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Michael Conforto could be playing final games in Mets uniform

The next 16 games will decide the Mets’ fate, whether they squeeze into the postseason or miss it for the fifth consecutive year, but it’s Michael Conforto who has more at stake than anyone. 
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Otter-ly adorable! Butterfly makes a zoo friend
Otters and butterflies aren’t usually BFFs. At a zoo in Colombia, however, the two species totally hit it off. Watch as a playful otter chases a wild butterfly on the other side of the glass in this interspecies meet-cute.
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Hunter Mauled by Bear Rescued by Alaska National Guard in Dramatic Video
The attack occurred in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve—the largest national park in the United States.
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Week 3 college football picks, bold predictions led by the Alabama-Florida showdown
No. 1 Alabama faces No. 9 Florida in the headline game in college football this weekend. Our experts make their game picks and predictions for Week 3.       
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Correa HR triggers 7-run 4th, Astros roll past Rangers 12-1
Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros are closing in on another AL West title after dominating their last-place Texas rival again.
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High School Football Coach's Advice to Player Who Wanted to Quit Goes Viral
The Californian coach's video about his reluctant player has been watched more than 1.4 million times—and sparked a debate on Twitter.
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Sarah Palin Says She Hasn't Been Vaccinated Because She's Already Had COVID
The former Alaska governor described herself as a "white, common sense conservative" who believed in science.
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COVID looms on 'The Morning Show'
TV news drama "The Morning Show" returns for Season Two with stars Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon hoping that Season Three will see "everyone in the streets just screaming and dancing and laughing and loving on one another." (Sept. 17)      
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Mark Milley Exposes the Myth of American 'Democracy' | Opinion
Milley's perfidy is but the latest indication that our woke ruling class takes no prisoners in its systemic assault upon our constitutional order.
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Critical Race Theory Distracts from Widespread Academic Underachievement | Opinion
With a new school year underway, parents, teachers and children anxiously return to classrooms amidst an ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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Own goal of the year? Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha's bizarre mistake gifts Galatasaray victory
Locked 0-0 in a cagey opening Europa League group stage match, it should have been a routine catch for Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha.
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Viral Hack Shows How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies With Items in Your Cupboard
Fruit flies are unfortunately a summer staple for many homes, but this trick could help put an end to that.
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Lil Nas X's Hilarious 'MONTERO' Billboard Campaign Explained
To promote his new album, "MONTERO," Lil Nas X put up a series of ironic billboards across Los Angeles. His debut studio album is out now.
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5 things to know for September 17: Australia, Afghanistan, Covid, immigrants, climate
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.
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Warriors' Klay Thompson can thrive after ACL, Achilles injuries, experts say. Will he be as effective?
For many, the question will be: can Klay Thompson get back to where he was before the injuries? His age could be a benefit in his recovery and return.       
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Eleven questions for Tom Carper
And pro-impeachment GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez won't run again in 2022.
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In Texas, Officials Are Reporting A Surge In Migrants At The Southern Border This Week
Texas officials say they are seeing a "historic surge" in migration along the southern border. Thousands of new arrivals from Haiti are straining an already overstretched effort to deal with them.
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HPV vaccines prevent cancer, but doses decline amid pandemic
Research shows that expanding HPV vaccination rates could relegate HPV to the same sort of threat as smallpox: No longer something worry about.      
