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Michigan bans flavored e-cigarettes day after New York
LANSING, Mich. — Michigan banned the sale of flavored e-cigarettes on Wednesday, the latest state to act following hundreds of serious breathing issues in people using vaping devices that prompted a federal investigation. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said the ban was effective immediately and gave retailers, including online sellers, two weeks...
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Gay activist Charles Leslie molested kid in penis-filled apartment: suit
A Los Angeles man is suing Manhattan gay-rights icon Charles Leslie for $10 million claiming Leslie sexually abused him as a child inside his notorious “phallus palace” Soho apartment filled with art and sculptures of penises, according to a new lawsuit. Thor Gold says the abuse started in the 1970s, when he was just 7...
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Judge barred for posting noose and "MAGA" message
The judge's post was "the very antithesis of law and justice," the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct determined
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Mechanic who tampered with jetliner has ties to ISIS: feds
The American Airlines mechanic who disabled a key navigation system on a jetliner leaving Miami — saying he did it over a labor dispute — had grisly ISIS propaganda videos on his cellphone, federal prosecutors said in court on Wednesday. Prosecutor Maria Medetis said that when investigators grilled the mechanic, Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani, after...
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The World Is ‘Grossly’ Unprepared for the Next Major Pandemic, Watchdog Finds
A report compiled by an independent group of experts claims that governments and NGOs are woefully unprepared for the next big pandemic, while subsequently warning of a “very real threat” for a global-scale pandemic to kill 50 million to 80 million people.Read more...
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Here’s What’s Disappearing From Netflix in October
This is your last chance to stream Frances Ha, Gremlins, Quiz Show, and more.
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Trump, Carson reject California's request for federal help on homelessness
President Donald Trump and HUD Secretary Ben Carson have refused a request from California leaders for more resources to tackle homelessness in the state.
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Liz Warren’s health-care-dodge ‘plan’ and other commentary
From the right: Liz’s Health-Care-Dodge ‘Plan’ Elizabeth Warren says she has “a plan for that” on nearly every issue, but her plan on health care is to evade “tough questions about the single-payer health-care scheme she now endorses,” argues Christopher Jacobs at the Federalist. Her Web site consists of a health “plan” that’s half the...
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Northern Ireland's DUP sees Brexit deal if both sides 'flexible'
The Northern Ireland party whose support is crucial to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government said on Wednesday it believed a deal could be secured for an orderly British exit from the European Union if flexibility is shown by all sides.
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More evidence points to Iranian cruise missiles, drones in attack on Saudi oilfield
Cruise missile parts, UAV wreckage indicate attack was at least backed by Iran.
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Pentagon spent $184,000 at Trump's Scottish resort, Democrats say
The House Oversight Committee is investigating military spending at President Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland
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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez facing child porn charges
The Pittsburgh Pirates's All-Star pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges that include soliciting sex from a minor. CBSN has details.
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Neither quarterback sound comfortable with Giants’ new pecking order
The 38-year old former starting quarterback looked disappointed and sounded more than frustrated that it ended like this. The 22-year old new starting quarterback looked uncomfortable and sounded, well, a bit nervous. Welcome to the new world order around the Giants, where Daniel Jones is in, Eli Manning is out and mark down the time...
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We Still Don't Know If Flavored Vapes Are Safe
Just because a flavoring is safe to eat doesn’t mean it’s safe to inhale. But flavored vapes have become common, thanks to a loophole in regulations. Read more...
Robert De Niro: Mickey Rourke is lying about ‘The Irishman’ snub
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Immigration court backlog exceeds 1 million cases, data group says
The immigration court backlog now exceeds 1 million cases, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court data.
Saudi Arabia Says Iran 'Unquestionably Sponsored' Attack On Oil Facilities
"This attack did not originate from Yemen despite Iran's best efforts to appear so," says Saudi Col. Turki al-Malki. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called it an "act of war" against the kingdom.
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A cruise ship rescued seven migrants from a flimsy boat near Cuba
The crew of a Royal Caribbean cruise ship took an unexpected detour to rescue seven Cuban migrants after their small boat broke down.
Tekashi 6ix9ine warned to stop ‘choosing when you wanna be a gangster’
Despite repping the Bloods in his music, Tekashi 6ix9ine testified that he cowered in reality when it came to gang activity.
