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Articles from February 15, 2014

36 Hours In: Kauai, Hawaii
A quick trip around the Hawaiian island of Kauai.These days, Kauai sits firmly on the tourist radar, an indisputable rival of its famous neighbors, Oahu and Maui. But upon first glance at its unspoiled natural splendor, you'd never know it. A closer...
4 Options for Knicks, as Star Nears Free Agency ; If Team Trades Anthony, It May Not Get Much except Salary-Cap Room
Carmelo Anthony, who will hit free agency after the season, enters the All-Star weekend with his future uncertain and his team struggling.Three years ago, Carmelo Anthony was the dominant figure during the N.B.A.'s All-Star weekend. The Denver Nuggets...
4 Racers, 3 Sleds and One Tricky Touchpad
The luge relay was contested at an Olympics for the first time, challenging supine athletes to pop up and smack a pad to open the gates for their teammates.It is the Winter Games equivalent of a dropped baton, the sort of Olympic nightmare that haunts...
Accusations Fly as Syrian Peace Talks Deadlock
The second round of peace talks in Geneva deadlocked in acrimony and frustration on Friday, as the government delegation appeared to rule out any compromise with the opposition.The second round of Syria peace talks deadlocked in acrimony and frustration...
A Conversation with Rachel Kushner
The author of "The Flamethrowers" and "Telex From Cuba" steers clear of books with ugly covers. And those that are touted as "sweeping," "tender" or "universal."Rachel KushnerThe author of "The Flamethrowers" and "Telex From Cuba" steers clear of books...
A Familiar Feeling at the Games ; Decidedly Un-Exotic, Russia's Showpiece Has a Distinct Western Flavor
This Olympics is either avidly catering to the West, and the United States in particular, or Russia has adopted American sports culture as its own.Snicker all you like at the well-publicized oddities and spectacular expense of these Winter Games, but...
A Fight to Steer Sardinia
The outcome of an uneven race will determine the island's direction.In the run-up to this Sunday's election for governor of Sardinia, there was a noteworthy exchange between the incumbent governor and the third-place candidate, Michela Murgia, a dark-horse...
A Maverick Seeks to Jolt Italy out of Its Doldrums ; Renzi, Set to Be Premier, Uses an Everyman Appeal and a Message of Change
In swift and stunning fashion, Matteo Renzi, only 39, has arrived as the central figure in Italian politics -- and a new force in Europe.He sometimes wears a leather bomber jacket, embracing the iconography of the rebel. He has rocketed through Italian...
An Eye for Flesh and Fashion ; the Photographer David Bailey's Career Is Subject of Exhibition
The photographer David Bailey's five-decade career is the subject of an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London."David Bailey makes love daily" was a witty ditty dreamed up in London's swinging '6os, when the photographer was believed to...
Arts Guide
A look at selected art exhibitions worldwide.Bern, SwitzerlandMarkus Raetz: Prints, Sculptures Kunstmuseum Bern. Through May 18. Using line as his primary design element both on paper and in sculpture, Markus Raetz (1941) explores perception. A sculpture viewed...
As Hostility Rises, British Muslims Retreat ; Many Prefer to Stay in Their Communities, Where They Feel Safer
Muslims say they feel more vulnerable and less accepted in the face of worries about Syrian jihadis and the anti-immigrant stance of some politicians.Alum Rock, a neighborhood of Birmingham, looks the way Pakistan might, if Pakistan were under gray northern...
Belgium Close on Child Euthanasia ; Measure That Would Lift Restrictions on Ill Minors Expected to Become Law
The bill passed by Parliament would make Belgium the first country to lift all age restrictions on legal medical interventions to bring about death.Belgian lawmakers have given final approval to a measure that would allow euthanasia for incurably ill...
Book Recall in India Raises Fears of a Shift to the Right
After Penguin Books India agreed to withdraw a book deemed offensive to Hindus, many feared that an ideological shift was on its way.CORRECTION APPENDED In a fight with a major company, a frail 84-year-old retired school principal would seem...
Britain's Welfare Queen
What lies behind the British public's surprising willingness to bail out royalty?The British queen is down to her last pennies. Well, actually, her last millions of pennies.Last month, the Public Accounts Committee -- Parliament's watchdog on public...
