‘To Me, It Was Racist’: N.B.A. Players Respond to Laura Ingraham’s Comments on LeBron James

Mr. Wade, in a tweet, said that Ms. Ingraham’s remarks underscored the way that racist speech has flourished under Mr. Trump. They use to try and hide it.. now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths. https://t.co/OwLSMHIG0m — DWade (@DwyaneWade) Feb. 16, 2018 “They use to try and hide it,” said Mr. Wade, a close friend and former teammate of Mr. James. “Now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths.” Mr. James, Mr. Durant and Ms. Champion are black, and many commentators noted online that the word “they” in Ms. Ingraham’s sentence,
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13 Die After Helicopter Surveying Earthquake Damage Crashes In Mexico : The Two-Way : NPR

Students sit in an open area after their school was evacuated in Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Later Friday 13 people died after a helicopter surveying the damage near the epicenter crashed. Felix Marquez/AP hide caption toggle caption Felix Marquez/AP Students sit in an open area after their school was evacuated in Veracruz, Mexico, on Friday, following a magnitude 7.2 earthquake. Later Friday 13 people died after a helicopter surveying the damage near the epicenter crashed. Felix Marquez/AP Thirteen people died and 15 were injured Friday night after a military helicopter carrying government officials assessing earthquake
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Do Trump’s alleged affairs even matter?

Here is what we know about the allegation that an adult-film star Stormy Daniels reportedly was paid to remain silent about a sexual relationship with Donald Trump before he was president. (The Washington Post) One of the quotes from the 2016 presidential campaign that has stuck with me came from an unidentified Donald Trump supporter who shared his appraisal of the “Access Hollywood” tape on an episode of Showtime’s “The Circus.” Having heard Trump boast on the tape about groping and kissing women without consent, this man told host Mark Halperin (oh, the irony) that the billionaire is “just like the
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Pakistan court sentences child killer, rapist to death

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) – A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday sentenced a suspected serial killer to death for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, a prosecutor said. The girl’s murder ignited nationwide protests over allegations of government inaction, and a media campaign led to his arrest after years of him being on the loose. Police found Zainab Ansari’s body in a garbage dumpster in Kasur district near the eastern city of Lahore in mid-January, four days after she was reported missing. Residents of the area have said the murder was the 12th such incident in a year. Police
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Weekend Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Eyes Record-Shattering $205M-Plus Debut

The critically acclaimed superhero movie is doing massive business at the Friday box office; overseas, it has already earned an impressive $47 million since opening midweek. Disney and Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is making history at the U.S. box office, where it’s pacing to take in $205 million or more over the long Presidents Day weekend after earning a rare A+ CinemaScore from audiences. The superhero tentpole’s projected Friday haul is a mighty $70 million-plus, including $25.2 million in Thursday evening previews. Black Panther is set to score the top February opening of all time and possibly the best showing
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New White House security clearance policy could put ‘bull’s eye’ on Kushner

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly announced Friday that beginning next week, the White House will no longer allow some employees with interim security clearances access to top-secret information — a move that could threaten the standing of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law. Kushner, a senior adviser to the president, has been able to see some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets even as his background investigation has dragged on for more than a year. White House officials have privately discussed concerns that Kushner’s clearance faces obstacles, according to people familiar with internal conversations. Among the potential problems:
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School shooting suspect in Kentucky charged as adult with murder

CLOSE A vigil for the victims of the Florida high school shooting was held in Benton, Kentucky on Thursday night. Benton was the scene of a school shooting that killed two people in January. (Feb. 16) AP Buy Photo Cars parked outside of Marshall County High School following a shooting on January 23, 2018.(Photo: Erica Brechtelsbauer / The Leaf Chronicle)Buy Photo BENTON, Ky. – The charges against a 15-year-old Kentucky student accused of killing two and injuring more than a dozen others in a shooting at Marshall County High School on Jan. 23 will be heard in adult court, per
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‘Black Panther’ Taps Into 500 Years of History

February 16, 2018 6:00am PT by N.B.D. Connolly I’m a historian. And regardless of how you think a historian is supposed to behave, I’m not going to pretend to be some detached observer, not when when it comes to the movie Black Panther. On the contrary, history serves as the source of my excitement for the film and for much of the positive attention its enjoyed worldwide. Black Panther, as a film, is quite good. Sure, it struggles to shake good-vs.-evil storytelling, and it could safely be accused of boasting too few practical effects.  Such shortcomings, however, should surprise no
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African superhero: How we made Black Panther

A secretive East African nation that was never colonized, it is the fictional homeland of T’Challa, or Black Panther, the superhero of the titular Marvel movie that has fans buzzing with excitement. The nation has supreme wealth and medicine. Citizens travel by super-speed magnetic monorails and flying cars. Wakandans wear Afrofuturistic garments emblazoned with traditional patterns and jewels. This is all made possible by their discovery of vibranium, an element with superpower qualities. The Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, is the King of the various tribes that constitute the kingdom. The thrust of the film follows Boseman as he
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