New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill dismissed Daniel Pantaleo yesterday, the officer whose 2014 chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner. In grappling with the decision, O'Neill placed blame on both Garner and Pantaleo - the former for resisting arrest, the latter for excessive force - but concluded (paywall, NYT) Pantaleo could no longer serve effectively. The decision comes days after an internal administrative review recommended termination and one month after the Justice Department declined to bring civil rights charges. The decision caps a bitter five-year battle - Garner, a black man, was unarmed at the time of death and his final plea of "I can't breathe" became a rallying cry in protests nationwide. A key issue in throughout the proceedings has been whether Pantaleo employed a sustained chokehold to subdue Garner, a maneuver banned by the NYPD.
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Political Crisis in Italy.
Italy's shaky government coalition is facing its toughest test, as Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte faces a no-confidence vote today. Conte, head of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, assumed office last June after he cobbled together a coalition with the center-right League party following a fractured national election that left no clear majority party. The alliance held for little over a year until - Matteo Salvini, the League Party's leader, called for the no-confidence vote earlier this month. The driving force - other than what analysts say is Salvini's own ambitions - is backlash against an influx of North African immigrants, the same issue that drove the populist Five Star Party into power in 2018. Reports say Conte is considering resigning ahead of the vote, and in either case it would be left up to President Sergio Mattarella to see whether a new coalition could be formed or new elections must be held.
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A 4-Year-Old Trapped in a Teenage Body.
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What if Aging was a Curable Disease?
MIT Tech Review | David Adams. Proponents of a budding movement in medical research want to treat aging not as an inevitable consequence of time, but as a disease, with a specific pathology that can be treated and cured. The subtle shift in attitudes could upend how we think about - and prepare for - growing older. (Read, paywall)
Historybook: First around-the-world telegram sent (1911); Valley of the Dolls author Jacqueline Susann is born (1918); Leon Trotsky fatally wounded in Mexico (1940); NASA launches Viking 1 probe toward Mars (1975); RIP comedian Jerry Lewis (2017).
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