Relatives remember loved ones who died in Beirut explosion

With a mix of grief and rage, Lebanese nationals all over the world have entered a period of mourning following the powerful blast on August 4, which killed at least 171 people, injured thousands and plunged Lebanon into a deeper political crisis. 

Adding to the trauma, residents of Beirut have taken on much of the cleanup themselves, bandaging their wounds and retrieving what’s left of their homes.

While bereaved family members are grieving their loved ones, others continue frantic searches for the missing. As the death toll from the explosion continues to rise, hopes anyone could have survived so long under the debris are starting to fade. 

Krystel el Adem 

This image shows the funeral for Krystel el Adem. / Credit: Courtesy of Fady Fayad
This image shows the funeral for Krystel el Adem. / Credit: Courtesy of Fady Fayad

Immediately after the explosion, Krystel el Adem, 35, called her father, asking for help. She was inside her apartment alone, stuck under the debris. 


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Where will Bubba Wallace be better off in 2021?

As Bubba Wallace weighs offers from Richard Petty Motorsports and at least Chip Ganassi Racing, the key issue is where will Wallace be better off in 2021.

Asked Wednesday what’s important to him, Wallace noted the family atmosphere at Richard Petty Motorsports but also said: “Obviously you want to be competitive. I came into this sport wanting to win races and be a household hame on the track, so we have a lot of work to do as a team and together to get there.”

While COVID-19 has made this season unlike any other in NASCAR’s history and Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 42 team had a driver change in April and a crew chief change in August, statistically, the No. 42 car and Wallace’s No. 43 car are even over the past three months.

The No. 42 with Matt Kenseth has a 20.11 average finish since the season resumed in

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Scenes from ‘The Crown’ Season 4 Weren’t Filmed Due to the Coronavirus Shutdown

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After The Crown Season 3 arrived on Netflix last fall, fans have been eagerly looking forward to its fourth season—and the long-awaited arrival of Princess Diana. As the royal family enters the 1980s, fans can expect to see more of the Princess (and Prince) of Wales and the queen’s dynamic with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the upcoming episodes. Here’s everything we know about Season 4 thus far.

1 | Season 4 reportedly began filming in August 2019.

Olivia Colman revealed during the 2019 Oscars in February that Season 4 would begin filming that August, per Yahoo. Additionally, Backstage, a career resource for actors, had a notice on its site about Season 4 filming from August 2019 to February 2020.

Additionally, an announcement on The Crown‘s Twitter page on Thursday, April 11, confirmed Season 4 of the series would begin filming later in 2019.


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How to prepare and what to wear, according to pros

It's different from a regular job interview. But there's a lot that's the same too. <span class="copyright">(Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)</span>
It’s different from a regular job interview. But there’s a lot that’s the same too. (Ross May / Los Angeles Times; Getty Images)

Job interviews are always stressful.

Now throw in a global pandemic, record unemployment and the potential technological pitfalls of a video call. If you’re on a job hunt, it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed at the prospect of an interview over video chat.

It’s different from a regular job interview. But there’s a lot that’s the same too. And you don’t even have to worry about hitting traffic or finding the right address.

Take a few deep breaths, then read on to learn how to nail your next Zoom interview. (Full disclosure: Times owner Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong is an investor in Zoom.)

What to wear

You might be showing up to your work meetings in your pajamas at this point, but this is an occasion to

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Joe Biden decided he didn’t have to choose a leftwing progressive. Here’s why

<span>Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP</span>
Photograph: Bebeto Matthews/AP

In one of the least surprising moments of what has so far been an uncommonly anticlimactic race, Joe Biden on Wednesday did what everyone was already expecting him to do: he chose California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate.

The pick comes on the heels of a slew of leaks and on- and off-the-record comments from Biden allies wishing to trash Harris and downplay her chances in the press. Florida Democratic donor John Morgan lamented to CNBC that Harris “would be running for president the day of the inauguration.” Former Senator Chris Dodd complained that Harris showed “no remorse” after attacking Biden based on his racial justice record. In retrospect, these comments in the media read less like realistic dispatches from within the VP vetting process than attempts to influence it from the outside, perhaps from Biden allies still angry at Harris over the primary. That

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Lucien Smith Paves an Uncharted Path

Lucien Smith was one of the first visitors at the Parrish Art Museum on Aug. 7. The museum in Water Mill, N.Y., had just reopened from its spring pandemicclosure, unveiling a slate of new exhibitions to welcome guests back to its galleries.

