In the News • Experts say a shortage of Christmas trees and higher prices are thanks to a ghost from Christmases past: the Great Recession. [New York Times] Photo George Nash and his wife, Jane Waterman, run a Christmas tree enterprise in Manhattan. Credit James Estrin/The New York Times • Melissa Mark-Viverito must leave her post as City Council speaker because of term limits at the end of the month. What’s next […]

New York Today: New York Today: Deciphering Holiday Dress Codes

Weather.init(); }()); It’s Friday, and we’re chillin’. It may feel as nippy as 25 degrees as you head out this morning — the only thing taking the edge off will be the sunshine. A similar situation on Saturday, with a small chance of snow flurries in the afternoon, followed by a clear (but even colder) Sunday. Think toasty thoughts. In the News • As dozens of subway stations close or are scheduled to close for renovations, commuters and business owners ask, Is it worth it […]