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Social Media Is Attention Alcohol
Last year, researchers at Instagram published disturbing findings from an internal study on the app’s effect on young women. “Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” the authors wrote in a presentation obtained by The Wall Street Journal. “They often feel ‘addicted’ and know that what they’re seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.”This was not a new revelation. For years, Facebook, which owns Instagram, has investigated the app’s effects on its users, and it kept getting the same result. “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls,” said one slide from a 2019 presentation. “Teens who struggle with mental health say Instagram makes it worse.”The findings weren’t all negative. Although many teenagers reported that Instagram was compulsive but depressing, most teenagers who acknowledged this dark side said they still thought the app was enjoyable and useful.[From September 2017 issue: Have smartphones destroyed a generation?]So a fair summary of Instagram according to Instagram might go like this: Here is a fun product that millions of people seem to love; that is unwholesome in large doses; that makes a sizable minority feel more anxious, more depressed, and worse about their bodies; and that many people struggle to use in moderation.What does that sound like to you? To me, it sounds like alcohol—a social lubricant that can be delightful but also depressing, a popular experience that blends short-term euphoria with long-term regret, a product that leads to painful and even addictive behavior among a significant minority. Like booze, social media seems to offer an intoxicating cocktail of dopamine, disorientation, and, for some, dependency. Call it “attention alcohol.”I personally don’t spend much time on Instagram, but on reflection I love Twitter quite like the way I love wine and whiskey. Other analogies fall short; some people liken social media to junk food, but ultra-processed snacks have few redeemable health qualities compared with just about every natural alternative. I have a more complicated relationship with Twitter. It makes my life better and more interesting. It connects me with writers and thinkers whom I would never otherwise reach. But some days, my attention will get caught in the slipstream of gotchas, dunks, and nonsense controversies, and I’ll feel deeply regretful about the way I spent my time … only to open the app again, several minutes later, when the pinch of regret has relaxed and my thumb reaches, without thought, toward a familiar blue icon on my phone.For the past decade, writers have been trying to jam Facebook into various analogical boxes. Facebook is like a global railroad; or, no, it’s like a town square; or, perhaps, it’s like a transnational government; or, rather, it’s an electric grid, or a newspaper, or cable TV.Each of these gets at something real. Facebook’s ability to connect previously unconnected groups of people to information and commerce really does make it like a 21st-century railroad. The fact that hundreds of millions of people get their news from Facebook makes it very much like a global newspaper. But none of these metaphors completely captures the full berserk mosaic of Facebook or other social-media platforms. In particular, none of them touches on what social media does to the minds of the young people who use it the most.[From the December 2019 issue: The dark psychology of social networks]“People compare social media to nicotine,” Andrew Bosworth, a longtime Facebook executive, wrote in an extensive 2019 memo on the company’s internal network. “I find that wildly offensive, not to me but to addicts.” He went on: I have seen family members struggle with alcoholism and classmates struggle with opioids. I know there is a battle for the terminology of addiction but I side firmly with the neuroscientists. Still, while Facebook may not be nicotine I think it is probably like sugar. Sugar is delicious and for most of us there is a special place for it in our lives. But like all things it benefits from moderation. But in 2020, Facebook critics weren’t the ones comparing its offerings to addiction-forming chemicals. The company’s own users told its research team that its products were akin to a mildly addictive depressant.If you disbelieve these self-reports, perhaps you’ll be persuaded by the prodigious amounts of outside research suggesting the same conclusion. In June, researchers from NYU, Stanford, and Microsoft published a paper with a title that made their position on the matter unambiguous: “Digital Addiction.” In closing, they reported that “self-control problems cause 31 percent of social media use.” Think about that: About one in three minutes spent on social media is time we neither hoped to use beforehand nor feel good about in retrospect.Facebook acknowledges these problems. In a response to the Wall Street Journal exposé published on Tuesday, Karina Newton, the head of public policy at Instagram, stood by the company’s research. “Many find it helpful one day, and problematic the next,” she wrote. “Many said Instagram makes things better or has no effect, but some, particularly those who were already feeling down, said Instagram may make things worse.” But this self-knowledge hasn’t translated into sufficient reform.Thinking of social media as attention alcohol can guide reform efforts. We have a kind of social infrastructure around alcohol, which we don’t have yet for social media. The need to limit consumption is evident in our marketing: Beer ads encourage people to drink responsibly. It’s in our institutions: Established organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous are devoted to fighting addiction and abuse. It’s in our regulatory and economic policy: Alcohol is taxed at higher rates than other food and drink, and its interstate distribution has separate rules. There is also a legal age limit. (Instagram requires its users to be 13 years old, although, as it goes with buying alcohol, many users of the photo-sharing app are surely lying about their age.)Perhaps most important, people have developed a common vocabulary around alcohol use: “Who’s driving tonight?”; “He needs to be cut off”; “She needs some water”; “I went too hard this weekend”; “I might need help.” These phrases are so