Former U.S. Military Bases Remain a Toxic Menace

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 02:01
Cities hoped for new businesses and housing on former military sites. But many are still waiting for poisonous pollution to be cleaned up, a wait that for some may never come.
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Rankin County Sheriff Lied to Spy on His Girlfriend

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 02:01
Powerful figures in Mississippi, including the attorney general, two judges and a future congressman, learned how a sheriff lied to spy on his girlfriend. They all kept his secret.
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America’s Black Cemeteries and Three Women Trying to Save Them

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 02:01
In Georgia, Texas and Washington, D.C., three Black women are working to preserve desecrated African American burial grounds and the stories they hold.
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How Directors Are Reimagining Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Shows

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 02:00
How hotshot directors are reimagining “Cats,” “Evita,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Sunset Boulevard.”
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Wes Anderson on Roald Dahl and ‘The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar’

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 02:00
For years, the director puzzled over an adaptation of “The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.” Then he let the characters say things they weren’t meant to.
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Lina Khan vs. Jeff Bezos: This Is Big Tech’s Real Cage Match

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 02:00
The chair of the Federal Trade Commission wants to disrupt Amazon, whose founder built a trillion-dollar firm by disrupting retail.
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Miss Manners: They stormed off and forgot the cooler. How long do I have to keep it?

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 01:31

DEAR MISS MANNERS: How long does one need to keep something that is left behind at your house and ensure it’s in the same condition when returned?

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For example, a cooler, which its owner forgot when they left dinner in a huff because they got mad at their brother (whole other story there).

I’ve made repeated attempts to get them to come get it, as I cannot drive due to medical conditions.

I do not have a garage, so I kept it inside my home for a long time. The owner eventually said to leave it outside and they will get it when they can. Well, it’s covered in pollen and sometimes collects rain, so I keep having to clean it.

Do I even have a responsibility to make sure it is returned in good condition when I have tried to return it?

GENTLE READER: Once you have asked that the item be reclaimed, the item — and also the person to whom it belongs — is on a deadline.

The length of that deadline will depend on the value of the item to the owner, how much of an imposition it is on you to store it, and your relationship to the owner — any of which may change over time.

Although Miss Manners does not limit the value of an item to its monetary value, she presumes that a cooler can have little sentimental value, and that it takes up space. As your fondness for the owner diminishes, so, too, may the cleanings.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: It appears that servers at casual-dining establishments are not trained to remove trash from tables.

Every time I dine at one, my companions and I are soon faced with a pile of trash on the table and no place to put it: paper straw wrappers, creamer cups, used sugar packets and the sticky papers that are used in place of napkin rings.

Either I gather up this debris and dispose of it at the hostess stand or in the restroom, or it sits there the entire meal.

Yes, I can ask the server to take it, but I feel awkward holding onto small handfuls of trash and handing them to a server.

What does Miss Manners advise? Am I doomed to look at trash for my entire meal?

GENTLE READER: Although the availability of non-casual dining declines every day, Miss Manners would like to believe that there is limited overlap between restaurants with paper napkins and those that employ roving waitstaff.

As she waits for it to disappear entirely (the use of paper napkins, not formal dining), she has no objection to your pushing the detritus into a neat pile under the shade of the artificial floral centerpiece.

DEAR MISS MANNERS: While sharing a vacation home with another couple, I offered to cook a special meal. Everyone agreed to this. My wife and I were the guests of the other (more affluent) couple.

When it was about time to prepare the meal, all of the others, including my wife, crowded the kitchen and made snacks for themselves. Was it wrong for me to be offended by this behavior, and what should I have said?

GENTLE READER: “Begone! You must give the chef room to create!”

Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website,; to her email,; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Andrews McMeel Syndication, 1130 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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Rusty revenant Servo returns to render once more

The Register - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 01:30
Mozilla gave it the boot, but the Linux Foundation Europe gave it the kiss of life instead

Open Source Summit  A pleasant surprise from Open Source Summit is that Servo, the Rusty rendering engine that Mozilla was working on – until COVID, that is – is showing green shoots of renewed vigor.…

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Drive-thru worker draws gun on 'missing curly fries' customer

BBC World News - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 01:22
CCTV shows the moment a worker allegedly shot at a customer’s car after an argument over missing fries.
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Dear Abby: She caused me so much pain, and now she wants back in my life

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 01:02

DEAR ABBY: When I was in middle school, my mother made many poor decisions that culminated in her incarceration and a rather unpleasant boyfriend.

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After she was released, she still didn’t show up for any significant milestones in my or my siblings’ lives.

Now that I have kids of my own, I feel I have more perspective on my mother’s choices — and it’s not a flattering picture.

Hearing about the poor decisions she continues to make gets me so upset that a phone call leaves me reeling for a couple days, if not weeks. I have reached the point where I can no longer maintain a relationship with her, so I have gone radio silent.

