‘Yay, porgs!’ – critics’ verdicts on Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The first reviews for Star Wars: The Last Jedi are in and, with the exception of a few naysayers, the reaction has been mostly positive. Currently, Rian Johnson’s sequel has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, matching the rating of 2015’s The Force Awakens. On rival reviews aggregation site Metacritic, The Last Jedi has bested …

New York Today: New York Today: Can the City Prevent Terror Attacks?

The scene at the Port Authority on Monday. Jeenah Moon for The New York Times Good morning on this frigid Wednesday. It’s becoming a familiar procedure in New York: Prosecutors file charges against an accused terrorist with local ties days, or even hours, after an attack. Yesterday, it happened in the case of Akayed Ullah, …

‘This is not a squat’ – how the Grenfell community is taking control of its destiny

On the night of 14 June, musician and community leader Niles Hailstones had the keys to the space at Bay 56, located in Acklam Village near Portabello Road in west London, for an event marking 40 years since the release of Bob Marley’s Exodus album. “When the Grenfell fire happened, I made a call to …

Doug Jones, Kirsten Gillibrand, ‘Star Wars’: Your Wednesday Briefing

Doug Jones during an election-night party in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. “We have shown the country the way that we can be unified,” he declared after his victory. John Bazemore/Associated Press Good morning. Here’s what you need to know: An upset in Alabama. • For once, Doug Jones said, Alabama declined to take “the wrong …

Joe Root denies rift between Jimmy Anderson and England’s Ashes coaches

Joe Root moved to quell suggestions of a rift between Jimmy Anderson and the coaching staff on the eve of his side’s crucial third Test with Australia after England’s attack leader appeared to question their input during last week’s defeat in Adelaide. Speaking ahead of the final Ashes Test at the Waca – and before …