Parkland shooting anniversary, Valentine's Day, coronavirus outbreak, Galaxy Z Flip: 5 things to know Friday

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Recent debates give emboldened Sanders electability edge: POLL
Sen. Bernie Sanders is the strongest contender among an engaged Democratic base of debate watchers, to defeat Trump in November, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll.
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Geneva car show canceled as coronavirus spreads in Europe
The Geneva Motor Show has been canceled because of coronavirus fears, striking a marquee event from global auto industry's calendar as it braces for a third year of recession.
Trump should grant clemency to convicted ex-mayor of Detroit, supporters say
Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is currently serving a 28-year prison sentence following a 2013 conviction on a list of corruption charges. But now his supporters hope President Trump will grant Kilpatrick clemency.
5 things to know for February 28: Coronavirus, Taliban, immigration, Syria, Michigan
Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door.
Op-Ed: Billionaires aren't all alike. Michael Bloomberg is no Donald Trump
Bloomberg is a proud capitalist. But unlike Trump, he wants capitalism to work for everyone.
Democratic donors struggle for a solution as Bernie Sanders hurtles toward a potential nomination
The Vermont senator's rapid rise has moderates scrambling for ways to halt his candidacy ahead of Super Tuesday's coast-to-coast contests. But it's not clear they can.
Black Lives Matter Activist Hawk Newsome on the current state of America
Newsome is the Chairman of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, and has spent his adult life advancing the cause of what he calls the "Second Civil Rights Movement."
U.N. says it unaware of any change in Turkish border policy on refugees
The U.N. refugee agency said on Friday that it had not been informed of any change in Turkey's policy regarding Syrian refugees, nor did it have reports of people on the move towards Greece or other parts of Europe.
'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 12 Streaming: How To Watch New Season Online
"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 12 is coming very soon to VH1 in the U.S., but the channel is not the only place to watch the show online.
Markets Are Pricing in a Coronavirus Recession
The deluge of business warnings around the coronavirus is alarming and a correction was overdue anyway. But is the world really headed for recession?
Op-Ed: How my Korean immigrant parents taught me to pursue my own version of the American dream
While working as night janitors, my Korean immigrant parents taught me that no matter who you are, you can attain your deepest dreams.
Letters to the Editor: Obsessing over a New York Times article on hugging in Los Angeles is so L.A.
In shooting down a stereotype about Los Angeles, an L.A. Times columnist just feeds a stereotype about New Yorkers.
Letters to the Editor: Judge Stephen Reinhardt's defenders actually show why misconduct reporting must change
A retired 9th Circuit executive's reflexive defense of the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt shows why misconduct reporting must be reformed.
How IBM, Goldman Sachs, PwC and others are responding to the coronavirus threat to the global workplace
IBM is asking workers in coronavirus-affected regions to ‘work at home wherever possible’
Editorial: America is facing a deadly coronavirus pandemic. Stop playing politics and protect us
Congress and the White House owe it to Americans to rise above their usual partisan sniping and show unified leadership in the face of coronavirus.
Letters to the Editor: 'Geezers' will help defeat Trump too. Insulting them is counterproductive
A column that puts down certain Democratic candidates because of their age rips a page from Donald Trump's divide-and-conquer playbook.
Coronavirus testing is under scrutiny after delays and questions over its effectiveness
Coronavirus testing under scrutiny after delays, questions over effectiveness
Op-Ed: Forget freedom and justice. Cruelty is the thing that drives the Supreme Court
The jurisprudence of cruelty goes back a half-century, with the court giving legal cover to government officials who inflict pain on the defenseless.
Editorial: California housing prices are too damn high. Cities can help change that if they want to
Hefty development fees not only raise the cost of a new home in California, but they can also make it so that certain projects don't get built.
Is El Salvador's millennial president a reformer or an autocrat?
More than half the population in El Salvador was born after the civil war.
Sissy Goff: Coronavirus anxiety — here’s how to talk to your kids about the outbreak
Your child is stronger than this fear – he or she just may need your help remembering that in the face of the coronavirus.
Bernie Sanders holds 2-1 lead in California, poll shows
Bernie Sanders is on track to win more than half of California's delegates in the March 3 Democratic primary, a new poll says. He's boosted by majorities of Latinos, young voters, and the party's left.
