This Florida School District Banned Cellphones. Here’s What Happened.
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This Florida School District Banned Cellphones. Here’s What Happened.

One afternoon last month, hundreds of students at Timber Creek High School in Orlando poured into the campus’s sprawling central courtyard to hang out and eat lunch. For members of an extremely online generation, their activities were decidedly analog.Dozens sat in small groups, animatedly talking with one another. Others played pickleball on makeshift lunchtime courts. There was not a cellphone in sight — and that was no accident.In May, Florida passed a law requiring public school districts to impose rules barring student cellphone use during class time. This fall, Orange County Public Schools — which includes Timber Creek High — went even further, barring students from using cellphones during the entire school day.In interviews, a dozen Orange County parents and students all said they s...
‘Friends’ Cast Release Statement on Matthew Perry’s Death
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‘Friends’ Cast Release Statement on Matthew Perry’s Death

Matthew Perry’s fellow “Friends” cast members expressed their grief and sadness about his death in a joint statement to People magazine on Monday.“We are all so utterly devastated by the loss of Matthew. We were more than just cast mates. We are a family,” Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer said in the statement. “There is so much to say, but right now we’re going to take a moment to grieve and process this unfathomable loss.”“In time we will say more, as and when we are able,” the statement said. “For now, our thoughts and our love are with Matty’s family, his friends, and everyone who loved him around the world.”Perry’s portrayal of Chandler Bing — a somewhat awkward but sharp and lovable 30-something professional who wore sweater vests but als...
After Adam Johnson’s death, will ‘stubborn’ NHL players embrace neck-protective gear?
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After Adam Johnson’s death, will ‘stubborn’ NHL players embrace neck-protective gear?

A little more than a year ago, T.J. Oshie read a story about a young boy who was cut in the neck by a skate blade during a youth hockey game. Almost instinctively, Oshie reached for his phone and contacted his partners at Warroad, the hockey apparel company he helped found six years ago. What started as a way to create undershirts that weren’t itchy and irritating had developed into a safety-conscious business that helped develop new, cut-resistant fabrics to protect players’ wrists and Achilles tendons.Now, Oshie wanted turtlenecks to protect the most dangerously exposed part of a hockey player’s body — their neck, and the carotid artery within. Sure enough, Warroad came up with a sleek turtleneck with its “tilo” design, which includes cut-resistant panels built into the fabric.It worked....
Biden to Issue First Regulations on Artificial Intelligence Systems
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Biden to Issue First Regulations on Artificial Intelligence Systems

President Biden will issue an executive order on Monday outlining the federal government’s first regulations on artificial intelligence systems. They include requirements that the most advanced A.I. products be tested to assure that they cannot be used to produce biological or nuclear weapons, with the findings from those tests reported to the federal government.The testing requirements are a small but central part of what Mr. Biden, in a speech scheduled for Monday afternoon, is expected to describe as the most sweeping government action to protect Americans from the potential risks brought by the huge leaps in A.I. over the past several years.The regulations will include recommendations, but not requirements, that photos, videos and audio developed by such systems be watermarked to make ...
‘He’s still a player inside’: An oral history of Michael Jordan’s 13-year run with the Hornets
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‘He’s still a player inside’: An oral history of Michael Jordan’s 13-year run with the Hornets

On Wednesday, for the first time in 4,970 days, the Charlotte Hornets will play a game without Michael Jordan as their majority owner. It will be the end of an era for the franchise, one in which the most famous basketball player ever was not only associated with it but also ran the team. When the NBA Board of Governors approved the sale of the Hornets this summer to a group led by Rick Schnall and Gabe Plotkin, the transaction ended Jordan’s 13-year run at the Hornets’ forefront and under his control, though he will remain a minority owner.It was not exactly a prosperous era for the Hornets, though they won their first game with Jordan as owner and their last. Charlotte won 41.7 percent of its games under Jordan’s stewardship and made the playoffs just three times, including the season in...
Blue-Collar Workers Are the New Social Media Stars
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Blue-Collar Workers Are the New Social Media Stars

It was another busy day for the crew of the Rest-Ashoar, a lobster fishing boat that works the waters off the rocky coast of Winter Harbor, Maine. The captain, Jacob Knowles, had gotten up at 3 a.m. on a brisk October morning and took his vessel 10 miles into the ocean.Using a hydraulic hauler, buoys and ropes, Mr. Knowles, Keith Potter (the stern man) and Coty White (the third man) hauled up 400 wire traps over the next 10 hours. They pulled legal-size lobsters — at least 3.25 inches but not over 5 inches, from its eye to the back of its shell — from each baited cage and tossed back the smaller ones. As the boat listed in the rolling waves, they heaved the empty traps back overboard.Even while doing the grueling work of commercial fishermen, the crew was engaged in another job: filming a ...
Israel-Gaza Live Updates: Netanyahu Says Troops Have Pushed Into Gaza
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Israel-Gaza Live Updates: Netanyahu Says Troops Have Pushed Into Gaza

Just after midnight on Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces announced that they had struck a tunnel that allowed Hamas to “infiltrate Israel through the sea.”The sea tunnel was unusual, a sign that Hamas has designed deadly new ways to attack Israel. The armed group has miles of tunnels under the Gaza Strip — a U.S. official likened them to “miniature cities” — but the exit to this one was on a beach.Among the possible reasons Israel delayed sending troops into Gaza after the Hamas attack on Oct. 7, one stands out, military experts say: the tunnels.Underneath the tiny coastal strip and its more than 2 million people is a vast network of subterranean pathways, rooms, cells and even roads for vehicles. Hamas, which oversees Gaza, is believed to hide weapons, fighters and even command centers i...
‘Pete Carroll is just in a land of his own’: The one-of-a-kind team meetings of Seahawks’ coach
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‘Pete Carroll is just in a land of his own’: The one-of-a-kind team meetings of Seahawks’ coach

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is 72, the oldest coach in the NFL, with a Super Bowl trophy and the 17th-most wins (165) in NFL history. His team meetings are also a bit … unorthodox.Jermaine Kearse (wide receiver): Honestly, the team meetings were a sh– ton of fun.Malcolm Smith (linebacker): His team meetings are honestly what I think sets him apart from other coaches.Chad Brown (former NFL linebacker and coaching intern): Absolutely, without a doubt, the best team meetings of any team I was on as a coach or a player.Luke Willson (tight end): I get drafted and come here for rookie minicamp with no idea what to expect. It’s dead silent in the team meeting room. There are a bunch of rookies who don’t even have free-agent contracts, a couple drafted guys and a couple of undrafted free a...
Did A.I. Write Product Reviews? Gannett Says No.
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Did A.I. Write Product Reviews? Gannett Says No.

When several articles were published last week on Reviewed, a USA Today-owned website that recommends products, something seemed off. No one at Reviewed recognized the bylines on the pieces.Writers and editors at Reviewed started to look up the names, but struggled to find proof — such as a LinkedIn account — that the people existed. The quality of the articles was also questionable. That’s when they started to wonder: Did artificial intelligence write these articles?Gannett, the parent company of USA Today, says no A.I. was used. About 40 people at Reviewed say yes.Some of the articles in question were run through artificial intelligence detection programs, which repeatedly found that some of them were not written by humans, a representative for the union that represents Reviewed staff me...