A man's losses in the Oregon wildfires

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Wyatt had been found. Leann Moore, a friend of Angela’s for more than 20 years since they were co-workers at Willamette Humane Society, said he was found in the driver’s side of a vehicle on the family’s property, with Duke draped over him. No one knows how or why Wyatt returned. — The desperate fight to save his family ends in tragedy, Capi Lynn in Statesman Journal

Minneapolis Will Dismantle Its Police Force

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Nine members of the Minneapolis City Council a veto-proof majority pledged on Sunday to dismantle the Police Department, promising to create a new system of public safety in a city where law enforcement has long been accused of racism. — Minneapolis Will Dismantle Its Police Force, Council Members Pledge, Dionne Searcey and John Eligon in The New York Times

American Police Departments

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The officers have since been placed on administrative leave but have not been charged with a crime. Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, told investigators he did not hear police announce themselves and was terrified when the door was knocked down. In a 911 call just after the shooting, Mr. Walker told the dispatcher that somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend, according to a recording released on Thursday.

Espionage or Journalism? After the Snowden NSA Leaks

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It became a running joke among U.S. officials that Bart Gellman should watch his back. In May 2014, I appeared on a panel alongside Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, to talk about Snowden. Mueller cross-examined me: Were the NSA documents not lawfully classified? Were they not stolen? Did I not publish them anyway? I held out my arms toward him, wrists together, as if for handcuffs. The audience laughed.

Is Ronan Farrow Too Good to Be True?

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And I found more recently when I dug into the Cohen story that for all Mr. Farrow’s attraction to screenplay-ready narratives, he missed one that was made for this moment. The real story of John Fry, the I.R.S. employee who leaked Mr. Cohen’s records, went like this: Amid the swirl of the scandal involving Stormy Daniels, Mr. Avenatti, her lawyer, took to Twitter one day in May 2018, and demanded that the Treasury Department release Mr.

Inside the Public Hospitals Trying to Save New York

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Queens was hit first. Elmhurst Hospital Center, in particular, was deluged. This might have been expected, both for geographic reasons and for demographic ones. — Inside the Public Hospitals Trying to Save New York, Jonathan Mahler and Philip Montgomery in The New York Times Magazine

Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown

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There is the online reality, the reality portrayed by state media, and the reality I’m living. On the seventh day after the lockdown, a university classmate called my friend Ningning, and told her about another: hospitals do not have enough beds for the infected in Wuhan. They go home, they die, they never enter the official count as they were not diagnosed. — Stuck in Central China on Coronavirus Lockdown, Lavender Au in The New York Review of Books

How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner

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The officer tried to reach the command center for authorization to shoot but couldn’t get through. So he fired an antiaircraft missile. Then another. The plane, which turned out to be a Ukrainian jetliner with 176 people on board, crashed and exploded in a ball of fire. — How Iran Covered Up the Downing of an Airliner, Farnaz Fassihi in The New York Times

Jacob Rees-Mogg Profile

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James Meek (author of Private Island: Why Britain Now Belongs To Someone Else) did a great profile of new Leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mog. It sums up the argument incredibly well that the stuffy all-English persona he affects in Parliament is at odds with his source of income in a transnational investment firm. Meek goes deep on the problematic network of offshore financial instruments used to shroud Mogg’s investment firm in secrecy, which makes sense given his work on Private Island.