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David Levy’s plans for new Nets era under Joe Tsai
Two years after agreeing to buy a minority share of the Brooklyn Nets, e-commerce billionaire Joe Tsai was unanimously approved as the owner by the NBA Board of Governors on Wednesday. Tsai spent $3.5 billion to buy the Nets and Barclays Center – the arena sale did not require league approval – from Mikhail Prokhorov....
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Melania Trump set to ring opening bell at NYSE
First lady Melania Trump is scheduled to ring the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City on Monday, her spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham confirmed to CNN. - RSS Channel
Meet the couple with the world's largest Garfield collection — Mashable Originals
Kathy and Robert Kothe have been collecting Garfield memorabilia for over 35 years. Kathy's record-setting collection includes 6,192 unique items, though their home holds over 14,000 items.  Read more...More about Comics, Mashable Video, Collection, Guiness World Record, and Garfield
"Bachelor" makes history with show's first LGBTQ proposal
Demi Burnett and Kristian Haggerty are the first same-sex proposal in the franchise's 17-year history
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Queens doctor hit with lawsuit from widow for her husband’s overdose
The Queens doctor imprisoned last week for illegally peddling about a million pills — including powerful prescription narcotics that led to three patient deaths — has now been hit with a lawsuit from a victim’s widow demanding restitution. Valene Castillo — whose husband Eliot Castillo died from a lethal mixture of oxycodone and alprazolam prescribed...
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Who needs qubits? Factoring algorithm run on a probabilistic computer
It shares some features with quantum annealers, but it's easier to build and operate.
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Is this China's 'Loch Ness monster'? Footage goes viral
Grainy footage of something moving in China’s Yangtze River has been dubbed the country’s “Loch Ness Monster,” sending ripples through Chinese social media.
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Democrats seek details on U.S. military use of Trump resort hotel
Documents from the Pentagon show that "far more taxpayer funds" were spent by the U.S. military on overnight stays at a Trump resort in Scotland than previously known, two Democratic lawmakers said on Wednesday, as they demanded more evidence from the Defense Department as part of their investigation.
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Apple’s communications VP exits without a permanent replacement
Apple's communications chief Steve Dowling is leaving the company after 16 years, and the company hasn't yet identified a replacement.
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HBO Max will revive 'The Boondocks' for a two-season run
HBO Max is bringing back animated series The Boondocks for two more seasons next year. The 24 planned episodes, along with the previous 55, will be available on WarnerMedia's streaming service in fall 2020.
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Exposed Files Leak Details on SORM, Russia's Pervasive Domestic Surveillance System
A California-based security company on Wednesday revealed its researchers had discovered more than 1.7 terabytes of proprietary telecommunications data left publicly online, including hardware specifications for a lawful surveillance device used throughout the Russian Federation.Read more...
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The harsh reality of underfunding at my hospital? Swept away for Johnson visit
Doctor gives anonymous account of chronic understaffing and lack of resources at Whipps Cross, the hospital visited by the PMI was one of the doctors who met Boris Johnson today. This was a highly staged press event in a newly refurbished hospital ward at Whipps Cross hospital where the prime minister met a few select members of staff and patients. This event completely brushed over the harsh realities of this chronically underfunded, understaffed and poorly resourced hospital. The hospital is held together only by the hard work and dedication of its healthcare workers but it cannot be sustained for much longer under these pressures. Continue reading...
