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Samantha Bee attacked pundits who contend that survivors of the Parkland, Fla., shooting were paid actors.
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“This raccoon needs peace and quiet right now.”
— Laurie Brickley, a spokeswoman for the St. Paul Department of Safety and Inspections, after the animal entranced social media by scaling a 25-story office building.
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Dan Saltzstein, a senior staff editor for Travel, recommends this 30 for 30 podcast: “About a decade ago, for a year, I practiced Bikram yoga, in which you do a series of preset poses in a room heated to about 105 degrees. Even at the time, I knew Bikram Choudhury was a controversial figure. Now I know a lot more, thanks to this terrific podcast series from the 30 for 30 folks at ESPN. Like the yoga itself, the story is not pretty.”
When the American writer Harriet Beecher Stowe died in 1896, The Times minced no words about her antislavery book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly,” the century’s best-selling American novel.
“In the English language, the Bible and Shakespeare’s works are its only rivals,” The Times noted.
Rapidly translated into at least 20 languages, including Finnish, Russian and Spanish, it was also an overnight international phenomenon.