Russ Conway, 70, Dies; His Reporting Led to a Hockey Boss’s Downfall

Russ Conway, whose exposés in a Massachusetts newspaper uncovered corruption by the leader of the National Hockey League’s players’ union, and led to his convictions for fraud, died on Tuesday at his home in Haverhill, Mass. He was 70. His lawyer, Peter Caruso, confirmed the death. He said Mr. Conway had received a diagnosis of […]

12 Instagram Accounts That Reveal Life as a Times Journalist

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. To get into the minds and notebooks of Times journalists, look no further than Instagram. The app allows many reporters, editors and photographers based in New York and around the world to show how their […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Join Fox News as a Contributor

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the former White House press secretary, will join Fox News as a contributor next month, reinforcing the strong ties between the conservative cable network and the Trump administration. Ms. Sanders, who left the administration less than two months ago, will make her debut on Sept. 6 on “Fox & Friends,” the network […]

Taylor Swift Says She Will Rerecord Her Old Music. Here’s How.

When Taylor Swift took to Tumblr earlier this summer to decry the sale of the Nashville-based Big Machine Label Group, the owner of her first six multiplatinum albums, to the powerful music manager Scooter Braun, she kick-started an industrywide conversation about master recordings and artists’ rights. The $300 million deal “stripped me of my life’s […]

‘Slava’s Snowshow’ to Storm Back to Broadway

It’s too early to tell if New York will see a White Christmas this year — outside, at least. Inside Broadway theaters, the holiday offerings are already piling up. At the Lyceum Theater, a new stage adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” will have a limited run during the holiday season. “The Illusionists,” too, will try […]

How a Conservative News Site Thrived on Facebook and Google

Supported by ImageFloyd G. Brown, right, a longtime conservative political activist, in 2008.CreditCreditStuart Isett for The New York TimesAug. 22, 2019Updated 12:41 p.m. ET It may not be a household name, but few publications have had the reach, and potentially the influence, in American politics as The Western Journal. Even the right-wing publication’s audience of […]

Popular ‘Crime Junkie’ Podcast Removes Episodes After Plagiarism Accusation

True-crime podcast listeners may have cracked a case no one knew was brewing. “Crime Junkie,” among the genre’s most popular shows, has pulled several episodes from its archive after a journalist accused it of plagiarizing her work. “Crime Junkie,” hosted by Ashley Flowers and Brit Prawat since its December 2017 debut, operates out of Indianapolis, […]

How to Turn an iPhone Into a Work-Only Tool

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Conor Dougherty, who covers economics from San Francisco, discussed the tech he’s using. What tech tools do you rely on most to do your reporting? This isn’t very remarkable or unexpected, but I spend a lot of time on […]

2 Prominent Academics to Cut Ties to M.I.T. Media Lab Over Epstein Link

Two educators affiliated with the M.I.T. Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they would end their relationships with the research institute over its ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy financier who was facing federal sex-trafficking charges when he killed himself this month. The planned departures of the educators, the associate professor […]

Hi, Alexa. How Do I Stop You From Listening In On Me?

Many of us ask the digital companions in our homes, whether it’s Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri or Google Assistant, to handle innocuous tasks like setting a timer and playing music. What most of us may not realize is that in some instances, there might be a person listening in, too. In two separate reports in […]

Tucker Carlson’s Fox News Show Loses More Advertisers

In keeping with a monthslong trend, the exodus of advertisers from Tucker Carlson’s prime-time Fox News program continued this month. Over the last year, dozens of advertisers, including Pacific Life, Farmers Insurance and SodaStream, have distanced themselves from Mr. Carlson, the host who caused an uproar with his recent on-air comments on white supremacy days […]

Welcome to McDonald’s. Would You Like a Podcast With Those Fries?

The hit NPR podcast “Serial” was the audio investigation that launched a thousand true-crime dramas, inspiring podcasters across the country to attempt ambitious reporting projects with gritty subject matter. There were “Dirty John” and “Hollywood & Crime,” “Death in Ice Valley” and “Atlanta Monster.” And then there was “The Sauce.” That three-episode “investigative podcast” was […]

Facebook’s New Tool Lets You See Which Apps and Websites Tracked You

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has built an extensive network of tracking technology outside of its core social network to bolster its targeted advertising business. That has allowed the company to collect information about its users’ browsing habits, even when they were not using the social network. On Tuesday, Facebook said it was changing its practices […]

In New Facebook Effort, Humans Will Help Curate Your News Stories

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has long relied on algorithms to select news stories for its users to see. Now the social network wants to rely on something else for the same task, too: humans. Specifically, Facebook plans to hire a team of editors to work on a news initiative called News Tab, which is its […]