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Borderlands 3’s boring, evil YouTubers are a huge missed opportunity
One of the optional missions in Borderlands 3, a cooperative sci-fi shooter that released last week, is to bring a minor character some coffee. The task seems easy enough: go to a cafe, fix a machine, and find a container to hold the brew. Choose to accept it, however, and you’ll meet resistance every step of the way. A dozen people will die in a pitched battle over a single coffee cup in a corporate office. And absolutely nobody will find this strange. It’s morbid, silly, and a good example of Borderlands’ over-the-top parody. Borderlands launched in 2009, and it’s known for its mashup of post-apocalyptic tropes, space opera, and dark humor. Borderlands 3 repeats a now-familiar formula with mixed success. If you like the games, it’s a new addition with some welcome mechanical tweaks as well as more weapons and powers. As Polygon’s Ben Kuchera writes, though, it’s dragged down by its dull antagonists: a pair of murderous futuristic live-streamers called the Calypso Twins. A game can survive without a good villain, but in Borderlands 3, the twins aren’t simply boring. They’re a good concept and a driving force in the game, yet they’re fundamentally mismatched with Borderlands’ world. And above all, they’re a huge missed opportunity. ‘Borderlands’ is an absurdist extension of normal first-person shooter logic Borderlands is set in a far-flung galaxy with planets that are either ruled by warring weapons corporations or left to post-apocalyptic anarchy. Each game casts the player as a “vault hunter” who’s seeking mysterious treasure-filled lairs guarded by cosmic monsters. But on a more basic level, the series is an absurdist extension of first-person shooter logic: an alternate reality where every problem, no matter how petty, must be solved with guns. People in Borderlands treat murder the same weird way that first-person shooter fans do: it’s very serious when it affects a character they personally care about, but otherwise, it’s just a way to get things done. And the series’s best moments hinge on that contrast between the believably mundane and the cartoonishly hyper-violent. If a character is trying to look tough, it’s probably at least partly a facade, and they’re hiding an inferiority complex or a surprising soft spot. If they’re unassuming and cheerful, they’re probably completely unfazed by horror. It’s not groundbreakingly subversive, but it’s alternately funny and creepy. The most memorable Borderlands villain, a loathsome sociopath known as Handsome Jack, embodied this conceit perfectly. He was a recognizable caricature of a successful CEO placed in a situation where his vanity, vindictiveness, and amoral ambition could be taken to bizarre yet conceivable extremes. But the Calypso Twins — named Troy and Tyreen — are exactly who you’d expect to find in a Mad Max pastiche. They’re sneering mall-goth megalomaniacs who put skulls on everything, capriciously torture their followers, and want to become gods. Other characters instantly recognize them as a world-shaking threat, even before they seem particularly bad by Borderlands’ high standards. While we get a sibling rivalry subplot and surprising details about their parentage, there’s nothing relatably human about them. The twins yell shout-outs to their subscribers and remind viewers to “like, follow, and obey.” But they don’t have the charisma, openness, rhetorical savvy, or inspirational abilities that define good YouTubers and Twitch streamers — even unrepentantly mean ones. The game tries to make internet celebrities scary by making them gritty and one-dimensionally evil, rather than twisting recognizable side effects of online stardom. And there are hints that we could have gotten something better. Before release, Borderlands 3’s writers compared the twins to well-intentioned internet stars who can’t handle their own power; not people running obvious harassment campaigns, but positive influencers whose fans can mob “haters” into oblivion. In our own world, it can be frightening (and common) enough to see a seemingly nice person refuse to understand the harm they’re causing or call victims the real bad guys who deserve what they get. In a setting where the stakes are ludicrously deadly, it’s even more potentially chilling. the greatest villain in ‘Borderlands’ was convinced he was a hero This dynamic would also establish the villains as the heroes of their own story. Borderlands did this masterfully with Handsome Jack; from his perspective, he was a protective father trying to turn a violent hellscape into a prospering and functional society. The Calypso Twins are hard to read as anything but cynical monsters, especially because it’s obvious that they’re only pretending to care about their fans. Meanwhile, back in real life, an affable Disney Channel star like Jake Paul can unintentionally turn his neighborhood into a metaphorical war zone, and vicious criminal pranks get carried out with a lighthearted thoughtlessness that’s almost scarier than the Calypso Twins’ overt sadism. There are many people who don’t play Borderlands for the narrative. It’s a looting-heavy role-playing game that produces a soothing loop of incremental self-improvement, like Destiny and Diablo — two series with plots I barely remember, despite playing for dozens of hours. But even if you’re not closely following the story, it’s hard to ignore the characters constantly chattering into your earpiece. I enjoyed Borderlands 3’s shooting and looting much more when the Calypso Twins dropped off the radar for a while, replaced with a more familiar kind of Borderlands antagonist: a horrible corporate executive who was laser-bombing another CEO’s planet while indignantly claiming to be his friend. But that’s a kind of villainy the series has been exploring for years. With Borderlands 3, we almost saw a new kind of monster, but not one that felt real enough to be scary.