familiar that it can take a second to recognize that they communicate actual knowledge about what alcohol is and what it does to our bodies. We’ve been consuming booze for several thousand years and have studied the compound’s specific chemical effects on the liver and bloodstream. Social media, by contrast, has been around for less than two decades, and we’re still trying to understand exactly what it’s doing, to whom, and by what mechanism.We might be getting closer to an answer. A 124-page literature review compiled by Jonathan Haidt, an NYU professor, and Jean Twenge, a San Diego State University professor, finds that the negative effects of social media are highly concentrated among young people, and teen girls in particular. Development research tells us that teenagers are exquisitely sensitive to social influence, or to the opinions of other teens. One thing that social media might do is hijack this keen peer sensitivity and drive obsessive thinking about body image, status, and popularity. Instagram seems to create, for some teenage girls, a suffocating prestige economy that pays people in kudos for their appearance and presentation. The negative externality is dangerously high rates of anxiety.How do we fix it? We should learn from alcohol, which is studied, labeled, taxed, and restricted. Similar strictures would discourage social-media abuse among teenagers. We should continue to study exactly how and for whom these apps are psychologically ruinous and respond directly to the consensus reached by that research. Governments should urge or require companies to build more in-app tools to discourage overuse. Instagram and other app makers should strongly consider raising their minimum age for getting an account and preventing young users from presenting fake birthdates. Finally, and most broadly, parents, teens, and the press should continue to build a common vocabulary and set of rules around the dangers of excess social media for its most vulnerable users.Digital sabbaths are currently the subject of columns and confessionals. That’s a good start, but this stuff should be sewn into our everyday language: “No apps this weekend”; “I need to be cut off”; “I love you, but I think you need to take a break”; “Can you help me stay offline?” These reforms should begin with Facebook. But with social media, as with every other legal, compulsive product, the responsibility of moderation ends with the users.
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Milley's reasonable actions raise a serious question
What Milley did was put his country above his commander-in-chief, writes Peter Bergen. Given the irrational rage that Trump was exhibiting after his election loss, Milley made the right call to reassure the Chinese about the stability of the US national security apparatus. But Milley's actions could set a dangerous precedent and we should carefully consider how high-ranking military officers in future administrations might insert themselves into the chain of command under a different president.
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Alabama councilman, 19, hospitalized with covid after opposing mask mandate: ‘Terrible not to be able to breathe’
Nineteen-year-old Hunter Pepper said he and his family began to worry after he began showing symptoms, including difficulty breathing. He tested positive for the virus on Wednesday morning.
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Mother arrested after abuse is caught on camera
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A woman accepted $50 from a West Virginia police chief so he could rape her 17-year-old relative, feds say
The woman pleaded guilty in a West Virginia federal court to one count of conspiracy to sex traffic a minor. She faces up to life in prison.
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The Supreme Court's actions on abortion and voting rights would have stunned RBG
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died a year ago this week, had been well aware that the conservatives on the Supreme Court were poised to take a right turn in areas concerning reproductive health and voting rights. But the liberal icon would likely be stunned to see how far and how fast the court has actually moved.
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January 6 vs. September 18: How law enforcement hopes to prevent another riot
A new fence, an information-sharing alert and ramped-up airport security are just a few of the ways law enforcement is preparing to prevent another deadly insurrection ahead of Saturday's rally aimed at showing support for those arrested on January 6.
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Toddlers receive vaccine at clinic in Cuba. See inside
Cuban children are said to be the youngest anywhere in the world to be vaccinated for Covid-19. The government is using its home developed vaccines for children and adolescents between ages 2 and 18. CNN's Patrick Oppmann reports from a clinic in Havana.
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20 fall books we can't wait to read by Katie Couric, Billy Porter, Jonathan Franzen and more
There are plenty of good books to read this fall under a warm blanket, including memoirs by Billy Porter, Katie Couric and Will Smith.       
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America's COVID response is still badly flawed. Here's how to finally get it right.
We should see President Biden's latest steps to fight COVID-19 for what they are: disaster relief in the face of a perfect storm.      
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This year’s Emmys are favoring mass appeal over the niche and artsy. That’s not necessarily a bad thing.
The 2021 Emmy nominees have clumped around a handful of tentpoles, but the TV Academy’s inattentiveness to the scattered brilliance across the medium may have a bright side.
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Letters to the Editor: COVID-19 is only a culture war to Joe Biden's critics
President Biden isn't virtue signaling with his new vaccine rules; he's actually trying to beat the pandemic and save lives.
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Academic experts believe that Middle East politics are actually getting worse
Nearly two-thirds of our recent survey group think the Israel-Palestine situation is akin to apartheid.
