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5:58pm

Fri October 31, 2014
The Two-Way

On Eve Of Promotion, NYPD's Top Uniformed Official Resigns

On the eve of a promotion that would have made him the second in command of the New York Police Department, Chief Philip Banks III handed in his resignation.

On Twitter, Banks said:

The New York Times reports that the resignation comes as a surprise especially because of the timing. The paper adds:

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5:34pm

Fri October 31, 2014
This Week's Must Read

A 19th Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 6:56 pm

Anthony Trollope was one of England's, and maybe the world's, greatest 19th century novelists. I say that even though I'm not especially a fan. Trollope's prose is determinedly, insistently flat and neutral. Reading him you sometimes get the impression that if he came upon a particularly brilliant phrase or image, he would take it out, on the basis that it distracted from the story.

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5:21pm

Fri October 31, 2014
Business

'Frozen' Characters Holding Strong For Costume Of The Year

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5:21pm

Fri October 31, 2014
Music Interviews

'Anything That Connects': A Conversation With Taylor Swift

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 6:23 pm

Taylor Swift's new album is titled 1989.
Courtesy of the artist

5:21pm

Fri October 31, 2014
Parallels

With Mexican Students Missing, A Festive Holiday Turns Somber

Originally published on Fri October 31, 2014 7:30 pm

Three large crosses lean against the burned out facade of Iguala's City Hall. Masked protesters angry about the disappearance of 43 students — attacked on orders of Iguala's mayor, according to Mexican federal authorities — burned the building last week.
Carrie Kahn NPR

Mexican families are celebrating the Day of the Dead this weekend, a festive holiday, where relatives remember deceased loved ones with grand, floral memorials in their homes as well as at cemeteries.

But in the southern state of Guerrero, the mood is decidedly different. Authorities there are still searching for 43 students abducted last month by police working for drug traffickers and crooked politicians in the town of Iguala.

In front of Iguala's City Hall, Maria de Jesus Rodriguez, 68, slowly sweeps the patio.

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