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Dueling Gaza protests at UCLA as USC sees peaceful demonstration

Dueling Gaza protests at UCLA as USC sees peaceful demonstration

Demonstrators supporting and opposing Israel over the war in Gaza clashed in a large and noisy but mostly peaceful assembly at UCLA on Sunday, shouting slogans and pulling at police barricades not far from where pro-Palestinian students have maintained a tent encampment for days. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered on the grass at UCLA’s Dickson Court, waving banners, listening to speeches and sometimes yelling obscenities at one another. Reporters witnessed minor scuffles, but organizers had come armed with private security, and ended the demonstration with a call for attendees to leave peacefully. Campus police showed up at 2:30 p.m. The protest came one day after police were called in at USC, where pro-Palestinian protesters returned with tents and reestablished an encampment in Alumni Park, days after 93 people were arrested in campus demonstrations. Darren Levaton of Las Vegas, holds up a flag as demonstrators rally for Israel as pro-Palestinian supporters surround them at UCLA. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times) At UCLA, supporters draped in Israel’s flag and waving smaller U.S. and Israel flags made their …

Russia Bombs Power Plants and Ukraine Targets Refineries in Dueling Attacks

Russia Bombs Power Plants and Ukraine Targets Refineries in Dueling Attacks

As Russian missiles streaked through the skies above Ukraine before dawn on Saturday, once again targeting the nation’s already battered energy grid in a broad and complex bombardment, Ukrainian drones were flying in the other direction, taking aim at vital oil and gas refineries and other targets inside Russia. The Ukrainian Air Force said its air defense teams had intercepted 21 of the 34 Russian cruise and ballistic missiles fired from land, air and sea-based systems, but the attack caused extensive damage to four thermal power plants and other critical parts of the power grid in three regions. Russia’s Ministry of Defense said it had shot down 66 Ukrainian drones over the Krasnodar region, which is just across the Kerch Strait in southern Russia, east of the occupied Crimean Peninsula. Veniamin Kondratyev, the head of the regional government, said the Ukrainian drones had targeted two oil refineries, a bitumen plant, and a military airfield in Kuban. The Security Service of Ukraine, known as the S.B.U., said the Ukrainian military operation had targeted the Kushchevsk airfield …

HBO Drops Dueling Trailers for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON

HBO Drops Dueling Trailers for HOUSE OF THE DRAGON

This content contains affiliate links. When you buy through these links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Welcome to Today in Books, where we report on literary headlines at the intersection of politics, culture, media, and more. Staying Grounded After Heaven & Earth Success After years (decades, really) of being criminally under-celebrated, James McBride is finally getting the recognition he deserves. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, the rare book that wins the double brass rings of both critical and commercial success, was one of the biggest books of 2023, and the momentum doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. But McBride, long accustomed to being a “David” in the publishing industry, isn’t letting his newfound Goliath status go to his head. In a wonderful profile by the NYT’s Elizabeth Harris, McBride discusses how his life has changed since he started putting up the kind of numbers that are usually reserved for celebrity memoirs and—more important—the many ways in which it hasn’t. The key, it seems, is that his writing career is just one of the critical elements in …

Biden campaign and Trump PAC release dueling ads on immigration

Biden campaign and Trump PAC release dueling ads on immigration

WASHINGTON — The Biden campaign and a pro-Trump super PAC are out with competing ads on immigration that paint vastly different pictures of an issue that’s expected to affect turnout in November. The Biden advertisement largely focuses on Latino Americans but also goes after former President Donald Trump and his rhetoric. “Now he says immigrants are poisoning the blood of our country,” Biden says in the 30-second spot, which appears to use his remarks from a campaign event this week in Phoenix. “What the hell was he talking about?” The ad is the second Latino-focused one this week, the Biden campaign said. It will air on digital platforms in English and Spanish across more than half a dozen battleground states. “Let’s call Trump’s words and actions what they are: anti-Latino, anti-immigrant, and anti-American,” said the Biden campaign’s Hispanic Media Director Maca Casado in a statement. In a 15-second ad released by the pro-Trump super PAC called MAGA Inc., audio of Biden criticizing the border wall is played over video of migrants pushing through part of a border fence. …

“House of the Dragon” drops dueling “Black” and “Green” trailers for long-awaited second season

“House of the Dragon” drops dueling “Black” and “Green” trailers for long-awaited second season

Are you team Rhaenyra (Emma D’Arcy) or Alicent (Emma Cooke)? The new trailers for the HBO “Game of Thrones” prequel “House of the Dragon” preview a new season with the two lead characters on the brink of war, asking its audience to either pick Rhaenyra’s black squad or Alicent’s green team. The black trailer highlighted Rhaenrya, Prince Daemon (Matt Smith) and their army on Dragonstone, while the green put Alicent, her father Otto (Rhys Ifans) and her children, King Aegon (Tom Glynn-Carney) and Prince Aemond (Ewan Mitchell), at center stage in King’s Landing. The “GOT” prequel takes place nearly 200 years before the events of the original show. However, season two of “House of the Dragon” is shaping up to officially launch the Targaryen civil war. The highly anticipated second season is reported to pick up right where the first ended in season one with Aegon, Rhaenyra’s half-brother being crowned king of Westeros without her knowledge even though she was the chosen successor and views herself as the rightful heir to their father, the late King Viserys (Paddy …

Rebecca Grossman jury must decide level of malice, dueling claims, finger-pointing

Rebecca Grossman jury must decide level of malice, dueling claims, finger-pointing

Prosecutors have offered an unflinching description of Rebecca Grossman. Impaired by alcohol and Valium, they allege, she recklessly sped her Mercedes through a residential neighborhood, chasing her ex-Dodger boyfriend before killing two young boys in a crosswalk. The question now is whether jurors will believe this portrayal of a killer or see something more nuanced in the tragic events of that evening in Westlake Village three years ago. Grossman’s defense has challenged many parts of the prosecution’s case, casting blame on her then-boyfriend, and insisting that she didn’t intend to hurt anyone and was deeply remorseful about the boys’ deaths. The jury is being asked to determine whether Grossman is guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and one count of hit and run resulting in death. If convicted of all charges, she faces 34 years to life in prison. To secure a second-degree murder conviction, prosecutors must prove that Grossman acted with implied malice and knew that the act of driving at a high speed in a residential area …