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HOUSTON — When Shalemu Bekele awoke on the morning of Feb. 15, the townhouse he shared with his wife and two children was so cold, his fingers felt numb.

After bundling up in extra layers, Bekele

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Kyle Pitts to Atlanta Falcons with No. 4 overall pick in NFL draft, highest-selected TE in history

Throughout every evaluation, every meeting and scouting session, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts kept making an impression. The Atlanta Falcons never gave much of a hint about how high their interest was in Pitts, but on Thursday night at the NFL draft in Cleveland, they showed exactly how much they really valued him.

The Falcons made history by selecting Pitts with the No. 4 overall pick.

It marks the earliest a tight end has been drafted in the common draft era (since 1967).

“[We] coveted that player for a long time, his skill set, the talent is clear and what

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Halfway to History: Connor completes 3 dives to ocean depths

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – WDTN.com told you about Managing Partner of the Connor Group Larry Connor and his quest to make history by diving to the seafloor and heading into space within 12 months.

Connor is now officially halfway to history.

Larry Connor successfully completed three dives in just five days to the deepest ocean depths in the Mariana Trench this month, less than 10 months before he’s scheduled to pilot the first private mission to the International Space Station. He is on pace to make history as the first person to accomplish both feats within 12 months.

Connor dove

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The popular design style has a complex racial history.

Midcentury modern style dominates the market for medium-expensive furniture, as anyone who’s recently tried to buy a couch from the glut of Instagram-friendly direct-to-consumer furniture retailers can testify. (We went with the Article Sven, which is on its way; if it’s bad, don’t tell me.) Mad Men (2007–15) amplified a growing 21st century affection for the style, but when that show came out Dwell magazine (2000–present) had already taught me to salivate over expensively restored ranch homes with huge glass windows, and Ikea (which came to the U.S. in 1985) had brought midcentury-ish knockoffs well within the purchasing

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In the tombs of Saqqara, new discoveries are rewriting ancient Egypt’s history

SAQQARA, Egypt — Seated in a yellow plastic laundry basket attached to two thick ropes, I was lowered into the earth. The light got dimmer, the temperature colder. A musty smell filled the air. The only sound was from the workmen above handling the ropes and yelling “shweya” — slowly.

One miscue, and I could fall 100 feet.

I was inside a burial shaft in Saqqara, the ancient necropolis roughly 19 miles south of Cairo. In recent months, a series of discoveries have captivated the world of archaeology.

The most significant find came in January, when archaeologists came upon inscriptions

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Austin FC make history with “momentous” first MLS win

Wolff said the change from the first to the second half had a lot to do with the philosophies of ball movement and space creation that the team’s been working on since coming together for the first time two months ago. But he also acknowledged Cecilio Dominguez, Austin FC’s first-ever Designated Player, who scored the go-ahead goal in the 67th minute and then repeated the feat four minutes later.

“In the second half, I told Cecilio to get down, get in pockets [of space], get in between the lines” rather than playing out wide as he did for parts

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8 of the most notorious Ponzi schemes in US history

But in this particular case, his name isn’t Bernie Madoff. It’s Ian Bick.

By 2013, Bick was an 18-year-old event promoter with multiple businesses in Danbury, Connecticut. On the outside, they seemed to be the successful ventures of an entrepreneurial prodigy. But behind the scenes, “it was a free-for-all s**tshow,” Bick says in “Generation Hustle,” HBO Max’s new anthology series about the young, ambitious and fraudulent.

While Bick says he wasn’t trying to run a Ponzi scheme — “I looked at it as taking one loan to pay off another loan,” Bick explains in the series — the feds disagreed.
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Mets’ Jacob deGrom keeps making pitching history, also contributing with the bat

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is just out-of-this-world ridiculous right now. There aren’t enough superlatives in any language to describe just how good he is at playing baseball. We got another glimpse of it Friday night and … good grief. He beat the Washington Nationals all by himself, basically, in the 6-0 Mets victory

The line: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 15 K

That’ll work. The 15 strikeouts are a career high. This was actually deGrom’s fourth career complete game and second career shutout. He hadn’t thrown a shutout since 2016. I guess this

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Maxine Waters’s Long History of Reckless Rhetoric

Rep. Maxine Waters at a House committee meeting on Capitol Hill, April 20.


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The Ku Klux Klan was in Huntington Beach, Calif., on April 12, holding a “White Lives Matter” rally. It was a 37-minute drive away from the Hawthorne district office of Rep.

Maxine Waters.

Auntie Maxine

” (as the Democrat calls herself) declined to confront the Klan. But she flew all the way to Minneapolis last weekend to coach protesters awaiting the outcome of the

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“I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty,” Ms. Waters said. “And

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The History of New York, Told Through Its Trash

A few years after I moved to New York, in 2016, a friend invited me to a gallery in Chelsea that was showing the original 16-mm. films of the late artist Gordon Matta-Clark. The most memorable piece of the night was a film called “Fresh Kill,” which narrates the death of an old truck. In the opening shot, the vehicle chugs down a marshy road walled in by reeds. Then a more industrial landscape appears: New York’s notorious landfill, Fresh Kills. We see endless trash-strewn fields, edged by giant machines; colonies of seagulls standing guard under an elevated highway; a

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