Sunday, July 14
The Silent Killer Who Stalks Sri Lankan Men
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The Silent Killer Who Stalks Sri Lankan Men

Climate change and contaminated water have triggered an epidemic of kidney disease. In Sri Lanka, a serene island nation in the Indian Ocean, a silent killer is claiming the lives of thousands of men. Statistics reveal an alarming spike in chronic kidney disease cases, and experts point to two main culprits: climate change and water pollution. In rural northern and eastern Sri Lanka, where agriculture is the backbone of the local economy, farmers face a daily struggle not only to cultivate their land but also to survive amid a growing health crisis. Extreme temperatures and prolonged droughts, exacerbated by climate change, have forced many farmers to rely on contaminated water sources for irrigation and personal consumption. Pesticide and fertilizer use in agriculture has also c...
An Evening with Brooklyn’s Best Baseball Club
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An Evening with Brooklyn’s Best Baseball Club

About thirty minutes before a Brooklyn Cyclones game in mid-August, a family of three, a reporter, and a man in a Jedi robe stepped into an elevator at Maimonides Park. As the doors closed and the elevator ascended, the Jedi asked, "What planet are you from?" “Um, Brooklyn,” the family matriarch replied. The Jedi began humming “Mad About Me” by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes, alluding to his Tatooine roots. As the elevator doors opened and they descended onto the field apron, they joined hundreds of other Jedi Knights and Padawan apprentices mingling with fans armed with scorebooks, pencils, and baseball gloves. In the courtyard behind the right-field wall, hundreds more enjoyed beers and cornhole, seemingly unaware of the upcoming baseball game. The main attractions on this particular S...
Rising Drug Costs: Are Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers to Blame?
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Rising Drug Costs: Are Pharmaceutical Benefit Managers to Blame?

For many Americans, the rising tide of prescription drug prices seems like an unstoppable force, threatening to drown household budgets and access to health care. While pharmaceutical companies often shoulder the brunt of the public blame, the web of influence on drug costs is far more intricate. Today, we shine a spotlight on a critical but usually hidden player in this system: pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs. Rebecca Robbins, a leading investigative reporter specializing in pharmaceuticals for The New York Times, takes us on a deep dive into the world of PBMs. We explore their role as middlemen between drugmakers, insurers, pharmacies and, ultimately, patients. This complex dance can have a significant impact on how much you pay for your medications. Our investigation ...
Vegas Golden Knights win their first Stanley Cup
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Vegas Golden Knights win their first Stanley Cup

There were also questions about adding a franchise in a city known for legal sports betting, something sports leagues including the NHL have long avoided. Bettman said hockey betting wasn't as popular as football betting, so the threat of gamblers losing games was minimal. “We don’t worry about the integrity of our game,” Bettman said. Apparently, Bettman should have invested some money in the team before he stepped on the ice for the first time. The Knights seemingly overcame every obstacle that came their way in their inaugural season. They sold more than 14,000 season tickets before the team even had a name. The team moved to T-Mobile Arena, which was already open on the Strip. But after the team’s final preseason game, a gunman at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, about a mile south of the aren...
Nigel Farage Makes His Parliament Debut
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Nigel Farage Makes His Parliament Debut

Nigel Farage, known for his support of former President Donald J. Trump, his pivotal role in Brexit and his reputation as Britain’s most notorious political provocateur, has been elected to Parliament for the first time. At the helm of the emerging Reform UK party, Farage defied expectations by securing four seats in Parliament, beating many analysts’ predictions in a system that typically disadvantages smaller parties. His party platform has focused heavily on anti-immigration policies. Farage won a decisive victory in Clacton, a declining coastal town where pre-election polls had indicated strong support for him. The victory comes after seven previous failed attempts to win a parliamentary seat. In a speech last month, Farage said: "The establishment is terrified, the Tories are terrifi...
Ray Kurzweil’s Take on AI Fusion
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Ray Kurzweil’s Take on AI Fusion

