Monday, March 4
Sports

Why Do Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez Keep Playing for the Same Team?

They are from different parts of the world. They have different backgrounds and fill different roles on a pitching staff. They are both 29 and have pitched for four different major league organizations. Each has been traded twice and waived once.Against all odds, and across many miles, the right-handed pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo López keep finding each other.In fact, in their professional careers, they have almost never been apart.“I thought it was kind of a peculiar stat,” said Cleveland’s Terry Francona, the latest manager to oversee a pitching staff that includes Giolito, a starter, and López, a reliever.Peculiar is one word for an odyssey that became even odder as the pair bounced to three different teams this summer.“Very unique, that’s for sure,” Giolito said. “I don’t know ...
Economy

A Spirited Start to the U.A.W. Strike at a Ford Plant Near Detroit

Rodney Cornett got up at 4:30 a.m. on Friday, hopped in his F-150 pickup and reported as usual for a morning shift at the Ford Motor plant in Wayne, a gritty city just west of Detroit.But this morning Mr. Cornett, 56, a veteran union member who has worked at Ford for 28 years, wasn’t heading to the axle assembly area where he’s a team leader. Instead, his work was putting in six hours on the picket line with a dozen co-workers at the plant’s Gate 1 as part of the strike called by the United Auto Workers late Thursday.“We really haven’t had much of a raise in 15 years,” Mr. Cornett said, holding a sign that read, “Fair Pay Now!” while cars and trucks constantly whizzed by, honking in support of the strikers. “We’ve gone through several contracts, and the company keeps saying how they’re hur...
Health

Why It Took So Long for the FDA to Tackle a Cold Medicine

Dr. Leslie Hendeles began prodding the Food and Drug Administration to reject a decongestant in cold medicines when he had a mop of curly red hair and Bill Clinton had just become president.By the time opposition to the drug had coalesced, Dr. Hendeles was appearing, at age 80, as an expert to testify before the agency’s advisers, his hair white and his overview of the ingredient spanning 50 years.His advocacy culminated in the advisory panel’s unanimous vote on Tuesday, when it concluded that the decongestant, a common ingredient in cold and flu remedies, is ineffective.Prompted by the news, consumers threw open their medicine cabinets upon learning that the decongestant, phenylephrine, was listed in more than 250 of their go-to drugs for congestion like some versions of DayQuil, Sudafed,...
News

Russia-Ukraine War News: Live Updates

In a photo released by Russian state media on Friday, Kim Jong-un, center, viewed a fighter jet in Russia’s Far East.Credit...Mikhail Degtyarev, Governor of Russia’s Khabarovsk Krai, via ReutersNorth Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, peeked his head into the cockpit of a fighter jet at a factory in the Russian Far East on Friday as he pressed ahead on a multiday tour of Russia that is enticing him at each stop with off-limits military technology.Although Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, hasn’t promised Mr. Kim any of the weaponry and has vowed to abide by U.N. sanctions banning their transfer, the tour carried an implicit threat — an example of what analysts have said is a growing danger posed by Mr. Putin’s increasingly warm relationship with authoritarian leaders who can pose problems f...
Technology

Por qué no se entienden bien los diálogos en Netflix y otras plataformas

“¿Qué dijo?”.Esas son algunas de las palabras más pronunciadas en mi casa. No importa cuánto le subamos el volumen del televisor mi esposa y yo, cada vez es más difícil entender a los actores de las películas y series que se transmiten en emisión en continuo. Al final, solemos poner los subtítulos, aunque no tenemos problemas de audición.No somos los únicos. En la era de la emisión en continuo, ahora que el consumo de video pasa de las salas de cine a un contenido que se adapta para televisores, tabletas y teléfonos inteligentes, lograr que los diálogos sean nítidos y claros se ha convertido en el mayor desafío tecnológico del mundo del entretenimiento. Según las encuestas, cerca del 50 por ciento de los estadounidenses —y la mayoría de los jóvenes— ven videos con subtítulos la mayoría de ...
Sports

His Team Was a Chaotic Punchline. Then He Found a New Spot in the Sport.

The University of Louisville football team’s fortunes are unlikely to rise and fall on the squat legs of Mario Agyen, a 5-foot-7, 190-pound, walk-on running back who joined the team in the middle of last season after an end-of-summer tryout.Still, amid the daily reminders of where he stands in the team’s 114-player hierarchy, Agyen rarely forgets the distance he traveled to get there, leaving home in the Bronx five years ago with little more than a dufflebag stuffed with clothes, $1.98 in his bank account and an inexhaustible supply of determination to be a college football player.Now, when he takes the elevator up to the football players’ commissary each morning, choosing what type of egg-white omelet a chef will prepare for him, and how much fresh fruit, turkey bacon, pearl sugar waffles...
Economy

U.A.W. Strike Halts Work at 3 Big Automaker Plants: Live Updates

President Biden forcefully sided with the striking United Auto Workers on Friday, dispatching two of his top aides to Detroit and calling for the three biggest American car companies to share their profits with employees whose wages and benefits he said have been unfairly eroded for years.In brief remarks from the White House hours after the union began what they called a targeted strike, Mr. Biden acknowledged that the automakers had made “significant offers” during contract negotiations, but he left no doubt his intention to make good on a 2020 promise to always have the backs of unions.“Over generations, autoworkers sacrificed so much to keep the industry alive and strong, especially the economic crisis and the pandemic,” Mr. Biden said. “Workers deserve a fair share of the benefits the...
Health

Washington University Stops Offering Gender Medications to Minors

BackgroundIn June, Gov. Mike Parson, Republican of Missouri, signed into law the ban on gender-affirming care for new patients under 18, part of a wave of more than 20 laws across the country severely restricting such care.Under the new law, existing patients of Washington University’s youth gender clinic were still allowed to receive the treatments. But the law includes a provision allowing patients to make legal claims against doctors who prescribe hormonal medications to minors. The university said this part of the law made it “untenable” to continue providing this care.Since it opened in 2017, the St. Louis clinic had seen a sharp increase in patient demand, overwhelming its small staff, The New York Times reported last month. Many patients and their families told The Times that the cl...
News

Professor Who Was Banned from Campus Sues SUNY Fredonia

Stephen Kershnar, a philosophy professor, is in academic purgatory.He is still employed by the State University of New York at Fredonia, but he has not taught or even been allowed on campus for more than a year — fallout from remarks he made in a 2022 podcast about whether it is ever moral for an adult male to have sex with a “willing” 12-year-old girl.“It’s not obvious to me that this is, in fact, wrong,” he said on the philosophy podcast, as part of a wide-ranging thought experiment about ethics and consent. (As a matter of law, he has said that it should be criminalized.)His remarks went viral after a right-wing social media account, LibsofTikTok, posted about it.The president of SUNY Fredonia, Stephen H. Kolison Jr., called the professor’s comments “absolutely abhorrent” and said that...
Technology

Arm Soars 25% in the Year’s Biggest Initial Public Offering

Call it Wall Street’s Groundhog Day.When shares of Arm, the British chip designer, began trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange on Thursday in the year’s biggest initial public offering, investors, tech executives, bankers and start-up founders were watching closely for how it performed.If Arm’s stock fell, they knew the market for I.P.O.s was likely to stay frozen for longer. But a warm welcome for the shares would probably mean many more companies going public in the coming months, ending the cold streak.They quickly got their answer: It was an early spring. Arm’s shares opened trading at $56.10, up 10 percent from its initial offering price of $51. Shares quickly soared further, rising 25 percent by the end of trading to close at $63.59 and giving the company a fully diluted valuation of ...