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Gladstone Disproves Already-Refuted Theory of Media as Influencing Machines

My 18-year-old self would have thoroughly enjoyed “The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media” as required reading for an undergraduate course on mass communication. The graphic novel illustrated by Josh Neufeld traces the evolution of the media, from Julius Caesar’s Acta Diurna that divulged the activities of the Roman senate to penny papers like...


Congested Brooklyn Thoroughfare to Undergo Development

If all plans are finalized by the borough president, one of Brooklyn’s major thoroughfares will become unrecognizable in the coming years as it evolves from an accident-prone access road to a pedestrian-friendly commercial district. A vision plan announced this summer calls for safety, beautification and commercial efforts to make Fourth Avenue more inviting. Long denigrated...


Court Considers Evidence in 16-Year-Old Double Murder Case

The prosecution presented evidence today linking Anatoliy “Tolik” Valenko to the purchase of a chain saw that may have been used in the murder and dismemberment of his two roommates 16 years ago. The prosecution presented a $75 credit card receipt in Valenko’s name and with his alleged signature for a 7.25-inch Skil circular saw....