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Despite COVID some landlords are still stepping up in small towns

Asad Khaqan paid off the rents of more than 30 families in the small town in Maine who were unable to cover their living expenses BUCKSPORT, Maine (April 1, 2021)— Over the past couple of years, too many stories about families losing it all have been emblazoned across the nightly news shows and daily newspapers. […]

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Putin’s Advisers Misinformed Him on Ukraine, U.S. Intelligence Suggests

WASHINGTON — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has been misinformed by his advisers about the Russian military’s struggles in Ukraine, according to declassified U.S. intelligence. The intelligence, according to multiple U.S. officials, shows what appears to be growing tension between Mr. Putin and the Ministry of Defense, including with the Russian defense minister, Sergei […]

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Will Smith Refused to Leave Oscars After Slap, Academy Says

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that the actor Will Smith was asked to leave the Oscars ceremony after he slapped Chris Rock onstage Sunday night, but that the actor refused to go. “Things unfolded in a way we could not have anticipated,” the academy said in a […]

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Bruce Willis Has Aphasia and Is ‘Stepping Away’ From His Career

In response to Rumer Willis’s Instagram post, Sarah Paulson, who worked with Bruce Willis in “Glass,” Shyamalan’s 2019 sci-fi thriller, said: “He was such an incredible acting partner to me, and is the loveliest, most gentle & hilarious man. He reigns supreme in my book.” (In her Times review of “Glass,” Manohla Dargis wrote, “[Samuel […]

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What Is Aphasia? Bruce Willis’s Diagnosis, Explained

Are there warning signs? While aphasia occurs mostly in patients over the age of 65, it can develop at any age. The condition can come on suddenly, particularly in the wake of a stroke, but some people with aphasia develop it gradually. “Their sentences become shorter and shorter,” Dr. Hussain said. “Then, they get to […]

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Roxane Gay: Will Smith Was Wrong, but Being Thin-Skinned Is Not

Ms. Pinkett Smith has alopecia, a condition resulting in hair loss that disproportionately affects Black women. It was in poor taste for Mr. Rock to poke fun at her hair. He has reportedly said he did not know about her alopecia, but he probably at least knew that the joke would sting, since he produced […]

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Will Smith’s Slap Wasn’t the Only Astonishing Thing About the Oscars

This pandemic is still killing us. The virus at its center is one of the body. But it’s also costing us our minds. A sacked Capitol building, an invaded and decimated sovereign nation, a raft of refugee crises, more American murders, more overdoses, more harassment — for being Asian, for being Black, for being trans, […]

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Best and Worst Moments of the 2022 Oscars

The 94th Academy Awards will forever be known for one, did-that-just-happen moment: Will Smith slapping Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife. That was probably not on anyone’s Oscars bingo card. Instead, going into the evening, there was mostly uncertainty: What would the ceremony do to acknowledge the Russian invasion of […]

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Will Smith Apologizes to Chris Rock After Academy Condemns His Slap

LOS ANGELES — Will Smith apologized to the comedian Chris Rock on Monday evening for slapping him during Sunday night’s Oscars telecast after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which administers the awards, denounced his actions and opened an inquiry into the incident. Mr. Smith, who had pointedly not apologized to Mr. Rock […]

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