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California family find mountain lion lounging in their bathroom
The big cat wandered into the home in the Sierra Nevada foothills and took refuge in the bathroom before being coaxed outIn the photo, the lounging mountain lion looks almost shocked, as if caught mid-exclamation while yelling, “Get out!” Given the setting – a bathroom in a northern California home – no one could blame the big cat for wanting some privacy.But in this case, it was the lion that was the unwanted guest. On Monday night it wandered into a family home in the Sierra Nevada foothills, about 50 miles outside of Yosemite National Park. Continue reading...
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Microsoft approves $40 billion share repurchase program
Microsoft Corp said on Wednesday its board had approved a new share repurchase program of up to $40 billion.
Bishop’s Secret List of Accused Priests Leaves Him Besieged
Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo is facing calls for his resignation over a growing clergy sexual abuse scandal.
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Washington Monument reopens after 3-year closure for repairs
An August 2011 earthquake left cracks in the stones near the top of the obelisk. It reopened in 2014, but Park Service officials closed it again two years later after a series of elevator malfunctions.
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This Article Is Spying on You
The same news organizations that do a great job of reporting on privacy problems — have privacy problems.
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Barack Obama’s Biggest Mistake
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WeWork had DMC perform at a meeting justifying cost-cutting layoffs
Because when explaining massive layoffs to your employees, there's nothing like a performance by legendary hip-hop artist Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC to make it all go down easier.  So appeared to be the thinking of WeWork (since rebranded as The We Company) co-founder Adam Neumann who, at a 2016 all-hands meeting justifying the decision to layoff 7 percent of the company's workforce in an effort to cut costs, brought out DMC to play a set for those lucky enough to still be employed by the newly penny-pinching business. And yes, the tequila shots flowed.  So reports the Wall Street Journal in what is, frankly, a bonkers recounting of the co-founder's escapades over the past few years.  Read more...More about Wework, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P 500 ends near flat after Fed's mixed signals on future policy
The benchmark S&P 500 index ended almost flat on Wednesday as Federal Reserve policymakers gave mixed signals about their next move after cutting interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point in a widely expected move.
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Zantac maker halts heartburn drug's distribution after cancer concerns
Novartis said it's conducting its own investigation into traces of a potentially cancer-causing ingredient in Zantac
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Housing and Urban Development official is issued a warning for violating Hatch Act
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There’s Hope for Local Journalism
Everyone knows that local newspapers are in trouble. That’s why Deb Fallows and I have been chronicling examples of smaller papers that have bucked the economic trend—in Mississippi, in coastal Maine, in rural communities across the country.But what “everyone knows” about the main source of the problem may be wrong—or misleading enough to divert attention away from a possible solution.The conventional view of the local-journalism crisis is that running a small-town newspaper just isn’t a viable business any more—now that the internet advertising has drained off revenue, and now that virtual communities and social media have displaced real-world connections and communities.Those pressures are all too real. (Sobering details on the collapse of ad revenue are here.) But some of the remaining success stories in this troubled field suggest that the ownership structure of local news organizations may matter as much as internet-era advertising shifts, in determining which organizations survive and which perish.In short: Increasing evidence suggests that the local newspaper business may still be viable, simply as a business. What it can no longer do is provide the super-profit levels that private equity groups expect from their holdings, and that they demand as a condition of letting the papers exist. Papers that are doomed under private-equity ownership might have a chance in some different economic structure.This proposition—that newspaper ownership is as important as internet-era advertising trends, in deciding local journalism’s future—was examined at length in a 2017 article in The American Prospect by Robert Kuttner and Hildy Zenger (the latter a pen name). It has been a theme connecting our previous newspaper-survivor reports, from Maine to Mississippi. And it is the idea behind a new weekly print newspaper whose first edition came off the presses this month, in Provincetown, Massachusetts, at the tip of Cape Cod.The long-established paper for “Outer Cape Cod,” the communities from Provincetown southward, was the Provincetown Banner, founded before the Civil War. In 2008, the Banner was sold to GateHouse Media Inc., a private-equity-run chain of mainly smaller