Apologies and Scorn Greet News of a Book by Mark Halperin

Reports of a new book deal for the political journalist Mark Halperin set off a firestorm this weekend, as critics said that Democratic strategists should not have granted interviews to him. Mr. Halperin, the co-author of the best-selling chronicle of the 2008 presidential campaign “Game Change,” lost a cable-news role and a book deal after […]

Slipknot Outsells Rick Ross for a No. 1 Album

The veteran hard rock band Slipknot bested the veteran rapper Rick Ross on the Billboard album chart this week, in a battle of sales vs. streaming. “We Are Not Your Kind,” Slipknot’s sixth album and its third to hit No. 1, benefited from the now-common tactic of pairing a built-in album-redemption offer with concert tickets, […]

James Corden to Remain as Host of ‘Late Late Show’ on CBS

James Corden, a onetime comic performer on the London stage who found his niche on American late-night television as the host of “The Late Late Show” on CBS, will continue to hold down the network’s 12:30 a.m. slot for the next few years. CBS announced on Monday that it had extended Mr. Corden’s contract through […]

Paging Big Brother: In Amazon’s Bookstore, Orwell Gets a Rewrite

SAN FRANCISCO — In George Orwell’s “1984,” the classics of literature are rewritten into Newspeak, a revision and reduction of the language meant to make bad thoughts literally unthinkable. “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words,” one true believer exults. Now some of the writer’s own words are getting reworked in Amazon’s vast virtual […]

‘Good Boys’ Ends Hollywood’s Comedy Drought

LOS ANGELES — Universal Pictures and a gaggle of foul-mouthed 12-year-olds proved over the weekend that, even in the Netflix epoch, comedies can still pack a box-office punch. “Good Boys,” about the R-rated misadventures of three preteen buddies, collected an estimated $21 million at theaters in the United States and Canada, according to Comscore. That […]

Jack Whitaker, Emmy-Winning Sportscaster, Dies at 95

Jack Whitaker, an Emmy-winning sports broadcaster for more than three decades whose specialty was elegant, graceful commentaries, first for CBS and later for ABC, died on Sunday at his home in Devon, Pa. He was 95. His death was announced by CBS Sports. Whitaker was a thoughtful white-haired figure who covered just about every niche […]

Ernie Colón, Comic Book Artist Who Drew 9/11, Dies at 88

Ernie Colón, a comic book artist who was known to his fans for drawing Richie Rich and a warrior princess but who found an unlikely and even wider readership with a best-selling adaptation of “The 9/11 Commission Report,” died on Aug. 8 at his home in Huntington, N.Y. He was 88. His daughter Luisa Colón […]

Director of M.I.T. Media Lab Apologizes for Ties to Jeffrey Epstein

Joichi Ito, the director of the M.I.T. Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of The New York Times Company’s board, apologized Thursday for his ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the financier whom federal prosecutors in New York charged with sex trafficking before his apparent suicide in his cell at the Metropolitan […]

Todd and Julie Chrisley Plead Not Guilty to Tax Evasion and Bank Fraud

Todd and Julie Chrisley, a wealthy Southern couple who project a public image as a God-loving, straight-talking husband and wife on the reality TV show “Chrisley Knows Best,” are now facing criminal charges. This week, a federal grand jury in Atlanta indicted the couple on charges of tax evasion, wire fraud and hiding income from […]

I Shared My Phone Number. I Learned I Shouldn’t Have.

For most of our lives, we have been conditioned to share a piece of personal information without a moment’s hesitation: our phone number. We punch in our digits at the grocery store to get a member discount or at the pharmacy to pick up medication. When we sign up to use apps and websites, they […]

How a Teeny-Weeny Chef Became a Great Big Star

LOS ANGELES — The chef stands only six inches tall, like an enchanted ball of moss sprung to life. Made of wood, foam latex and metal, he preps vegetables, simmers sauces and bakes pies the size of bottle caps, all while chattering in a lispy singsong that is mostly incomprehensible. As the title character of […]

New York Public Radio Names a New Leader, Goli Sheikholeslami

The last time the New York public radio station WNYC had a new boss, in 1995, Rudolph W. Giuliani was mayor, and the station had an audience of about one million listeners a month and an operating budget of $8 million. Since then, WNYC’s parent organization, New York Public Radio, has grown into a public […]

Paco Navarro, 82, Seductive Voice of Disco on New York Radio, Dies

Paco Navarro, a disc jockey who became the sultry voice of disco in New York City in the late 1970s, helping WKTU-FM become the highest-rated radio station in the city, died on Aug. 8 at a hospice facility in Saddle River, N.J. He was 82. His wife, Margarita Sosa Navarro, said the cause was complications […]

Burner Apps and No Selfies When Reviewing Restaurants

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Tejal Rao, the California restaurant critic based in Los Angeles, discussed the tech she’s using. What are your most important tech tools for doing your work as our first California restaurant critic? My phone is such a big part […]