She has been reaching out for months, apologizing to me and begging for contact. When I get those messages, my heart drops. I know how painful it is when someone walks away, especially a family member. But I can’t listen to her anymore.

How can I express this to her? I want to handle this with grace, but I just want to cry.


DEAR DAUGHTER: The “graceful” (and kinder) way to deal with your mother would be to end the radio silence and tell her the truth.

Explain that she has missed all the significant milestones in your life, and you are unable to deal with the mess she has made of hers. This is why you prefer she no longer call or try to make contact.

You can’t fix her, and she can’t change the past. Your mental health is important, and it is all right to move on.

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 15 years to a man I’ll call “Ed.” We are seniors, but he is 17 years older than I am. I have three children from a previous marriage who are grown and on their own.

I think my husband is gay but never came out of the closet. He watches gay porn and once confessed to me he had a fantasy about another man. For the last 10 years, he has refused to have sex and is always making excuses (“I’m old,” “I’m tired,” “Tomorrow”).

Abby, I crave love and intimacy. Ed is cold, distant and a loner. He refuses to travel or do anything for fun. He’s well-off financially, never had kids and is a good provider. However, that is all he does.

I want to leave him, but I feel guilty because of his age and because he has been a responsible provider over the years. I love him as a person, but not as a husband. Please advise.


DEAR D & S: There is more to marriage than sex. There is supposed to be communication, affection, mutual respect, understanding and compassion for each other. From what you have written, you have none of those.

Address this with Ed before you freeze to death. Ask him if marriage counseling would help him to better understand your needs.

If he refuses, and all you get out of this marriage is access to his money, make an appointment with an attorney to discuss what your rights may be in the “equitable distribution” state of Pennsylvania after a 15-year marriage. After that, you will have a better idea of what to do.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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Fire at Wedding Hall in Iraq Kills More Than 100 People

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 00:39
Eyewitnesses said flares were set off in celebration as the bride and groom danced, and that a fire broke out at astonishing speed.
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Researchers train an AI system to find extraterrestrial life

The Register - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 00:31
Machine learning model touted as ideal for finding LGMs on Mars, and beyond

Computer scientists have trained a machine learning model to predict whether materials contains biosignatures in the hopes that it can be used to detect life in Martian rocks.…

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Single family residence in Dublin sells for $1.6 million

San Jose Mercury - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 00:30
7296 Hansen Drive - Google Street View7296 Hansen Drive – Google Street View

A 2,220-square-foot house built in 1964 has changed hands. The spacious property located in the 7200 block of Hansen Drive in Dublin was sold on July 31, 2023, for $1,580,000, or $712 per square foot. This two-story house provides a generous living space with its five bedrooms and three bathrooms. In addition, the home features a garage.

Additional houses that have recently been sold close by include:

  • A 2,220-square-foot home on the 11600 block of Manzanita Lane in Dublin sold in July 2023, for $1,485,000, a price per square foot of $669. The home has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
  • On Manzanita Lane, Dublin, in August 2022, a 2,220-square-foot home was sold for $1,575,000, a price per square foot of $709. The home has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
  • In January 2023, a 2,583-square-foot home on Silvergate Drive in Dublin sold for $1,458,000, a price per square foot of $564. The home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.


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Takeaways From NY Judge’s Ruling in Trump Fraud Case

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 00:00
Justice Arthur F. Engoron’s finding that the former president committed fraud has major implications for his businesses. But Mr. Trump still has cards left to play.
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Trump, Weighing In on Auto Strike, Has a Mixed Legacy on Unions

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 00:00
The former president will be making a campaign stop in Michigan on Wednesday amid the United Automobile Workers’ strike. He has both appeased unions and sought to circumvent them.
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As Menendez’s Star Rose, Fears of Corruption Cast a Persistent Shadow

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 00:00
The New Jersey Democrat reached a new height representing Latinos. But prosecutors circled for decades before charging him with an explosive new bribery plot.
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Menendez to Face Judge Wednesday After Second Bribery Indictment in 8 Years

N.Y. Times - Wed, 09/27/2023 - 00:00
Senator Bob Menendez and his wife, Nadine, expected in federal court in Manhattan, have been charged in what federal prosecutors say was a yearslong bribery scheme.
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Why can't datacenter operators stop thinking about atomic power?

The Register - Tue, 09/26/2023 - 23:33
Three words: Cheap, reliable, power

Analysis  A job ad from Microsoft shows it's looking to harness the power of the atom to fuel its growing datacenter footprint, but it'd hardly be the first.…

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<p>Makes one of us.</p

@Elfin - Tue, 09/26/2023 - 23:10

Makes one of us.

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@Elfin - Tue, 09/26/2023 - 23:10


Oh, I see.

I remember when Google was a dozen kids above a used bookstore on the 500 block of University Ave in Palo Alto. (Was on the way to my favorite cafe in Palo.)

Now Sergie and Larry have "Lost The Way" and I notice nobody had used "Don't Be Evil" lately.

Wonder why?