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    This Art Was Looted 123 Years Ago. Will It Ever Be Returned?

    In 2004, Steve Dunstone and Timothy Awoyemi stood on a boat on the bank of the River Niger. The two middle-aged men, both police officers in Britain, were taking part in a journey through Nigeria, organized through the Police Expedition Society, and had reached the small town of Agenebode, in the country’s south. Their group […]

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    Sonny Grosso, Cop Who Severed ‘French Connection,’ Dies at 89

    Sonny Grosso, the true-blue New York City police detective who with his gung-ho partner made the record heroin bust that inspired the Oscar-winning film “The French Connection,” died on Wednesday at his home in Manhattan. He was 89. His death was confirmed by his longtime companion, Christina Kraus. A product of East Harlem and the […]

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    Balanchine Turns 116 This Week. His Ballets Never Get Old.

    Yes, it’s cold outside. It’s dark. You could just stay at home with a streaming service — I get that, I really do — but there is another option: New York City Ballet’s winter season is like a rare tonic that Gwyneth Paltrow would sell on Goop if she could. There’s something almost dismaying, in […]

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    I Quit New York – The New York Times

    There’s so much rain that they’re designed with a drop-off of three feet on either side for drainage, and everyone uses the same road — and when I say everyone, I mean cars, people on foot, people on bikes, dogs. You try going down the road and all of a sudden a cow appears out […]

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    Jimmy Heath, 93, Jazz Saxophonist and Composer, Is Dead

    Jimmy Heath and his wife had moved to Georgia three years ago. At Town Hall in 1976, Mr. Heath presented the premiere of his first long-form piece, “The Afro-American Suite of Evolution.” John S. Wilson of The New York Times called it “an illustrative survey for which Mr. Heath showed his versatility by composing segments […]

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    Hank Azaria Will No Longer Voice Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

    Hank Azaria said he will no longer provide the voice on “The Simpsons” for the convenience-store owner Apu Nahasapeemapetilon, whose thick accent and penny-squeezing ways have led to criticism that the character was a racist stereotype. It was not clear what Mr. Azaria’s decision, first reported on Friday by the website Slashfilm, meant for Apu, […]

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    18 Art Exhibitions to View in N.Y.C. This Weekend

    ‘OCEAN WONDERS: SHARKS!’ at the New York Aquarium (ongoing). For years, the aquarium’s 14-acre campus hunkered behind a wall, turning its back to the beach. When aquarium officials finally got around to completing the long-promised building that houses this shark exhibition, maybe the biggest architectural move was breaking through that wall. The overall effect makes […]

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