Cuomo Says His Name Was ‘Never Mentioned.’ It Was. 136 Times.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Joseph Percoco, right, in Albany in 2013. Nathaniel Brooks for The New York Times ALBANY — Shortly after last week’s conviction of Joseph Percoco, once one of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s closest friends and aides, on charges of soliciting and accepting more than $300,000 in bribes, the governor was asked …

Makhachkala Journal: A Wrestling Culture That Helps Keep Boys Away From Fighting

MAKHACHKALA, Russia — Dagestan, a mostly Muslim region in the south of Russia on the northwest coast of the Caspian Sea, is known for the stark beauty of its mountain landscapes, for its many small ethnic groups, for a violent and long-simmering Islamist insurgency — and for its wrestlers. Thousands of young boys here dream …

Critic’s Notebook: South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out

Clockwise from top left: Tarriona Ball of Tank and the Bangas, the Weather Station, Lingua Franca, La Cuneta Son Machín, Shame, Superorganism, and fans of Mallrat at South by Southwest in Austin, Tex. Photographs by Roger Kisby for The New York Times AUSTIN, Tex. — Even past its peak, the annual South by Southwest Music …

How Should Furniture Respond to the World Around It?

Artists have long been interested in the domestic space, but as the distinction between art and design becomes ever more blurred, more artists are making objects that function, and more designers are making sculpture. Plus: Five designers create original furniture, exclusively for T. WHEN WE TALK about artists making furniture, an old debate over whether …

A third of UK Muslims report abuse or crime while studying

A third of Muslim students have experienced abuse or crime at their place of study, with most victims believing it was motivated by Islamophobia, a National Union of Students (NUS) survey has found. The Muslim Students’ Survey was launched in 2017 to better understand the Muslim further and higher education student population in Britain and …

Own a limited edition print of Martin Rowson’s prime ministers

Tony Blair, prime minister 1997-2007. Order your print here Clement Attlee, prime minister 1945-51. Order your print here Sir Winston Churchill, prime minister 1940-45 & 1951-55. Order your print here Benjamin Disraeli, prime minister 1868 & 1874-80. Order your print here William Gladstone, prime minister 1868-74, 1880-85, 1886 and 1892-94. Order your print here David …

Lorde’s US tour has flopped – but it might be the making of her

After the Grammy awards snubbed Lorde in January – she was the only best-album nominee not invited to perform at the ceremony – the 21-year-old New Zealander issued a challenge to anyone who doubted her live skills. “IF YOU’RE DEBATING WHETHER OR NOT I CAN MURDER A STAGE … COME SEE IT FOR URSELF,” she …

Undercover officers need protection from Greenpeace? You’re joking | Neil Woods

I’m increasingly disturbed by the “spycops” public inquiry into the undercover policing of political protest groups, which is having yet another hearing on Wednesday to decide whether or not individual officers should be identified. The Metropolitan police is dictating the terms of this public inquiry and, even to a former undercover police officer like me, …

Six Nations 2018 verdict: Guardian writers on their highs and lows

Robert Kitson: Conor Murray. Epitomises the team Ireland have become: classy, smart, consistent, strong, versatile. Probably the world’s best scrum-half. Paul Rees: Jacob Stockdale. Seven tries, a Six Nations record, and a burning determination that summed up his side. Andy Bull: Jacob Stockdale. Could easily be Johnny Sexton or Rory Best. But hell, Stockdale scored …

Andreas Christensen sought John Terry advice after dip in form at Chelsea

Andreas Christensen sought out John Terry for advice this month after experiencing a first dip in form since establishing himself in the first team at Chelsea this season. The Denmark international returned from a two-year loan spell with Borussia Mönchengladbach last summer and immediately proved himself a key performer in Antonio Conte’s backline. Christensen effectively …