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Ties to Cuba Enhance and Entangle Jorge Mas’s Marlins Bid

But if Mas does get the Marlins franchise, his family history could possibly affect baseball’s continuing efforts to create a working relationship with Cuba, one that would allow players from the island to join the major leagues in an orderly fashion instead of having to endure various dangers in order to defect. It was Mas’s father, after all, who was regularly reviled by the Cuban media as the leader of “the counterrevolutionary Miami mafia” because of his longstanding efforts to cripple the government of Fidel Castro. Those efforts began after…

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How We Define Clickbait (Which We Do Our Best to Avoid)

I think it’s a misconception that a headline, whether print or digital, must summarize a story. That wasn’t true when I wrote my first print headline for pay, way back in 1981. It’s not true now. The job of a headline is to get people to read the article in a manner that is true to the story. While it often turns out that summarizing a story is the best way to accomplish that, the summary approach has never been a rule in the 20 years I’ve been at The…

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Defectors, Google Earth map decades of horror in North Korea

A Seoul-based non-governmental organization has used Google Earth technology to enable North Korean defectors to “build a digital map of crimes against humanity in North Korea.” The Transitional Justice Working Group (TJWG) released a new report  Wednesday, the result of two years of research and interviews with 375 North Korean defectors, that identifies what it says are grave sites, murder locations and government offices that “may be used for future investigation and prosecution of crimes against humanity.” Hangings, public executions, cremation sites, and remote burial sites are ostensibly identified, said…

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Sanders named White House press secretary in shake-up

Sarah Huckabee Sanders is the new White House press secretary, replacing Sean Spicer after he resigned on Friday, it was announced in the first briefing since Spicer confirmed his departure earlier in the day.  Anthony Scaramucci, named the new White House communications director on Friday, made the announcement, as the White House’s communications and legal teams experience a shakeup. Scaramucci took issue with the assertion that he needs to correct the course of White House messaging.  “I take issue with that,” Scaramucci said. “I think the ship is going in…

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Excitement builds for “Great American Eclipse”

On Aug. 21, the moon will slip between Earth and sun, casting a roughly 70-mile-wide shadow that will race across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina, giving tens of millions of Americans a chance to enjoy — and study — a fleeting but sublime spectacle, the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years. It has been dubbed, appropriately enough, the “Great American Eclipse.” “It really is fortunate,” said Matthew Penn, an astronomer with the National Optical Astronomy Observatory who is leading a nationwide effort to photograph the…

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CliffsNotes From the Procrastination Research Conference

It is a conference built on the idea that precisely because procrastination is problematic for so many people, it is worthy of serious investigation. Throughout the morning, Dr. Ferrari’s wife, Sharon, stood by the registration table, prepared to morph from greeter to guard if anyone tried to violate one of the meeting’s core rules: “There’s no day-of registration,” she said. Here is what we learned about who procrastinates, where they procrastinate and how to halt the loop of perpetual delay. Photo The 60 or so attendees at this year’s conference…

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Everything you need to know about Anthony Scaramucci

Why are we talking about this Anthony Scaramucci guy? The 52-year-old “Mooch,” as he is sometimes known, is the White House’s new communications director. Before taking the job Friday morning, he was working as the chief strategy officer and senior vice president at the Ex-Im Bank. His appointment was a major reason outgoing White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned. And before that? Scaramucci is a native Long Islander who’s made a fortune in New York finance. He has also been a major donor to Republican candidates and causes, and…

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Spicer resigns as press secretary in White House shakeup

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday in a decision tied to the hiring of new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, marking a major shakeup in the president’s press shop at an already tumultuous time.  In a swift set of developments, former deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders was announced as Spicer’s replacement.  And Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, addressed reporters from the briefing podium in his new capacity as communications director.  WATCH SPICER, SCARAMUCCI AND PRIEBUS FRIDAY AT 10 PM ON FOX NEWS’ ‘HANNITY’  Hinting at what may have driven the shakeup and…

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Live updates: First White House press briefing since Spicer’s resignation

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 1:55 PM EDT White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is delivering the first White House press briefing Friday since press secretary Sean Spicer announced he was resigning. Spicer’s resignation came as President Trump selected Anthony Scaramucci as communications director. Scaramucci’s hiring was a factor in Spicer’s resignation, as was Spicer’s diminishing role in the White House, CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett reports. A source with direct knowledge of the situation said there was a Friday White House communications meeting in…

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Extreme Commuting

“So we put a pencil on a map and drew 150 miles out,” he said. Looking west, they checked out Bethlehem, Pa., a city of 75,000 wedged between Allentown and Easton, which was founded by Moravians in the mid-18th century, and pitched their tent. Jennifer Lehman may not have the longest commute in this determined fraternity — roughly two hours — but she is a clear winner when it comes to scenery and sociability. A recruiter in the professional services field, she lives in Newburgh, N.Y., about 60 miles north…

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