Harold Brown: Tuskegee Airman Who Faced a Lynch Mob
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13h ago
From a New York Times obit by Sam Roberts headlined “Harold Brown, Tuskegee Airman Who Faced a Lynch Mob, Dies at 98”: Harold H. Brown, who as a teenager overcame racial prejudice in the American South to become an Army Air Corps fighter pilot during World War II — a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen — only to be downed over Austria and face a lynch mob of vengeful villagers, died in Huron, Ohio. Dr. Brown flew 30 missions during the war in Europe and later served in the Korean War. He spent 23 years in the military before retiring, earning a doctorate and becoming a college administrator. H ..read more
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Trump Hits the Campaign Trail, Eager to Show He’s Still the GOP King Kong
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15h ago
From a story by Meredith McGraw on politico.com headlined “Trump hits the trail again, eager to show he’s still the GOP King Kong”: Since announcing in November, Donald Trump had an unconventional start to his third presidential campaign: He did not campaign at all. That’s now changing, and part of the reason the former president is holding his first formal campaign events of 2024 in New Hampshire and South Carolina this weekend is that others may be forcing his hand. In recent days, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called Trump and suggested she would be announcing her decision to enter ..read more
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The War Between the Catholic Cardinals
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15h ago
From a New York Times column by Ross Douthat headlined “The War Between the Catholic Cardinals”: The death of the pope emeritus, Benedict XVI, was succeeded by a small literary outpouring, a rush of publications that were interpreted as salvos in the Catholic Church’s civil war. The list includes a memoir by Benedict’s longtime secretary that mentioned the former pontiff’s disappointment at his successor’s restriction of the Latin Mass, a posthumous essay collection by Benedict himself that’s being mined for controversial quotes, and an Associated Press interview with Pope Francis that made ne ..read more
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News Organizations Grapple With Showing Horrific Nichols, Pelosi Videos
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by Jack Limpert
21h ago
From a Washington Post story by Jeremy Barr headlined “News organizations grapple with showing horrific Nichols, Pelosi videos”: News organizations tried to decide Friday night whether to broadcast video that was unquestionably newsworthy but horrifically violent — hardly for the first time. In this instance, it was graphic footage of five Memphis police officers fatally beating 29-year-old motorist Tyre Nichols. Hours earlier, it was police body-cam video of a man attacking Paul Pelosi with a hammer. On other days, it’s been recordings of mass shootings, war, any other number of atrocities th ..read more
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To Fix Its Problems in Ukraine, Russia Turns to the Architect of the War
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by Jack Limpert
21h ago
From a New York Times story by Helene Cooper, Julian E. Barnes, and Eric Schmitt headlined “To Fix Its Problems in Ukraine, Russia Turns to the Architect of the War”: Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, the architect of President Vladimir V. Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, took over the day-to-day running of Russia’s war effort this month by convincing his boss that his predecessor was too passive, American and European officials say. But General Gerasimov’s turbocharged strategy is what led to Russia’s problems to begin with, and Moscow still does not have the troops, ammunition or equipment that military ..read more
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Kathryn Ma on Growing Up a Librarian’s Daughter
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by Jack Limpert
21h ago
From a story on lithub.com headlined “Kathryn Ma on Growing Up a Librarian’s Daughter”: In Southern California, in the seventies, a good summer job involved the beach or the mall. This got you money, a fabulous tan, and friends who showed up to hang out. I would’ve taken one of those jobs. I was a good swimmer. I could scoop a mean cone. I had serious retail experience folding madras cotton and rearranging the button rack at the House of Fabrics. But my mother had other plans for me. She got me a job as an assistant in a research and development company. The company had its own library and a s ..read more
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OpenAI’s Writing Tool Isn’t Quite Ready to Replace Writers in Newsrooms
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by Jack Limpert
1d ago
From a story on axios.com by Kia Kokalitcheva headlined “Behind the scenes of AI-generated writing”: I asked ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence tool that’s taking the world by storm, to write an essay about venture investing in AI. While it impressively picked up Axios Smart Brevity style, it struggled to remember certain directives, and its writing was quite basic. Why it matters: Despite growing fears of making certain creative workers (i.e., journalists) obsolete, OpenAI’s writing tool is a long way from being able to replace a writer in our newsroom. Driving the news: Buzzfeed on Thursda ..read more
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Tyre Nichols Remembered As Beautiful Soul With Creative Eye
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by Jack Limpert
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From an AP story by Adam Bean, Travis Loller, and Claire Galofaro headlined “Tyre Nichols remembered as beautiful soul with creative eye”: On most weekends, Tyre Nichols would head to the city park, train his camera on the sky and wait for the sun to set. “Photography helps me look at the world in a more creative way. It expresses me in ways I cannot write down for people,” he wrote on his website. He preferred landscapes and loved the glow of sunsets most, his family has said. “My vision is to bring my viewers deep into what I am seeing through my eye and out through my lens,” Nichols wrote ..read more
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The Webb Space Telescope Is Telling Humanity the History of Everything
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by Jack Limpert
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From a Washington Post column by George F. Will headlined “The Webb Space Telescope is telling humanity the history of everything”: At the Space Telescope Science Institute, on the Johns Hopkins University campus in Baltimore, a constant torrent of data pours in from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, enabling cosmologists to write ancient history. Not the history of the Greeks and Romans, who lived a mere blink ago. Rather, it is the history of everything. Everything began, cosmologists currently think, with a bang — the Big Bang; if it does not deserve to be a proper noun, what does? — 13.7 ..read more
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Billy Packer: Straight-Talking College Basketball Analyst
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by Jack Limpert
2d ago
From a New York Times obit by Richard Sandomir headlined “Billy Packer, Straight-Talking College Basketball Analyst, Dies at 82”: Billy Packer, the sharp-eyed, opinionated lead college basketball analyst for NBC and CBS whose commentary was heard during every Final Four game of the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament from 1975 to 2008, died in Charlotte, N.C. A former point guard and assistant coach at Wake Forest University, Mr. Packer began as a broadcast analyst in the early 1970s as the men’s tournament, and especially the Final Four, became the signature sports event known as March Madne ..read more
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