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Op-Ed: Garment workers behind 'Made in the USA' labels are horribly underpaid. Newsom can end the wage theft
Less than one-third of L.A.'s garment workers are paid the state's minimum wage. Under the piece-rate system, workers earn as little as 5 cents to sew a side seam.
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Map proposals show how parties hope to gain from new congressional boundaries
The Washington Post analyzed proposed U.S. House district boundaries in Oregon, Indiana and Colorado as redistricting debates unfold in state capitals.
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Ken Burns discusses his Muhammad Ali documentary - "The Takeout"
Burns says that he wanted to cover Ali's life from his boyhood in segregated Louisville until his death five years ago of Parkinson's Disease.
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Letters to the Editor: Democrats' whining over $276 million for the recall is blatant hypocrisy
If we could get back just $1 billion of the $11 billion spent on fraudulent unemployment claims, we could pay for three recall elections.
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A Detroit community college professor is fighting Silicon Valley’s surveillance machine. People are listening.
Chris Gilliard grew up with racist policing in Detroit. He sees a new form of oppression in the tech we use every day.
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David Marcus: Occupy Wall Street is still hurting America
Occupy Wall Street was incredibly successful in transforming the American left and the Democratic Part. But, 10 years after it began, neither care to celebrate it very much.
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For many Texans, it's a long drive out of state for abortion
Propelled by a very restrictive abortion law, Texas women are traveling farther afield for abortions.
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Excavation Trip to Search for Flight Surgeon Missing in Vietnam War Postponed Due to COVID
Maj. Bobby Jones has been missing in action since his plane disappeared from radar in South Vietnam on November 28, 1972.
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Is Biden—Or Any President—The Essence of Evil? | Opinion
None of our 46 presidents deserves the ultimate crown of ignominious wickedness because America itself has never embraced the cause of oppression or corruption.
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Jessica Chastain's 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye' Shows How 'Radical' and 'Genius' She Really Was
"There's something about Tammy Faye that says what is different about you is what is special about you,' Jessica Chastain tells Newsweek about playing Tammy Faye Messner in the new film 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye.'
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Trump Put Milley in an Impossible Position
Did the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Mark Milley, violate the Constitution? The answer, at least on the current available evidence, is no.In a new book, Bob Woodward and Robert Costa write that Milley contacted his opposite number in China just before and just after the 2020 election. Milley, according to Woodward and Costa, was reaching out to General Li Zuocheng to calm jangled nerves in Beijing about the stability of the United States. Milley also reportedly called together a group of senior U.S. officers and made them affirm, one by one, that they understood that the procedure for the release of nuclear weapons had to include him.A fusillade of hot takes greeted these revelations, almost all of them focusing on Milley’s contacts with Li. Many Republicans immediately interpreted Milley’s reassurances as betrayal and demanded that he resign or be fired. But it’s not just Republicans who are concerned: Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, whom no one would mistake for a Trump supporter, tweeted that Milley violated the core American precept of civilian control of the military and therefore must go.Milley’s conversations with Li are a concern not because they were unprecedented or a betrayal (as his critics claim) but because Milley felt the need to have them at all. Senior military-to-military contacts are normal and are an important part of building trust between nations, especially between adversaries. In the late 1990s, I had students from Russia in my Naval War College seminars. We valued their presence enough that when the Kremlin pulled them out after the war in Kosovo, I was sent to Moscow in hopes of creating more joint programs with the Russians that might include bringing those officers back. (I do not, of course, in any way represent the views of the Defense Department or the U.S. government.)The fact that Milley knew his Chinese counterpart personally is not only a good thing in itself; such relationships exist for moments exactly like the ones described in the Woodward and Costa book. If Milley had information, as Woodward and Costa say he did, that Chinese military leaders were “rattled” by the chaos in Washington, then by reaching out to his peer he did exactly what he should have done.One of the accusations against Milley is that somehow the chairman was going to betray