Daniel M. Oxford

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Hurricane Harvey wreaks devastation across Texas, in pictures

Extreme Weather

St. Louis gave minimum-wage workers a raise. On Monday, it was taken away

Ontario Pope has long struggled to stretch his McDonald's paycheck to cover the basics and provide for his four young children.<p>But even after more than nine years with the fast-food chain, the 31-year-old St. Louis man said he still lived with relatives or in motels, the fear of becoming homeless …

Donny Boy: Growing Up Donald Trump Jr.

Donald Trump

British man accused of trying to kill Donald Trump acted ‘weird’ and ‘nervous’ before rally

As he waited in line for nine hours to see Donald Trump, Gregg Donovan slowly began to get a strange vibe from the young man standing next to him.<p>Donovan, a down-on-his-luck Hollywood entertainer turned telegenic Trump supporter, had driven for four hours to hear the presumptive GOP presidential …

Donald Trump

In the fight against sexual assault, this school district is teaching about consent

The educational video opens with a sober warning: Those who rape and sexually assault are not always predators hiding in the shadows; they sometimes are those closest to you.<p>“My idea of rape was someone snatching me up in an alley, a dark alley, a stranger, not someone that I date, not someone I …

Education

There’s a new tool to take down terrorism images online. But social-media companies are wary of it.

President Obama suggested that extremist information spread online inspired a Florida man to commit the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at a gay nightclub in Orlando last week — the latest in a long line of terrorist attacks in which Islamist propaganda played some role in radicalizing the …

Social Media

‘Star Trek’s’ Anton Yelchin and the scary reality of the Jeep that rolls away and kills you

Anton Yelchin, the actor best known for playing Chekhov in the reboot of the "Star Trek" movies, unexpectedly died Sunday when his SUV rolled down his driveway and trapped him against a security gate. The death raised the fear of anyone who's ever parked on a steep incline and worried if the brakes …

Star Trek

How the Fonz takes care of a plant smuggled out of Nazi Germany

LOS ANGELES — “Everybody got a cutting.”<p>Henry Winkler is jumping back to West 78th Street now, telling the story of a plant. It’s not just the story of a plant, it’s likely the only story of a plant that includes an escape from Nazi Germany, the sitcom hero named the Fonz and the acclaimed Amazon …

Arrested Development

The more we learn about Antarctica’s past, the scarier the present looks

For the second time in a month, leading scientists have closely tied the ancient history of the vast Antarctic ice sheet to a key planetary parameter that humans are now controlling — the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.<p>Last month, new research showed that during the Miocene era, some 14 …

Climate Change

That backache may start somewhere else

You don’t have to be old enough to qualify for AARP membership (50) to have back pain. About 85 percent of adults younger than 50 have experienced i t at least once, and the onset of chronic back pain most frequently occurs between the ages of 30 and 50.<p>So information in the March issue of AARP’s …

Back Pain

How to kill thousands of rattlesnakes in just four days

The little city of Sweetwater, Texas, has 11,000 residents and one very big event each year. It features a pageant, food stands and contests, but the centerpiece is a bloody hunt: Thousands of Western diamond rattlesnakes are rounded up, milked of their venom and then beheaded and skinned in front …

Zoology

Roots of Napoleon complex may be justified: Study finds short men get short end of stick in life

History tells us of countless short men who have achieved greatness. Napoleon. Deng Xiaoping. Voltaire. Ludwig van Beethoven. James Madison.<p>Psychologists have speculated, perhaps unflatteringly, that their success may be driven by a kind of paranoid complex that makes them overcompensate — for what …

Nicolas Sarkozy

Why the poor pay more for toilet paper — and just about everything else

There are several ways to save money on, say, a roll of toilet paper. You can reach for the cheaper version: the store brand, or the singly-ply TP, or the stuff that feels like packing paper. Or you can buy in bulk, saving on each roll per unit. Or you can stock up when the deal is good, like when …

Personal Finance

Campaign 2016 is on a dangerous descent

VANDALIA, Ohio — Friday was an ugly day on the campaign trail, perhaps the worst of the year. What erupted in St. Louis and fully boiled over later in Chicago, however, was no aberration. Donald Trump has built his candidacy on long-festering resentment and grievance. It is a poisonous combination, …

Government

How the Syrian revolt went so horribly, tragically wrong

GAZIANTEP, TURKEY — To get rid of one bad man, you open the door to many.<p>That is a rough translation of the slogan Wael Ibrahim had written on the banner he was preparing for the next anti-<br>government demonstration he and his fellow democracy activists were planning in the Syrian city of Aleppo. It …

Middle East

8-Year-Old Burn Victim Who Lost Family in Fire Receives Hundreds of Christmas Cards After Sweet Wish: 'I Got All These Cards!'