“There’s definitely people here already, which I’m surprised by,” says Smith early that afternoon. Included in the reopened museum’s new exhibitions is Smith’s “Southampton Suite,” 10 final paintings from his early-career “Rain Paintings” series.

The 31-year-old artist was heading into the museum for the second time that day; he’d led a tour of his exhibition earlier that morning. The 10 large canvases, still owned by Smith, have been in storage for the past seven years. The works earmark his swift rise in the art world as a young twentysomething, and they’re marking an important new milestone for the artist now: his first museum show.

“I’ve gotten a lot

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The celebrity of Jake and Logan Paul is what happens when we conflate wealth with success. We must stop now


In the early hours of Wednesday 5 August, Jake Paul’s home in the upscale city of Calabasas, California, received an unexpected visit: the FBI was here to execute a search warrant. That search was related to an ongoing investigation, an FBI representative told The Independent at the time. The corresponding warrant was sealed, meaning it wasn’t immediately clear what investigators were looking for.

Multiple firearms were seized during the raid, in connection with a riot at an Arizona shopping mall, the bureau later told local TV station KABC. Paul had been facing misdemeanour charges related to the same case, which were dismissed on the same day by local police “so that a federal criminal investigation can be completed”. Those charges could be refiled at a later date. Paul has denied engaging in any unlawful activity at the mall and insisted he was instead searching for a protest against the

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Diego Luna Doesn’t Want to Waste His Time With ‘Toxic’ Trump

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Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Garnished with sharp points of view and organic debate, Diego Luna’s dinner conversations in his new Amazon Studios show Pan y Circo (Bread and Circus) take a stab at dissecting some of the most contentious issues of our time. For each episode, the famed Mexican actor, director, and producer enlisted one of his homeland’s top chefs to prepare inspired dishes for his illustrious guests—all of whom were handpicked per topic—to savor.

Food in this context functions not as the main entree, but as a tasty icebreaker giving way to civil, yet always impassioned exchanges on migration, xenophobia, climate change, gender violence, and abortion. From the collection of table discussions, privilege emerges as a pungent through-line exposing our biases and blind spots: the privilege of being male in patriarchal societies, the privilege to cross the border legally, the privilege of being white in a racist country, or the privilege

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Kamala Harris Built a ‘Digital Army’

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Illustration by Lyne Lucien/Getty

Three days after winning Sen. Kamala Harris’ endorsement for the Democratic presidential nomination, former vice president and future nominee Joe Biden had one request to make of his onetime rival: the support of her famous #KHive.

“All you need to do is ask!” Harris responded cheerily.

That moment, released in a campaign video posted in early March that smash-cuts to a series of clips of drumlines, marches, and supporters dressed in Harris’ signature campaign color palette, presaged the importance of Harris’ most vocal and demonstrative fans—the name is lifted from performing artist Beyoncé’s #BeyHive—in the months to come.

Now that Harris has joined the ticket, the California senator’s fanbase is newly invigorated—although as Biden seeks to unite the Democratic Party in the final months of the campaign, he may need to do more for their support than just ask for it.

“There was so much misinformation

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As Stax Music Academy Turns 20, Memphis School Reimagines Curriculum for COVID

The Stax Music Academy isn’t participating in the debate about whether schools should open their classrooms and risk the further spreading of COVID-19. They’re going online, choosing to create solutions to the pandemic that broaden the Memphis academy’s offerings rather than curtail the usual curriculum.

When the doors open Aug. 17 at the music school, which quietly marked its 20th anniversary in June, the stay-at-home orders are leading to a new emphasis on recording and additional opportunities to teach songwriting.

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“Ninety percent of our focus has been on performance,” says executive director Pat Mitchell-Worley, noting the academy’s ensembles deliver more than 50 performances each year. “In the past, we have not been able to focus as much as we want on a studio work, the recorded performance.”

In February, they plan to do an online variety show that that can be streamed at any time and comes

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