‘Love Is Blind’ duo Lauren and Cameron tell us what it was really like inside those pods
A conversation with Lauren and Cameron from "Love is Blind," Netflix's reality dating experiment: "We were able to just delve incredibly deep."
'Help me get it.' Pete Buttigieg's black surrogates face a skeptical audience for the candidate in South Carolina
Buttigieg has turned to a handful of black surrogates to help garner support with African American voters ahead of the South Carolina primary and in several Super Tuesday states.
Mike Bloomberg's presidential run could cost taxpayers billions
Tax expert Edward McCaffery writes that for many billionaires it's tempting to go on a spending spree so that their estates will minimize the eventual tax they have to pay. In the former New York mayor's case, the huge amount of campaign spending will ultimately deprive the US treasury of substantial tax revenue. It's Bloomberg's right to do so, and defeating President Trump may do the public a favor, McCaffery says, but the tax system needs an overhaul
How Whitney Houston Broke Chart Records and Changed the Game for Black Female Crossover
No black female vocalist—and few pop stars period—achieved what Houston did in her first four years: Beatles-level, Elton-level, Springsteen-level success.
Did Money Corrupt an A.I. Utopia?
OpenAI had an idealistic vision for the future of artificial intelligence. Then it realized it needed money.
Dear Care and Feeding: Should We Be Honest With Our Worry-Prone Child About the Risk of the Coronavirus?
Parenting advice on the coronavirus, day care biting, and noisy neighbors.
Who Is Maximum Security? Everything You Need to Know About Saudi Cup Favorite
The American thoroughbred was disqualified after winning the Kentucky Derby last year, but enters the Saudi Cup as the bookmakers' favorite.
Conservative pundits blame a grab bag of supposed villains amid the coronavirus outbreak
Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and others have less to say about the spread of the virus than concern for how the news coverage of it affects President Trump.
Tom Steyer wants to ‘save the world.’ First he’ll have to save his campaign.
The billionaire climate activist looks to the South Carolina primary to pop him into the top tier of Democratic presidential candidates.
Georgia’s Sea Islands: A destination worth the paddle
A kayak excursion to the state’s history-rich barrier islands, many of which are reachable only by water.
Diane Keaton’s Very Different Kind of Memoir
Memoir is a slippery, intimate craft. To trust the memoirist, a reader must believe in the author’s ability to remember with some degree of clarity. But when writing her new book Brother & Sister, the Oscar-winning actor Diane Keaton rejected the fidelity of her own memory altogether—in part because the story she wanted to tell isn’t solely her own. Keaton’s second memoir examines her strained relationship with her only brother, Randy. Once close, the two grew apart as a young Keaton found success in Hollywood, and as Randy later struggled with mental illness, alcoholism, and social isolation. Because her brother now has dementia, Keaton needed to look elsewhere to reconstruct the past.It helped that her late mother, Dorothy, meticulously documented her four children’s upbringing in 1950s Southern California via photography. “It was always a visually dominated kind of life,” Keaton told me when we spoke last week. “We just followed the path that Mother laid out.” And after Dorothy died in 2008, Keaton—who uses her mother’s maiden name—inherited a trove of mementos, including hundreds of letters, and dozens of journals, photo albums, and scrapbooks. Though Keaton treats her memory as a starting point for Brother & Sister, she uses these family relics in an almost journalistic way: to corroborate her recollections of Randy, to challenge them, and to fill in the gaps where she never quite knew him at all. Apart from telling a poignant story about two siblings, Brother & Sister is a fascinating exercise in writing a personal and methodical tale about someone who has come to feel, in some sense, like a stranger.At first glance, Randy’s life might not seem like an obvious subject for Keaton’s memoir, a slim volume of 176 pages. The siblings’ paths in the world diverged after they outgrew their childhood bunk beds: Keaton has been a celebrated actor for decades; she’s traveled the world to shoot movies and to hone her skills. Randy, meanwhile, never left the county where he and his siblings were raised and found only periodic employment. Though Randy also found comfort in creative pursuits, most of his work as a poet and collage artist remains unpublished. Keaton admits that she often saw him as a burden, and Brother & Sister seeks, on some level, to atone for her absence or inattention. Keaton attempts this in part by deferring to her brother’s accounts, by interspersing her chronological recollections with Randy’s own words. “It's hard to be a better sister or family member because you can't really put yourself in his shoes unless you really investigate it,” Keaton told me. “And I didn't really. I was busy with me.”A young Randy and Diane dressed up for Halloween. (Courtesy of Diane Keaton)Searching and rueful in tone, Brother & Sister departs from