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  • Portugal Beckons Tourists With Sun, History And ... Slums

    March 10, 2015 8:17 AM 174

    Portuguese architect Margarida Castro (right) provides a tour of Porto in 2014. She is one of three unemployed architects who set up Worst Tours to show visitors the poverty in the city, which has been hard hit by the country's weak economy in recent years. Forget the blue-and-white tiled cathedrals and port wine houses that have made Portugal's second

  • The Future Of Europe's Cities Is In The Suburbs

    March 10, 2015 8:14 AM 176

    Architect Renzo Piano spends one week a month in his hometown of Genoa, Italy. His house-workshop is perched 300 feet above the Mediterranean Sea and can only be reached by a glass-enclosed funicular that crawls slowly up a steep incline dotted with cypress and olive trees. The airy, multi-story greenhouse workshop buzzes with young architects working

  • 'With Earl, It's A Journey'

    March 9, 2015 8:00 PM 171

    When Leila Steinberg was 25 years old, she met a 17-year-old named Tupac. She became involved in his career in a managerial role, which she had stepped away from by about 1993. The next time Steinberg agreed to a management relationship with a musician was almost 20 years later. At the request of Earl Sweatshirt's mother, she began working with him while

  • 'Better Call Saul' Breathes New Life Into 'Breaking Bad' Characters

    March 9, 2015 7:00 PM 167

    Jonathan Banks' character Mike Ehrmantraut (left), a hit man and fixer, was a natural to bring back to Breaking Bad's prequel Better Call Saul. Co-creator Peter Gould says he was the right contrast with Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk (right). The new show Better Call Saul imagines what slip 'n fall lawyer turned criminal attorney Saul Goodman's

  • Solar-Powered Airplane Embarks On Attempt To Circle Planet

    March 9, 2015 6:09 PM 176

    It weighs as much as an SUV, but its wingspan is wider than a 747's. And today, a solar-powered airplane flew over the Gulf of Oman, starting what its pilots hope will be a record-setting trip around the world. The trip began Monday morning in Abu Dhabi, where Andre Borschberg, one of two rotating pilots, took off on a 215-mile trip to Muscat, Oman, that required

  • Mitski, 'Townie'

    March 9, 2015 5:59 PM 109

    Over fuzzy guitars and a doo-wop beat, "I'm not what my daddy wants me to be" was one of the most understated yet resonant lines of 2014, from Mitski's late-year album Bury Me At Makeout Creek. It's also the inspiration for director Faye Orlove's animated video, which features hair clips, text messages, Chinese take-out boxes and a few NSFW images, playfully

  • These Parents Say Kids Need Freedom. The Law Doesn’t Agree.

    March 9, 2015 5:40 PM 169

    From left, Danielle, Dvora, Rafi, and Alexander Meitiv are a family that rose to the national spotlight after Child Protective Services accused Danielle and Alexander of neglect for letting their children walk home from the local playground alone. (Courtesy of Danielle Meitiv) Danielle and Alexander Meitiv believe that the best way to raise children

  • Agencies To Overhaul How They Report Credit Scores

    March 9, 2015 5:33 PM 96

    Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, the three biggest companies that collect and disseminate credit information, have agreed to change the way they report credit scores under an agreement being announced Monday. The changes will take effect over the next three years or so and will impact how the industry handles reporting errors and how they list unpaid

  • Why Aren’t Police Shootings Of Mexican Immigrants Sparking Protests?

    March 9, 2015 5:20 PM 167

    Agapita Montes-Rivera, right, the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was shot and killed by police in Pasco, Wash., on Feb. 10, 2015, sits with interpreter Fabian Ubay, left, as they talk with the media in Kennewick, Wash., Tuesday, Feb. 24. (Nicholas K. Geranios/AP) In the last three weeks, three unarmed Mexican immigrants have been killed by police

  • Grading Obama On Race, After Ferguson And Selma Anniversary

    March 9, 2015 4:40 PM 168

    President Barack Obama speaks near the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Selma, Ala. This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday,’ a civil rights march in which protesters were beaten, trampled and tear-gassed by police at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma. (Bill Frakes/AP) April Ryan has covered Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack