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Gritty’s First Month: The Heroic Ascendance of a ‘Ghastly Empty-Eyed Muppet’

Gritty’s First Month: The Heroic Ascendance of a ‘Ghastly Empty-Eyed Muppet’

The Philadelphia Flyers’ new mascot, Gritty, has been called a “shaggy orange Wookiee-esque grotesquerie,” but the city has grown to love him.
On Pro Basketball: If Carmelo Anthony Wants to Win an N.B.A. Championship, He Has a Model in McAdoo

On Pro Basketball: If Carmelo Anthony Wants to Win an N.B.A. Championship, He Has a Model in McAdoo

A bench role in Houston may take Carmelo Anthony closer to a championship than starting in New York and Oklahoma City ever could.
A 5-Year-Old’s 15-Page Résumé Captivates China

A 5-Year-Old’s 15-Page Résumé Captivates China

A Shanghai primary school in February. The competition for seats at top schools in China is notoriously cutthroat.
In Red-Leaning Kansas, Democrat’s Target Isn’t on Ballot (and It’s Not Trump)

In Red-Leaning Kansas, Democrat’s Target Isn’t on Ballot (and It’s Not Trump)

Laura Kelly, the Democratic candidate for Kansas governor, walked with supporters during a fall festival parade in Overland Park, Kan.
Country’s Fierce Supergroup Pistol Annies Returns, Humor Intact (and Baby on the Way)

Country’s Fierce Supergroup Pistol Annies Returns, Humor Intact (and Baby on the Way)

From left: Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe of Pistol Annies. The group is returning with its first album in five years, “Interstate Gospel.”
Canceled Operations. Unsterile Tools. The V.A. Gave This Hospital 5 Stars

Canceled Operations. Unsterile Tools. The V.A. Gave This Hospital 5 Stars

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Atlanta was downgraded to one star from three on the agency’s five-star scale, even though there had been only a “trivial change” in its quality data from the year
Matter: How to Turbocharge Flu Protection (Llamas Required)

Matter: How to Turbocharge Flu Protection (Llamas Required)

While 50 million people died in the 1918 flu pandemic, each year less potent viral strains circulate, killing as many as 646,000 people worldwide.
Yemen Girl Who Turned World’s Eyes to Famine Is Dead

Yemen Girl Who Turned World’s Eyes to Famine Is Dead

Amal Hussain, who died at age 7. “My heart is broken,” her mother said.
They Were Addicted to Opioids. Now They’re Running the New York Marathon.

They Were Addicted to Opioids. Now They’re Running the New York Marathon.

Odyssey House’s running team looped the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in Central Park during a recent training run.
WARHOL’S LEGACY: Think You Know Andy Warhol? Here Are Five Truths That May Surprise

WARHOL’S LEGACY: Think You Know Andy Warhol? Here Are Five Truths That May Surprise

In 1959, Andy Warhol produced a satirical cookbook about high-end eating called "Wild Raspberries," belying his soup-and-sandwich reputation.
Lens: One Family’s Story of Deportation to Mexico

Lens: One Family’s Story of Deportation to Mexico

Lourdes Salazar Bautista, left, and her daughter Pamela Quintana-Salazar during a meeting with friends, family and campaign leaders the day before her deportation was confirmed.

Obama Is Helping Democrats Punch Back at Trump: Will it Work?

Former President Barack Obama has leveled many attacks on President Trump heading into the 2018 midterm elections. These sharp rebukes, though, are a departure from how past leaders used their
Justice Department Charges Chinese Company With Espionage

Justice Department Charges Chinese Company With Espionage

The Justice Department accused a Chinese state-owned company and its Taiwanese partner of stealing intellectual property from Micron Technology.
Profile: Liane Moriarty’s Hollywood Angst: It’s Complicated

Profile: Liane Moriarty’s Hollywood Angst: It’s Complicated

The success of the TV series, “Big Little Lies,” and Hollywood stardom, Liane Moriarity said, has “clarified for me that I’m a novelist.”
Harvey Weinstein Is Accused of Sexually Assaulting a 16-Year-Old Model

Harvey Weinstein Is Accused of Sexually Assaulting a 16-Year-Old Model

Harvey Weinstein, at left, in July. He is accused of forcing a 16-year-old to touch his genitals after she refused to have sex with him in 2002, according to amended civil complaint filed in Manhattan
Critic’s Pick: A Long Overdue Light on Black Models of Early Modernism

Critic’s Pick: A Long Overdue Light on Black Models of Early Modernism

Frédéric Bazille’s “Young Woman With Peonies,” 1870. It is among the works in “Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today,” at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.
Happy ‘National Jealousy Day’! Finland Bares Its Citizens’ Taxes

Happy ‘National Jealousy Day’! Finland Bares Its Citizens’ Taxes

Journalists waited for the tax administration office to open in Helsinki on Thursday.