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Alabama calls off execution after problem with venous access

ATMORE, Ala. — Alabama on Thursday night called off the scheduled execution of a man convicted in the 1988 murder-for-hire slaying of a preacher’s wife after the state had trouble establishing venous access and the state faced a midnight deadline to get the execution underway. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said prison staff …

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Arts journalists have a Twitter problem

It’s Saturday morning and I’ve been up all night scrolling Twitter, trying to decide if my mandate as an arts and culture writer is in direct conflict with the use of the increasingly divisive social media platform under the new ownership of the world’s richest and most annoying man, Elon Musk. My job is to …

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Most TV shows, movies ignore climate change. It’s a problem

This is the Nov. 3, 2022, edition of Boiling Point, a weekly newsletter about climate change and the environment in California and the American West. Sign up here to get it in your inbox. The climate crisis is the biggest story of our time. So why isn’t the entertainment industry acting like it? You’d think …

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The Democratic left has a problem with Gina Raimondo

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and other progressive lawmakers are maintaining pressure on Raimondo in letters criticizing her employment of big technology alumni at Commerce and her remarks on tech regulation, among other complaints. Warren’s allies said they expect public sector labor unions, some of which have clashed with Raimondo for years, to try to steer …

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The problem with our reporting about polls

The Morning Meeting with Al Tompkins is a daily Poynter briefing of story ideas worth considering and other timely context for journalists, written by senior faculty Al Tompkins. You might wonder why, after the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, journalists would put any stock in pre-election polls. But the biggest challenge for journalists is not in the polling itself, …

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