Putin, Ukraine, and the Preservation of Power

Vladimir Putin presents himself to his citizens and to the world as the standard-bearer of a modern counter-enlightenment. He has declared liberal democracy “obsolete,” a political arrangement that has “outlived its purpose.” One of his historical role models is said to be Alexander III, a reactionary tsar in the Romanov dynasty who instituted draconian restrictions on … Read more

Sunday Reading: A Cultural Review of the Aughts

In the fall of 1999, The New Yorker published a short piece about a twenty-three-year-old writer who had just released her first novel, in England. Zadie Smith’s “White Teeth” was due to be published in the U.S. in the spring of 2000—kicking off the millennium with a bang. “ ‘White Teeth,’ a gentle satire of migration … Read more

Buccaneers vs. Rams: Preview, predictions, what to watch for

An inside look at Sunday’s Buccaneers-Rams NFC divisional matchup in Tampa, Fla.: Marquee matchup Jalen Ramsey vs. Mike Evans and Rob Gronkowski Ramsey, who is comfortable in the slot, lined up on just nine snaps against Evans in the Rams’ 34-24 Week 3 victory, but Los Angeles defensive coordinator Raheem Morris doesn’t have to worry … Read more

Dangerous Waves, Rip Currents Prompt Beach Hazard Statement Through Monday

Beware of high waves expected today and Monday in the coastal areas. The National Weather Service has issued a beach hazard statement for sneaker waves and rip currents at area beaches from 1 p.m. Sunday to 1 p.m. Monday. If you’re heading to the beach today, please be aware of the present hazards of sneaker … Read more

California Woman Killed in 1977 Identified by Cold Case Team

A Southern California woman who was killed in 1977 has been identified by a cold case team, authorities said Friday. A skull and other skeletal remains found in 1986 were identified this week as those of Linda LeBeau, who was reported missing in Tustin, the Riverside County district attorney’s office said. LeBeau was born on … Read more

Rafael Nadal, Ash Barty into Australian Open quarterfinals

Top-seeded Australian Ash Barty makes a backhand return to American Amanda Anisimova during their fourth-round match at the Australian Open on Sunday in Melbourne. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair) Amanda Anisimova makes a backhand return to Ash Barty during their fourth-round match at the Australian Open on Sunday in Melbourne. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair) Ash Barty makes a … Read more

Heavy gunfire reported at Burkina Faso military base

OUAGADOUGOU – Heavy gunfire rang out at a military base in Burkina Faso’s capital early Sunday, prompting fears that a coup attempt was underway after weeks of growing frustration with the government’s handling of the Islamic insurgency wracking the country. The government put out a statement acknowledging gunfire in army barracks but denying an army … Read more

NFL Divisional Round Preview: Rams and Bucs Meet Again

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are excited about another opportunity to face a regular-season nemesis in the playoffs. The defending Super Bowl champions host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional round Sunday, looking to avenge a pair of losses to the only team they’ve played but yet to beat since Brady … Read more