papers across the country. Long-established newspaper chains like Gannett, Knight Ridder, and McClatchy have their problems and detractors. But their goal, as Kuttner and Zenger pointed out in their Prospect piece, was fundamentally to operate newspapers. Their operations paid at least lip-service to the idea that newspapers had a civic and community role, beyond their sheer economic existence.The modern trend in small-paper ownership is their takeover by private-equity firms, of which Alden Global Capital, its subsidiary MediaNews Group (formerly known as Digital First Media), and GateHouse are the best-known examples. For these institutions, newspapers are a financial asset like any other—like a tract of commercial real estate, like a steel mill or a suburban mall. The profit-maximizing model they have applied to countless small papers has been: slashing costs, mainly by laying off reporters and editors, so as to boost short-term profit rates; continuing the cutbacks, so as to maintain profit margins, even as a thinner paper attracted fewer readers and ads; and when there was nothing left to cut, declaring bankruptcy or closing the paper, which had in strictly financial terms reached the end of its useful life.The Banner, in its GateHouse years, has gone through a version of this cycle. (For the record: I have called and sent messages to relevant GateHouse officials, and will report back if I hear from them.) At the time of its sale, it had a staff of about 20. By early this year, the staff was down to four.“When people think about corporate ownership of newspapers, they think the problem is that the company is telling you what to write—like Sinclair, with its broadcast stations,” Ed Miller, a long-time newspaper entrepreneur who worked as an editor at the Banner starting in 2015.“The fact is, they couldn’t care less what you write,” he said. “Their only interest is how much profit you can squeeze out of the operation, so the way they actually undermine the reporting of news is simply by laying off staff. The cuts make the job so overwhelmingly difficult to do that there’s just no possibility that you will get into serious news coverage, or investigating the stories that need to be dug out.”In July of this year, Miller resigned from the Banner. This month he and his wife, Teresa Parker, published the first print edition of a new, weekly, print newspaper, The Provincetown Independent, aimed at readers, advertisers, and citizens in the towns of outer Cape Cod. This month’s paper was a preview, and regular weekly print publication will begin in early October. In the meantime, new stories are being posted online.Hang gliders over the Cape Cod National Seashore (Courtesy of Edward Miller).The territory the Independent is covering is more diverse than the vacation-time imagery of Cape Cod might suggest. The communities in its market—Provincetown, Truro, Wellfleet, and Eastham—have median incomes at about the national-average level (or in the case of Provincetown, significantly below it). Some of the residents have vacation homes there; some are service-workers, small merchants and business people, or part of the working fisheries. Provincetown has long been an LGBT haven; the outer Cape has well-established arts, scientific, marine-science, and tourism-oriented institutions.“This is an interesting community,” Miller told me. “There are lot of engaged people here, there is money here, this is a place that ought to be able to support a perfectly successful, profitable newspaper.” As they observed the shrinkage at the Banner, which recently laid off its last local reporter, Miller and his colleagues began thinking about a new venture they might launch.The approach they decided on—which you can read about on the Independent’sown site, or by Allison Hagan in The Boston Globe and Sarah Mizes-Tan for the local public radio station WCAI—was a mix of normal for-profit business structure, and non-profit adjunct.The business plan is based on a four-year hoped-for course to profitability, at which point the paper would have total paid circulation of 6,000 per week, and 19 full-time staffers. So far Miller and Parker have raised a little more than half of the business capital they are looking for. The non-profit operation has raised three times as much as its original target. This money will be used for special projects—training young journalists, supporting investigative efforts, long-term projects on “themes that are important to the community, like how young families will manage to live here,” Miller told me.August Carnival parade in Provincetown (Courtesy of Marcia Geier)For all the ceaseless technological and business change in the news business, Miller said, “The basics of the business are that people love local newspapers. If you can provide something they want, especially information they can’t get anyplace else, they will be loyal to you.”The weekly publication schedule of the Independent, like the every-other-week schedule of The Quoddy Tides in Maine, helps the paper resist any temptation to cover breaking national or world news, for which readers have a million faster, better sources. Instead it can cover local developments—taxes, schools, zoning, real estate, religion, business ups and downs—that simply won’t be covered anywhere else.