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Chinese composer Du Yun stunned by Pulitzer win

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The Latest on the Pulitzer Prizes in journalism and the arts (all times local): 6 p.m. When Chinese composer Du Yun heard she won the Pulitzer Prize for music, she thought it was a prank. Yun had just returned from a day of panels at The Culture Summit in Abu Dhabi, and her librettist texted her the good news, which arrived close to midnight for Yun. Thirty-nine-year-old Yun won the prize Monday for “Angel’s Bone,” about a financially struggling couple…

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Randolph Bracy comes to Aramis Ayala’s defense with NY Times op-ed

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Democratic state Senator Randolph Bracy has published a national defense of Orlando’s State Attorney Aramis Ayala Tuesday with an op-ed column in the New York Times contending Gov. Rick Scott has overreached in removing cases from her. In the column headlined “Florida’s Vengeful Governor,” Bracy argues that Scott’s reassignment of 22 death penalty cases from Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit, prosecuted by Ayala, to Florida’s 5th Judicial Circuit, prosecuted by State Attorney Brad King, is without precedent or any legal foundation.…

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Darryl Paulson: Do universities discriminate in hiring?

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Universities are touted as bastions of diversity whose prime role is to encourage students to engage in critical thinking, ask tough questions and expose themselves to a diversity of ideas and opinions. If that is the mission of the university, they have dismally failed. Diversity is respected, up to a point, as long as it doesn’t include ideological diversity. As liberal commentator Nicholas Kristof observed in a recent New York Times op-ed, “We progressives believe in diversity, and we want…

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SolarCity’s questionable business practices a warning for Florida solar debate?

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A familiar narrative in the debate over solar energy in Florida follows a “David and Goliath” theme. Cast as Goliath are the state’s largest utilities; playing David are “little guy” rooftop solar companies trying to make it in the utility’s shadow. However, a recent New York Times article rejects that account, exposing some of the “diminutive” players in Florida’s solar industry for what they really are – billion-dollar, for-profit corporations which engage in highly questionable business practices to lure consumers.…

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Personnel note: Audra Burch to NYT

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The Miami Herald’s Audra Burch is departing the newspaper to join the New York Times as a Miami-based national enterprise reporter. The Random Pixels blog last week shared a staff memo about Burch’s hire. Burch, whom Herald editors called their “extraordinarily talented enterprise reporter,” collaborated with Carol Marbin Miller on 2014’s Innocents Lost. The Herald’s series “painstakingly examined 477 deaths of children who perished despite being under the protective umbrella of the Florida Department of Children & Families,” the memo said. “The series…

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Martin Dyckman: Spreading fake news, a dangerous bell that can’t be unrung

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So Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a Northwest Washington restaurant. Imagine that. Actually, someone did. The fake “news” then raced around the internet like chicken pox through a kindergarten. But who could possibly believe such trash? Actually, people did. The restaurant and its neighbors were besieged with death threats. And Sunday, a man from North Carolina barged into the restaurant with an assault weapon to search for the children he believed were being held there.…

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Joe Henderson: Not just papers; it’s #LoveMyWebsite day, too

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On Sunday afternoon, a man carrying an AR-15 assault rifle walked into a popular pizza place in northwest Washington D.C. and began shooting. No one was hurt, thank goodness and the gunman was arrested. What he said after being taken away, though, should be a warning to us all. He said he came to “self-investigate” whether Hillary Clinton was using the restaurant as a front for a child sex trafficking ring. Just before the election last month, that story had…

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