T/midwest

  1. On North Carolina’s Supreme Court, G.O.P. Justices Move to Reconsider Democratic Rulings National, Today

    The court’s new majority will rehear two major voting rights cases decided two months ago. The rare move heightens the debate over partisan influences on state courts.

  2. Train Derailment in Ohio Sparks Huge Fire and Prompts Evacuations Express, February 4

    About 50 train cars derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, where officials were assessing whether the burning materials were hazardous. The governor issued an urgent evacuation notice on Sunday night.

  3. Large Fire Burns in Ohio After Derailment Video, February 4

    A large fire sparked by a train derailment prompted an evacuation order in East Palestine, Ohio, a town near the Pennsylvania border.

  4. Democrats Overhaul Party’s Primary Calendar, Upending a Political Tradition Politics, February 4

    The proposal radically reshapes the way the party picks its presidential nominees, putting more racially diverse states at the front of the line.

  5. A Giant Balloon Floats Into Town, and It’s All Anyone Can Talk About National, February 3

    A Chinese balloon has been raising a lot of questions for people who live under its path. “I did see it, and it should have been shot,” said a barbecue chef in Billings, Mont.

  6. Officers Will Not Face Charges in Fatal Ohio Shooting, Prosecutor Says Express, February 3

    Relatives of Joe Frasure Jr. said he had been cleaning out his grandmother’s apartment when officers responded to a burglary call.

  7. Bodies of 3 Men Are Found After They Disappeared in Detroit Express, February 3

    They were discovered at an abandoned building 12 days after the men were supposed to meet at a rap show. The police called their deaths homicides but said the cause and motive were still unknown.

  8. A Brief History of Spying With Balloons Express, February 3

    A Chinese balloon seen floating over the northwestern United States this week was a reminder of how governments have used balloons for reconnaissance for more than a century.

  9. It’s Winter. Let’s Go to the Farmers’ Market! Travel, February 2

    In cities like Detroit and Philadelphia, markets have become year-round destinations, offering classes, crafts and music, as well as a surprising array of fresh produce.

  10. Former High-Profile Lawyer Is Charged With Embezzling More Than $18 Million Express, February 2

    Tom Girardi, who was part of the legal team representing the environmental activist Erin Brockovich, was indicted in two states on charges that he stole from clients, prosecutors said.

  11. A Revolution in How Democrats Pick a President The Daily, February 2

    A plan spearheaded by President Biden could see Iowa replaced as the first state to vote in the party’s primaries.

  12. Nebraskans Are Sitting on Strategic Metals. Is Mining a Patriotic Duty? Climate, February 2

    One county has a wealth of minerals essential to defense and the green economy. Mining would transform the community, yet many say they feel a patriotic obligation to dig.

  13. Over 75,000 Job Openings in Iowa Alone. Millions of Refugees Seeking Work. Make the Connection. Op Ed, February 2

    Immigration reform is hard. Here are three ideas that could help.

  14. Eagles’ Josh Sills Indicted on Rape and Kidnapping Charges Express, February 1

    Joshua Sills, 25, was indicted in Ohio in the rape of a woman in December 2019, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

  15. Aspiring Rapper and 2 Friends Disappeared After Canceled Detroit Show Express, February 1

    Missing persons and homicide units in Michigan are investigating what happened to the three men, who haven’t been heard from since Jan. 21.

  16. Air Force Says Proposed Chinese-Owned Mill in North Dakota Is ‘Significant Threat’ National, February 1

    A proposal for a corn mill, which had been welcomed as an economic development success, reflects just how much things have changed with Chinese investment proposals in the U.S.

  17. Dave Durenberger, Censured by Senate in Ethics Breach, Dies at 88 Obits, January 31

    He was a Minnesota favorite son with a sterling reputation before the Ethics Committee found he had schemed to get around Senate financial rules.

  18. Authorities Used a Taser on Him 7 Times in 15 Minutes. Then He Died. Justice Never Came. Op Ed, January 31

    For Jerod Draper, horrifying video footage wasn’t enough to force police accountability.

  19. Authorities Used a Taser on Him 7 Times in 15 Minutes. Then He Died. Justice Never Came. Video, January 31

    For Jerod Draper, horrifying video footage wasn’t enough to force police accountability.

  20. Prosecutors in Chicago Will Drop Abuse Charges Against R. Kelly Culture, January 31

    The musician is already facing decades in prison after being convicted of federal charges, prompting the Cook County state’s attorney to halt her case.

