China detains prominent law professor Xu Zhangrun

Alice Su 2020-07-06 20:00:06 Tsinghua University law professor Xu Zhangrun, one of China’s few remaining outspoken critics of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Communist government, was taken from his home in Beijing by police on Monday morning.Close friends of Xu’s who spoke with his family confirmed that he had been arrested and that they did not know where the...

Mississippi students demand halt to Confederate shrine

Jenny Jarvie 2020-07-06 16:30:22 When Joshua Mannery voted last year to remove a statue of a Confederate soldier that has towered over the heart of the University of Mississippi for more than a century, he understood that change takes place slowly on this historic Southern campus.The 21-year-old Black student and president of the Associated Student Body did not imagine, however,...

Mexico’s López Obrador goes to meet Trump amid controversy

Patrick J. McDonnell 2020-07-06 15:30:12 Donald Trump notoriously kicked off his presidential bid in 2015 by disparaging Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, criminals and “rapists,” adding: “And some, I assume, are good people.”During his own campaign two years later, future Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador assailed the U.S. president’s “politics of hate” and signature border wall project and likened...

During July 4 events, Trump stokes the divisions within U.S.

Laura King 2020-07-05 21:09:12 White House surrogates and GOP lawmakers struggled Sunday to defend President Trump after he spent the Fourth of July holiday weekend denigrating the racial-justice movement galvanized by George Floyd’s killing and playing down a deadly pandemic by claiming that 99% of coronavirus cases are “completely harmless.”In a pair of divisive speeches delivered against backdrops meant to...

The dark side of the South’s Mexican combo-plate dream

Gustavo Arellano 2020-07-05 18:30:23 Gregorio Leon drove to the outskirts of Lexington, S.C., the night of Feb. 14, 2016, with a gun by his side and rage in his heart.Hours earlier, the 49-year-old had enjoyed a couple’s dinner with friends, his children and his wife of 26 years, Rachel. The two were taking time off from running Gregorio’s eight Mexican...

As coronavirus spiked, Texas waited to impose protocols

Molly Hennessy-Fiske 2020-07-04 06:27:27 As COVID-19 infections spiked in South Texas, officials closed beaches and the governor ordered the wearing of masks, but crowds still descended on Galveston’s restaurants and Pleasure Pier amusement park on Friday.At The Spot, a popular three-story beachfront restaurant on Seawall Boulevard, signs warned that patrons had to wear masks or the business could be fined...

Earthquake: Magnitude 4.1 quake shakes Hawaii’s Big Island

Quakebot 2020-07-04 06:24:26 A magnitude 4.1 earthquake was reported Friday afternoon at 5:18 p.m. Pacific time 15 miles from Hawaiian Beaches, Hawaii, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.The earthquake occurred 17 miles from Hawaiian Paradise Park, 19 miles from Hilo, 52 miles from Waimea and 52 miles from Holualoa.In the last 10 days, there have been two earthquakes of magnitude...

July 4 speeches that shaped what America is or should be

David M. Shribman 2020-07-03 17:30:48 Generations ago, America’s leading political figures delivered many of their most eloquent orations not in the chambers of the Capitol but from local gazebos and bandstands on Independence Day. Before large crowds on town greens or in front of fire halls, they would harken back to the lessons of the nation’s Founders, often holding their...

Convictions of violent cops prove elusive, but not in Dallas

Kurtis Lee 2020-07-03 16:30:24 Two bailiffs stood before a massive Texas flag, clutching their duty belts, as the judge glimpsed over at the cop charged with killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, a Black high school student. The courtroom went silent. “We the jury,” the judge said, reading the verdict in the murder case of Roy Oliver, a police officer in a...

Lebanon’s currency crash hits its cuisine, especially meat

Nabih Bulos 2020-07-03 16:21:57 For the Lebanese, red meat is king. They eat it in the morning, in delicately spiced lahm bi ajeen pastries with ground beef. They have it on the run, carved from gargantuan spits marbled with fat for their shawarma, or in leisurely Sunday lunches replete with skewers of barbecued lamb. They even take it raw, be...