Friday, February 23
Did Your Baby Spend Time in the NICU? Tell Us About It.
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Did Your Baby Spend Time in the NICU? Tell Us About It.

Across the country, neonatal intensive care units provide critical care to seriously ill babies.That care can be lifesaving but also comes at a price, as some parents report receiving multimillion dollar bills for their babies’ hospital stays. Some researchers have questioned whether too many babies are being admitted to the NICU and whether there is a profit motive at play.The New York Times is looking to hear from readers who can share their recent experiences with NICU care. Hearing from families about their experiences helps us better understand where we should focus our reporting.We will not publish any part of your response to this questionnaire without talking with you first. We will not share your contact information outside the Times newsroom, and will use it only to reach out to ...
U.S. to Push Israel to Scale Back War Against Hamas in Gaza: Live Updates
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U.S. to Push Israel to Scale Back War Against Hamas in Gaza: Live Updates

The fatal shooting by Israeli soldiers in Gaza of three unarmed men who turned out to be Israeli hostages could give momentum to those pushing for a new cease-fire to allow for more hostages to be released.Critics of how Israel is prosecuting its war in Gaza also seized on the event, in which Israeli soldiers fatally shot three shirtless men who were waving a white flag, as an example of its military’s failure to live up to its promises to protect civilians.The incident has caused anguish in Israel and added new urgency to arguments over how the country should pursue its goals in Gaza.The Israeli government has vowed not to stop its operations in Gaza until the military has destroyed Hamas, which led a surprise assault on southern Israel on Oct. 7 that killed an estimated 1,200 Israelis an...
Feeling Alone and Estranged, Many Jews at Harvard Wonder What’s Next
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Feeling Alone and Estranged, Many Jews at Harvard Wonder What’s Next

At Harvard University, the rabbi at a menorah lighting ceremony was unusually blunt.“It pains me to have to say, sadly, that Jew hate and antisemitism is thriving on this campus,” Rabbi Hirschy Zarchi of Harvard Chabad said on Wednesday.“Twenty-six years I’ve given my life to this community,” he said. “I’ve never felt so alone.”Just the night before, he told the gathering, a woman passing by the Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony yelled that the Holocaust was fake. When Harvard Chabad hosted a screening of an Israeli military film with footage from the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks, he said the campus police advised him to get security for his family. Even the giant menorah, prominently displayed in Harvard Yard, was packed away each night, he said, as in past years to protect it from vandalism.Clau...
Merle Goldman, a Leading Expert on Communist China, Dies at 92
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Merle Goldman, a Leading Expert on Communist China, Dies at 92

In November 1974, a small group of American college presidents spent three weeks traveling through China, visiting universities, communes, factories and even the office of Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping, who was still four years away from taking over as Communist Party leader.Though the United States had recently re-established relations with China, it was an insular, even forbidding place, utterly foreign to these Western visitors. Fortunately, the delegation had a famed Sinologist as a guide: Merle Goldman.A historian at Boston University, Dr. Goldman was still relatively early in her career but was already widely considered one of the world’s leading analysts of Chinese politics. She was far from the only prominent China scholar of her generation, but she stood apart in her ability to commu...
New York City Is Offering Free Online Therapy to Teens: Will It Work?
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New York City Is Offering Free Online Therapy to Teens: Will It Work?

For the past month, New York City has been inviting teenagers to participate in one of the biggest experiments in the country aimed at helping struggling adolescents: a program offering free online therapy to all residents ages 13 to 17.The city has entered a three-year, $26 million contract with Talkspace, one of the largest digital mental health care providers. After a parent or legal guardian signs a consent form, teenagers can exchange unlimited messages with an assigned therapist and receive one 30-minute virtual therapy session each month.The rollout of the program, NYC Teenspace, on Nov. 15 took many in the city’s large mental health care community by surprise. In interviews, providers hailed the effort for having made mental health care available to teenagers who otherwise might no...
How ‘After School Satan Club’ Is Shaking Things Up
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How ‘After School Satan Club’ Is Shaking Things Up