American war plans to the Chinese. This is ludicrous, and even Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican China hawk, said that this accusation against Milley seemed far-fetched. Milley, invoking his personal relationship with his Chinese counterpart, told Li that he would hear about any military action from Milley himself. This is what reassurance and transparency looks like in a crisis.The far more serious question is whether Milley inserted himself into the nuclear chain of command. Woodward and Costa write that Milley knew he was “pulling a Schlesinger,” trying to interpose himself in a nuclear process that does not, in fact, have a role for the chairman, in the same way that Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger had done in 1974 when he instructed the military to check any nuclear orders with him or Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.Even here, however, the situation is not as clear-cut as the Schlesinger example. Concerned that Richard Nixon was drinking heavily and under immense stress, Schlesinger functionally replaced the president as the ultimate authority for the release of nuclear weapons. Milley was somewhat more guarded; according to Woodward and Costa, the chairman “called a secret meeting in his Pentagon office on January 8 to review the process for military action, and said: ‘No matter what you are told, you do the procedure. You do the process. And I’m part of that procedure.’”The chairman, however, is not part of that procedure. He is the president’s adviser, with no operational authority. When the president orders military action, the secretary of defense relays those orders to military commands. In the case of nuclear-weapon deployment, the president must only verify his identity, a process that requires one other person to certify that the orders and the codes are in fact coming from the commander in chief.This is remarkably dangerous. Worse, it was designed that way. During the Cold War, the United States wanted the Soviets to understand that the president, even with only minutes of warning, could order nuclear strikes without a long and complicated procedure—especially if “the president” was whoever was left in the line of succession.So what was Milley doing? When he said “no matter what you are told,” it is hard to believe that he did not mean “including by the president,” and that alone is a breach of civil-military tradition and an overstepping of his military authority. Unlike Schlesinger, Milley did not displace the commander in chief, but he did redefine the chain of command to include a previously nonexistent requirement that he be informed no matter what the civilian leadership told any U.S. military officer.This doesn’t mean Milley should be relieved or fired. He made a judgment call in an unprecedented situation, and we should be glad for it. The Constitution of the United States has no provision for the control of planet-destroying weapons while a president is losing his mind and trying to overthrow the government itself. Even the Twenty-Fifth Amendment was meant to spackle the gaps in presidential succession in the case of death or disability. It does not countenance speedily removing the president from office against his will—especially while the vice president and the entire Congress are under armed guard from a violent mob carrying nooses and smearing feces on the walls of the Capitol.Milley was looking at a civilian leadership in complete disarray, with the executive branch in the hands of a coterie of cronies—including an acting secretary of defense who by his own admission had no idea what was going on most of the time—and a president whose understanding of “the nuclear,” as he called our strategic deterrent, was childlike at best.At the least, Milley was trying to insert a moment of pause into any possible escalation to disaster, and for that we should be grateful. His order was insurance against the chance that a raving Donald Trump, some hapless lieutenant commander, and the Acting-Temporary-Undersecretary for Advanced Defense Widgets could get together in the basement of the White House to transmit the codes to hell to the U.S. Strategic Command without anyone else knowing about it.Milley didn’t “pull a Schlesinger,” but he was close.What should we do about all this? As the defense expert Kori Schake and others have noted, the real problem here is that Milley was in this situation at all. As is almost always the case when civil-military relations become unstable, the civilians are the problem, and the civilians must provide the remedies. There are several possibilities, including passing a law to restrict the first use of nuclear arms, or in peacetime adding the requirement of a second confirmation to the president’s orders.In the end, however, the answer lies in electing better leaders. Trump is gone, but he still leads a seditious and unhinged party. The Constitution, as James Madison warned us, was meant for a virtuous people, and if there is no virtue among us, “we are in a wretched situation” and “no theoretical checks, no form of government can render us secure.” It is incumbent upon us, the voters, to ensure that no military officer ever again faces even the possibility of a choice between obedience to the Constitution and the fate of human civilization itself.
