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In ‘The DUFF,’ a Wounded Teenage Girl Combats Mockery

Continue reading the main story Video Clip: ‘The DUFF’ A scene from the film. Video by CBS Films on Publish Date February 13, 2015. Photo by Internet Video Archive. Photo Mae Whitman in Ari Sandel’s “The DUFF.” Credit Guy D Alema/CBS Films Adapted from a novel by Kody Keplinger, whose website says that she wrote the book as a senior in high school, “The DUFF” begins, in an apparent nod

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Bits Blog: Valuation for Snapchat Could Rise to $19 Billion

Photo Evan Spiegel, Snapchat’s chief executive, at a conference in San Francisco in October.Credit Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Vanity Fair Updated, 8:47 p.m. | Snapchat, the start-up with disappearing photo messages, may be popular with teenagers. But in investors’ eyes, it is commanding a very grown-up valuation. The company is raising a round of venture capital that could value the company at up to $19 billion, according to a person

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Short, Strange Trip: Former Conservative Wunderkind Heads to Kurdistan

Jonathan Krohn Smoking a hookah in Kurdistan It’s hard to know what opinions a well-spoken, slightly ridiculous thirteen-year old Jonathan Krohn had on the War in Iraq and Middle Eastern politics when he gave his now infamous speech about the “four pillars of conservatism” at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2009. Mr. Krohn insists that it didn’t matter then, and doesn’t now. “We went to war in Iraq in

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At Brooklyn Police Station, Using Inmates’ Video (and Pizza) to Prevent Youth Crime

Photo Teenagers at a police station in Brownsville, Brooklyn, this week watching a video about people affected by gun violence. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times Instead of the evening tour of officers gathering in the muster room of the 73rd Precinct station house in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Tuesday, a group of 10 teenagers slumped on folding chairs, joking and fidgeting as lights were dimmed for a video.

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Review: In ‘Iphigénie en Aulide,’ a Daughter’s Ultimate Sacrifice

Photo Ying Fang in the title role of “Iphigénie en Aulide,” and Andrew Stenson as Achille, with Jane Glover conducting the Juillard415 ensemble, in a concert production at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater. Credit Ruth Fremson/The New York Times The opera world often seems consumed with arguments over productions. A high-concept modern staging is at once condemned and cheered by various factions; a traditional production will be seen as either

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ArtsBeat: ‘Downton Abbey’ Recap: Prayers for Lord G’s Truest, Furriest Love

Photo From left to right: Fifi Hart and Hugh Bonneville in “Downton Abbey.”Credit Nick Briggs/Carnival Films Season 5, Episode 6 Isis? Isis, can you hear me? It looks ominous, Abbots. The yellow lab with the perky haunches now lies prostrate on the Crawley rug. No pep in her step, no wag in her tail. Now it may simply be that she’s grasped how old she is. Some 70 dog years

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Data Breach at Anthem May Lead to Others

Photo Anthem, based in Indianapolis, said hackers gained access to as many as 80 million records. Credit Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images After an online attack on Anthem, by far the largest breach in the industry, security experts warned on Friday that more attacks on health care organizations were likely because of the high value of the data on the black market. Anthem, one of the country’s largest health insurers, said

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The Day | $10K-a-Month Apartments at Jupiter 21

Gloria Chung Good morning, East Village. Rents at Jupiter 21 will range from $3,000 to $10,000 a month. A resident of the building it replaced, which held Mars Bar, says that during the 1980s she could look out her window and see the glow of “60 crack pipes.” [Wall Street Journal] In an opinion piece that’s getting a good deal of pick-up, Felix Salmon slams Cooper Union for pursuing an

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A Speech Full of Ambition, but Light on Details

Photo Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his second State of the City address at Baruch College on Tuesday. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times Express ferries gliding along the waterways. A dusty railyard transformed into a diverse and thriving new neighborhood. Thickets of tall buildings and construction cranes sprouting on waterfronts all over New York City. On the surface, the ambitious urban blueprint outlined by Mayor Bill de Blasio in

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Music Review: Sondheim and Reich at Lincoln Center

Photo Reich and Sondheim: In Conversation and Performance: From left, Stephen Sondheim, Steve Reich and John Schaefer, who moderated this event in the Lincoln Center American Songbook series. Credit Richard Termine for The New York Times Oscillating tones, shimmering and percussive, echoed through the Appel Room on Saturday as an array of musicians from various musical worlds performed works by Stephen Sondheim and Steve Reich. This Lincoln Center American Songbook

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