Outside a children’s clinic turned bomb shelter in Kyiv, a huddle of passers-by wrestled with a question that has haunted Ukraine’s capital for over a day: Who is to blame for their neighbors’ deaths? Three people, including a woman and her child, were killed in an explosion around the entrance of their neighborhood shelter early Thursday morning, having been locked out in the middle of an air raid. At least a dozen others were wounded. The deaths rattled a city used to air raids and missiles, and they have led to multiple investigations, four detentions and widespread mourning. President Volodymyr Zelensky has called for law enforcement to bring those responsible for to justice. “Unfortunately, even today — after everything that has happened — Kyiv residents repeatedly post information about the lack of access to shelters,” Mr. Zelensky said in a speech Friday night. “This level of negligence in the city cannot be covered with any excuses.” By Friday afternoon, … [Read more...] about As Kyiv Reckons With Deaths by a Shelter, Russia Evacuates Border Towns
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Facing Death and Other Fears, and Coming Away Stronger
A few days after their wedding on June 3, 2017 , Lorenzo Vinti and Gregory DelliCarpini Jr. honeymooned in Thailand and Vietnam. Shortly after returning to Forest Hills, Queens, they decided to begin a new chapter in their careers and marriage. Mr. DelliCarpini, now 34, quit his job as a fashion editor at Billboard magazine and shifted full time into the influencer space. He wanted to concentrate on his company, Oystercoloredvelvet , a men’s style, travel and music site. Mr. Vinti, now 41, who at the time was a treasury analyst for a credit card processing company, quit his job to manage his husband’s career. For the next two years the couple coasted on an easy rhythm. In August 2019, the coasting stopped when Mr. Vinti was diagnosed with testicular cancer. A biopsy revealed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. Rounds of chemotherapy sessions followed. So did an increase in their devotion, love and need to hold onto each other. These intense emotions did not always … [Read more...] about Facing Death and Other Fears, and Coming Away Stronger
At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death
VICTORIA, British Columbia — Two days before he was scheduled to die, John Shields roused in his hospice bed with an unusual idea. He wanted to organize an Irish wake for himself. It would be old-fashioned with music and booze, except for one notable detail — he would be present. The party should take up a big section of Swiss Chalet, a family-style chain restaurant on the road out of town. Mr. Shields wanted his last supper to be one he so often enjoyed on Friday nights when he was a young Catholic priest — rotisserie chicken legs with gravy. Then, his family would take him home and he would die there in the morning, preferably in the garden. It was his favorite spot, rocky and wild. Flowering native shrubs pressed in from all sides and a stone Buddha and birdbath peeked out from among the ferns and boulders. Before he got sick, Mr. Shields liked to sit in his old Adirondack chair and watch the bald eagles train their juveniles to soar overhead. He meditated there twice a day, … [Read more...] about At His Own Wake, Celebrating Life and the Gift of Death
Milton Friedman, 94, Free-Market Theorist, Dies
Milton Friedman, the grandmaster of free-market economic theory in the postwar era and a prime force in the movement of nations toward less government and greater reliance on individual responsibility, died yesterday. He was 94 and lived in San Francisco. His death was confirmed by Robert Fanger, a spokesman for the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation in Indianapolis. Conservative and liberal colleagues alike viewed Mr. Friedman, a Nobel laureate, as one of the 20th century’s leading economic scholars, on a par with giants like John Maynard Keynes and Paul Samuelson. Flying the flag of economic conservatism, Mr. Friedman led the postwar challenge to the hallowed theories of Lord Keynes, the British economist who maintained that governments had a duty to help capitalistic economies through periods of recession and to prevent boom times from exploding into high inflation. In Mr. Friedman’s view, government had the opposite obligation: to keep its hands off the economy, … [Read more...] about Milton Friedman, 94, Free-Market Theorist, Dies
Robert J. Zimmer, Who Promoted Free Speech on Campus, Dies at 75
Robert J. Zimmer, a mathematician who as president of the University of Chicago championed diversity not only quantitatively, in the recruitment of students and faculty, but also by protecting free expression on campus with a protocol that was later embraced by dozens of colleges across the country, died on Tuesday at his home in Chicago. He was 75. His wife, Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, a classics professor at the university, said the cause was glioblastoma multiforme, a virulent form of brain cancer. Mr. Zimmer, who presided over the university from 2006 to 2021, was instrumental in shepherding what became known as the Chicago Principles , a set of guidelines recommended by the Committee on Free Expression, a faculty group he appointed in 2014. Those guidelines have become a bulwark against what critics perceive as the stifling of academic freedom by colleges where students are able to insulate themselves against discomforting viewpoints — practices that are often lumped together as … [Read more...] about Robert J. Zimmer, Who Promoted Free Speech on Campus, Dies at 75
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OULU, Finland — No one would confuse this frigid corner of northern Finland with Silicon Valley. Notched in low pine forests just 100 miles below the Arctic Circle, Oulu seems more likely to achieve dominance at herding reindeer than at nurturing technology start-ups. But this city has roots as a hub for wireless communications, and keen aspirations in innovation. It also has thousands of skilled engineers in need of work. Many were laid off by Nokia, the Finnish company once synonymous with mobile telephones and more recently at risk of fading into oblivion. While entrepreneurs are eager to put these people to work, the rules of Finland’s generous social safety net effectively discourage this. Jobless people generally cannot earn additional income while collecting unemployment benefits or they risk losing that assistance. For laid-off workers from Nokia, simply collecting a guaranteed unemployment check often presents a better financial proposition than taking a leap with a … [Read more...] about Free Cash in Finland. Must Be Jobless.