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13 Who Defeated Adversity Earn New York Times College Scholarships

Photo The New York Times College Scholarship winners for 2015 on Wednesday. Front row, from left: Selena Bermeo, Likita Griffith, Carlos Ycaza-Zurita, Kawkab Abid, Mah Noor, Paige Pagan and Fatima Khan. Back row, from left: David Kela, Daniel Blanc, Michael Borrello, Oumou Zakaria, Shaafi Sabir and Jachai Omotayo. Credit Earl Wilson/The New York Times It was one of those perfect blue-sky days when Mah Noor stepped from the subway station

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Review: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Opens Its New Concert Hall

Photo The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on Friday during the gala opening of its Concert Hall at the Ordway Center. Credit Ash & James Photography ST. PAUL — While the world has many splendid opera houses and orchestra halls, performance spaces ideally suited to chamber orchestras of, say, 30 to 35 players, are rarer. These ensembles are like hybrids between chamber groups and full orchestras. What’s needed is a hall

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The Week Ahead: Tourist Traps Stand No Chance

Photo Dave Holmes in “American Canvas,” starting on Ovation. Credit Rick Kerns/Getty Images What if you detoured around the tourist attractions when visiting a place for the first time and ventured off the beaten path? In “American Canvas,” which makes its premiere on Wednesday on Ovation, Dave Holmes focuses on the culture and history, not always mentioned in guidebooks, that make three cities distinctive. His journey begins in San Francisco,

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In Ellen Pao’s Suit vs. Kleiner Perkins, World of Venture Capital Is Under Microscope

Photo Ellen Pao at the San Francisco courthouse this week where she is suing Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. She was a junior partner at the firm. Credit Robert Galbraith/Reuters SAN FRANCISCO — Speak up — but don’t talk too much. Light up the room — but don’t overshadow others. Be confident and critical — but not cocky or negative. Ellen Pao got a lot of advice about how to

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Manslaughter Charges in Beating Death of Transgender Woman in 2013

A Brooklyn man was charged with manslaughter on Tuesday in the killing of a transgender woman who died after a vicious beating in Harlem in 2013, a crime that galvanized anger among transgender people in New York about violence directed toward them. The arrest of the man, James Dixon, 24, came after an 18-month investigation of the attack on Islan Nettles that included the earlier arrest of another man who

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Industry Issues Intrude in ‘Blurred Lines’ Case

Photo Robin Thicke has testified that he did not write his hit song “Blurred Lines,” despite a credit. Credit Rex Features via AP Images Before a special audience in Los Angeles last week, the velvet-voiced pop singer Robin Thicke performed his 2013 hit “Blurred Lines,” ran through a medley at the piano and discussed artistic inspiration. Mr. Thicke’s stage was not an arena or a nightclub, but rather a federal

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Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83

Continue reading the main story Video The Man Who Was Spock Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing the character Spock in the Star Trek television shows and films, died at 83. Video by Robin Lindsay on Publish Date February 27, 2015. Photo by NBC, via Photofest. Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship

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Machine Learning: The Best Cheaper Smartphones: Fewer Features, but Not by Much

Continue reading the main story Video Smartphones on a Budget The latest and greatest phone isn’t always the most budget-friendly option. Last year’s models or off-contract purchases can be cheaper and just as effective. Video by Molly Wood, Rebekah Fergusson and Vanessa Perez on Publish Date February 25, 2015. YOU are probably buying more phone than you need. And soon you will be tempted to do it all over again.

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As Jury Views Suspect’s Confession, More Questions Arise in Patz Murder Case

Photo On Monday, Pedro Hernandez’s first videotaped statement to the police was shown to jurors in his murder trial. Credit New York City Districtt Attorney’s Office, via Associated Press The tearful confession came after six and a half hours of interrogation, and yet, when it was over, the man now on trial in the murder of 6-year-old Etan Patz had left key questions unanswered. The accused man, Pedro Hernandez, 54,

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The Week Ahead | Classical: For This Musician, the Time Has Come

Photo Leif Ove Andsnes will play with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Credit Özgür Albayrak The excellent Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes waited until his 40s — when he said he felt emotionally ready to perform Beethoven — to begin recording the Beethoven concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Judging by the result, the wait has paid off. On Monday, Mr. Andsnes and the ensemble offer Beethoven’s second, third and fourth

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