  21. The Key Senate Races to Watch in 2024 Interactive, January 30

    Democrats have a tough road ahead, with Republicans playing offense in several states.

  22. ‘Does This City Fit Who We Are as a Party?’ Mayors Jockey for 2024 D.N.C. Politics, January 27

    Atlanta, Chicago and New York are finalists, and local Democrats are eager to bend President Biden’s ear to host what would be his formal nomination event.

  23. In State Legislatures, Old Rivalries Are Reheated by National Politics National, January 27

    The relationships between big cities and rural-dominated legislatures have often been hostile. But a rift between Nashville and the Tennessee Legislature suggests the nation’s partisan divide is making things worse.

  24. Biden Administration Sets a Mining Ban in Boundary Waters Wilderness Climate, January 26

    A 20-year moratorium on new mining activity for more than 225,000 acres of federal land in Minnesota could deal a fatal blow to a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine.

  25. Suspect in Arson at Planned Parenthood Clinic Cited Ex-Girlfriend’s Abortion, U.S. Says Express, January 26

    The man, Tyler W. Massengill, 32, told investigators that he hoped the fire on Jan. 15 would delay others in having an abortion, according to federal authorities.

  26. 2023’s Biggest, Most Unusual Race Centers on Abortion and Democracy Politics, January 25

    The election for a swing seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has huge policy stakes for the battleground state. Cash is pouring in, and some of the candidates have shed any pretense of judicial neutrality.

  27. The Resentment Fueling the Republican Party Is Not Coming From the Suburbs Op Ed, January 25

    The anger felt by rural voters toward the Democratic Party is driving a regional realignment.

  28. The Chicago Home Was Designed for Parties. Then the Parties Stopped. Real Estate, January 24

    Before the pandemic, turning a house into a hub for big gatherings seemed like a good idea.

  29. 2 Students Are Fatally Shot at Youth Program in Des Moines Express, January 23

    An 18-year-old gang member has been charged with murdering two teenagers who the authorities said were in a rival gang. The founder of a program for at-risk youths was also shot and was seriously injured.

  30. Bowling Green Reaches $2.9 Million Settlement in Hazing Death Express, January 23

    Stone Foltz, 20, died three days after attending an off-campus fraternity event in March 2021. His parents said they would use the money to support their anti-hazing foundation.

  31. In Omaha, a Streetcar Named Undesirable by Warren Buffett National, January 21

    America is in the middle of a streetcar boom. The billionaire would prefer that his hometown not get onboard.

  32. Illinois Passed a Sweeping Ban on High-Powered Guns. Now Come the Lawsuits. National, January 21

    Democrats say the new law, the most extensive firearm ban in the Midwest, will save lives, but gun rights supporters claim it is unconstitutional.

  33. A Farewell to Maya Moore, a Team Player Who Is Also One of a Kind Sports, January 20

    Moore, who has officially retired from the W.N.B.A., will be remembered for her brilliance on the court and her fight for justice away from it.

  34. 3 Relatives Get Life in Prison for Killing Security Guard Over Mask Dispute Express, January 20

    The three people were sentenced to life in prison without parole in the fatal shooting of a Flint, Mich., security guard in 2020.

  35. Republican Efforts to Gut the I.R.S. Letters, January 19

    Readers blame the G.O.P., but also the Internal Revenue Code. Also: China’s population; crowds at the Louvre; work clothes for Missouri politicians and nonbinary people.

  36. Michigan Woman and 2 Sons Freeze to Death After Days on the Street Express, January 18

    The sheriff of Oakland County, who noted that a 10-year-old daughter had survived, called the deaths preventable, citing the mother’s untreated mental illness.

  37. Statehouse Democrats Embrace an Unfamiliar Reality: Full Power National, January 18

    After taking control of four state governments in the midterms, including in politically mixed Michigan, Democrats have a long-sought chance to govern.

  38. $500,000 Homes in Mississippi, Kentucky and Illinois Real Estate, January 18

    A 2009 brick house in Madison, a two-bedroom condominium in Louisville and a Tudor Revival home in Arlington Heights.

  39. Arson at Illinois Planned Parenthood Causes Extensive Damage, Authorities Say Express, January 18

    The police in Peoria, Ill., said they received a report of someone throwing a “flammable item” into the clinic on Sunday, just two days after a sweeping bill that enshrined the state’s abortion protections was signed.

