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The city’s beating heart: Manchester’s inclusive music scene – The Guardian

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

“You’ve got the wrong city if you think hate will tear us apart.” The tweet from former Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam was only 13 words long, but it said an awful lot. It may be impossible to understand why someone might commit an atrocity of the kind witnessed at Ariana Grande’s Manchester Arena show, but it’s not hard to see why Manchester – open, diverse, creative, independent – was chosen…

Britain says it’s ‘likely’ attacker had accomplices as focus turns to his Libya visits – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANCHESTER, England — Britain’s top domestic security official said Wednesday it was “likely” that the bomber who killed 22 people at a concert on Monday night was not acting alone, a day after the nation’s threat level was raised and the military deployed to guard public events. In an interview with the BBC, Home Secretary Amber Rudd did not provide details of who suspect Salman Abedi may have been working with…

Trump, Pope Francis exchange gifts in first meeting – CNN

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Seth Rich and the myth behind the unsolved murder case – CNN

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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A Soluna chamber music concert presents DSO musicians in Mendelssohn and Golijov – Dallas News

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

One of the thrusts of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Soluna Festival has been presenting DSO musicians in chamber ensembles. These concerts are showcases for excellent individual talents in the orchestra, and they give players chances to interact without a conductor making all musical decisions. They’ve also explored repertory less likely to be heard in the area’s established chamber music series. So it was with a Tuesday night concert at the…

British prime minister raises nation’s threat level, saying another attack ‘may be imminent’ – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANCHESTER, England — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday night raised the nation’s threat level and deployed the military to guard concerts, sports matches and other public events, saying another attack “may be imminent” following a bombing Monday night that left 22 people dead.  The announcement, which takes Britain’s alert level from “severe” to its highest rating, “critical,” clears the way for thousands of British troops to take to the streets…

Trump advisers call for privatizing some public assets to build new infrastructure – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Trump administration, determined to overhaul and modernize the nation’s infrastructure, is drafting plans to privatize some public assets such as airports, bridges, highway rest stops and other facilities, according to top officials and advisers. In his proposed budget released Tuesday, President Trump called for spending $200 billion over 10 years to “incentivize” private, state and local spending on infrastructure. Trump advisers said that to entice state and local governments…

Fox News Retracts Story Linking Murder of DNC Aide to 2016 Presidential Campaign – New York Times

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Duterte declares martial rule in besieged south Philippines – Washington Post

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Wednesday that he’ll be harsh in enforcing martial law in his country’s south as he abruptly left Moscow to deal with a crisis at home sparked by a Muslim extremist siege on a city, where militants burned buildings overnight and are feared to have taken hostages. Duterte declared martial rule for 60 days in the entire southern Mindanao region, the restive third…

Trump to meet Pope and Italian leaders – BBC News

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Rome on Tuesday US President Donald Trump is due to hold talks with Pope Francis and Italy’s top leaders in Rome on the third leg of his first oversees trip. Mr Trump and the pontiff have already clashed at a distance on issues including migration and climate change. Mr Trump will also meet Italy’s…

Need Mood Lighting to Go With Your Music? Ask Alexa. No App Required. – New York Times

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Shaken music world cancels shows, ups security after concert bombing – Page Six

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England has shaken the music world, with some artists canceling upcoming gigs and others planning to go ahead as scheduled. Blondie canceled a Tuesday night concert in London “as a mark of respect for the victims of the terrible attack” at the Manchester Arena. Lead singer Debbie Harry tweeted that the Round Chapel date will be rescheduled. Take That, formed…

British prime minister raises nation’s threat level, saying another attack ‘may be imminent’ – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MANCHESTER, England — British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday night raised the nation’s threat level and deployed the military to guard concerts, sports matches and other public events, saying another attack “may be imminent” following a bombing Monday night that left 22 people dead.  The announcement, which takes Britain’s alert level from “severe” to its highest rating, “critical,” clears the way for thousands of British troops to take to the streets…

Manchester bombing suspect identified; Islamic State claims responsibility – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

MANCHESTER, England — The Islamic State claimed Tuesday that one of its “soldiers” carried out an apparent suicide bombing in Manchester that killed at least 22 people, including teenagers and others streaming out of a pop concert. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins named the suspected attacker as 22-year-old Salman Abedi but declined to provide other details. A senior European intelligence official said the attacker was a British citizen of Libyan…

Former CIA Chief Reveals Mounting Concern Over Trump Campaign and Russia – New York Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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Trump budget seeks huge cuts to science and medical research, disease prevention – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This is a developing story. President Trump’s 2018 budget request, delivered to Congress on Tuesday with the title “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” has roiled the medical and science community with a call for massive cuts in spending on scientific research, medical research, disease prevention programs and health insurance for children of the working poor. The National Cancer Institute would be hit with a $1 billion cut compared to…

The Daily 202: Comey was not the only official to resist Trump entreaties – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

With Breanne Deppisch THE BIG IDEA: James Comey was not alone. Even Donald Trump’s own pick for director of national intelligence, former Republican Sen. Dan Coats, refused to comply with a request by the president to push back against the FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government. Trump also reached out to Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency. He pressed both men…

Watch Roger Moore in action in all seven of his James Bond films – Los Angeles Times

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Roger Moore wasn’t the first actor to play James Bond on the big screen, but he was the man who played 007 the longest. Moore, who died Tuesday at age 89 after a battle with cancer, was one of six stars to take on the role of the iconic British spy. Sean Connery was the first to tackle the part, and Moore took over the franchise in 1972. He would…

Palestinians welcome Trump’s talk of peace but offer lessons in two-state demands – Washington Post

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

JERUSALEM — President Trump told Israelis and Palestinians Tuesday that he knows they are eager to reach a peace agreement with each other, and that he is committed to helping them “make a deal.” In a speech at the Israel Museum as he prepared to end his four-day trip to the Middle East and depart for his next stop in Rome, Trump repeated his call for Arab countries and Israel…

Manchester Arena: 22 killed in Ariana Grande concert terror attack – CNN

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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