An 8-year-old girl who survived a house fire and suffered burns over 75 percent of her body has one wish this holiday season: She wants to fill her …

New York State

Pond Scum

Henry David Thoreau’s moral myopia.<p>On the evening of October 6, 1849, the hundred and twenty people aboard the brig St. John threw a party. The St. John was a so-called famine ship: Boston-bound from Galway, it was filled with passengers fleeing the mass starvation then devastating Ireland. They …

America at the Edges

Shows by Jim Shaw and Maureen Gallace.<p>Perhaps the strangest of the many strange things about the jam-packed Jim Shaw retrospective at the New Museum is its equanimity. Chipper dispassion plays like dappled sunlight across the Los Angeles-based artist’s determinedly freaky works—hundreds of …

Bernie Sanders’s Challenge to Clinton

You can think of the three minor candidates who were onstage at last night’s Democratic Presidential debate as ghosts, who, in addition to whatever other qualities doomed them to insignificance, represent vanished political types. Lincoln Chafee, as he noted, was the liberal Republican, a once …

Hillary Clinton Is Wrong About Edward Snowden

I’ve already given my instant verdict on Tuesday night’s Democratic debate: in terms of the horse race, Hillary Clinton was the clear winner, although Bernie Sanders also did pretty well. But it was a long discussion about serious issues, and some of the exchanges bear closer inspection—including …

An Unsolicited Great Idea for Your Next Book

"You're a writer?" the man said. "Hey, I've got a great idea for a book."<p>Gompers tried to stay calm. He had become a writer for the same reason anybody did: he was incapable of coming up with ideas of his own, and he longed for a lifetime of being given them at cocktail parties. But he had been …

Did the Media Get the Democratic Debate Wrong?

In the media coverage of Tuesday’s Democratic debate, there was almost universal agreement that Hillary Clinton came out on top. In online polls, several focus groups, and much of social media, though, the story was rather different. Many people insisted that Bernie Sanders was the victor, and that …

Tab Hunter’s Secrets

Imagine an alternative universe in which being gay in nineteen-fifties America was not just tolerated but celebrated. The hottest couple in Hollywood would undoubtedly be Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins. The two actors met in 1956, at the pool at the Chateau Marmont. Perkins, brooding and darkly …

Biden to Decide on 2016 Bid by Early 2017

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—Vice-President Joe Biden will make a decision on whether to enter the 2016 Presidential race by early 2017, a close associate told supporters on Friday.<p>In an e-mail sent to potential donors, the former Senator Ted Kaufman, a longtime friend and confidant of the …

Pope Francis’s First Crisis

The honeymoon for Pope Francis is over—at least in Rome. The first two weeks of the Synod on the Family have been characterized by open rebellion, corridor intrigue, leaked documents, accusations of lack of transparency, and sharp divisions among the bishops and cardinals. In the first real crisis …

9 Habits of People Who Are Always on Time

Some people get their daily dose of cardio by running into every meeting saying, “Sorry I’m late!” While it might seem like chronic lateness is just …

Live for ever: Scientists say they’ll soon extend life ‘well beyond 120’

In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead …

Peter Thiel

Texting Is In Decline

WhatsApp revealed last week that it had more than 700 million monthly users, putting the messaging app in first place among its competitors, including Facebook Messenger and WeChat.<p>But there's also proof that WhatsApp is replacing texting. Thirty billion messages are sent over WhatsApp each day — …

Samsung launches extremely thin Galaxy A7 smartphone

Samsung announced Monday the launch of the Galaxy A7, one of the company's slimmest smartphones ever.<p>The very Galaxy Alpha-like device has a metal …