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The hidden lesson inside the Alabama election

By most any political estimation, this past week’s Alabama special senate election was an outlier. Democrats generally don’t win statewide races in Alabama and Doug Jones likely wouldn’t have if a series of child molestation stories hadn’t surfaced about Republican candidate Roy Moore. But tallies out of Alabama’s biggest vote-producing counties suggest the election was just another example of a trend that’s shaped the most-watched races of 2017: The GOP’s retreat from the suburbs. More than 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday night came out of just five counties…

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This Brooklyn brownstone brims with beautiful music, art – CNET

Meet Ivan Ivan’s living room A closeted audio system Luxman SQ-38u amplifier VPI Classic turntable VPI HW-17i record cleaning machine DeVore Fidelity Gibbon 3XL speakers The kitchen sound system World music Singalodeon double cassette player Arcam FMJ Blu-ray player Epson EMP TW720 projector A print by Eugenio Dittborn Quinto Totem speaker Quinto Beta integrated amplifier Ivan with a Korg microKorg keyboard Fibes drum set The party music system Tascam Portastudio 424 More LPs Time to go Prev Next Next Ivan, an artist and record company owner, gives us a tour…

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EPA delays post-Flint rule changes for lead in drinking water

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving forward to update regulations to reduce lead in drinking water, but says the effort will take months longer than planned. The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it would delay its publication ofproposed changes to federal regulation of lead and copper in drinking water until August 2018, having previously set out to have them released by January 2018. It similarly pushed back the timeline for finalizing the changes to February 2020, seven months after its previous deadline. It is the second time…

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Science 

Massive Great White Shark, Mary Lee, Tracked For Five Years, Goes Silent

In September 2012, researchers put a tracking device on a 3,456-pound great white shark and named her Mary Lee. Now, after five years of tracking, the signal has gone silent. No one has heard from the animal in six months. Has the 50-year-old shark bit the dust? Probably not, says Chris Fischer, who leads ocean research expeditions and was part of the team that caught and tagged her. “She’s fine,” Fischer tweeted. “Just batteries done in her tag. She’s been amazing for sharks, science and the future. Now time to…

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NASA ANNOUNCEMENT: First solar system like ours with eight planets discovered

The historic discovery was made by new scientific analysis of data obtained by the Kepler space telescope, which is scouring the galaxy for planets like Earth. Paul Hertz, Astrophysics Division director at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said: “We have found for the first time an eigth planet in a distant planetary system in the Kepler 90 system – this ties Kepler 90 with own solar system for having the most known planets. “Kepler 90 is the first star to host as many planets as our own.” The new planet –…

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After Alabama, Democrats dream big: The House and Senate.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Wave elections happen when parties win where they aren’t supposed to, and there’s no place more forbidden to Democrats than Alabama. The race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones was quirky, to say the least, but Jones’ victory nonetheless falls on a well-established trendline that points to a major rebuke of President Donald Trump in next year’s midterm elections — and potentially the 2020 presidential race beyond that. “For all of Trump’s popularity with the base, the countervailing repulsion by the rest of the population…

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Pat DiNizio, lead singer of Smithereens, dead at 62

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J. — Pat DiNizio, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens was known for such hits as “Blood and Roses” and “A Girl Like You,” has died at age 62. The band announced on Facebook that DiNizio died Tuesday. The cause of death was not announced. DiNizio posted several days ago that he was hopeful of getting back on tour as he continued physical therapy for neck and back injuries at the Victorian farmhouse he was restoring in Scotch Plains. The Smithereens…

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Bon Jovi, Nina Simone lead class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

“Livin’ on a Prayer” rockers Bon Jovi, British bands Dire Straits and the Moody Blues, the late Nina Simone and The Cars will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, organizers said on Wednesday. The rock-heavy 2018 list marks a return to the roots of the Hall of Fame, which for the past two years has broadened its base to welcome rap artists like the late Tupac Shakur and N.W.A. Jon Bon Jovi performs live for fans at Perth Arena on Dec. 12, 2013, in Perth, Australia….

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Inside Trump’s White House: Fallout from the Alabama Senate race

WASHINGTON — The reverberations from Doug Jones’ apparent victory extended into the West Wing, with President Donald Trump’s political shop facing a potential crisis, according to multiple White House officials and Republicans close to the administration. One administration official Wednesday-morning-quarterbacked Trump’s endorsement of Roy Moore last week in the Alabama Senate contest, acknowledging there are those in the White House who questioned the president’s decision to get behind the GOP candidate in the first place. Still, the result for Republicans “would have been a lot worse” if Trump hadn’t thrown…

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Melania, Ivanka Trump botched NYC mayor votes thrown out

A couple of members of President Donald Trump’s family got rocked by the vote in last month’s New York City mayoral election. Absentee votes cast by the president’s wife, Melania, and daughter Ivanka Trump were not counted by city officials after both made mistakes with their ballots, a spokeswoman for the New York City Board of Elections confirmed to NBC News on Tuesday. The first lady did not sign the envelope that contained her completed absentee ballot before she sent it in, as is required by the New York City…

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