Nation / World

‘A Different World’ For Police After Killings

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Houston — During his 21 years in law enforcement, Cpl. Wayne Curry hasn’t worried much about the approach of strangers. The Texas officer, like anyone who wears a badge, said he has had his share of run-ins with those who harbor a dislike of the police. But when people have stepped up to him, he said, it is “more likely they want to buy me dinner.” Curry is now thinking …

Ukraine Clashes Leave 1 Dead

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine — As lawmakers took up a measure to give greater powers to separatists in eastern Ukraine, nationalist protesters clashed with police outside parliament on Monday, and the Interior Ministry said one officer was killed in a grenade blast and more than 100 were wounded. It was the worst violence in the …

Foster Care Reform On The Table

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Washington — Congress is moving toward an overhaul of the country’s foster-care system, one that reflects a shift in how policymakers and child-welfare experts view the problem of keeping kids safe. It isn’t yet clear what form legislation might ultimately take, and any agreement could be derailed by a dispute over the debt ceiling later this year. All the same, several lawmakers in …

‘Purity’ Isn’t Franzen’s Best

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jonathan Franzen’s career offers a cautionary narrative — for us as much as him. As far back as 1996, with Perchance to Dream, his long essay published in Harper’s on the state of contemporary fiction, he has filled …

Felicia Day Loves the Internet, Despite Trolls

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Felicia Day is well aware that not everyone knows who she is. Those are the people who aren’t immersed in the gaming culture, who haven’t spent wide swaths of their lives playing World of Warcraft, or watching her …

Miss Manners: Not Every Email Has to Be Read Right Now

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Mail delivery used to be a sport for the whole family. The dog was excited to see the mailman (as he was likely to be then), even if the mailman was not excited to see the dog. The baby loved to rip up the packaging and stomp on …

To Your Good Health: Tips for Reducing Eye Strain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Dear Dr. Roach: Would you mind providing some guidelines for preventing eye strain? I’m a graduate student, so I spend a lot of time reading, both from computer screens and from books. I will always need to read to get things done, but I’d also like my eyes …

One Man’s Failed Effort to Copyright a Popular Chicken Sandwich

Saturday, August 29, 2015

In 1987, Norberto Colón Lorenzana had what we can all agree is a pretty unremarkable idea. Colón, who had just started working at a fast food joint called Church’s Chicken in Puerto Rico, suggested to his employer that they try adding a basic fried chicken sandwich to a …

Around the Remote: Chuck Barney’s Picks for Aug.30-Sept. 5

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Don’t Miss 2015 MTV Video Music Awards — Two years ago, Miley Cyrus caused an uproar with her naughty twerking. Now that she’s back to host the 32nd annual bash, will she behave herself — or push the envelope even further? As for the nominations, Taylor Swift leads …

Africa’s Only Penguins Face Extinction

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cape Town, South Africa — They’re cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town. But African penguins — the continent’s only species of the flightless bird — are at risk of extinction. …

CDC: School Nutrition Good, Could Be Better

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Federal health authorities give American schools good grades for improving the nutritional quality of food served in their cafeterias — but there’s still room for improvement, they said. A report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 79 percent of schools served at …

Cellphones for Children May Not Be a Wise Choice

Saturday, August 29, 2015

My colleague Michelle Quinn got her son an iPhone when he entered middle school last year. My son wasn’t so lucky. Not only did he not get a smartphone when he entered middle school, but I don’t plan to get him even a simple cellphone anytime soon. Michelle’s …

Driving Will Never Be the Same

Saturday, August 29, 2015

San Francisco — A veteran computer scientist hates sitting in his car at stop lights, so he creates software that makes the experience less annoying. A former engineering professor wants to double the range of today’s electric vehicles. …