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Do we really need pants? And other lessons from a pandemic year

We’re one year, or roughly 31,536,000 seconds, into this new, strange pandemic life. We’ve missed loved ones and weddings and funerals, dance recitals and baseball playoffs, more “firsts” and simple pleasures than we can even count at this point. We’ve learned how to laugh with our eyes, through masks, from 6 feet away. We’ve learned…MORE

Here’s how to watch the 2021 NBA All-Star game

Not even a pandemic can keep the NBA All-Star Game from a rebound. The 70th annual NBA All-Star Game will air Sunday on TNT and ESPN Radio, live from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. And for the first time, the NBA is packing all the events into just one night, with on-court contests beginning at…MORE

One person killed in shooting at George Floyd memorial site in Minneapolis

One person was shot to death Saturday night in Minneapolis at the same intersection where George Floyd died last year — an area that has since become a memorial site. “The victim and the suspect had a verbal disagreement, and the suspect shot the victim,” Minneapolis Police Department spokesman John Elder said. Police responded to…MORE

Black mother pepper-sprayed in front of her toddler, police say

The Police Accountability Board in Rochester, New York, is calling for fundamental changes in the city’s police department after police said a Black mother was pepper-sprayed during an arrest, which body camera footage showed took place in front of her 3-year-old child. The incident is the latest involving Rochester police officers that have prompted widespread…MORE

China faces huge climate and tech challenges in its bid for global leadership

China’s leaders are finalizing their political and economic agenda for the rest of 2021 and beyond. How the country achieves technological independence and tackles the climate crisis will be near the top. This year’s “Two Sessions” meeting — the most important annual event on China’s political calendar — is particularly noteworthy because Beijing will ratify…MORE

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