Monthly Archives: August 2017

Did a YA book buy its way to the top of the New York Times bestseller list?

By Jessica Roy For a few hours, a debut author shone at the top of the N.Y. Times bestseller list Thursday. But after online commenters questioned how the book got there, the paper removed "Handbook for Mortals" by Lani Sarem. What happened? Author Phil Stamper thought it was strange when "Handbook for Mortals"... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


A List of Fears: Megan Stielstra and “The Wrong Way to Save Your Life”

By David L. Ulin Talk with Megan Stielstra about the art of writing essays and you'll end up in a conversation about the art of living instead. It's not a change of subject, just recognition that, in many ways, the activities are interwoven on the most intimate of terms. “The thing about creative nonfiction,” more

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Administration Scraps Local-Hiring Plan for Public Works

By TIFFANY HSU The Transportation Department is killing an Obama-era initiative to let cities set aside jobs for residents on federally funded infrastructure projects. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Labor and Jobs, Department of Transportation, Infrastructure (Public Works), Hiring and Promotion, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Building (Construction)


The 1985 murder of a DEA agent still haunts Mexico. Finally, a drug lord gets sentenced in the case

By Patrick J. McDonnell He was known as “El Padrino” — the Godfather — and, as co-founder of the once-dominant Guadalajara drug cartel, Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo reigned over Mexico's multibillion-dollar narco-commerce with all the ruthlessness and aplomb of the fictional Don Corleone. The former street cop and bodyguard... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Breakingviews: Knowing Where to Look 10 Years After Start of Financial Crisis

By ROB COX When did the crisis start? There are a number of candidates. But understanding the failure to act takes an appraisal of the full arc of what happened. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Subprime Mortgage Crisis, Banking and Financial Institutions, HSBC Holdings PLC., BNP Paribas, Bear Stearns Cos, American International Group Inc, Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, Sharks


Police use water cannon on migrants in Rome, reflecting new, hard-line tactics

By Tom Kington Italian riot police turned a water cannon on Eritrean and Ethiopian migrants in Rome on Thursday, scattering them from a piazza where they had camped for five days after being evicted from a building where they had been squatting for several years. Migrants threw bottles and gas canisters at the... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Claire Messud’s ‘The Burning Girl’ takes on a fraught friendship with splendorous prose

By Rebecca Carroll There is something mesmerizing about a girlhood friendship that is so close and adventurous, symbiotic and impenetrable. In real life it can be intoxicating, in fiction, life-changing. Such is the case with Claire Messud's new novel, “The Burning Girl,” in which two girls become best friends in... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


White Collar Watch: In a Boon to Prosecutors, Insider Trading Ruling Is Reshaped

By PETER J. HENNING The opinion affirming the conviction of Mathew Martoma found that the approach taken to tipping confidential information in another case “can no longer be sustained.” more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Insider Trading, Supreme Court (US), Katzmann, Robert A, Pooler, Rosemary S, Mathew Martoma, Justice Department


Islamic State's latest video features what it says is a child of a U.S. soldier

By Nabih Bulos Islamic State's slick propaganda videos have long included children, but its latest offering purports to show something different: an American child and supposed son of a U.S. soldier threatening President Trump. The seven-minute video, titled “The Fertile Nation,” centers on a 10-year-old boy,... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


German rival of Chancellor Merkel vows to remove U.S. nuclear weapons from the country

By Erik Kirschbaum In a bid to jump-start his flagging campaign to lead Germany, Martin Schulz of the center-left Social Democrats has made a startling campaign promise, saying he would remove U.S. nuclear weapons from the country if he became chancellor. Feeding on widespread fears among Germans of a possible conflict... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Correction: Dual-ions electrochemical deionization: a desalination generator

By Fuming Chen Energy Environ. Sci., 2017, Advance ArticleDOI: 10.1039/C7EE90050C, Correction Open Access &nbsp This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.Fuming Chen, Yinxi Huang, Lu Guo, Linfeng Sun, Ye Wang, Hui Ying YangTo cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above.The more

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Researchers have identified olfactory receptors that enable ants to smell and recognize workers, males, and their queen

Queen ants spend most of their time having babies. To reign supreme in a colony, they exude a special scent, or pheromone, on the waxy surface of their body that suppresses ovary development in their sisters, rendering the latter reproductively inactive workers that find food, nurse the young and protect more


Category: Plants & Animals


79-year-old Iranian opposition leader calls off hunger strike but will remain under house arrest

By Ramin Mostaghim, Shashank Bengali One of Iran's leading opposition politicians called off a hunger strike from his hospital bed on Thursday after intelligence officials agreed to withdraw agents from his house, where he has been under arrest for six years. Mehdi Karroubi, a 79-year-old who suffers from heart disease and was recently... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Slowing dangerous bacteria may be more effective than killing them, researchers report

Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered a mechanism that allows bacteria of the same species to communicate when their survival is threatened. The study suggests it may be possible to slow dangerous infections by manipulating the messages these microbes send to each other, allowing the body to defeat more


Category: Cell & Microbiology


Hong Kong student leaders jailed over pro-democracy protest tied to Umbrella Movement

By Jessica Meyers, Christy Choi Nearly three years ago, several Hong Kong youth with hopes of greater democracy led a downtown protest that ballooned into thousands and lasted for 79 days. Now, they're going to jail. Three student leaders who helped catalyze the city's pro-democracy movement were sentenced to prison on Thursday,... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


On 100th day in office, South Korean president tries to ease nation's war tensions

By Matt Stiles South Korea's new president came to office in May after an unprecedented political corruption scandal, promising a clean administration and a fresh approach to dealing with North Korea.The president, Moon Jae-in, might well avoid the ethical pitfalls that haunted previous South Korean leaders,... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Common Sense: C.E.O.s Long Avoided Politics. Trump Is Changing the Calculus.

By JAMES B. STEWART Corporate leaders often avoid taking political stands, especially on the president. Equivocation from the White House on right-wing extremism has forced a response. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: United States Politics and Government, Trump, Donald J, Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017), Executives and Management (Theory), American Manufacturing Council, Under Armour Inc, Boeing Company


Tijuana's big growth industry? Barbershops, with 100 opening in three years

By Phillip Molnar, Alejandro Tamayo Hidden a few blocks away from Tijuana's main thoroughfare, an old warehouse has become a cultural landmark for the city's fashion-conscious men. Wings painted outside the building are the only indication something is different about the space, most recently used as a gym. Inside, a Drake song blasts... more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Birdcage Walk

By Katherine A. Powers We are often warned against allowing considerations of an author's personal circumstances to influence our view of his or her work, but it is impossible to read Helen Dunmore's Birdcage Walk without dwelling on the unhappy fact that she died last March, less than three months after the novel's publication more

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Category: A Reading Life, A READING LIFE, FICTION


Inside the C.E.O. Rebellion Against Trump’s Advisory Councils

By DAVID GELLES, LANDON THOMAS Jr., ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and KATE KELLY The president announced that he would dissolve two councils of business leaders after a decision by the members of his Strategic and Policy Forum to disband. more

Source: The New York Times

Category: Trump, Donald J, Schwarzman, Stephen A, United States Politics and Government, Charlottesville, Va, Violence (August, 2017)


Humanitarian groups fear aid is being diverted to terrorist group after militant takeover of Syrian province

By Nabih Bulos The recent takeover of the Syrian province of Idlib by an extremist organization has created a dilemma for the United States and other countries that send humanitarian aid to civilians and military aid to various rebel factions fighting the Syrian government. It has become impossible to provide... more

Source: Los Angeles Times