Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, went to school at U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter, @jillcowan. How did you decide to give Bill Hader’s character, Richie, the back story that he has? Those who read the book will be surprised.
The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. “Divide Me by Zero,” which begins with Katya’s Russian childhood and ends in her American middle age, is structured throughout with Nina’s flash cards and various missives from Katya: “note to an astute reader,” “note to a politically astute reader,” “note to a reader about to scream at her mother.” (The content of these notes leans toward the tediously self-evident. “Note to children of parents. Parents do have their own problems.”) The framing can feel contrived, though it’s in keeping with Vapnyar’s track record: deeply affecting but playful, edging into cutesy. The world hews closely to Vapnyar’s own life (note to an attentive reader: Vapnyar’s mother taught math), but everything about it is slightly notched up, surreal. Consider the photo illustration breezily equating Brezhnev with an iguana, or the one ringing George H. W. Bush’s head with raw chicken thighs, like greasy laurels.
Schedule a TripHis lawyer, Benson Weintraub, confirmed the death, at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. He said he did not know the cause. Mr. Persico had been incarcerated nearby at a federal prison in Butner, N.C. What scares you the most right now?
Uber's latest effort to deal with rider safety follows numerous past headlines about dangerous situations with drivers. In 2015, Houston prosecutors alleged that an Uber driver took a drunk female passenger to his home and raped her. In 2016, a man in Michigan who allegedly went on a fatal shooting spree turned out to be an Uber driver who had passed the company's background check. That same year, California prosecutors filed charges alleging that Uber's background checks failed to weed out 25 drivers with criminal records. Despite these additions, some royal suites never actually saw a monarch. At the end of the 16th century, Sir Edward Phelips, an aspiring politician, built Montacute House in Somerset. He included sumptuous royal quarters, with grand chimneys, stuccoed ceilings and carved wood paneling, but was never graced with a visit from a king or queen.
Schedule a TripAs I said earlier, the Series 4 is your best buy if you don't mind paying more for the extras, but if you're trying to save some cash, or you already have the older model, then the Series 3 is still a great choice. With her success at Wimbledon, Gauff’s ranking soared to No. 146. Now a bona fide star attraction, she was a headliner at the Citi Open in Washington in late July.
The Duncans brought up race right away. “To use exclamation points is a very small and subtle way to defy the patriarchy of the workplace(!),” she wrote in an email.
Schedule a TripHe has thought often about the girl in the rain. “Whether through a lack of knowledge or just my own selfishness, I never gave her the opportunity to be rescued, and I have to live with that,” he said. “I failed her.” As the Torlonia sculptures are a “collection of collections,” Mr. Settis explained, the exhibit in the Palazzo Caffarelli will showcase both the collection and the collecting practices of the Roman nobility from the 15th century on.
After recent leaks have detailed the phone's specs, price, colors and retail packaging we are still slowly getting additional details on what will come with the phone. Or in the case of wired headphones, what won't be included. Related: On the new episode of “The Argument” podcast, Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and I talk about the Democrats’ chances of winning back the Senate — and whether they’re messing up those chances.
Schedule a TripAbout two-thirds of the more than 1,000 readers we heard from across the country said they wanted the next president to aggressively try to head off a climate catastrophe. These included young people grappling with the desire to grow a family ahead of a looming crisis, and grandparents fearful their youngest relatives would inherit a damaged world. Your Weekend Briefing is published Sundays at 6 a.m. Eastern.
That tweet was the beginning of the Boring Company, which is working to alleviate traffic congestion in Los Angeles by strapping cars to a network of sleds beneath the city and zooming them to their destination at 150 mph. Mr. Soames, 71, has served in Parliament for 37 years and is a popular figure, known to have a lively sense of humor. But he now was announcing his decision to retire from politics, a day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson had expelled him from the Conservative Party. He had joined a group of 21 Tory rebels who defied Mr. Johnson on Tuesday night by voting for legislation that would pave the way toward blocking a no-deal Brexit.
Schedule a TripFrazier decided that he would bunt if the opportunity presented itself. Detroit’s starting pitcher, Spencer Turnbull, threw him a fastball away on his first offering. Frazier pounced with his hands choked up on the bat, pushing a bunt through the hole into right field, driving in Dominic Smith. The ball rolled so far that Wilson Ramos, a catcher whose speed could be measured with dripping molasses, went from first to third. After joining American troops to drive out the Islamic State, the Kurdish-led militia emerged as the dominant force across the area, taking control of former ISIS territory and guarding former ISIS fighters on behalf of the United States and other international allies.
Ever feel like your money just falls into a black hole? You might find it fitting to pick up a 50 pence coin (about 65 cents US, 95 cents Australian) honoring late British physicist Stephen Hawking. In the prevailing interpretation of that ruling, favorable termination means an affirmative finding of innocence. But such findings are rare. If a conviction is vacated, the defendant is typically granted a new trial rather than declared innocent outright.
Schedule a TripThe Grizzlies lost their third straight on a night they wore their Vancouver teal uniforms for the first time to celebrate their 25th NBA season along with a throwback court. And while politicians, families and others view involuntary commitment as a good solution, research suggests that involuntary treatment is actually less effective in terms of long-term substance use, and more dangerous in terms of overdose risk.
Analysis: What sets the warming apart from long climatic fluctuations of the geologic past is its relative suddenness and its clear correlation with increased levels of greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. The finger-pointing adds to rising tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Schedule a TripIn a sign of that discussion’s complicated nature, Nicholas Young, the leader of a black student group at the seminary, said that the steps outlined by officials amounted to “a good start” but that they fell short of what the group had sought. About 10 percent of the seminary’s 360 students are black. The foreign-born children in the camp number nearly 8,000. They were either taken by their parents to Syria or born there of the serial mandatory matches between fighters and muhajirat, or migrant women, that became the Islamic State’s chief recruiting lure and its most cruel imposition on women.
