Art

David Hockney auction: How record-setting art sales are ruining the old neighborhood

David Hockney auction: How record-setting art sales are ruining the old neighborhood

Art critics generally hate it when an auction house sets a record. Thursday, at Christie’s in New York, a painting by David Hockney fetched more $90 million (or $80 million plus fees), making him the living artist with the most expensive work ever sold at auction. Every time something like this happens, there is the inevitable question: Is a work of art worth that kind of money? That question is really two questions, and most people don’t ... Full story

Education

Is the Confidentiality Disclaimer at the Bottom of an Email Legally Binding?

Is the Confidentiality Disclaimer at the Bottom of an Email Legally Binding?

Within the scientific community, dreams are still something of a mystery . Many experiments have been conducted and many theories have been put forth, but researchers still don’t fully understand why or how we dream. Further complicating matters is the fact that everyone dreams, but some people never remember their subconscious escapades. However, improvements in brain imaging and recent physiological studies have brought us one step closer to ... Full story

Economics

Lack of Parental Leave, Affordable Childcare Leaves Gaping Hole In The U.S. Economy

Lack of Parental Leave, Affordable Childcare Leaves Gaping Hole In The U.S. Economy

Mary Daly took the helm of the Federal Reserve of San Francisco on Oct. 1. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg © 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP. The lack of a basic social safety net for families is preventing the American labor market from operating at its full potential in myriad ways. Mary Daly, the San Francisco Fed’s new president, chose her first public remarks in Idaho Falls this week to highlight one such gap: a lack of adequate ... Full story

Entertainment

‘Maybe you do tacos’: How Friendsgiving became the holiday where you invent your own rituals  Post

‘Maybe you do tacos’: How Friendsgiving became the holiday where you invent your own rituals Post

Every year, Charles Crain throws a Friendsgiving dinner he calls Big Gay Thanksgiving. (Courtesy Charles Crain). Welcome to Friendsgiving, the holiday you choose with the people you choose. Bring whatever you want — a favorite dish from your family, or just a bottle of wine. Wear whatever you want. Spend time with people you love without slogging through crowded airports or reopening old family wounds. It doesn’t matter if your stuffing tastes ... Full story

Health

For Those Grappling With California Wildfires, Dangerous Air Quality Is a New Risk

For Those Grappling With California Wildfires, Dangerous Air Quality Is a New Risk

California is still on fire. As of this morning, the Camp Fire in Butte County has burned up 142,000 acres and over 12,000 structures. Sixty-three people are dead and more than 600 are missing. And down south in Los Angeles County, the Woolsey Fire has destroyed 616 structures, with 57,000 still in danger and three fatalities confirmed. Though the numbers alone are breathtaking, there’s something else affecting our respiration: the air quality, ... Full story

Law

First Amendment prohibits Daily Stormer publisher from Neo-Nazi harassment

First Amendment prohibits Daily Stormer publisher from Neo-Nazi harassment

One emailer wrote: ““You are a disgusting, vile Jew … This is OUR country: you’re merely living here (for now).”. A caller said: “You should have died in the Holocaust with the rest of your people.”. But the calls that most disturbed Tanya Gersh consisted only of the sound of gunshots being fired. The terror campaign — known as a “troll storm” — was the result of Daily Stormer publisher Andrew Anglin’s December 2016 directive, urging hundreds ... Full story

Living

California is still fighting fire as death toll exceeds 70

California is still fighting fire as death toll exceeds 70

California is still fighting fire as death toll exceeds 70 | PBS NewsHour Weekend - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -. Explore election trends with our interactive balance of power. PBS NewsHour Logo: Home. Transcript Audio. While hundreds are still missing, thousands are also scrambling for shelter as a northern California wildfire, which has killed at least 70 people continues to burn. Evacuees are finding refuge in places like a ... Full story

Politics

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida gubernatorial race

Andrew Gillum concedes Florida gubernatorial race

Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded his historic race to become Florida’s first black governor Saturday evening — for good this time. Gillum, a Tallahassee mayor who had elicited national excitement in a year of banner Democratic candidates, had previously conceded the race on election night, only to withdraw that when Florida announced a recount for the gubernatorial race. Saturday, Gillum gave a short speech, congratulating his opponent, ... Full story

Sport

Opinion | E Tu Jim Mattis?

Opinion | E Tu Jim Mattis?

The defense secretary is the best of this administration. But even the best stumbles. Full story

Technology

SpaceX gets approval to launch 7,000 internet-beaming satellites

SpaceX gets approval to launch 7,000 internet-beaming satellites

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s request to launch a constellation of 7,518 satellites into orbit , a major regulatory hurdle the company needed to clear in its plans to provide internet coverage from space. The approval is in addition to one that SpaceX received from the FCC in March for a constellation of 4,425 satellites. That means the company now has permission to launch its full satellite internet constellation ... Full story