Building a Better Refugee Camp ; A Haven for Syrians in Turkey Stands out, and That Could Be a Problem
The camp in Kilis, Turkey, is one of the cleanest, most humane, most efficiently run refugee camps in history. And therein may lie the problem.From the outside, the temporary shelter for Syrian civilians in Kilis, Turkey, doesn't look like an inviting...
Comcast Adds to Grand Media Plan
With its proposed $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, Comcast could cast a shadow over the media and telecommunications landscape.CORRECTION APPENDED Three weeks ago, Comcast announced plans to build an addition to its headquarters, a...
Complex System of Mountain Venues Tests a Traveler's Skills
The Alpine sports venues are a crazy quilt of different spots at different altitudes. The outdoor-sports portion of the Olympics is full of surprises, but the biggest surprise is that it works.I was not enjoying my cable car ride high above the mountains...
Draft Law Would Aid Restitution in Nazi Thefts
The measure would make it easier for Jewish families to seek the return of art or other valuables taken from them by the Nazis.The German authorities proposed a law on Friday that would lift the country's 30-year statute of limitations for certain cases involving...
Employees Find It Easier to Walk Away
It's a good sign when more people are able to quit their jobs and find better ones.Fewer people lost their jobs in the United States in 2013 than in any previous year in this century, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in the past week.The bureau...
Euro Zone Grows Just Enough to Be Reassuring ; 1.1% Annual Rate Is Seen as Confirmation That Recession Is Well Past
Growth is still weak, at a 1.1 percent annual rate, but indicates that the bloc is well beyond the year-and-a-half recession that ended last year.The euro zone economy grew slightly faster than expected in the last three months of 2013, an official report...
Events Are New, but Risks Aren't
Events like slopestyle, halfpipe and aerials might have changed the look of the Olympics, but the risks they involve are nothing new.The X Games generation is sometimes referred to as a new breed of Winter Olympian, daredevils unafraid -- even excited...
False Nostalgia in Switzerland
An anti-immigrant vote alarms Europe and hurts Swiss businesses.Swiss voters have handed the populist right in Europe an alarming victory. On Sunday, Feb. 9, voters approved an anti-immigration referendum that effectively rejects one of the defining...
For a Racer Hurt Often, 19th Is as Good as Gold ; British Skier Competes in Games Just Months after Leaving the Hospital
Chemmy Alcott competed in the women's downhill at the Winter Olympics about six months after being hospitalized with a broken leg.It was never easy being a ski racer from a snow-challenged country like England, something Chemmy Alcott has known all her life....
For the Poor, Debt Can Be a Good Thing
An American program that helps the poor build their credit scores by loaning them money shows how integral borrowing has become to modern living.Last October, Jeffrey Shavers, a hotel maintenance worker in Chicago, took out an extremely unusual $300...
Glorious Vienna, Warts and All ; City of Dreams Festival Will Also Focus on Bleaker Aspects of a Rich History
Not everything will be festive in a three-week New York celebration, Vienna, City of Dreams; the bleaker aspects of its history will be examined in some detail.Carnegie Hall's imminent festival, Vienna, City of Dreams, promises to be one of the most...
Goa's Colonial Estates, Lovingly Restored ; Guesthouses in India Offer Visitors a Look at Local Culture and Aesthetics
This corner of India offers a growing number of elegant inns, where visitors can take in the distinctive Indo-Latin architecture and a culturally rich way of life.Half an hour before our plane touched ground in Goa, a crew member announced that we would...
Hard-Partying Women of a Certain Era
Two books explore the lives of women who pushed the boundaries during the 1920s.Flappers. Six Women of a Dangerous Generation. By Judith Mackrell. Illustrated. 488 pages. Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28.Careless People.Murder, Mayhem...
In London, Banks Skirt E.U. Law on Bonus Limits ; Pay Packages Rearranged to Keep Both Regulators and Employees Happy
Bank giants are structuring new pay packages that try to satisfy both their emboldened regulators and their very expensive employees.A battle over banker bonuses is building in this financial capital.Since the 2008 financial crisis, regulators around...
Japan E-Commerce Giant to Purchase Viber Media
The move would bolster a fast-growing empire that includes an online marketplace, travel agency, credit cards and a Japanese baseball team.He may have lost the pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to the New York Yankees. But Hiroshi Mikitani, the billionaire owner...
Korean Reunions to Proceed ; in 2nd Meeting, North Drops Its Demands That South Delay War Games
North Korea had threatened to scrap cross-border family reunions unless South Korea canceled annual military exercises with the United States.North Korea agreed Friday to honor its earlier agreement to allow hundreds of elderly people separated by the...