  40. After Lecturer Sues, Hamline University Walks Back Its ‘Islamophobic’ Comments National, January 17

    In an about-face, the school said that using the term was “flawed” and that respect for Muslim students should not have superseded academic freedom.

  41. Indiana Man Is Arrested After Video Shows Child Playing With Gun Express, January 17

    Doorbell camera footage broadcast on a police reality series showed a 4-year-old waving a gun and pointing it at neighbors’ doors in an apartment complex hallway in Beech Grove, Ind.

  42. Matt Dolan, a Republican, Will Challenge Senator Sherrod Brown in Ohio Politics, January 17

    Mr. Dolan, a state senator whose family owns the Cleveland Guardians baseball team, will compete for the Republican nomination against one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators.

  43. Representative Jim Banks Announces Senate Bid in Indiana Politics, January 17

    The seat will be open as Senator Mike Braun runs for governor instead.

  44. Snarl, You’re on Candid Camera Science, January 16

    Wildlife cameras in Wisconsin are capturing interspecies encounters — and providing evidence that human activity might make such meetings more likely.

  45. A Colossal Off-Year Election in Wisconsin Interactive, January 16

    Arguably the most important election of 2023 is Wisconsin's pivotal Supreme Court race.

  46. Indiana University Student Stabbed in ‘Racially Motivated’ Attack, School Says Express, January 15

    An 18-year-old student was stabbed several times in the head while she was riding a bus. A school official said the attack was a reminder “that anti-Asian hate is real.”

  47. Two Illinois Paramedics Charged With Murder in Patient’s Death Express, January 15

    “I am not playing with you now,” one of the paramedics told the patient, according to a video. The police said the emergency medical personnel “acted indifferently” in their response.

  48. Ruth Adler Schnee, Exuberant Designer of Modernist Textiles, Dies at 99 Obits, January 15

    A refugee from Nazi Germany, she was among a group of designers who elevated fabric from decoration into a medium for midcentury modern design.

  49. Missouri State Lawmakers Revise Their Dress Code for Women Express, January 15

    The updated dress code requires female legislators and staff members in the State House of Representatives to wear a jacket, such as a blazer or a cardigan.

  50. ‘Hood Century’: How One Man Is Redefining Midcentury Modern Architecture Real Estate, January 15

    Jerald Cooper, who lives in Cincinnati, wants to recognize and help preserve modern architecture and interior design that have added to the aesthetic and culture of many Black communities.

  51. Could Black Flight Change a Model of Integration? Real Estate, January 13

    American suburbs have long faced the issue of white families leaving as more residents of color move in. But in Shaker Heights, Ohio, Black families, upset about changes in the schools, are trickling to nearby suburbs.

  52. Pete Ricketts Will Be Nebraska’s Next Senator, Replacing Ben Sasse Politics, January 12

    Mr. Ricketts, a Republican former governor of the state, was appointed by his successor and political ally, Gov. Jim Pillen.

  53. $700,000 Homes in Texas, Virginia and Missouri Real Estate, January 11

    A bungalow in Galveston, a brick rowhouse in Alexandria and a 1912 Tudor Revival home in University City.

  54. Meet the Republicans Who Are Facing Down the Hard Right Op Ed, January 11

    Republican legislators in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Alaska are pushing back against it much more forcefully than Kevin McCarthy.

  55. Ukrainian troops will travel to Oklahoma to learn to operate the Patriot missile system. Washington, January 10

    After months of debate, the Biden administration said late last month that it was sending the Patriot system to Ukraine, responding to Kyiv’s urgent request to help defend against an onslaught of Russian missile and drone attacks.

  56. The Elections That Will Matter in 2023 Politics, January 10

    Among the races to watch are governors’ contests in Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi and mayoral elections in Chicago and Philadelphia.

  57. A Lecturer Showed a Painting of the Prophet Muhammad. She Lost Her Job. National, January 8

    After an outcry over the art history class by Muslim students, Hamline University officials said the incident was Islamophobic. But many scholars say the work is a masterpiece.

  58. Once Told to Move to the Back of the Bus, Jesse White Became an Illinois Institution National, January 7

    Mr. White, 88, is retiring as Illinois secretary of state after a career that took him from the pews of Martin Luther King Jr.’s church to statewide office.