‘THE JIM HENSON EXHIBITION’ at the Museum of the Moving Image. The rainbow connection has been established in Astoria, Queens, where this museum has opened a new permanent wing devoted to the career of America’s great puppeteer, who was born in Mississippi in 1936 and died, too young, in 1990. Henson began presenting the short TV program “Sam and Friends” before he was out of his teens; one of its characters, the soft-faced Kermit, was fashioned from his mother’s old coat and would not mature into a frog for more than a decade. The influence of early variety television, with its succession of skits and songs, runs through “Sesame Street” and “The Muppet Show,” though Henson also spent the late 1960s crafting peace-and-love documentaries and prototyping a psychedelic nightclub. Young visitors will delight in seeing Big Bird, Elmo, Miss Piggy and the Swedish Chef; adults can dig deep into sketches and storyboards and rediscover some old friends. (Jason Farago) 718-784-0077, movingimage.us El 3 de septiembre en Being Human, Lady-Marie Dawson-Malcolm, una usuaria de silla de ruedas, miró alrededor antes de que el espacio fuera abierto al público. Ella había estado involucrada en la prueba de algunos de los exhibidores para asegurarse de que estuvieran a la altura y profundidad adecuadas para las sillas de ruedas, dijo, y parecía complacida con los resultados.
Schedule a TripBut the approach to not name suspects has recently been more widely embraced, said Chuck Wexler, the executive director of the nonprofit Police Executive Research Forum, as chiefs and sheriffs have come to recognize that mass shooters often kill for the sake of attention. Many of the unit’s original architectural details remain, like the mahogany and ash wood moldings, shutter-frame windows and trim, and tin ceilings in the kitchen. There are also three wood-burning fireplaces.
Mr. Lewandowski said if he did decide to run he would likely do so in October, at the outset of a new fund-raising quarter. He left little doubt that he’d land the support of his former boss. “If I get in the race, based on the public statements the president has made, I will have his endorsement,” he said, adding with even more Trumpian hype that such backing “will help me raise money on a national scale that will draw massive attention to this race.” “What we settled on was that the most important thing was time,” Dr. Graff said. “Money will come, it will go, but you’re only given so much time.”
Schedule a TripJeffrey Wechsler returns with a puzzle that will make you suck in your belly. Everybody inhale. And for a few minutes before the most terrifying medical procedure of his life, I held him in my lap and helped him wave at the clown. When he grinned and laughed, I forgot for a moment what was ahead. Visits from clowns have been known to lower anxiety in kids before surgery. But in this instance, the clown helped provide a welcome distraction for me, too, in those last minutes before I would have to let my baby go.
Next door is the imperial temple, once one of the most important structures in the complex, which is now being restored. On Friday, Richemont, the Swiss luxury group, announced that it had entered into a partnership with Mr. Elbaz, the former Lanvin designer whose abrupt firing in 2015 after a falling out with the owner of the brand became for many a symbol of what was wrong with the fashion world.
Schedule a TripLiu received a score of 217.51. Tennell finished second at 213.59, and Mariah Bell was third. Bell was the only skater left after Liu, and she fell during her routine. China’s Ministry of Commerce said some Chinese companies were beginning to make inquiries about resuming purchases of American agricultural products. “Soybeans and pork are all within the scope of inquiry,” said Gao Feng, a spokesman for the ministry. “I hope that China and the United States will move in the same direction and create favorable conditions for consultations.”
After Mr. Farrow believed that NBC News would not move forward, he met with David Remnick, the longtime editor of The New Yorker. Mr. Farrow played the audio recording for him and another editor at the magazine, Deirdre Foley Mendelssohn. Their reaction, he says, was the “polar opposite of Oppenheim’s.” But after a breakout Game 4 — including that mechanically sound single in the eighth — Swaggy B was back, and could be for the rest of the series.
Schedule a TripIn deciding to impose tariffs, the president appears to have taken a calculated risk that Democrats were a bigger impediment to his signature trade deal than tariffs and that threatening Mexico could help him achieve his other big goal: curbing illegal immigration. Nicholas Kulish, Mitchell Ferman and Erin Coulehan contributed reporting.
To their son’s early dismay, his parents were possessed of incurious minds and unpoetic souls. As Mr. Merwin wrote in “Native Trees”: I vividly remember getting GEAR from the clue “Equipment.” I was 5 or 6 at the time, and I remember Grandma was very shocked that my suggestion turned out to be correct! I have been hooked ever since.
Schedule a TripNetflix also added a new comedy special from Ricky Gervais entitled "Humanity." Oddly enough, one of the bits in the special is about dogs. That does not guarantee you will enjoy it. Of the 21 ministers, seven are women, 10 are from Five Star, nine are Democrats, and the health minister, Roberto Speranza, represents the Free and Equal party.
Going from just four locations to 3,000 in a few years would constitute a massive jump and make Amazon a leading convenience store operator, rivaling 7-Eleven, Walgreens and CVS. The stores could also help Amazon become a bigger player in the pharmacy business because it agreed to buy PillPack, an online drugstore, in June. Admiral Witte de With was an officer with the Dutch East India Company, which was a key player in the slave trade, and his narrative tells part of that story. That’s why the Rotterdam art center is not only changing its name, but engaging the local community in the process, as “part of making visible colonial legacies,” according to Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, the museum’s director.