Tony Leys is a newspaperman. He has covered murders. He has worked the copy desk. He has knocked on doors and taken verbal battering. Most reporters evolve to become editors, but Leys, bored behind a desk 20 years ago, did the opposite. After spending much of his career assigning stories—as city editor, state editor, politics editor—he returned to writing them. His beat became health care, and he owned it, reporting with soul-wringing realism on the flaws of the American medical apparatus. He has won numerous awards, including two years ago for reporting on the impact of Medicaid privatization, as told through the eyes of poor, suffering patients, and last year for authoring a stellar package of Sunday print edition stories about mental health. There will be no such series this year. Not because Leys has lost his job, but because he’s being reassigned—sort of. He’ll continue to cover health-related stories. But for the next 10 months, his priority will be … [Read more...] about Inside the Shrinking Newsroom of the Paper That Shapes the Primaries
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Mesfin Fekadu, Ap Music Writer Updated 12:06 pm PDT, Thursday, March 28, 2019 FILE - This Feb. 10, 2019 file photo shows Cardi B, left, accepting the award for best rap album for "Invasion of Privacy" as Offset kisses her hand at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The rapper has come under fire this week for what she says is a three-year-old video in which she claims she drugged men and robbed them. In the clip posted to Instagram Live, an emotional Cardi B explains in order to make it in the music industry _ and in life _ she had to do some things she is not proud of. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File) less FILE - This Feb. 10, 2019 file photo shows Cardi B, left, accepting the award for best rap album for "Invasion of Privacy" as Offset kisses her hand at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The rapper ... more Photo: Matt Sayles, Matt Sayles/Invision/AP … [Read more...] about Will Cardi B, under fire for foul past, get past the moment?
To the surprise of no one, Disney swept the 2018 domestic box office with $7.3 billion in worldwide ticket sales, a hair behind the same studio’s record-breaking 2016 haul of $7.6 billion. Even less surprising is what movies pushed Disney over the top: comic-book flicks, remakes, and sequels. With blockbusters like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Incredibles 2–as well as non-Disney titles Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Mission: Impossible–Fallout–Hollywood as a whole is loathe to turn away from churning out more movies from existing IP. Need more proof? A Reddit user created a handy chart that illustrates the decline of original screenplays among top grossing films since 1980. It may seem like all 2019 has to offer is another onslaught of reduxes, reboots, and rehashes, but mercifully, there are also a bunch of films based on original ideas. (So yes, that leaves out promising titles like Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and The … [Read more...] about 21 movies we’re looking forward to in 2019 that aren’t reboots, sequels, or same-old superheroes
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Lori Hinnant, Trisha Thomas and Krista Larson, Associated Press Updated 11:08 pm PST, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, the hull of a fishing boat that capsized off the coast of Libya sits outside, at the NATO base in the Sicilian town of Melili, Italy. The story of the fishing boat known as the "peschereccio" and its passengers reflects how migrants can simply vanish worldwide, sometimes without a trace. less FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2016 file photo, the hull of a fishing boat that capsized off the coast of Libya sits outside, at the NATO base in the Sicilian town of Melili, Italy. The story of the fishing boat known ... more Photo: Salvatore Cavalli, AP Photo: Salvatore Cavalli, AP Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 FILE - In this … [Read more...] about The Mediterranean’s deadliest shipwreck just got deadlier