Edward Dwight, Once Picked to Be the First Black Astronaut in Space, Aims for Space at Last
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Edward Dwight, Once Picked to Be the First Black Astronaut in Space, Aims for Space at Last

Edward Dwight is going to space, finally. In the coming weeks, as conditions allow, Mr. Dwight is expected to be part of a six-person crew heading into space on the latest mission of Blue Origin, the space company founded by Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin’s seventh human flight will carry an array of adventurers including a venture capitalist, a craft-beer entrepreneur from France, a retired accountant who has been told by doctors that she is going blind, and Mr. Dwight, a retired Air Force captain who 60 years ago was chosen, and then passed over, to be the first Black man to orbit Earth. Mr. Dwight wound up in the astronaut training program at Edwards Air Force Base in California in the early 1960s under the command of Chuck Yeager. (In 1947 General Yeager became the first test pilot to break...
Israel, Gaza and the Law on Starvation in War
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Israel, Gaza and the Law on Starvation in War

On March 19, Volker Türk, the United Nations’ human rights chief, said in an official statement that Israel’s policies regarding aid in Gaza might amount to a war crime. “The extent of Israel’s continued restrictions on the entry of aid into Gaza, together with the manner in which it continues to conduct hostilities, may amount to the use of starvation as a method of war, which is a war crime,” he wrote. His comments made waves. Using starvation of civilians as a weapon is a serious violation of international humanitarian law, and a war crime under the Rome Statute, the treaty of the International Criminal Court, or I.C.C. Israeli and foreign officials told The New York Times last week that they were worried that the I.C.C. was preparing to issue arrest warrants against senior Israeli of...
When a Bunch of Bloody Yanks Came for English Soccer
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When a Bunch of Bloody Yanks Came for English Soccer

Edens isn’t daunted. Over dinner one night, he told me about a hotel that he recently built in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The project included a club where members could store skis and have their cars parked by valets. Everyone, including partners, told him it wouldn’t work. “A lot of the locals said, ‘That’s not Jackson Hole, that’s not true to our heritage,’” Edens said. “ ‘We’re not Vail. We carry our own stuff.’” He disagreed. “Who thinks carrying your three young kids’ ski stuff through a parking lot is a good idea?” Edens proceeded with the ski club. “And people love it,” he said. “It’s completely sold out. And that’s how I feel about some of the other things that we’re doing now.” While he said that he is respectful of the club’s long history, he added that it’s “OK to change things a litt...
In Content Warning, Role-Play as Influencers Dying to Go Viral
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In Content Warning, Role-Play as Influencers Dying to Go Viral

The list of things that influencers have done for attention is terrifying. Creators have eaten 10,000 calories in one sitting, glued their lips together and smashed gallons of milk on the floor in public. When Logan Paul recorded himself finding a dead body in a Japanese forest known for suicides, it caused a backlash across the internet. The new video game Content Warning pushes that do-anything-for-fame premise to a madly meta extreme. Players role-play as content creators venturing to abandoned factories and spectral ships to record murderous monsters. The objective: Get footage to upload to the fictional website SpookTube without being killed. Players earn “views” depending on how frightening their clips are, and will lose if they do not meet a quota within a few days. “It’s inspired...
Former N.H.L. Player Faces Sexual Assault Charges in Canada
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Former N.H.L. Player Faces Sexual Assault Charges in Canada

A former National Hockey League player has been charged in Canada with sexual assault, his lawyer has confirmed, the latest development in a case that has brought turmoil to the sport’s Canadian governing body and angered many people across the country. Four more players are expected to turn themselves in to the police service in London, Ontario, in the coming days, according to a report in The Globe and Mail, a Toronto-based newspaper. “The London Police have charged several players, including Alex Formenton, in connection with an accusation made in 2018,” Dan Brown, Mr. Formenton’s lawyer, said in an emailed statement. “Alex will vigorously defend his innocence and asks that people not rush to judgment without hearing all of the evidence.” Mr. Brown’s statement did not specify what his...
Teenager Fatally Shot by Australian Police After He Stabbed a Man
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Teenager Fatally Shot by Australian Police After He Stabbed a Man

