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In 'Stony The Road,' Henry Louis Gates Jr. Looks At The Period After Reconstruction

In his new book, the literary scholar presents an absorbing, necessary look at the "Redemption" era, in which the hard-fought gains of African-Americans were rolled back by embittered Southern whites.

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From 'Us' to 'The Favourite,' Rabbits Are Now Hollywood's Creepiest Creatures

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 12:15
Bunnies are now avatars of evil—but what did they ever do to us?
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Cloud Formation in the South Indian Ocean

NASA Image of the Day - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:22
An astronaut aboard the International Space Station snapped this image as the station flew 265 miles above this cloudy formation in the south Indian Ocean.
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House Judiciary Approves Subpoena For Full Mueller Report In Party-Line Vote

Attorney General William Barr plans to give Congress the Mueller report in mid-April, but with some redactions. Democrats insist they should get the full report and the fight could end up in court.

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Malaysia's Former PM Najib Razak Begins Trial On 1MDB Slush-Fund Charges

It's the first court case for Najib related to broader allegations involving the misuse of billions of dollars. Much of that money was raised by the U.S. bank Goldman Sachs, which also faces charges.

(Image credit: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Problem With Cherie Blair's Statement About Rape In Africa

Critics are raising questions about her comment that "most African ladies' first sexual experience is rape."

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11 Best Laptops (2019): MacBook, Chromebook, Windows 10

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 08:00
We pick the best laptops, from the MacBook Pro to the Chromebook Pixel to the Surface Laptop. One of these portable PCs is just your type.
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Death By Stoning Among Punishments In New Brunei Anti-LGBT, Criminal Laws

The punishments are part of Brunei's Islamic penal code, first announced in 2013. While the new laws stipulate the death penalty for certain offenses, Brunei has not executed anyone in decades.

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The Body Pullers of Syria

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 07:00
Thousands of bodies are buried in shallow graves around Raqqa. One group is using Facebook and Google Earth to identify human remains and rebury them where they belong.
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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika Resigns Early Under Pressure

He had earlier promised to leave before April 28, but pressure from the military and continued demonstrations accelerated his departure.

(Image credit: Nacerdine Zebar/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Hacker Eva Galperin Has a Plan to Eradicate Stalkerware

Wired Top Stories - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 06:00
Galperin has already convinced Kaspersky to flag domestic abuse spyware as malware. She expects more to follow.
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What Else Could Robert Mueller's Report Reveal About Trump And Russia?

The top-line conclusions are already out — the special counsel didn't establish collusion or obstruction, according to the attorney general. But there might be so much more to learn.

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'Someone To Speak For You': Low-Income Tenants Get Lawyers For Housing Court

A growing number of residents in New York City qualify for a first-in-the-nation program to provide free legal services to low-income tenants facing eviction.

(Image credit: Jenifer McKim/New England Center for Investigative Reporting)

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After Mosque Shootings, A Rebranding Debate Over Christchurch's Rugby Crusaders

The Super Rugby team said Wednesday it would consider changing its name after shootings at two Christchurch mosques last month, as a result of its brand's association with religious war.

(Image credit: Mark Baker/AP)

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Maduro Allies Move Against Rival Juan Guaidó In Venezuela

President Nicolás Maduro, through allies, is ratcheting up legal and political pressure on the opposition leader by removing his parliamentary immunity.

(Image credit: Fernando Llano/AP)

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USDA Terminates Deadly Cat Experiments, Plans To Adopt Out Remaining Animals

Scientists infected the cats with toxoplasmosis and later killed them. Bipartisan members of Congress complained about the practice and the agency ended the program.

(Image credit: USDA photo obtained through a FOIA request/White Coat Waste Project)

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Around $1bn Invested in 2018 Into Legal Tech/NewLaw Companies

Artificial Lawyer: “Research by investment bank, Investec, has found that around $1bn was invested into legal tech and related NewLaw businesses in 2018 alone (see below), at least in the major markets. Moreover, capital is expected to keep flowing into this sector in 2019 with consolidation seen as a likely driver of further change. The bank has divided the current market into four groups:

  • Legal Tech consolidators
  • NewLaw/Law Company consolidators
  • eDiscovery/Doc Review/LPOs
  • Private Equity funds known to be looking for Legal Tech and NewLaw platform investments…”
Categories: Law and Legal

New data tools from the Google News Initiative, built for publishers

Google Blog: “…A year ago, we launched News Consumer Insights: a report built on top of Google Analytics that helps news organizations of all sizes understand and segment their audiences with a subscriptions strategy in mind. Thousands of news organizations around the world, including BuzzFeed News, Business Insider, Conde Nast and Village Media, have used this tool to measure, understand and grow their businesses. Today, we’re launching a new, free insights tool called Realtime Content Insights (RCI), built to help newsrooms make quick, data-driven decisions on content creation and distribution. Journalists will be able to identify which articles are the most popular across their audience and what broader topics are trending in their regions. RCI also helps newsrooms visualize their data with a full screen display mode. It’s now available for publishers using all versions of Google Analytics…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Introducing News Inside – Marshall Project launches a print publication that will be distributed in prisons and jails

The Marshall Project – By Lawrence Bartley – “As I was trying to win parole last year, a friend suggested that I submit an essay to The Marshall Project for a series called “Life Inside.” I was in the midst of five parole hearings, a verbal and emotional ordeal with years of my life on the line. I was stressed. I had no desire to share. But after a little nudging and a lot of struggle, I managed to spill my feelings about the prospect of freedom after 27 years in the system. It was the publication of that essay that led to me walking through the office doors of The Marshall Project two months later—having finally won parole—to talk with their staff about my experiences. That conversation led to me joining their team and to the creation of News Inside—a collection of TMP’s award-winning journalism that relates directly to incarcerated lives. In the past month, we began distributing the pilot edition of this print publication to prisons and jails; to date it is circulating in 30 facilities in 19 states. I wanted to share our rich articles with my information-poor former community, particularly those who believe study is a chance for redemption, who sacrifice sleep and risk a misbehavior report to pore over textbooks under shaded lamps after lights-out, who struggle to find resources to expand their minds…”

Categories: Law and Legal

How to Translate Languages With Google Sheets

Lifehacker: “There are more efficient ways of keeping track of important foreign language vocabulary than a hand-held dictionary. If you’re learning a new language or making basic translations, try using the Google Translate formula in Google Sheets for an easy access list of what you know—or want to know…”

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