Julia Fergus

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Fighting Racism Is Not Just a War of Words

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Amid the cultural amplification of Donald Trump’s brand of belittling speech, college campuses are wrestling with how to respond to emboldened acts of expressive racism.<p>During the first weeks of classes here at the University of Michigan, where I am a professor, unknown …

Rights & Freedoms

How Cool Works in America Today

If you grew up in the 20th century, there’s a decent chance you wanted to be like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Humphrey Bogart, Albert Camus, Audrey Hepburn, James Dean or Jimi Hendrix. In their own ways, these people defined cool.<p>The cool person is stoical, emotionally controlled, never eager or …

Black Lives Matter

Soul Survival in Trump’s Hell

<i>You could stay</i> <i>in</i> <i>hell</i> <i>for a</i> <i>little while if you knew</i> <i>that</i> <i>you were going</i> <i>to</i> <i>get out.</i><p>My mother always told me that when I was going through something tough and dispiriting. It was her way of saying that trouble doesn’t last forever, that even in your darkest place, hold fast to the hope and the light, that …

Donald Trump

Second City coworking: Training center opens space for outsiders to plug in

Second City is getting in the coworking space game, opening its training center to freelancers and independent workers who need spots to work.<p>Coworkaholic, a coworking consulting business, is managing the effort. Its founder, Mike LaRosa, proposed the offering in May, figuring the space was …

Koji Uehara's longtime interpreter still appreciates his 'dream job'

First Koji Uehara laughed as he responded in Japanese.<p>Then delivering Uehara's lighthearted answer to a lighthearted question about what he thought about his longtime interpreter, C.J. Matsumoto, speaking in English, did the same.<p>"I think he's about to be fired," Uehara said through Matsumoto — …

11-year-old boy, parents killed after boy entered off-limits area of Italian volcanic field

Three family members visiting a steamy volcanic field near Naples died Tuesday after an 11-year-old boy entered an off-limits area and his parents followed to try to rescue him, police said.<p>Police said the boy apparently slipped after he breached a fence surrounding the prohibited area at the …

A Florida Pizza Hut told employees fleeing Irma they could be punished for skipping shifts

A manager of one Pizza Hut in the path of Hurricane Irma threatened to discipline workers who evacuated for the storm outside of a designated time frame — and the brand has come under fire on social media for the "shameful" policy.<p>A photo began circulating on Twitter of a memo posted for employees …

Mexico, responding to its own disasters, rescinds offer to help U.S. Hurricane Harvey recovery

As Hurricane Harvey was still pummeling Houston, Mexico reached out with an offer of help.<p>In a statement, the country offered food, generators and medical aid "as good neighbors should always do in trying times." After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the country sent a convoy of soldiers, food and …

Steppenwolf announces complete casts of 'The Minutes,' 'BLKS' and 'You Got Older'

Casting is complete for Tracy Letts’ world premiere drama “The Minutes,” along with upcoming winter productions, Steppenwolf Theatre Company announced Tuesday.<p>Danny McCarthy and Jeff Still have been added to the cast of Letts’ Broadway-bound political thriller. Previously announced cast members of …

New York crowd cheers Hillary Clinton at book signing; Trump spokeswoman has different reaction

Hundreds of people crowded into a bookstore on Tuesday to see Hillary Clinton as she promoted her new book on the day of its official release.<p>The former Democratic presidential nominee was introducing her book about the 2016 presidential campaign in which she lashes out at President Donald Trump as …

Lin-Manuel Miranda comes to Washington — with lessons from the era of Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda believes one of the lasting lessons of "Hamilton" is just how screwed up the Founding Fathers were. They owned slaves. They fought bitterly. One he is particularly familiar with died in a duel.<p>"One of the things about this show that is — it's really my favorite thing about it — …

Immigration Reform

Hillary Clinton Opens Up About ‘What Happened,’ With Candor, Defiance and Dark Humor

Hillary Clinton has written a book. Have you heard?<p>Choice quotes have been seeping out for weeks, and I’ll admit that I reacted to one of them — “Now I’m letting down my guard” — as if the smoke alarm had started shrieking in my living room. Why believe her? In her previous books, she measured her …