Earlier this week, a flier began circulating online about a new organization coming to Chimneyrock Elementary School in Cordova, Tenn., about 17 miles east of Memphis.“Hey Kids!” it read against a backdrop of colored pencils. “Let’s Have Fun at After School Satan Club.”The club was organized by The Satanic Temple, a group that has gained widespread media attention and infuriated conservative Christians in recent years by sponsoring similar student clubs in other school districts, filing challenges to state abortion limits in Indiana and Texas, and placing pentagrams and other symbols alongside Christmas displays in statehouses.OK, so what’s really going on here?The Satanic Temple does not actually worship Satan, its leaders say.The Satanic Temple was founded in 2013 by two men who call the...
U.S. Officials and García Luna Met Often, Records Show
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U.S. Officials and García Luna Met Often, Records Show

Even after Genaro García Luna, who once served as the architect of Mexico’s war on drugs, was found guilty last winter of taking millions of dollars from the drug lords he was meant to be pursuing, one question that lingered from his trial was just how closely he had interacted with United States officials at the time he was supposedly taking bribes. On Friday, his lawyers offered an answer.They filed court papers saying that Mr. García Luna met with top American diplomats, law enforcement officers and intelligence officials more than 180 times from 2007 to 2012 — a period when a New York jury determined that he had been committing federal crimes.While serving in the highest circles of Mexico’s national security establishment, the court papers say, Mr. García Luna met 24 times with America...
Mandy Cohen, New CDC Director, Tries to Foster Trust in a Battered Agency
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Mandy Cohen, New CDC Director, Tries to Foster Trust in a Battered Agency

Dr. Mandy K. Cohen dropped by the Fox affiliate in Dallas in November, just days after the governor of Texas signed a law barring private employers from requiring Covid-19 shots. If she thought promoting vaccination would be a tough sell in a ruby-red state, Dr. Cohen, the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, did not give any indication.“I’m not just the C.D.C. director, I’m also a mom,” she said cheerily, noting on live television that her daughters, 9 and 11, had already received the latest Covid and flu shots. She added, “So I wouldn’t recommend something for the American people I wouldn’t recommend for my own family.”It was the kind of stock phrase that Dr. Cohen has repeatedly invoked as she pursues a task that some public health experts fear is impossible: ...
Republicans Reject Funding for Penn’s Veterinary School
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Republicans Reject Funding for Penn’s Veterinary School

The NewsRepublicans in Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives voted this week to withhold millions of dollars from the University of Pennsylvania’s veterinary school amid an uproar over the school’s response to antisemitism on campus.The money, more than $30 million, would have been part of an annual appropriation to the School of Veterinary Medicine, which is partly funded by the state. The rest of the private university does not receive state appropriations.Background: Penn’s president resigned after a congressional hearing on antisemitism.The war between Israel and Hamas has created a firestorm at several American universities, as administrators have sought to balance the free-speech rights of pro-Palestinian demonstrators with concerns about growing antisemitism.Penn’s president, M. E...
Biden Adviser Heads to Israel to Meet With Netanyahu: Live Updates
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Biden Adviser Heads to Israel to Meet With Netanyahu: Live Updates

The main reason Israel’s heavy bombardment of Gaza for nine weeks has not pushed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians into Egypt is that country’s heavily fortified border and Cairo’s ironclad determination to keep it closed.But pressure is building. Israel has been pushing Gaza’s 2.2 million residents relentlessly south as its forces seek to destroy Hamas’s military wing and its infrastructure, and about 85 percent of the population has been displaced. Hundreds of thousands of displaced people are now living in squalid, cramped conditions in Rafah, Gaza’s southernmost region, right along the border with Egypt.The bleak conditions have increased fears that the border with Egypt could be breached, allowing large number of Palestinian refugees to enter Egypt, potentially destabilizing an Ar...