Biking Over the Hudson: Why It’s Not Easier

Weather: Cool and cloudy, with showers possible. The high could reach the mid-50s. Saturday may be chillier, and expect some rain overnight into Sunday. Alternate-side parking: In effect until Thursday (Thanksgiving). When biking along Manhattan’s West Side, with the New Jersey skyline in sight, Mitchel Loring often wonders: Why is …

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Opinion | After the Protests: How Will Hong Kong Vote?

In Mui Wo (population: 6,000), the electoral battle comes down to two main candidates: Randy Yu Hon-kwan, 57, the incumbent, who is pro-establishment, and Fung Siu-yin, 33, from Power for Democracy, who has been campaigning on a green platform, calling for a stop to development and for “sustainable island life.” …

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Opinion | The Real Cost of Tweeting About My Kids

Our anger at social media companies resembles this man’s anger over his mistress’s theft of his “private data.” We wanted one kind of control, and didn’t reckon with the fact that we’d have to pay for it with another kind. We wanted to be able to interact with other people …

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Opinion | The Racism Right Before Our Eyes

Most of our public discourse about racism — when it’s not about violence or monuments or presidential rhetoric — is about white privilege, implicit bias and structural racism. Instead of specific actors, we tend to focus on forces that don’t actually implicate anyone in particular. Those forces are real. And …

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Impeachment, Israel, Tesla: Your Friday Briefing

(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up.) Good morning. We’re covering more testimony in the impeachment inquiry, an eccentric jungle prince in India, and the enduring stardom of Dolly Parton. Democrats gamble on impeachment tactics At the end of two weeks of public hearings, it appears all …

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Building a Better Bonfire in Berkeley

Good morning. (Here’s the sign-up, if you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox.) Today, after a long week, here’s something to brighten your Friday: Our story begins at the dawn of the 20th century, when the young men (and, possibly, some of the very few women) of …

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