__ACROSS__1 Make a meal of5 Physics particle9 Informal "What if ..."14 Wicked15 Small string ensemble16 HBO host Bill17 Repetitve learning18 Soft powder19 Prefix for "Saxon"20 Comedian in "Black-ish," after being "nationalized"?23 U.K. reference work24 When Daylight Saving Time starts25 Seat of power27 ___ tai29 "That's more like it!"32 Chose from a lineup, briefly33 Airline until late 199135 Keto and Paleo37 '80s tennis champion, after being "nationalized"?43 Headquarters for Panasonic44 Pessimistic sort45 Mechanical pencil need48 Illuminated like old streets51 Rest one's feet52 Trouser measu...
Q&A: Super, 'Pink' or 'Paschal,' the moon making its closest approach of the year
At precisely 2:08 p.m. Eastern Tuesday, the moon will make its annual closest approach to the Earth. And when it becomes full at 10:35 p.m., it will be knighted a “supermoon” — or “Paschal Moon” or “Pink Moon,” depending on the source.But for a variety of reasons, Wednesday is looking like the night for moon watching, and if you can’t go outside, a window should do — and there’s always YouTube.An overcast sky likely will obscure the moon Tuesday night for parts of the U.S., but it still will be almost full come Wednesday night, when the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies.That means it will...
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After 39 years and more than 30,000 hours in the air, a pioneering female pilot retires
PHILADELPHIA — Capt. Pati Marsh pulled the American Airlines Airbus 330 into the gate at Philadelphia International Airport 10 minutes early, having just arrived from Madrid. On any other day, the smooth landing would not have been memorable to Marsh. But this one was very special.After 39 years of flights to 18 countries and 44 states, of furloughs and airline mergers, 30,000-plus hours in the air, one dramatic emergency landing, and a “really big” comfort pig as a passenger, Marsh was retiring.Not out of choice, but because she’s out of time. She has reached the FAA-mandated retirement age o...
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'Tales from the Loop,' Amazon's sci-fi anthology, makes sense for our current alternative universe
A gentle slow-burner ideal for our alternative pandemic universe, the eight-episode Amazon Studios series “Tales from the Loop” begins Friday. It’s a moving, determinedly solemn adaptation of Swedish author/artist Simon Stalenhag’s lavishly illustrated book, published in 2014 after his retro-futurist visions of a 1980s Sweden became an online sensation.Comparisons have been made to grabbier shows that do all the work for you, such as “Stranger Things,” but they’ll only mislead. The pilot introduces us to Russ Willard, portrayed by Jonathan Pryce. Watching his face in extended close-up, with th...
New study says 2019 playoff balls were de-juiced, but MLB still has no answers
Baseball has enough problems to deal with. For one thing, it’s nearly April and there’s no baseball. Still, a problem found does not resolve a problem left for later, and there is at least one major unresolved issue from last season: the so-called “juiced ball,” and whether or not MLB made a quick-change for the 2019 playoffs.Thanks to new research using game-used balls, clarity may finally be near.The 2019 MLB season saw a record 6,776 home runs, up nearly 1,200 from the previous year and far exceeding anything from the infamous “steroid era.”Then, suddenly, whatever caused the baseball to ru...
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Stephen Hawking Dies At Age 76; Tributes For Brilliant Physicist Pour In
Visionary British physicist Stephen Hawking died at his home in Cambridge early Wednesday at age 76, his family said in a statement.Stephen Hawking Death NewsThe Cambridge University-educated scientist was best known for his groundbreaking work on black holes and the Theory of Relativity. Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a motor neuron disease more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 1963 when he was 21 years old and was estimated to live just two more years. He subsequently spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, and was taken care of by his first wif...