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Broken Sestina Reaching for Black Joy
Photographs by Donavon SmallwoodYesterday I was smashed with the rush of fresh honeysucklefrom the greenway near my house where I walk every day.I’ve been trying to write a poem about buried Black bodiesbut all I want to write about is Black joy and my pleasureand Black love and Black lives that don’t end with viral death,so I’ve stopped consuming the news. I’ve logged off of socialmedia for a break. Black bodies are buried in the stickiness of historyevery day bodies become the next viral death. And yet, each dayI want to write a poem about pleasure. Black pleasure at the rootinstead of viral death. What name now? What Black litany? WhatBlack elegy is repeated on the news? This cycle: Daunte Wright.I don’t know the details yet, because I can’t handle the details yet,but I am mourning him still. This stanza broke the rules. So, what?This stanza will break back inside the form of honeycomb to suckthe lyric into compression, reboot restraint, the grief-joy every daywhen I walk around Sylvan Park near a broken track of burned Black bodiesbut all I want to write about is Black joy and pleasure pleasure pleasureplease … and Black love and Black lives that don’t end with viral death,so I’ve stopped consuming the news. I’ve deleted all my social-mediaapps, but logged back in later, saw your name repeating as deathmedia. Fresh honeysuckle at dusk smells like sweet earth, ripe bodies,warm floral notes. Heady with romance and nectar. It permeates the dayI walk over the bridge where I often see a single blue heron, not social,standing stone-still stalking Richland Creek fringed with honeysuckle,which reminds me of any Mary Oliver poem, such pastoral pleasures.(I’m also still thinking about Claudia Rankine’s blossoming bloodlist of Black bodies broken from police brutality inside Citizenon page 134. The memoriam fades into the sheer forecast of nameswe know will come.) I picked the sestina for its obsessive listingand twisting. I selected the sestina to probe a problem I can namebut can’t answer. The end words are planets orbiting the math.Pleasure.Death.HoneysuckleBlack bodies.Social / Media.Every day. Every day here are some of the plants and trees I’ve collected duringmy walks. I take pictures on my phone so an app can tell me what they are:ginkgo, bristly locust, maiden pink, garden star-of-Bethlehem, wild pansy,birdeye speedwell, eastern Redbud, Japanese cherry, apricot, peach,American holly, beefsteak plant, maypop, common blue wood aster.Calico aster, eastern white pine, southern sugar maple, scarlet morning glory.Every day I walk past Dutchman’s Curve, the eerie site of the Great TrainWreck of 1918. Deadliest train wreck in American history which killed 101people, mostly African Americans, headed to a factory to make weaponsfor World War I. They were stuffed in rickety wooden cars in the front dueto segregation. The front being the most dangerous spot on a train aboutto crash, while white bodies were in steel Pullman cars in the back, protected.But at 100 mph the wooden cars with Black bodies telescoped, splintered,and caught fire immediately upon impact with another train on the blind curve.The historian David Ewing describes bodies writhing in pain. Bodies without headsand limbs. Bodies unidentified, maimed: “The African-Americans that wereon this train did not have a chance to survive, given where they were.” “The cornfield on both sides of the track was trampled by many feet, and littered with fragments, of iron and wood hurled from the demolished cars. The dead lay here and there, grotesquely sprawling where they fell. The dying moaned appeals for aid or, speechless, rolled their heads from side to side and writhed in agony. Everywhere there was blood and suffering and chaos.” — Tennessean, June 10, 1918 They asked local butchers to come help manage the gore and horror. Still fiveunidentified African American women and three unidentified African Americanmen destroyed beyond recognition. The railroad masonry abutments remain.I touched them today. ***I went on a first date last Thursday. We both leaned into each other’s mouthslike two tipped tulips and just kissed each other at a bar called Answer as if that wasan answer—it wasn’t. But it was instinctual, sudden and all pleasure. We kissedall the way down Murphy Road, walking back to our cars, constellation of our juicyhands everywhere. We kissed and groped, and I stopped obsessively thinkingabout death for a few moments, maybe even for a whole evening, which wasthe length of a tercet, an envoi sustainedwith pleasure reaching for Black desire,reaching for the transcendence of pain, if possible. Is it possible?
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D.C. has collected $36 million through ticket amnesty program that ends this month
The four-month amnesty deal began June 1 as the city ended a year-long pandemic-induced reprieve from some ticketing.
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A Maryland teen spent 38 days in jail for taking a loaded gun onto a commuter bus. Now he’s charged with murder.
Erick Aguilar, 19, is accused of gunning down a 25-year-old on a residential street in Wheaton in broad daylight.
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The roadblocks to Yankees overcoming their greatest failing
It turns out winning championships is hard. No team since the 1998-2000 dynastic Yankees has won consecutive titles.
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In the galleries: Multiple works by Black artists create a vision of authority
Approaches span a variety of theoretical and aesthetic vantage points.
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The secret to a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan? Educated girls.
Shabana Basij-Rasikh co-founded the only boarding school for girls in Afghanistan. Now, as the school year begins, she reflects on the power of educated women.
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Trump gave six months extra Secret Service protection to his kids, three officials. It cost taxpayers $1.7 million. 
Former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin traveled repeatedly to the Middle East and Mexico while protected by agents.
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