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Conner Marshall inquest: Killer's probation worker was 'overwhelmed'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Conner Marshall mother: His face was a mass of bruising. A coroner has criticised the probation service's "woefully inadequate" management of a case worker supervising a man who beat a teenager to death. David Braddon, 26, mistook Conner Marshall, 18, for his estranged partner's former boyfriend. Braddon was jailed for life Mr Marshall's murder in 2015. In a narrative conclusion at the ... Full story

BTS Announces Global Arts Project Featuring Antony Gormley

The British sculptor Antony Gormley will unveil a new installation at Pier 3 in Brooklyn Bridge Park in February, part of a series of global arts projects funded by the wildly popular K-pop band BTS. Titled “New York Clearing,” the work comprises 11 miles of aluminum tubing that will loop around each other, evoking a frenetic “drawing in space” that counters the grid of the city. It will be on view from Feb. 4 through March 27. Mr. Gormley is ... Full story

K-Pop Stars BTS Fund Global Art Project –

The K-pop sensation BTS is extending its reach in the art world with CONNECT, BTS, a new contemporary-art initiative that will span five international hubs on four continents. The members of the globe-trotting group were inspired to launch the project as part of an effort to create a “collective, positive message for the world that we value,” as they put it in a statement. The independent Korean curator Daehyung Lee serves as a artistic ... Full story

Oscars 2020: How diverse are the nominations?

Image caption Greta Gerwig was nominated for best director in 2018. The 2020 Oscar nominations have been announced in Los Angeles, but it is not a good year for diversity in the top categories. There were no women nominated in the best director category - Greta Gerwig missed out as director of Little Women, meaning that her nomination for Lady Bird in 2018 was the only one for a female director in the last 10 years. There have only been five ... Full story

Strongman Putin stokes patriotism in small-town Russia

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption A mural in Kolomna shows Vladimir Putin as an Atlas figure carrying the globe. Kolomna has many stunning sights. This ancient Russian town has its own Kremlin and a myriad of onion domes from monasteries and churches. But what catches my eye is an ordinary nine-storey apartment block by the railway station. I say ordinary. But that was before someone painted a giant mural of Vladimir ... Full story

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Reading Ted Chiang’s The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate – TechCrunch

What would we do if we could visit our own pasts or futures? Are we more likely to change our timelines, or will our timelines actually project themselves back on to us more forcefully? This is the first discussion post of this beta-testing, informal TechCrunch book club , which is starting with the first short story in Ted Chiang’s science fiction collection Exhalation . Join us as we walk through each story in succession in the coming weeks ... Full story

Veganuary: The makers behind the vegan-friendly kilt News

Image caption From wool to polyester - opinion is divided over the essential raw materials for a kilt. When Scott Wood realised the ethical minefield vegans face wearing Scotland's national dress, he decided to create an alternative. A kiltmaker for more than 10 years, he switched to vegan-friendly kilts after adopting veganism three years ago. The made-to-order garment avoids animal-based products such as wool and leather, making it suitable ... Full story

Centenary of 'vital' Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

Image caption Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Edgar Evans (all pictured) and Lawrence Oates reached the South Pole. They died attempting to return. A scientific institution founded in the wake of the fatal Scott expedition to Antarctica is "vital" to "our understanding of the global climate". Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his four companions died returning from the South Pole in 1912. Money poured in after his last written ... Full story

The artist who cremated his own paintings - BBC News

One day in 1970, the Californian artist John Baldessari looked back over the paintings he had done over a period of almost two decades. And he decided to burn them all. Baldessari had begun his career in the 1950s by sticking to tradition. He was in his twenties, and he was still figuring out who he was as an artist and, most importantly, who he wanted to be. The result was an inventory of relatively traditional semi-abstract paintings. Rather ... Full story