“People are saying we need to come up with a new business model” for small newspapers, Miller told me. “Actually, the old business model for a local newspaper that really does its job, can actually work pretty well.” He said that he canvassed owners of similar-scale papers around the country, and found that a normal profit rate was about 8 percent of revenue. For a private-equity fund, that’s nothing. “But if you’re running a normal local business, 8 percent is pretty good.” Miller said that one local-paper owner told him, “If I’m making more than 8 percent, I know it’s time to reinvest in the business—hire more people, give them raises, upgrade our equipment.”Cape Cod in the summertime (Courtesy of Elspeth Hay)One of the Independent’s advisors and business backers is Louis Black, who in the 1980s in Austin co-founded and edited the successful and influential alt-weekly The Austin Chronicle and then was a co-founder of mega-successful SXSW. I spoke with him by phone today to ask why he’d become involved.“When we started the Chronicle, we didn’t know what we were doing,” he said. “It took a decade to get up to speed. Eventually we realized a paper like that creates the community. It pulls it together, then sends it out.” Black said that despite the travails of print media, this was the role that he hoped papers like the Independent could fulfill.Louis Black speaks during the 36th Annual Austin Music Awards (Gary Miller / Getty)“It’s not just about conveying information,” he said. “People have new ways to do that quickly. It’s about provide a cultural and intellectual center—and not only for like-minded people. It’s for people who want to engage in debate, and have principled debate. A strong local paper can do that. It’s not just about the words or information. It’s the spirit.”Black met Ed Miller and Teresa Parker because Black had a neighboring house in Cape Cod. He learned that he and Miller were both from Teaneck, New Jersey, and both had spent their careers starting publications—Black’s with more financial success. Eventually Black decided to put time and money into the new Independent venture.Did he think that it realistically had a chance? Black laughed, chuckled out some version of “Who knows?” and then said: “Because Cape Cod is what it is, and because Ed is who he is, I think they have a shot.”Like Miller, and like me, Black is from the dreaded and aging Baby Boom generation. “We’re too old to do this,” Black told Miller, as they considered the years-long, dicey effort of starting a new publication. “But the young people don’t know how, and we have to show them. People need to see that it can be done.”“I want to hang the sword up,” Black told me. “But we can’t. We’re living in a world where if we believe, we have to engage. And it matters.”More from this series
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I got a contact high just reading this bananas profile of WeWork’s founder
Photo by Jackal Pan / Visual China Group via Getty Images The Verge’s newsroom lights up every time a new WeWork story hits because it’s legitimately one of the wildest companies we’ve ever seen — and we’ve seen some wild ones. (We once went deep covering a company that made a $700 Wi-Fi-connected juicer, which now seems infinitely quaint by comparison.) For one of the best stories you’ll read all year, you must visit The Wall Street Journal today, where Eliot Brown published a captivating profile of Adam Neumann, the CEO and founder of The We Company. The world has been learning a lot about Neumann’s extraordinary family antics since his failed attempt to IPO for $40 billion. As my colleague Liz Lopatto wrote last month, WeWork is less of a tech company and more of a soap opera. But thanks to today’s story from the Journal, we know a lot more about that soap opera’s plot. Here are just some of the incredible details from the WSJ: Neumann, after spending an international flight on a private jet toking, reportedly left a cereal box stuffed with so much weed on the plane that when crewmembers found it in Israel, they called the plane’s owner. The plane’s owner ordered the plane back, leaving Neumann stranded, because he was worried about becoming involved in international drug trafficking. According to several of the Journal’s sources, Neumann hopes to live forever. He also talks of becoming “president of the world.” (The story only talks about Neumann’s consumption of tequila and weed, despite these being cocaine thoughts.) Neumann once fired 7 percent of his staff. At the end of an all-hands meeting announcing the cuts, he had employees carry trays of tequila shots into the room. Then, Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC walked out and played a set, and workers reportedly danced to “It’s Tricky.” Rebekah Neumann, Adam’s wife and colleague, once reportedly had multiple employees fired after meeting them for just a few minutes because “she didn’t like their energy.” Again, you can read about all of this and more over at The Wall Street Journal. It’s worth the subscription.
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American Airlines mechanic who allegedly sabotaged plane has ISIS ties, prosecutor says
The 60-year-old man, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Iraq, allegedly had ISIS videos on his phone and a witness said he claimed to have a brother in ISIS.
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The New Walmart Credit Card Is Only Useful for 12 Months
Walmart has two new credit cards launching next week, both promising big rewards for fans of the retailer. But the cash-back credit card scene is super competitive right now, and one big catch to Walmart’s rewards program makes it only a so-so choice if you’re considering opening a new card before the holiday shopping…Read more...