Daily Archives: February 11, 2024

Ellen Gilchrist, Writer With an Eye on the South’s Foibles, Dies at 88

Ellen Gilchrist, a Southern writer with a sharp, sometimes indulgent eye for her region’s foibles and eccentricities, died on Jan. 30 at her home in Ocean Springs, Miss. She was 88. Her son Pierre Gautier Walker III confirmed the death. He said Ms. Gilchrist had breast cancer. Ms. Gilchrist, who published some 26 books — novels, collections of short stories, …

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Biden Cautions Netanyahu on Ground Offensive in Southern Gaza

President Biden warned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Sunday that a ground offensive in southern Gaza should not proceed without a plan to protect the more than 1.4 million Palestinians clustered there, the latest sign of frustration by the White House over rising civilian deaths from Israel’s military assault. During the call on Sunday, according to a description …

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Brian McConnachie, Humor Writer ‘From Another Planet,’ Dies at 81

Brian McConnachie, who brought absurdist humor to three comedy touchstones of the 1970s and ’80s — National Lampoon magazine and the NBC television series “Saturday Night Live” and “SCTV Network” — died in hospice care on Jan. 5 in Venice, Fla. He was 81. The cause was complications of Parkinson’s disease, his wife, Ann (Crilly) McConnachie, said. Mr. McConnachie — …

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Israel Says It Will Protect Civilians in Rafah Amid Plans to Invade

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, brushing aside a chorus of international condemnation, said Sunday that a ground invasion of the southern Gazan city of Rafah would move forward as soon as Israel completed plans for the more than a million people sheltering there to be allowed to move to safety. “Those who say that under no circumstances should we …

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The Apple ’1984’ Ad Changed the Super Bowl Forever

Four decades ago, the Super Bowl became the Super Bowl. It wasn’t because of anything that happened in the game itself: On Jan. 22, 1984, the Los Angeles Raiders defeated Washington 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII, a contest that was mostly over before halftime. But during the broadcast on CBS, a 60-second commercial loosely inspired by a famous George Orwell …

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For Many in Rafah, Displacement is a Recurring Nightmare

Less than two weeks after bombs began raining down on the Gaza Strip, Ghada al-Kurd arrived in the southern city of Khan Younis. She had already been displaced three times, and hoped it would be her final journey to safety. But three months later, Israeli forces advanced south. Ms. al-Kurd, 37, speaking by telephone, said she, her sister, brother-in-law, and …

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Jonathan Majors Had History of Abuse in Relationships, Women Say

MS. DUNCAN AND MS. HOOPER’S RELATIONSHIPS with Mr. Majors briefly overlapped, though neither initially realized it. When Ms. Hooper and Mr. Majors began dating, she said that he quickly expressed deep love for her but also became controlling, dictating where she could go, who she could socialize with and how she could behave. She was “not allowed to speak to …

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Israeli Analysts Say Rafah Invasion Unlikely to Be Imminent

Israeli leaders have framed an invasion of the southern Gaza city of Rafah as an imperative to achieve its goal of eliminating Hamas. But it’s a strategy that is fraught with complexity and is generating criticism over the potentially catastrophic impact such an operation would have on the more than 1 million Gazans sheltering there. The planning will likely take …

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What to Watch This Weekend: A Tricky Cop Show

There is a sleek chicness to “Criminal Record,” an engrossing British cop thriller on Apple TV+. It pulls from lots of well-worn formats but reconstitutes everything into its own chilly terrazzo, sometimes to exciting effect. Oh, sure, it’s hard to make room in one’s heart or viewing schedule for yet another dirty cop who does things his way — but …

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Ad Nods to Taylor Swift and Football, Drawing Cheers and Criticism

When an advertisement for Cetaphil lotion was released online days before the Super Bowl, it drew rave reviews for a narrative that evoked a familiar story for parents, football fans and followers of Taylor Swift. In the commercial, a father unsuccessfully tries to interest his teenage daughter, who’s distracted by something on her phone, in a football game. She goes …

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