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Need a handbag or a tie to land your first job? Borrow one with a library card

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 05:00
Handbags, briefcases and ties can be checked out for up to three weeks at a time at the Riverside branch of the New York Public Library, as part of a pilot program dreamed up by Michelle Lee, a young adult librarian...

John Hopkins name new research building after Henrietta Lacks

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 05:00
Johns Hopkins University just announced that the school will name a new research building after Henrietta Lacks, the "mother of modern medicine" whose cancer cells revolutionized medical research--and whose story came to the public's attention through Rebecca Skloot's 2010 nonfiction work, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

"Through her life and her immortal cells, Henrietta Lacks made an immeasurable impact on science and medicine that has touched countless lives around the world," Johns Hopkins President Ronald Daniels said during the university's 9th annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture on Saturday.

Amazon's hourly workers lose monthly bonuses and stock awards as minimum wage increases

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 11:01
Amazon's minimum-wage increase for its hourly workers comes with a trade-off: no more monthly bonuses and stock awards.

Amazon confirmed in an email to CNBC that the company is getting rid of incentive pay and stock option awards as it increases the minimum wage to $15 per hour. The company, however, stressed that the wage increase "more than compensates" for the loss in other benefits.

B&N Sets Up Process to Evaluate Purchase Offers

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 10:56
Barnes & Noble is setting up "a formal review process to evaluate strategic alternatives for the company," it announced yesterday. This follows what management says are "expressions of interest from multiple parties" about buying B&N, including from chairman Len Riggio, who owns about 19% of the company. In response to the news, B&N stock jumped more than 20% in after-market trading after closing yesterday at $5.46 a share.

Six of this year's 25 MacArthur "genius grant" winners are writers or storytellers

Thu, 10/04/2018 - 05:00
Among the 25 winners of the 2018 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellowships (widely referred to as the "genius grants," which come with a no-strings-attached award of $625,000) are at least six people who are writers or story-tellers:

  • Natalie Diaz, 40, a poet who teaches at Arizona State University.
  • John Keene, 53, a writer in the Department of African American and African Studies at Rutgers University.
  • Kelly Link, 49, a fiction writer in Northampton, Mass.
  • Dominique Morisseau, 40, a playwright at Signature Theatre in New York City.
  • Ken Ward Jr., 50, an investigative journalist with the Charleston Gazette-Mail.M
  • Raj Jayadev, 43, a community organizer and co-founder of Silicon Valley De-Bug, a story-telling, community organizing, and advocacy organization.

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