Casey council to be sacked after report

The scandal-plagued Casey council in Melbourne will be sacked, with legislation expected to be passed quickly when Victoria’s parliament resumes. Cabinet decided to dismiss the council on Monday after recommendations from an independent monitor, according to multiple media reports. State Premier Daniel Andrews has been under pressure to sack the …

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PM eyes technology investment climate push

The Morrison government is set to adopt a technology investment target instead of signing up to a global agreement to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Australia is expected to argue technology is the best way to meet a net zero goal that countries signed up to in the 2015 …

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Social Security: Where Do the 2020 Candidates Stand?

“They are in a nowhere zone on policy,” says Andrew Biggs, resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute think tank, and a former deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration during the George W. Bush administration. “In response to Democratic proposals to expand Social Security and raise taxes, Republicans …

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Addiction Memoirs Are a Genre in Recovery

“STRUNG OUT: ONE LAST HIT AND OTHER LIES THAT NEARLY KILLED ME,” by Erin Khar (February 2020). Ms. Khar, 46, writes an advice column, Ask Erin, for Ravishly, a feminist site. Hitting Bottom Ms. Khar began dabbling with heroin at 13. She indulged on and off for the next 15 …

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Is Coffee Good for You?

With coffea’s estimated 124 species, most of flavors remain untapped; and perhaps will be forever, with an estimated 60 percent under threat of extinction, largely from climate change, disease, pests and deforestation. What fills our mugs at cafes, the office, and on road trips are from two species: arabica and …

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In a Post-‘Parasite’ World, What Happens Next?

With an Oscar in his left hand and a microphone in his right, Bong Joon Ho instructed a cheering crowd to drink. It was just hours after his biting thriller “Parasite” pulled off a historic best-picture win Sunday, and Bong had been called to the stage at the film’s Soho …

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Jordan Casteel Won’t Let You Look Away

When the artist Jordan Casteel arrived on campus as a college freshman, her mother marched her into the dining hall — not for a meal, but to greet the kitchen staff. They had met the president and dean, but these were the people, her mother explained, who would truly be …

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