London Dining before, or after, Curtain ; in West End Restaurants, Dining and Ambience Can Be a Show All Their Own
In a few West End restaurants, dining and ambience can be a show all their own.It takes time to eat in a great restaurant, and time is precious pre- or post-theater. You're either eating early and in a hurry to make the curtain, or you're up late and...
Mass Extinction, by Our Own Hand
Al Gore reviews "The Sixth Extinction," by The New Yorker science writer Elizabeth Kolbert.The Sixth Extinction. An Unnatural History. By Elizabeth Kolbert.Illustrated. 319 pages. Henry Holt & Company. $28.Over the past decade, Elizabeth Kolbert has...
Meet Intel's Digital Anthropologist ; A Leader and Her Team Study Tech in Society to Divine the Next New Thing
Genevieve Bell personifies Intel's aspirations to be regarded as more than just a chip maker.Behind the gray, noise-absorbing cubicle walls at Intel Corporation here, researchers who forecast the future of computing can sense her arrival.Reverberating...
Microsoft Is Behind, Even with Nokia
Does Microsoft's Nokia deal still make sense? And how does Microsoft expect to survive, let alone prosper, in a cutthroat market where Google is giving up?When Microsoft announced in September that it was buying Nokia's struggling cellphone business...
More Engagement with India
The rationale behind a meeting with a powerful, controversial political figure.The decision by the United States to have its ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, meet Narendra Modi, a star of the country's Bharatiya Janata opposition party, reversed a...
Needling Amazon in Name Game
A cosmetics company that has just won a legal battle with Amazon over intellectual property rights is naming a product after Amazon's top U.K. executive.Christopher North, Amazon's top executive in Britain, might soon be able to buy toiletries that carry...
N.S.A. Forces out a Civilian Linked to Snowden Disclosures
A document appers to suggest that no senior officials of the N.S.A. or its oversight organization will be fired over Edward J. Snowden's intelligence leaks.The National Security Agency has told Congress that it has forced out a civilian employee after...
One Event Too Many? and Still the List Grows
The Winter Games schedule of 98 events, including team luge and team figure skating, shows every sign of continuing to grow.Having covered the last six Winter Olympics, and now one Summer Olympics in Sochi, I felt quite safe in saying that these Games,...
On Ice, It's the Latest Version of a U.S.-Russian Cold War
The Russian and American hockey teams are ready to do battle at the Sochi Olympics on Saturday.CORRECTION APPENDED Around every corner here, the face of Russia lurks. Not the stony visage of President Vladimir V. Putin, who delivered the Winter Games...
Opposition Leader Blamed for Unrest in Venezuela
Leopoldo Lopez, a former mayor of a district of Caracas, said the government was responsible for the deadly violence during antigovernment protests.Top government officials have blamed a prominent opposition leader for unrest that resulted in three deaths,...
Pandora Suit May Upend Royalty Plan Created during WWII ; Music Service Opposes Licensing Groups in Trial over Payment Regulation
The streaming service is squaring off against Ascap in a closely watched trial over payments.As the music industry races toward a future of digital streams and smartphone apps, its latest crisis centers on a regulatory plan that has been in place since...
Plushenko Makes a Painful Exit from Skating ; Russian Star Bows out, but Japanese Teenager Soars to a World Record
Evgeni Plushenko, the four-time Olympic medalist, withdrew from the men's short program, leaving Russia with no skater in the men's competition.As Evgeni Plushenko warmed up, he stumbled where a few days ago he had been so sturdy and charismatic. After...
Recovery 'On Track' at German Firm
The German industrial conglomerate posted a quarterly loss of 69 million euros, but growth increased in the units it considers key to its operations.ThyssenKrupp, the venerable but troubled German industrial conglomerate, provided some evidence on Friday...
Researchers Create Atlas of Human Gene Mixing ; Groundbreaking Study Maps Major Genome Shifts of Past 4,000 Years
Geneticists using new statistical approaches have taken a first shot at identifying and dating the major population mixture events of the past 4,000 years.The rise and fall of empires, the march of armies, the flow of trade routes, the practice of slavery...
Resentment Oddly Unites a Bosnia Rife with Injustice ; Years after Peace Accords, Poverty and Corruption Sow New Seeds of Anger
The 1995 Dayton accords bought nearly 20 years of peace but imposed a dysfunctional government that has left citizens increasingly angry and frustrated.The local government headquarters here is a shell, its 12 stories charred by fire. Shards of glass...
