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In the Arizona desert, coal era burns out for Navajo

BLACK MESA, Ariz. — Tradition has it that the spiritual forerunners of the Navajo people picked this spot — the high mesa land of the American Southwest — and assured the Navajo they had reached a kind of promised land. The Diné, or “children of the Holy People,” as the Navajo call themselves, were taught not to stray from the land bracketed by four sacred mountains, where they would never know the earthquakes, tornadoes and other calamities that beset their neighbors. The Navajo scratched out a living from the sparse…

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Guatemala’s trans indigenous beauty pageant is about more than just a pretty face

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Aquetzali B’e Noj, a 26-year-old drag queen from Huehuetenango, Guatemala, wears a long skirt and a woven huipil, a blouse typical in Guatemala’s indigenous communities. For her, drag is a way to express her identity. Being indigenous, or native Guatemalan, is a major part of that. “I choose to wear my typical indigenous clothing when in drag to show that it’s not bad to do so. I’m not doing it to make fun…

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Have America’s CEOs stopped standing up to Trump?

The outdoor recreation industry responded last week with a unified repudiation of the White House’s announcement to sharply reduce the size of two national monuments, but there is little indication that this — or other controversial positions, ranging from H-1B visa cutbacks to the still-unsettled fate of DACA “Dreamers” — would prompt America’s corporate leaders to sever ties with President Donald Trump. “You’ll see most companies, unless it’s something directly affecting their business, will try to stay out of the fray,” Andrew Ward, an associate professor of management at Lehigh…

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Guys and Dolls review: A smart production with a talented cast and remarkable effects

This is no mere matter of colour-blind casting but the most successful relocation of its kind since the townspeople of Titipu were transported to the Caribbean in The Black Mikado. It is remarkable how seamlessly Damon Runyon’s cast of gamblers, gangsters, showgirls and Salvationists adapts to the Harlem setting. Simon Hale’s orchestrations add blues, jazz and gospel rhythms to the classic Broadway score. So, Miss Adelaide’s Hot Box numbers have a ring of the Cotton Club and Nicely-Nicely Johnson’s Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat would fit neatly into the…

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Vainglory debuts new 5v5 mode at its world championships – CNET

5v5 mode will see epic team fights happening in the arena.  Super Evil Megacorp Mobile multiplayer battle-arena game Vainglory has come a long way since its debut at Apple’s iPhone 6 launch event. Though the game is currently played 3v3, come February, Vainglory is looking to shake things up with a new 5v5 mode it hopes will be as addictive as ever. Super Evil Megacorp, the company behind Vainglory, showed off the new mode at the Razer 2017 Vainglory World Championship event in Singapore, with pro players taking to the…

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Is Star Wars science fiction? ‘The Last Jedi’ settles this age-old argument.

Get the THINK newsletter. SUBSCRIBE “The Last Jedi” is set in large part in a green, mountainous landscape inhabited by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) — an old, grizzled dude with flowing robes and mysterious powers. The plot involves talk of royal bloodlines, astral projection, swords that choose their wielders, and an epic battle between light and a twisted, all-seeing Sauron-like darkness. The film also includes cute Disney-like snow cats and owl-critters, and it opens with the words, “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” which sure sounds…

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MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was reprimanded over comments about woman in 1999

MSNBC host Chris Matthews was accused of inappropriate jokes and comments about a female employee in 1999 and the woman was paid separation compensation, a spokesperson for the cable network confirmed Saturday. The Daily Caller, citing two sources familiar with the situation, first reported the news of the payment which it said was made by Matthews to settle with what it said was an assistant producer on his show “Hardball with Chris Matthews” in 1999. “In 1999 this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with. At that time Matthews received…

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Could Russia cut off internet to NATO countries?

LONDON — Russia could try to sever global underwater communications cables, potentially triggering catastrophic repercussions for the economy and way of life in the West, the head of Britain’s military has warned. The vast majority of global internet and telephone traffic relied on by Western governments, economies and civilians is carried by cables that crisscross the world’s seabeds, according to analysts. NATO has prioritized missions to protect these undersea lines of communication and is working “to match and understand Russian fleet modernization,” Chief Marshall Stuart Peach told the Royal United…

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Inflammatory letter alleges Uber used shady tactics

SAN FRANCISCO — A former Uber security specialist accused the company of dispatching a team of spies to steal its rivals’ trade secrets and using shady tactics to thwart its competition in the ride-hailing market, according to an inflammatory letter unsealed Friday by a federal judge. Those tactics allegedly included impersonating other people, illegally recording conversations and hacking into computers. Former Uber manager Richard Jacobs, who was fired earlier this year, made the explosive claims in a 37-page letter that sought a big payoff for being forced out of the…

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Anita Hill will help fight sexual misconduct in Hollywood

Anita Hill will helm a new commission tasked with taking on the pervasive issue of sexual misconduct in Hollywood — brought to light following droves of accusations against former producer Harvey Weinstein earlier this year. Hill, an attorney and academic, was tapped Friday as the chair of the Hollywood Commission for Eliminating Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, which was created and being funded by top industry executives. They include Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, co-chair of the Nike Foundation Maria Eitel, entertainment lawyer Nina Shaw and venture capitalist…

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