Ray Kurzweil, a renowned inventor and futurist, continues to claim that humans will soon merge with artificial intelligence. During an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, Kurzweil showed a graph illustrating the exponential growth of computing power over the past 85 years. This steady increase, according to him, indicates that the so-called Singularity, when humans and AI become one, will occur within the next two decades. Kurzweil, who has made a career out of making bold predictions, reiterated claims in his 2005 book, The Singularity is NearWith the advent of AI technologies like ChatGPT and efforts to implant computer chips into humans, he felt it was time to update his predictions, which led to his latest book, The singularity is closer. At 76, Kurzweil’s predictions have ...
The Dark Charm of Russian Nihilistic Entertainment
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The Dark Charm of Russian Nihilistic Entertainment

The leader of the Universe gang, Vova, brother of Marat, has just returned from the harrowing Soviet-Afghan war. Despite the horrors he has witnessed, he seems unfazed, and his peers show no curiosity about his experiences. This sets the tone for the series: a world so devoid of meaning that it becomes impenetrable. Director Zhora Kryzhovnikov confines the camera to the stark, rectilinear apartment blocks, never venturing beyond. While the period details are surprisingly accurate, the true essence of Kazan remains elusive. The plot oscillates between frenetic activity and inertia. The play takes place at a crucial moment in history. Everyone senses the impending collapse of the Soviet Union, but the future remains uncertain. In a rare moment of effective irony, Vova reflects on w...
New COVID-19 vaccines recommended for all Americans 6 months and older this fall
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New COVID-19 vaccines recommended for all Americans 6 months and older this fall

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Thursday that all Americans 6 months and older should receive one of the new COVID-19 vaccines when they become available this fall. The recommendation comes amid a summer surge in COVID-19 cases, with infection rates rising in at least 39 states and territories. While most Americans have developed some immunity to the coronavirus through previous infections or vaccinations, new vaccines offer an incremental boost. However, their effectiveness wanes over a few months as immunity wanes and the virus continues to mutate. Data presented at a recent meeting of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices showed that most Americans hospitalized for COVID-19 had not received the vaccines offered last fall. On Thursday, CDC D...
Caitlin Clark has finally figured out the situation, but she has to consider the agenda surrounding her name
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Caitlin Clark has finally figured out the situation, but she has to consider the agenda surrounding her name

INDIANAPOLIS — Athletes often speak in generalities as a defense mechanism. Instead of delving into a potentially controversial topic, or even addressing it, they provide non-answers, using clichés and pre-planned talking points to keep themselves at arm’s length. Part of me would like to believe that this is what Caitlin Clark did. Thursday morning when I asked her if it bothered her that fans were using her name as a weapon in the culture wars dividing the country. The Indiana Fever star guard didn't close the door on the subject; she refused to even open it. "No," he said. "I don't see it. I don't see it. That's not where I'm focused. My focus is here and on basketball. That's where it needs to be, that's where it's been, and I'm just trying to get better every day. Clark backtracked f...
Otto Lucas, a “God in the hat world”, had famous designs that ended up in British Vogue magazine
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Otto Lucas, a “God in the hat world”, had famous designs that ended up in British Vogue magazine

This article is part of Neglected, a series of obituaries about extraordinary people whose deaths, beginning in 1851, were not reported by The Times. For many fashionable women of the mid-20th century, a hat wasn't worth wearing unless it was made by Otto Lucas. Lucas was a London milliner famous for his elegant turbans, caps and cloches, often made of fine velvets and silks and decorated with flowers or feathers. Her designs have graced the covers of magazines such as British Vogue and have been worn by illustrious clients, including actresses Greta Garbo and Gene Tierney, as well as the Duchesses of Windsor and Kent. Otto Lucas was a household name in England. At the height of his career, he sold thousands of hats a year around the world. “He must have been the most famous milliner of t...