CHICAGO — The new editor of Poetry magazine, one of the city’s most important and influential publications, is Adrian Matejka, a great poet and a good guy. My colleague Darcel Rockett conducted a fine interview with Matejka shortly after he took the job earlier this year. He is the magazine’s first Black editor, hired in the footsteps of Michelle Boone, who in 2021 became the first woman and ...

Put aside all the funny memes of Sen. Josh Hawley running. Could it be that the soon-to-be senior senator from Missouri is vying to be Donald Trump’s vice presidential running mate? The current list of potential vice presidential picks swirling around does not seem to include Hawley, but that doesn’t necessarily mean Hawley isn’t working to make it on the shortlist. It is no secret that Hawley ...

This is shocking: Poisoning by illicit fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for adults aged 18 to 45 in the U.S., says the federal government, surpassing suicide, gun violence and car accidents. The tragic stories are becoming commonplace. Three young professionals in New York City ordered cocaine from the same delivery service and died alone after the coke turned out to be fentanyl. ...

Is slovenliness an index of genius? This is one of the questions raised by the downfall of “crypto wunderkind” Sam Bankman-Fried, or SBF, as he is known. Before his fall, Bankman-Fried was hailed as the next Warren Buffett, perhaps destined to become the world’s first trillionaire. At just 30, as founder of the now bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX, he “amassed more wealth in a shorter ...

FICTION: Two Gold Rush-era working girls set out to solve some murders. "A Dangerous Business" by Jane Smiley; Alfred A. Knopf (210 pages, $28) ——— It seems odd to call a novel about prostitution and murder light, but "A Dangerous Business," Jane Smiley's umpteenth book, oddly is. In 1851 Eliza Ripple is married off to a man who's not nearly as rich as he's made out to be, but far more brutal ...

According to all available evidence, youth and college student voters turned out in force this election cycle, making a decisive impact on the 2022 midterms. While those results exceeded public expectations, they came as no surprise to organizers who work closely with the youth vote — especially those on college campuses, where the story of the student vote may offer a road map to ...

SAN DIEGO — Four years ago, John Middleton gassed up his private jet — the white Bombardier Challenger with a Phillies “P” on the tail — and flew to Las Vegas twice to meet with Bryce Harper and help close the largest deal in franchise history. He wasn’t quite as hands-on when it came to the Phillies’ latest free-agent pursuit. But as the talks got more serious with Trea Turner — the Phillies’ ...

Three manatees who were being treated for medical issues and injuries in Orlando were released in the Florida Keys in late November. The mammals, all males, were driven to the Keys in a truck Nov. 29 and released into a canal on Key Colony Beach, a small incorporated town in the Middle Keys. They were all rehabilitated in SeaWorld, said Mary Stella, spokes woman for the Dolphin Research ...

Last week, the U.S. Senate united in a rare display of bipartisanship to protect gay marriage. Florida, however, was an outlier state where both senators voted against the measure. A few days later, people carrying Nazi flags gathered outside a charity drag show fundraiser in Lakeland with messages that said “Drag queens are pedophiles” and “Warning: Child grooming in process.” All this set ...

When Washington’s Gridiron Club announced that Mallory McMorrow would be the Democratic speaker at its winter dinner, a surprising number of the political correspondents in its ranks were baffled. Even some regular Twitter users were unaware of the Michigan state senator, whose fame exploded in social media circles and the broader political universe last April after she pointedly challenged a ...

On Wednesday about 200 anglers were stranded on Upper Red Lake when the ice they were standing on separated from ice nearer to shore. The anglers were rescued. But the incident prompts a question: Why are so many Minnesota walleye anglers so eager to venture onto thin ice in late November and early December? Are they more likely to catch more walleyes at that time than they would be a few ...

NONFICTION: Historian charts the rise of the U.S. environmental movement. "Silent Spring Revolution" by Douglas Brinkley; Harper (857 pages, $40) ——— In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland caught fire. Lead — a leading cause of kidney and brain damage — was a key ingredient in gasoline and spewed out of tailpipes around the country. DDT was a widely used pesticide. And nuclear bombs were ...

Paperback Picks Need a holiday gift, or just something to read on a dark afternoon? Here's an assortment of new paperbacks, fiction and nonfiction, that should suit every taste. "Burning Boy: The Life and Work of Stephen Crane" by Paul Auster (Holt Paperbacks, $25). The short, remarkable life of the author of "The Red Badge of Courage" — he achieved international celebrity from his writing, ...

ORLANDO, Fla. — In another alarm of nature spiraling to hell in Florida, scientists suspect global warming has enabled devil fish to plague and ravage the St. Johns River. This summer, a team of state water and wildlife experts with the help of a commercial fishing crew cast industrial nets in a Central Florida portion of the river several miles south of Cocoa called Lake Winder. Of the ...

The stories of America's rail workers are often told anonymously — no need to further antagonize their bosses, who set their schedules and who can, and do, make their lives miserable — and yet the details are painfully familiar to millions in a U.S. labor force in which the term "essential worker" isn't really an honorific. That's why one rail worker didn't give his name when he told The New ...

Game consoles, new games and gaming accessories are an easy holiday win. Finding exactly what you want, however, can be trickier. Yes, the PS5 from Sony is now easier to buy than at any point in its two-year lifespan, but you still have to hunt around a bit. The Xbox Series X and Series S are generally easy to get your hands on now, as is the OLED Nintendo Switch. But if the gamer in your life ...

PHILADELPHIA — Fear of COVID-19 never ended for Heather Kerstetter. She rarely leaves her home near Temple University for anything other than doctors’ appointments. Spinal muscular atrophy puts the 33-year-old at grave risk from respiratory infections, and even a cold can send her in the hospital with pneumonia for weeks. COVID could kill her. Yet she maintains a thriving social life alongside ...

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is working to consolidate his conservative voter base ahead of next summer’s election with proposed constitutional amendments that would expand the right to wear headscarves in public and prohibit same-sex marriages. The move is intended primarily as political stagecraft, as the ruling coalition, led by Erdogan’s AK Party, doesn’t have enough votes to ...

MIAMI — What’s that on the sand up ahead? Is that a giant eyeball that washed up on the beach? A burned piano? A huge hamster wheel? A bomb? A large cross? And we thought the only things that washed up on Florida beaches were seaweed, seashells, dead fish — and bales of drugs. But through the years, we have seen a series of oddities that have mysteriously found their ways from sea to shore ...

is National Hand-Washing Awareness Week. It's a good reminder that frequent hand-washing remains one of the best defenses against getting sick with the flu or COVID-19. But to be effective, it has to be done the right way. Dr. Gregory Poland, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert, offers a demonstration on hand-washing. To properly wash your hands, follow these steps: — Wet your ...