Suicide on Campus and the Pressure of Perfection
This school year, Tulane lost four students and Appalachian State at least three — the disappearance in September of a freshman, Anna M. Smith, led to an 11-day search before she was found in the North Carolina woods, hanging from a tree. Cornell ...
July 27, 2015
Could new technology solve the Gardner heist?
who oversaw the Gardner investigation. Any strategy to raise public awareness of the artworks, Kelly said, can aid in the investigation, noting it was a public tip that led to the arrest and ultimate conviction in 2013 of notorious gangster James ...
August 15, 2015
'Hamilton' director Thomas Kail, at the height of his powers
At Sidwell, a requirement to sample a drama class led to encouragement by a highly regarded drama teacher, John Elko. Then at Wesleyan, friends who were working It was noon, and the next thing I knew it was 6 o'clock. And I thought, 'When I get ...
July 31, 2015
Can't Fire Him: Republican Party Frets Over What to Do With Donald Trump
Republican Party leaders agonize over the prospect that Donald Trump will mount a third-party candidacy that could undermine their nominee. They fear insulting the white working-class voters who admire him. They are loath to tangle with a threat ...
July 9, 2015
South Side pastor Corey Brooks, who backed Rauner, lands tollway post
Brooks made headlines last October when he claimed his decision to support Rauner led to him getting death threats and might have been tied to a burglary at his church. Brooks said those The comptroller's office called with that piece of ...
July 17, 2015
Silicon Valley Doesn't Believe US Productivity Is Down
Swiveling to a large screen on the desk behind him, Mr. Varian types in a search for the most commonly asked question on the subject economists elsewhere are wringing their hands over. Up pops, “What is Sluggish productivity is raising alarms all ...
July 17, 2015
Watch Bill Murray Jump Out of a Cake for David Letterman
In a hoax bit, comedian Kaufman got pro wrestler Lawler to slap him in the face as Letterman smirked behind the desk. The stunt confirmed Dave's status as a comedy chaos magnet—a master at remaining calm while hysteria swirled around him....
Before Thomas Kail ever met Lin-Manuel Miranda, he was annoyed by him — or the idea of him, anyway. Kail was a senior at Wesleyan University, about to stage a production of a play he’d written titled “Re: Peter,” when he learned he had to share the performance space with a freshman who had composed a musical called “Seven Minutes in Heaven. Well, he wrote a musical. Kail tells the story by way of correcting a popular misconception about the origins of the team responsible for the electric new musical “Hamilton”: He never actually knew Miranda during the single school year, 1998-1999, that their university... Nope, Kail and Miranda sealed no personal or creative bond at the Connecticut school. Kail had nothing to do with the earliest version of another musical that Miranda wrote and performed at Wesleyan, “In the Heights” — the show that Kail, a few years later, would help to develop and direct after they finally did meet, in 2002, and... With Miranda as composer and star, and Kail directing, they are this week marking the official Broadway opening of “Hamilton,” the hip-hop-infused musical about the turbulent life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Miranda, who plays the title role in an ethnically diverse cast 20 strong, has gotten the lion’s share of the attention in.
Bruce Rauner on Friday named one of his key campaign supporters in the African-American community — South Side pastor Corey Brooks — to a $31,426-a-year part-time job as a member of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority board. Reached shortly after the appointment was announced, Brooks said he looks forward to making sure that “the governor’s plan for diversity is carried out” when it comes to the hiring of tollway staffers and contractors. Well aware of Rauner’s battles with Democratic leaders over the state budget, Brooks also dismissed any suggestion that Rauner, a Republican, is rewarding him for helping him unseat Democrat Pat Quinn in last year’s governor’s race. I see it as an opportunity to represent African-Americans,” said Brooks, senior pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago. Brooks joins another black minister who supported Rauner, the Rev. In January, Rauner named Meeks chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education. If that happens, Brooks’ term will expire in 2019. He’s replacing Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, whose term expired May 1. Brooks made headlines last October when he claimed his decision to support Rauner led to him getting death threats and might have... Brooks said those threats have since died down but that “there are always people in our community who are still against the governor and against his positions.
chief economist Hal Varian is an evangelist for Silicon Valley’s contrarian take on America’s productivity slump. Swiveling to a large screen on the desk behind him, Mr. Varian types in a search for the most commonly asked question on the subject economists elsewhere are wringing their hands over. Up pops, “What.