Rulings Could Press Justices on Gay Marriage ; Striking Down Bans, Trial Courts May Force Issue of Constitutionality
Recent trial court decisions could force the Supreme Court to examine the constitutionality of same-sex unions long before it had wanted to.The recent spate of trial-court rulings striking down bans on same-sex marriage is a lesson in judicial physics.A...
Shifting TV Landscape May Aid Comcast ; Antitrust Concerns Eased as More People Watch Via Internet Connections
Comcast's proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable comes at a moment when consumers increasingly are cutting their cable cords.On the face of it, the merger of the two largest cable companies in the United States would seem like a nonstarter, given...
Sochi Balances Safety and Revelry ; Tight Olympics Security Runs from Obvious to Subtle and Sophisticated
While heightened security is now standard at all major world events, this is the first time the Olympic Games are being held on the edge of a war zone.Before boarding the new trains serving Sochi and the Olympic sites here, passengers must pass through...
Solar Plant Opens, but Outlook Dim ; Rival Technologies Pose Threat to Huge Projects as Federal Incentives Shrink
Since the California project began, the price of rival technologies has plummeted, incentives have begun to disappear and the appetite among investors for mammoth solar farms has waned.The Ivanpah solar power plant stretches over more than five square...
Swiss a Surprise Winner in Super Combined ; Little-Known Viletta Upstages the Big Names; Kostelic Again Takes Silver
Sandro Viletta of Switzerland used a near-perfect slalom run to make up significant ground after the downhill portion of the race and upstaged several of the sport's biggest names.The medal podium following Friday's men's super combined was a smorgasbord...
Taking a Punch and Hoping for a Hit ; in Broadway 'Rocky,' Stage Veteran Must Sing and Dance as Well as Fight
Andy Karl, 39, is playing the persistent and much-battered boxer in a Broadway incarnation of the story.CORRECTION APPENDED Massive sides of fake beef were being suspended from hooks onstage as workers zigzagged purposefully through the controlled chaos...
The All-or-Nothing Marriage
The average marriage today is weaker than the marriage of yore. But the best marriages today are stronger.Are marriages today better or worse than they used to be?This vexing question is usually answered in one of two ways. According to the marital decline...
The Refiner's Fire
One personal take on what it really feels like to be a politician shows politics as a hard and noble calling.In 2005, Michael Ignatieff left a teaching job at Harvard to enter politics in his native Canada with hopes of becoming prime minister. He quickly...
The Self-Reflecting Pool
Swimming may well be that last refuge from connectivity -- and, for some, the only way to find the solitary self.Late last year, a designer and a geographer who met at M.I.T. revealed that they'd spent much of 2013 mapping every single swimming pool...
To Help Its Suppliers, Airbus Will Buy a Bank
The Airbus Group's acquisition of Salzburg Munchen Bank is intended to facilitate loans to suppliers and other small-business partners.The Airbus Group, the parent company of the European plane maker, said Friday that it would acquire Salzburg Munchen...
U.K. to Look into Currency Markets ; Concern over How Banks Set Benchmark Prices Spurs Regulator to Action
Financial Stability Board will examine the process for how foreign exchange benchmarks are calculated after investigations into possible manipulation of the markets.Britain's Financial Stability Board said Friday that it would review foreign exchange...
U.S. Faces Long Odds to Repeat Unlikely Success ; Americans Seek to Return to Podium in a Sport Long Dominated by Norway
In the coming week, two Americans will try to win back-to-back medals in Nordic combined.It is one of the rarest of rarities in the Winter Games: An American defending his or her title in a Nordic skiing event.Yet in the coming week, Bill Demong and...
Why the Dutch Hit the Slopes
Globalization may be disorienting, but the Dutch had a handle on it centuries ago.CORRECTION APPENDED Whenever the first serious snowfall arrives in the Alps, it is soon followed by the Netherlands' first "gipsvlucht" -- "gips" means plaster,...
Yes, Curlers Can Pull Muscles, Too ; the U.S. and Britain Even Have Trainers Solely to Work on Their Teams
The United States and Britain are the only teams with physical therapists devoted solely to curling, one of the less strenuous sports on show.Among the things that a curling team would not seem to need, an official athletic trainer might rank with a...
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