Reverse Engineering Ahmed Mohamed's Clock… and Ourselves.
Not because of his race, or his religion, the seeming absurdity of the situation, the emotionally charged photo of a young boy in a NASA t-shirt being led off in hand cuffs, the hash tags, the presidential response… no, none of that. I'm an Why ...
September 17, 2015
Texas High School Student Shows Off Homemade Clock, Gets Handcuffed
A 14-year-old boy says he was just trying to show off his engineering skill when he brought a digital clock he had made to his new high school in Irving, Texas. But Ahmed Mohamed was detained and reportedly suspended from school, after a teacher ...
September 16, 2015
The Sphinx Next Door
This very contemporary family tableau—all four were conversing while working their digital devices—was interrupted by a call offering Georgette a department chairmanship at Columbia. “I try to make myself small,” she told me. . Her orders are ...
September 14, 2015
How Pope Francis Became the People's Pontiff
So it has gone for hundreds of Sundays since Pope John XXIII first led the prayer from the window, in the early 60s. But with Francis the weekly . At his desk—a small one in the guesthouse, a larger one in the palace—Francis makes key decisions ...
September 14, 2015
Matthew Levey's Charter School Quest
Ultimately, plans call for the school to run through fifth grade, educating students in topics that Mr. Levey cares about: how Francis Bacon developed the scientific method, why Aristotle matters and what led to the decline of the Roman Empire. As car ...
September 11, 2015
Why the sale of old newspaper buildings isn't all bad
The newsrooms have open floor plans typical of many modern offices, and digital editors and producers are centrally located to ease breaking news coverage. The organizations continue to produce meaningful Small wonder that the building inspires ...
September 7, 2015
How Coheed and Cambria Broke Concept-Album Streak on New LP
"At the time I was writing the record, I didn't realize that I was writing an album," Claudio Sanchez says of the process that led, slowly and uncertainly, to The Color Before the Sun, the new album by prog-pop-metal quartet Coheed and Cambria, out ...
September 3, 2015
A 14-year-old boy says he was just trying to show off his engineering skill when he brought a digital clock he had made to his new high school in Irving, Texas. But Ahmed Mohamed was detained and reportedly suspended from school, after a teacher thought that his clock looked like a bomb. But the teacher and the principal of MacArthur High School were alarmed, and they called police, who questioned Mohamed, handcuffed him and led him out of school. He was then fingerprinted before being released to his family, who say he received a three-day suspension from school. "Cool clock, Ahmed," President Obama wrote in a tweet around midday Wednesday. The police tell local news outlets that while they acknowledge that Mohamed didn't try to perpetrate a bomb hoax, they were also unsatisfied with his explanation. "He would simply only tell us that it was a clock," police spokesman James McLellan says. Responding to questions about the incident, the Irving school district released a statement in which it said that students and staff at its schools are encouraged to report any suspicious behavior. No criminal charges were filed — but Mohamed's family says the school and police overreacted.
In the crepuscular hubbub, Rachael Horovitz, one of the film’s producers, introduced herself and ushered me downstairs to a basement bedroom, where the production team was hunched around a video monitor wedged among ballet trophies, karate belts,... Three weeks earlier, Moore had won an Academy Award for her performance in “Still Alice,” a movie about a high-flying middle-aged linguistics professor who is in the process of losing her memory. In “Maggie’s Plan,” which premièred this month at the Toronto International Film Festival, she was playing Georgette, a high-flying middle-aged anthropology professor who is in the process of losing her family. On the monitor, Moore and Ethan Hawke, as Georgette’s husband, John, an adjunct professor of “ficto-critical anthropology” at the New School (“Nobody unpacks commodity fetishism like you do,” Georgette tells him at one point), were serving up... This very contemporary family tableau—all four were conversing while working their digital devices—was interrupted by a call offering Georgette a department chairmanship at Columbia. ” Georgette asked her husband. ” The line wasn’t surprising, but Moore’s pitch-perfect accent—Georgette is Danish—was. “You want to call Caleb to discuss the pros and cons of taking the chairmanship,” John said.
Two summers ago my friend Agustín, an Argentinean graduate student on pilgrimage in Rome, filed into the papal-audience hall near St. Peter’s Basilica for a group photograph with Pope Francis. Scrapping protocol, he insisted on greeting all the pilgrims, one by one, the way Agustín had seen him do back when he was Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. “Congratulations,” said the Pope, “and look, if some dishes fly in your house, don’t worry about it. ”. “And I said to myself, What. Instead of a papal blessing, here was some man-to-man advice—the Pope, of all people, telling him not to worry if there was some everyday strife in his marriage. Unexpected, and yet utterly in character for the man we have come to know simply as Francis—the frank and unaffected Jesuit who has become one of the most famous and most beloved people on the planet. In the months after his March 2013 election, following the sudden resignation of Benedict XVI, he was regarded as a surprising Pope: the Pope who refused to move into the 16th-century Apostolic Palace, had his old black shoes replaced by the... In his second year he was thought to be a revolutionary Pope—a change agent bent on re-starting long-stifled conversations on contraception, divorce and re-marriage, and sexual orientation: as the Pope of “Who am I to judge. Now he is just the Pope, and he is so at ease in his white cloak that it seems he was meant to be Pope all along.