Government

Right and Left React to Betsy DeVos’s Changes to Campus Sex Assault Rules

<i>The political news cycle is fast, and keeping up can be overwhelming. Trying to find differing perspectives worth your time is even harder. That’s why we have scoured the internet for political writing from the right and left that you might not have seen.</i><p><i>Has this series exposed you to new ideas?</i></i> …

Education

A Memoir by Donald Trump’s Favorite Target

<b>UNBELIEVABLE</b><b><br>My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History</b><br>By Katy Tur<br>291 pp. Dey St./William Morrow. $26.99.<p>Donald Trump picked Katy Tur, a young NBC News correspondent, as his favorite target in the “fake news” media. Why this curious choice for repeated taunting? First, and …

Donald Trump

Jimmy Kimmel Says Weather Reporters Don’t Need to Risk Their Lives

<i>Welcome to Best of Late Night, a</i> <i>rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get</i> <i>paid to watch comedy.</i> <i>What do you think of it? What</i> <i>else</i> <i>are you interested in? Let us know:</i> <i>thearts@nytimes.com</i>.<p><b>Kimmel on Daredevil Weather Reporters</b><p>Some news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma has verged on …

Comedy

Better locker rooms: It's not just a transgender thing

Several cases working their way through the legal system have placed a national spotlight on the issue of transgender access to bathrooms. While some …

Arkansas Indecent Exposure Bill Targets Transgender People, Opponents Say

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An Arkansas lawmaker wants to expand the state's indecent exposure law in a move that opponents say could criminalize transgender people's use of bathrooms.<p>Republican Rep. Bob Ballinger's proposal would make it a crime for people to knowingly expose their sex organs to someone …

LGBTQI

The face of resistance to Texas’ anti-trans bathroom bill is 5-year-old Kai Shappley and her mom—for strategic reasons.

The new faces of the transgender movement in Texas are a sunny five-year-old named Kai Shappley and her best advocate: her mom, Kimberly, a former …

'Bathroom bill' repeal: North Carolina seeks to move on after very long year

State lawmakers voted to repeal the controversial HB2 law Thursday, after a year of boycotts and bad press. The question is whether the compromise …

Associated Press News

‘I am a Man With a Vag’: Why Ian Harvie Tells Very Funny Trans Jokes

Harvie’s humor focuses on gender and identity, ranging from having “IHOP nipples” replaced with “button nipples,” to why everyone can relate a little …

These Breathtaking Nude Photos Are Shattering Gender Norms [NSFW]

What does bathroom anxiety feel like?

Like most people who consume almost a litre of soft drink while seeing a movie at the cinema, I really need to pee.<p>After tossing up whether I can …

Govt Allows Transgenders To Use Toilets Of Their Choice At Public Restrooms

Pushing greater inclusivity for the third gender, the government has asked state departments to ensure that transgenders are allowed to use restrooms …

Transgender

Arkansas 'bathroom bills' fail, critics still vexed

LITTLE ROCK — Critics say 11 bills targeting Arkansas' LGBTQ community were filed in the recently ended legislative session, calling that a worrisome …

Transgender teen was 'inconsolable' after locker room ban, mother says

The mother of a transgender high school student said her daughter had suffered greatly after being banned from a suburban Chicago girls’ locker room, in the family’s first comments since the US Department of Education found the school district had violated her rights.<p>The comments were published on …

LGBTQI

Why Transgender Students Need Safe Bathrooms

Bathroom safety has become the next battle for transgender students on college campuses across the nation.<p>Often referred to as “bathroom …

What Is Transgender? Beyond the Bathroom Debate

If you didn't know what transgender meant before, chances are you've at least seen the topic making headlines in the past few weeks. Celebrities, politicians, and everyone in between have begun voicing their opinions on North Carolina's controversial law, House Bill 2, or HB2, which has become …

Denying Transgender People Bathroom Access Is Linked to Suicide

<i>Updated</i> | Newsweek <i>originally published this article, about a study that linked access to restrooms and suicide attempts by transgender people, in May</i> …