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      Digested week: Sondheim’s old pencils, dogs in prams and Christ on a bike | Emma Brockes

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 2 days ago - 11:20

    This week, a musical genius’s stuff goes on sale for absurd sums and a heatwave hits New York

    There is nothing more poignant, or grippingly voyeuristic, than a brass-tacks estate sale after the death of a legend. At Doyle Auctions on the east side of Manhattan this week, the personal effects of Stephen Sondheim, who died in 2021 aged 91, went under the hammer, providing superfans with an opportunity to bid on his gloomy furniture and collection of old crossword puzzles. There hasn’t been such excitement in the auction world since Joan Didion’s paperclips flew out the door at Stair Galleries two years ago for a cool $1,300.

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      Record high temperatures sweep US north-east as tropical storm hits Texas

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 3 days ago - 16:20


    Heatwave leads to record daily highs in New York and Maine, as US south-west sees wildfires and excessive rainfall

    The United States continues to suffer extreme weather as a heatwave baked millions across the upper midwest and north-east and a tropical storm soaked Texas and northern Mexico.

    The National Weather Service said the heatwave was expected to peak in the eastern Great Lakes, New England, the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic over the coming weekend.

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      Asian American farm collective targets food insecurity: ‘It’s been really healing’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 14:00

    New York’s Choy Commons builds supply chain of heirloom vegetables while reviving an agricultural legacy

    Every Wednesday afternoon, seniors, community groups and restaurants across Manhattan Chinatown receive boxes of freshly grown Asian heirloom vegetables – it could be cabbage, Thai basil, bitter melon, chili peppers, okra or green stem cauliflower, depending on the season. The produce was grown by a small group of Asian American farmers upstate who are on a mission to make these staples more affordable and accessible for their own communities.

    “I want our food to go to people who would really love it, but would not have access to it without money,” said Amanda Wong, a 34-year-old farmer and co-owner of Star Route Farm in Charlotteville, New York. She’s part of a collective of Asian American farmers in the Hudson Valley region known as Choy Commons, which grows ancestral foods and then works with mutual aid groups to distribute them, often for free, among the Asian American community.

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      James Chance, key figure in New York’s no wave music scene, dies aged 71

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 4 days ago - 09:27


    Singer and saxophonist known for confrontational stage persona had experienced ill health for a number of years

    James Chance, the singer-saxophonist whose squalling blend of funk, jazz and post-punk found a cult following in mid-1970s New York onwards, has died aged 71.

    His brother David Siegfried stated that he died on Tuesday in New York. No cause of death was given, but “the musician’s health had been in decline for several years” according to Siegfried.

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      What is a heat dome and how is it contributing to the heatwave in the US

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 16:57

    Approximately 80% of country’s population is experiencing temperatures at or above 90F for long periods of time

    More than 270 million Americans – about 80% of the country’s population – are experiencing a kind of heatwave not seen in decades , smashing records with temperatures at or above 90F (32.2C) for long periods of time under a weather phenomenon known as a heat dome.

    New York governor Kathy Hochul has announced that she activated the National Guard to assist in any heat emergencies that may develop over the next several days.

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      Justin Timberlake arrested on DWI charge in the Hamptons

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 5 days ago - 13:31

    Pop star to be arraigned in Sag Harbor, court official confirms, after Monday night arrest

    Justin Timberlake is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated in the Hamptons in New York and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday, a local court official confirmed to the Guardian.

    The pop star’s arraignment was set to occur at the courthouse in Sag Harbor after he was arrested in that community on Monday night, New York’s Newsday reported .

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      New York military veteran comes out in obituary: ‘I was gay all my life’

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 6 days ago - 17:29

    Colonel Edward Thomas Ryan, who died at age 85, will be buried next to his life partner Paul Cavagnaro

    A US military veteran who died earlier this month came out as gay in an obituary published after his death.

    The obituary in the Albany Times-Union tells the story of Colonel Edward Thomas Ryan, a decorated army officer who served in the Vietnam war and was also a fireman in his hometown, Rensselaer, New York. He died on 1 June at the age 85.

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      US elections 2024: seven key House races to watch

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Tuesday, 11 June - 10:00

    Democrats only need to flip a handful of seats to get back control of the lower chamber – here’s what to keep an eye on

    Much attention has been paid to the rematch between Joe Biden and Donald Trump in November, but the results of down-ballot elections will determine whether the victor in the presidential race will actually be able to implement his legislative agenda next year.

    With Republicans defending a narrow majority in the House of Representatives, Democrats only need to flip a handful of seats to wrest back control of the lower chamber, and both parties are going all out to secure a majority.

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      New York probation officers interview Trump prior to his criminal sentencing

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Monday, 10 June - 22:46

    Ex-president talks to officials via video call from Florida, with lawyer, in arrangement some called special treatment

    Donald Trump was interviewed by New York probation officials on Monday, a required step before his July sentencing in his criminal hush-money case , the Associated Press reported.

    Trump, who declined to testify at the trial, appeared for the probation interview by video conference from his residence at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, with his lawyer Todd Blanche by his side. The arrangement garnered complaints of special treatment, but city officials contend that is not the case.

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