Tinseltown Dreams, Hillary's Other Future, and the Spielberg of Surgery

Esther Zuckerman
December 4, 2012
Tinseltown Dreams, Hillary's Other Future, and the Spielberg of Surgery

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Top Stories: The Long Beach City Council voted against erecting dunes that could have spared them the destruction of Sandy. 

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World: In Pakistan "Sunni extremist gunmen" have been targeting members of a Shiite minority. 

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U.S.: The town of Pontiac in Michigan was supposed to be revived by a movie studio where they filmed Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful, but as Louise Story reports in her ongoing series on government incentives, Hollywood glory was not to be. 

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New York: Mayor Bloomberg reached out to Hillary Clinton to ask her to enter the mayoral race, and she declined, but the story still holds "political intrigue" and shows Bloomberg's "anxiety about the current crop of candidates." 

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Business: Mattel has introduced a Barbie construction set that appeals to both fathers who are doing more shopping and parents who want to encourage daughters to play with toys that help their spatial reasoning and therefore their math and science. 

Science: A fiction genre called "lab lit" which, not in the context of sci-fi or historical fiction about real scientists, shows scientists working with real science in a real world.  

Health: Dr. Gurpreet Dhaliwal is a revered clinical diagnostician, and watching him is like "watching Steven Spielberg tackle a script or Rory McIlroy a golf course," but his work raises questions about what people can do that computers can't. 

Sports: The Kansas City Chiefs have no precedent for what they are going to experience following the murder-suicide involving Jovan Blecher. 

Opinion: Frank Bruni on the trouble with pro football: "There’s something rotten in the N.F.L., an obviously dysfunctional culture that either brings out sad, destructive behavior in its fearsome gladiators or fails to protect them and those around them from it." 

Books: Dwight Garner praises the Oxford American, a task which became complicated after its founding editor was fired after accusations of sexual harassment.