  59. How a Sprawling Hospital Chain Ignited Its Own Staffing Crisis Business, December 15

    Ascension, one of the country’s largest health systems, spent years cutting jobs, leaving it flat-footed when the pandemic hit.

  60. How a ‘Golden Era for Large Cities’ Might Be Turning Into an ‘Urban Doom Loop’ Op Ed, November 30

    What seemed like a transitory step to avoid infection has become a major force driving the future direction of urban America.

  61. Vanished in the Pacific Interactive, November 28

    Driven by Covid chaos, online disinformation and a YouTube guru, two Americans went looking for solace on a sailboat in the middle of the ocean. They found a different fate.

  62. ‘Bad Axe’ Review: A Pandemic Family Portrait Weekend, November 17

    The filmmaker David Siev chronicles his family’s struggle to keep their Michigan restaurant afloat through the pandemic in this hermetic documentary.

  63. Following Up on America’s Downtowns Insider, October 30

    A team of reporters and photographers profiled 10 city centers across the country, all in varying stages of economic recovery and transformation.

  64. Meet Me Downtown Interactive, October 26

    We visited 10 cities across the country to see how the pandemic and its aftershocks have reshaped the American downtown.

  65. Justice Dept. Charges 48 in Brazen Pandemic Aid Fraud in Minnesota Washington, September 20

    The defendants were charged with stealing $240 million intended to feed children, in what appears to be the largest theft so far from a pandemic-era program.

  66. Two Men Convicted in Plot to Kidnap Michigan’s Governor National, August 23

    The trial came months after a different federal jury did not return any convictions in the case, one of the country’s highest-profile domestic terror prosecutions.

  67. How This Economic Moment Rewrites the Rules Business, August 6

    Jobs aplenty. Sizzling demand. If the United States is headed into a recession, it is taking an unusual route, with many markers of a boom.

  68. Pelosi in Taiwan: Sharp Views All Around Letters, August 3

    The House speaker’s visit is reviewed, pro and con. Also: The Kansas abortion vote; OB-GYNs; coal miners; rich and poor friends; single-issue voters.

  69. Trump Pick for Michigan Governor, Tudor Dixon, Dodges Question About 2020 Politics, August 1

    The Republican hopeful has called the 2020 election stolen. But she sidestepped questions during an appearance on Fox News just two days after receiving the former president’s endorsement.

  70. What Remote Work Debate? They’ve Been Back at the Office for a While. Business, August 1

    Cubicles are largely empty in downtown San Francisco and Midtown Manhattan, but workers in America’s midsize and small cities are back to their commutes.

  71. Covid. A Coma. A Stroke. José Parlá Returns From the Edge. Culture, July 31

    After a lengthy recovery, the artist comes back with the most vigorous work he’s made: “It took me a really long time to understand what had happened to me.”

  72. Officials Aren’t Sounding the Alarm on Covid N Y T Now, July 18

    As the BA.5 subvariant drives a spike, many public health leaders aren’t cracking down

  73. The Business Lunch May Be Going Out of Business Dining, July 11

    As remote work persists and business deals are sealed online, many upscale restaurants that catered to the nation’s downtown office crowd are canceling the meal.

  74. As Some Office Workers Return, Happy Hour Sees a Wobbly Comeback Business, June 17

    Even as companies struggle to coax employees back to the office, some bars report that their after-work crowds are nearing prepandemic levels.

  75. Your Thursday Evening Briefing N Y T Now, June 9

    Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

  76. From the South Side to the Loop, Chicago’s Innovative Spirit Thrives Travel, June 9

    Theater, art and music are flourishing, and on the culinary scene, a 13-course Filipino tasting menu and a sleek Black-owned winery in Bronzeville are just a few of the city’s new offerings.

  77. Why Many College Students Are Struggling Letters, May 23

    Readers discuss the current malaise among many college students. Also: The Oklahoma abortion ban; stopping gun violence; remote work and the climate.

  78. The Michigan Mink Mystery: How Did an Interspecies Outbreak Unfold? Science, May 22

    The puzzling coronavirus cases highlight ongoing surveillance challenges and blind spots.

  79. Lincoln College to Close, Hurt by Pandemic and Ransomware Attack Express, May 9

    The predominantly Black college in Illinois will cease operations Friday after 157 years, having failed to raise millions to recover from the pandemic and a cyberattack that originated in Iran.