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I’m a Duke Freshman. Here’s Why I Refused to Read ‘Fun Home.’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As a Christian, I knew that my beliefs and identity would be challenged at a progressive university like Duke. My first challenge came well before I arrived on campus, when I learned that all first years were assigned Fun Home, a graphic novel by Vermont cartoonist Alison Bechdel. The book includes cartoon drawings of a woman masturbating and multiple women engaging in oral sex. After researching the book’s content and …

In Cuba, Pope Will Focus on Families, Youth and the Church

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Havana — In the shadow of a giant image of Argentine Che Guevara, workmen are in the final stages of building the altar where Argentina-born Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Plaza de la Revolucion during his four-day visit to Cuba next month. Tens of thousands of Cubans are expected to attend …

Economy Is Steaming Along in U.S.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday …

All Eyes on China’s Shaky Economy

Monday, August 24, 2015

Taipei, Taiwan — In speeches and writings, Chinese President Xi Jinping often delivers the rhetoric of a Communist Party hard-liner. Yet more than ever, capitalists worldwide are depending upon this Leninist — one who is in the midst of a power struggle — to prop up the global …

Police: La. Trooper Shot, Critically Injured

Monday, August 24, 2015

Lake Charles, La. (ap) — A Louisiana state trooper was shot in the head and critically injured Sunday afternoon during a struggle with a man whose pickup truck had run into a ditch after being reported as driving erratically, Louisiana State Police said. Other drivers stopped to help, …

Report: Train Gunman Was In Turkey

Monday, August 24, 2015

Berlin — The gunman in Friday’s thwarted attack of a high-speed train bound for Paris flew to Istanbul from Berlin on May 10, following a path that has been used hundreds of times by Islamist militants seeking to …

Bombshell on Iran Could Rile Israeli Politics

Monday, August 24, 2015

Jerusalem — Former Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s comments that Israel nearly attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities but the plan was scuttled by military men and cowardly politicians could shake up Israeli politics. The leaked interview, in which Barak, 73, also described Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as indecisive and obsessively …

Biden Sends a Jolt to Would-Be Backers With Warren Meeting

Monday, August 24, 2015

Washington — Vice President Joe Biden’s meeting Saturday with Sen. Elizabeth Warren doesn’t necessarily mean a Biden-Warren ticket for 2016, but it showed Democratic party activists and donors how seriously he’s pondering a late run for president. The private, surprise session between the vice president and Warren, a …

Study Finds Middle Managers Face Exploitation, Domination, Depression

Monday, August 24, 2015

It’s no wonder why middle managers are so often the punchline of work-related jokes. Sandwiched between bosses who sometimes overlook them and junior staff who sometimes resent them, you could argue that they have the most stressful jobs in the modern world. Now, researchers have quantified just how …

Lord of His Discipline

Monday, August 24, 2015

Port Royal, s.c. — Three years ago, life caught up with the novelist Pat Conroy. After decades of eating and drinking pretty much whatever he wanted, the best-selling novelist found himself lying in a hospital bed, bloated with …

Lyme Disease Still Stuck in Controversy

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mary Dell Harrington, 59, of Larchmont, N.Y., considers herself lucky. In 2009, she caught Lyme disease from a tick bite but recovered after taking antibiotics. “I never saw the bite or the (hallmark) Lyme bull’s-eye rash,” said Harrington. …

On Politics and Women’s Magazines

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Glamour Magazine, a monthly glossy probably best known for it’s back-of-book, woman-on-the-street fashion do’s and don’ts page, announced some major news this month. Sort of. The magazine will, for the next 15 months, cover politics in the form of special section — or in Web parlance, a “vertical” …

‘Compton’ Worth the Wait

Sunday, August 23, 2015

How much time has passed since Dr. Dre put out an album under his own name? Pop-culturally speaking, eons. In 1999, when the definitive G-funk producer and founding N.W.A. member released 2001 — the album title was postdated …