The police in Perth, Australia, fatally shot a 16-year-old boy who had stabbed a man in a parking lot and who officials said had been on their radar for suspicion of having extremist tendencies. The shooting happened shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, and occurred after the police in Western Australia state received a call from a male saying he was going to commit acts of violence, Police Commissioner Col Blanch said at a news conference on Sunday morning. Members of the public had also alerted the police that the teenager was wielding a knife, and officers were dispatched to the scene. The episode comes just weeks after two stabbing attacks alarmed Australia. A mass stabbing in a shopping mall in Sydney killed six people and injured at least a dozen on April 13. Days later, a 15-year-old b...
Widening Racial Disparities Underlie Rise in Child Deaths in the U.S.
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Widening Racial Disparities Underlie Rise in Child Deaths in the U.S.

Some Context: A frightening trend examined more closely. Researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Children’s Hospital of Richmond had previously revealed that mortality rates among children and adolescents had risen by 18 percent between 2019 and 2021. Deaths related to injuries had grown so dramatically that they eclipsed all public health gains. The group, seeking to drill deeper into the worrying trend, obtained death certificate data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s public WONDER database and stratified it by race, ethnicity and cause for children ages 1 to 19. They found that Black and American Indian/Alaska Native children were not only dying at significantly higher rates than white children but that the disparities — which had been improving until 20...
China Is Buying Gold, Sending Prices to Record Highs
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China Is Buying Gold, Sending Prices to Record Highs

As gold surged this year to its highest price ever, Xena Lin joined the frenzy by making monthly purchases of gold “beans,” pebble-like morsels of the precious metal. For Ms. Lin, a 25-year-old administrative worker in southern China, the $80 beans — small enough to rest on a fingertip and weighing about one-thirtieth of an ounce — were an affordable way to buy into the gold excitement without splurging for jewelry, gold bars or coins. She had dabbled with investing in stocks in the past, but she said buying gold, especially in this fun way, inspired her to continue investing. “I’m still working hard to save more,” Ms. Lin said. Often considered a safe investment during times of geopolitical and economic turmoil, gold has soared in price in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and th...
Monday Briefing – The New York Times
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Monday Briefing – The New York Times

Cease-fire talks in Cairo faltered Negotiations between Israel and Hamas stalled again, meaning more uncertainty for the families of Israeli hostages and no quick reprieve for Palestinians in Gaza. Mediators struggled to bridge the remaining gaps, and a Hamas delegation left the talks, officials said. The main dispute was over the duration of a cease-fire, with Hamas demanding a permanent one and Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, expressing openness to only a temporary halt in fighting. Hamas blamed the lack of progress on Netanyahu, who has vowed to stage a ground offensive in Rafah, where about a million Palestinians have been sheltering, with or without an agreement. Israel and the U.S. contend that Hamas has been holding up a deal. Netanyahu said yesterday that ending the ...
Tensions Rise in Silicon Valley Over Sales of Start-Up Stocks
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Tensions Rise in Silicon Valley Over Sales of Start-Up Stocks

Sohail Prasad, an entrepreneur, launched a fund in March called the Destiny Tech100. The fund owns shares in hot tech start-ups like the payments firm Stripe, the rocket maker SpaceX and the artificial intelligence company OpenAI. Few people get the chance to invest in these privately held companies since their shares are not openly traded. Mr. Prasad’s intention with Destiny was to let the rest of the world get a piece of them through his fund. But soon after Destiny debuted, two tech start-ups — Stripe and Plaid, a banking service — said the fund did not legally own their shares. A competitor criticized Destiny as “too good to be true.” Robinhood, the stock trading app, stopped letting investors buy into the fund, saying it had been added to its app by mistake. Mr. Prasad was not surpr...