many celebrity memoirs in its focus. Keaton’s acting career is rarely invoked, and when it is, it’s to contextualize her family’s life at a given time. Neither is the book a neat fit in the category of addiction memoir as Randy, now 71, can no longer narrate his own experience of alcoholism. While her regret animates many parts of the book, Keaton also writes of Randy’s life with a sense of wonder. After Randy becomes ill, Keaton inherits his belongings, and she marvels at the magnitude and inscrutability of the artistic work he produced. “I became the sole possessor of his two published poetry books, 500 collages, 54 notebooks, and 70 random journals filled with his own brand of cartoons—including my brother’s entire collection of the intimate feelings, fantasies, and disappointments underlying the mystery of his life,” she writes. “I want to understand that mystery. Or at least try to understand the complexity of loving someone so different, so alone, and so hard to place.”[Read: In her memoir, Debbie Harry stares back]Keaton spends much of Brother & Sister appraising Randy’s collages and poems. Here, as in other parts of the book, her prose is meditative but not detached. (Brother & Sister is precise, for example, in its descriptions of the idyllic Southern California bubble that Randy and Diane inhabited as children.) Scrutinizing Randy’s creations, Keaton realized they actually comprised her brother’s rare successes in life: “Randy did accomplish much of what he wanted in the sense of his writing and expressing himself,” she said. “And that fed him.” When we spoke, she read aloud a passage in which Randy reflects on a day from their youth: Father is doing a handstand on the beach. His thin, muscular legs dangle backwards over his head. Once, a long time ago I studied the photograph. His face was not where it should be. Even after turning the picture upside down, something was wrong. ... Father upset nature. At least in my mind he did. The scene captures the unique fear that their father, Jack, inspired in Randy—first as a boy and then as a man who didn’t meet Jack’s rigid expectations of masculinity. But it also gave Keaton insight into the way her brother saw the world around him. Where she experienced family trips to the beach as benign outings, Randy saw a threat. “Think about how he pictured Dad vs. me seeing Dad doing the same thing—completely different,” she told me. “And where was I for Randy? I wasn't really there. I wasn’t there to examine or think of how he pictured the world.”One of Randy’s collages. (Courtesy of Diane Keaton)Keaton tangles with her own guilt throughout Brother & Sister. Still, she doesn’t hesitate to name some of the more unpleasant parts of her family history, especially those which Randy’s journal entries, and their mother’s, have helped her better understand. Some of the book’s most wrenching passages are those in which Keaton grapples with Randy’s destructive, rather than simply eccentric, behavior. She describes a time when their frightened mother wrote to her about Randy having disappeared for weeks. Where this memory might have otherwise been lost in a blur of recollections from periods of Randy’s alcoholism, Keaton quotes an entry from his journal that reveals the intensity of her brother’s resentment toward Dorothy: “I have gone to the land of muted rage, spectral skirts, and disembodied voices. I would have preferred a bitch for a mother, someone solid and distasteful—at least there would be a center, a place I could leave.”Lines like these can be difficult to read, especially because recollections of Dorothy’s warmth—and her fear for her son—recur throughout Brother & Sister. The book sometimes reads as a somber companion to parts of Then Again, Keaton’s first memoir, which focused on her relationship with her mother. Published nearly 10 years ago, Then Again also saw Keaton pulling heavily from her mother’s archives, often quoting lengthy excerpts from the letters that the two wrote to one another. But Then Again was a memoir steeped in familiarity; Brother & Sister is an excavation. “It was also an opportunity to look more at what Mom wrote about Randy,” Keaton said of writing her new book. “I think that Randy was really the love of her life, but also the concern of her life. She was just trying to find a path to somehow save Randy.”[Read: The charming candor of Julie Andrews’s memoir]Keaton, on the other hand, doesn’t try to save her brother. Instead, she affirms the sanctity of his imagination, even its darkest corners. After printing a disturbing confession Randy once sent her in a letter, which she’d never revealed to anyone prior, Keaton resists pathologizing her brother: “I felt he had a right to his fantasies,” she writes. “After all, I was someone who played parts, living out fantasies in the safe realm of movies.” The siblings’ respective dreams were quite different, of course, but such unlikely comparisons make up Brother & Sister’s most moving moments. Sibling relationships can be particularly hard to navigate without reliable social scripts. But Keaton seems to have arrived at these connections, and at the complicated tenderness required to conceive of such closeness, in part because she first looked outside herself—and her own memories of Randy—to better see him.
