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Olympic Blindness  

There is a temptation on the part of all presidents of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to declare whatever games they have presided over a success. Thomas Bach, the IOC’s new president and himself a gold medal winner for Germany …



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Seeing Isn’t Believing: The Armory Show at 100  

In 1913, the Armory Show gave thousands of Americans their first glimpse of modern European painting. Now, in an exhibit entitled The Armory Show at 100: Modernism and Revolution, the New York Historical Society has made it possible for us to see what all the excitement was about.



J.K. Rowling—Chapter Two  

My local bookstore, like bookstores across the country, now has plenty of copies of J. K. Rowling’s The Cuckoo’s Calling, the mystery novel previously attributed to a new author, Robert Galbraith. Rowling’s publisher, Little Brown, has rushed an estimated 300,000 …





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Cesar Chavez and Immigration Reform  

Twenty years after his death, Cesar Chavez, the legendary United Farm Workers Union leader, is again in the news. This time, the charge is that Chavez was anti-immigrant. What’s made the charge newsworthy is the publicity surrounding Chavez, a forthcoming …





Death on the Subway  

Nothing dominated the New York tabloids last week like the story of Ki-Suck Han, a Korean immigrant from Queens who was pushed to his death on the subway track while a crowd of passengers watched. The story took on a …













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