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American virus deaths at 100,000: What does a number mean?

The fraught, freighted number of this particular American moment is a round one brimming with zeroes: 100,000. A hundred thousands. A thousand hundreds. Five thousand score. More than 8,000 dozen. All dead. On Wednesday, the United States' official r...

 

American public space, rebooted: What might it feel like?

And the American people returned to the American streets, bit by bit, place by place. And in the spaces they shared, they found a world that appeared much the same but was, in many ways, different — and changing by the day. And the people were at...

 
 By TED ANTHONY    Regional    March 29, 2020

In virus times, have Americans found a shared experience?

As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace — and, for public figures, quite practical — to point out how, unlike most major events in the 21st century, this was an unusually...

 
 By TED ANTHONY    Regional    March 22, 2020

Taking stock of strange days: The week that America changed

Change came to the United States of America during the third week of March in 2020. It did not come all at once, though it came quite rapidly. As had happened in other lands, there was no explosion, no invasion other than a microscopic one that... Full story

 

Analysis: Trump, Johnson and the messiness of democracy

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — One leads the world's most powerful country. He ricocheted across the United Nations this week, talked about putting America first, sent several annoyed tweets and suddenly found himself under an impeachment-shaped cloud. The...

 

In an uncertain era, expressing certainty is a potent weapon

In the course of a single week, there has been all of this: "I have been truthful and consistent on every level since day one," actor Jussie Smollett told the world after prosecutors dropped 16 felony counts that accused him of making a false police...

 

Analysis: In good Bush vibes, a hunger for retro simplicity?

NEW YORK (AP) — His nation celebrated George H.W. Bush this week as a statesman, a veteran, a loving and committed family man who was a totem of respect, humility and mildness. But something else seeped into all the praise as Americans gathered...

 

AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

"Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the...

 
 By TED ANTHONY    Sports    July 27, 2018

Change, tradition; a walk through the Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — "The best part of baseball today is its yesterdays," Lawrence Ritter, the author of one of the game's finest and most celebrated books, "The Glory of Their Times," liked to say. We hear a lot these days, from the offices...

 

A Thai cave, an extraordinary tale and a captivated world

In the darkness, down the twisting stone tunnels and through the murky water, they awaited an uncertain future. Outside, under the skies of a modern planet, cameras and bystanders and a rapt global audience of many millions looked toward the remote...

 

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