The Em Dash Divides

After the Oxford comma debate and the death knell of the period, the latest mark to define and divide us — breaking up our thoughts, adding emphasis to our convictions, alternately vexing and delighting readers — is the em dash. For some writers, the em dash is a vice that their editors occasionally forgive but […]

A Times Editor Is Demoted as the Paper Discusses Its Coverage of Race

The New York Times said in a statement on Tuesday that Jonathan Weisman, a deputy Washington editor of The Times, had been demoted and would no longer oversee the paper’s congressional correspondents because he repeatedly posted messages on social media about race and politics that showed what the paper called “serious lapses in judgment.” Mr. […]

Libraries’ Culture Pass Signs Up 70,000 in First Year

It’s been one year since public library cardholders in New York’s five boroughs were given expanded — and free — access to the arts through the citywide Culture Pass initiative. Since the program’s beginning in July 2018, over 70,000 people seem to have taken the libraries up on their offer and signed up for the […]

Campbell Scott to Star in Broadway ‘Christmas Carol’

Thirty-five years ago, George C. Scott played Scrooge in a television adaptation of Charles Dickens’s holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol.” Now the actor’s son, Campbell Scott, is planning to play the same role on Broadway. The new stage adaptation of the novella, which received strong reviews when it opened in London two years ago, will […]

Ads Pitching CBD as a Cure-All Are Everywhere. Oversight Hasn’t Kept Up.

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., were concerned when a young man contacted their department last year complaining of a heart-pounding, hallucinogenic high he had neither expected nor wanted to have. The team, led by the forensic toxicologist Michelle R. Peace, had published a study about mysterious ingredients in vaping liquids. That’s how […]

Even Old Drake Songs Can Dominate the Charts

Drake’s streaming dominance is not limited to new music. The blockbuster rapper’s “Care Package” compilation, which includes 17 non-album tracks that previously existed only on SoundCloud or in the MP3 collections of completist fans, more than doubled the total activity — combining streams, sales and track downloads — of the No. 2 album on this […]

J.D. Salinger, E-Book Holdout, Joins the Digital Revolution

In the five decades since J. D. Salinger published his final short story, “Hapworth 16, 1924,” his small, revered body of work has stayed static, practically suspended in amber. Even as publishers and consumers adopted e-books and digital audio, Salinger’s books remained defiantly offline, a consequence of the writer’s distaste for computers and technology. And […]

Walmart Pulls Violent Video Game Signs

As Walmart scrambles to respond to a shooting at a supercenter in El Paso that killed 22 people last weekend, the retailer announced that it would remove video game displays and other signs or videos that show violence. The move came as Republican leaders including President Trump and Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, […]

Russia Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into App Restriction at Apple

SAN FRANCISCO — Russian officials opened an antitrust investigation into Apple for restricting and removing parental control apps from its App Store shortly after the company released its own competing service, the latest sign of the growing scrutiny of Silicon Valley’s power. Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service said late Thursday that it would investigate whether Apple […]

Sex and the Subway Ad

There is so much sex on the New York City subway now. Have you noticed? If you’re here, you must have. It’s inescapable. Sometimes, train stations are just coated in phallic cactuses. They jut out in every direction, advertising a company called Hims that sells not plants, but pills to help treat hair loss and […]

Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery

Words appeared in the sky, the color of clouds, and then faded into a jumble of letters in the background. It was an ephemeral poem, with lines like “Catch the falling knife” visible for a few seconds through the portal of an iPhone pointed at the skyline above Central Park. This is a piece by […]

Facebook Said to Be in Talks With Publishers on News Effort

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is pitching a new media initiative to license articles from some of the largest American news publishers and display that content inside the social network’s mobile app, according to three people with knowledge of the discussions. The project involves the social network striking deals potentially worth millions of dollars to publishers […]

How Do We Say ‘Have a Good Night’? Let Us Count the Ways

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. This is a story about one line. Since January, I’ve written the Evening Briefing, our nightly roundup of the day’s news in 10 digestible bites. We deliver the top headlines in a newsletter, starting with […]

The Secret History of ‘Easter Eggs’

Every car can accelerate, brake and turn. But only the Tesla Model X can put on a three-minute dance performance. The windows open, the speakers blast a holiday carol, the exterior lights flash in sequence, the front doors open and close, and the gull-wing doors rise, arch and flap to the music. That roboshow is […]

Fact Check: Tucker Carlson Falsely Calls White Supremacy a ‘Hoax’

Numerous critics and media outlets rebuked the conservative Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson Wednesday after he said white supremacy in America was “not a real problem” on his talk show the night before. His remarks on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” came days after a mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart left 22 people dead and […]