Penn State basketball finally has March in its sights — and a brighter future beyond
Coach Patrick Chambers finally has the Nittany Lions as a lock for the NCAA tournament, but he has loftier goals.
How groups are 'pulling out all the stops' to accurately count people of color for Census 2020
Across the country, community groups are hosting block parties, speaking at churches and knocking on doors to get people to participate in the Census.
Azerbaijan reports first case of coronavirus - Ifax
Azerbaijan's coronavirus crisis center said on Friday a Russian national traveling from Iran had tested positive for coronavirus, the South Caucasus nation's first confirmed case of the virus, the Interfax news agency reported.
Switzerland bans all events over 1,000 people due to coronavirus, 15 confirmed cases in country
Switzerland immediately banned all large scale events involving more than 1,000 people on Friday, as the country attempts to protect its population from the new coronavirus.
How can Trump stem the bleeding?
And Hillary Clinton has a podcast.
Almost 60 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany: Health Ministry spokeswoman
There are almost 60 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany, a spokeswoman for the Health Ministry said on Friday, adding that number included people who were now healthy again.
Think You’re Smarter Than a Slate Audience Development Editor? Find Out With This Week’s News Quiz.
Test your knowledge of this week’s big stories.
What ‘Medicare for All’ Means for U.S. Health Care: QuickTake
Through Medicare, the U.S. health-insurance program created in 1965 to help older Americans afford their medical bills, the government helps one in five citizens pay for doctor visits, blood tests, prescription drugs, stays in hospitals or nursing facilities, and hospice care. Why not offer those benefits to everybody? “Medicare for All” has emerged as a rallying cry among so-called progressive Democrats and has split the field of prospective challengers to President Donald Trump’s re-election,
Turkey to allow Syrian refugees free access to Europe after troop attack
Turkey said Friday that it ordered troops stationed along the Syrian border to stand down and allow refugees to cross into the European Union after a Syrian government airstrike killed 33 Turkish troops in what was seen as a major escalation in the conflict, a  report said.
Washington Newspaper Delivery Woman Allegedly Shot for Driving Too Slow
Detectives asking Summit area residents to check security cameras for evidence after the 61-year-old woman was shot in her car.
Yankees’ Clarke Schmidt draws scout’s praise after spring outing
TAMPA — Clarke Schmidt has 27 minor league games in his first two professional seasons, because he had Tommy John surgery a month before being taken by the Yankees in the first round of the 2017 draft out of South Carolina. In those 27 games, the right-hander has worked 114 total innings and has placed...
Can Bernie Put This Thing to Bed on Tuesday?
Or is Biden headed for a comeback?
French cinema faces moral reckoning as Roman Polanski's new film up for 12 César awards
French cinema is gearing up for a watershed moment on Friday when "An Officer and a Spy," the latest movie from Roman Polanski, competes for 12 César awards. The results will be seen as a verdict on how far the industry -- and the country -- has come in the #MeToo era.
Trump 'Cares About the Stock Market' Rather Than Combating Coronavirus, Says Psychiatrist: 'This Man Is About Himself'
Lance Dodes, ex-assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School told MSNBC the president poses a danger to the public with his handling of coronavirus.
Smartphone sales are collapsing in China. They could plunge 40% in Q1
China's smartphone market, the biggest in the world, is set for a massive plunge due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.