The New York Times Cliches- 11/16

As Mugabe Recedes, a Warning Ripples in Africa

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It echoed across a continent where the notion of the “big man” leader is defined equally by the lure of power in perpetuity and the risk that, one day, the edifice will crumble under the weight of its own decay.

Cliche: Under the weight

4 More Women Accuse Moore of Misconduct 

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And so a head-spinning afternoon and evening unfolded.

Cliche: Head-spinning

Senate Defection Casts Tax Plan In Uncertainty

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Uncertainty gripped the Senate on Wednesday over efforts to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax cut after a Wisconsin Republican became the first to declare that he could not vote for the tax bill as written, and other senators expressed serious misgivings over the cost and effect on the middle class.

Cliche: Sweeping

 

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Emma Johnson Interview Article

Emma Johnson sat in her parent’s Manhattan home, doing what she always did on Sunday afternoons—creating crafty projects like beaded bracelets. One particular Sunday afternoon, she decided to post her finished bracelet on social media.

A week later, a store in her neighborhood contacted her asking to sell two dozen of those very bracelets. From there she created a collection, entitled Em John, around bracelets, keychains, jewelry and other products.

After realizing how profitable her products were, Emma gave herself an incredibly difficult challenge.

“I set an ambitious goal for myself to pay for college and make $250,000 with this business,” Emma said.

Emma was a junior in high school then. She’s now a junior at Boston University. The 20-year-old is quite the enigma among her college counterparts, having created her own business to pay for her college tuition.

Emma currently runs Em John out of her apartment back in Manhattan. Additionally, she manages the majority of the business without a marketing team, a sales team and a publicist. However, while she’s at Boston University, her parents keep the business functioning.

“I handle designing products, coming up with ideas, marketing, assembling and all, packaging and all, handling [public relations] such as Instagram and sending products to editors, so, I really do it all,” Emma said.

Though Em John initially gained momentum around the popularity of her bracelets, she later introduced keychains to her collection. The keychains, composed of faux fur balls and plastic initials, would become successful. After sending the keychains to many different editors at magazines, the creative director at O, The Oprah Magazine took notice. Her products would be featured in the holiday issue of the magazine.

“The creative director texted me saying he wanted [keychains] in Oprah Magazine. I was like ‘Oh totally,’ so I made 300, thinking 300 keychains [is] a lot of keychains to sell, and in the first week we sold over 3,000,” Emma said.

As for that college tuition goal she created for herself years ago, it is now a reality. Emma has raised well over $250,000 and is planning on continuing her business.

“This past August I hit that goal completely, so that’s pretty exciting,” Emma said.

Emma hopes to grow her business in the coming years and potentially expand that same college tuition challenge to other qualified students.

“I want to expand on the Em John college challenge and have Em John ambassadors that [represent] Em John on their college campuses and at their high schools so that, ultimately, they keep a percentage of the sales and then they put it towards their own college challenge,” she said.

The New York Times Cliches (11/9)

Suburban Anger At Trump Echoes Down The Ballot

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From the tax-obsessed suburbs of New York City to high-tech neighborhoods outside Seattle to the sprawling, polygon developments of Fairfax and Prince William County, Va., voters shunned Republicans up and down the ballot in off-year elections. Leaders in both parties said the elections were an unmistakable alarm bell for Republicans ahead of the 2018 campaign,…

Cliche: Alarm Bell

At Heart of AT&T Merger, Another Fight Brews: Trump vs. CNN

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It seemed like a match made in media heaven. AT&T is a telecommunications giant whose reach stretches to millions of people all over the country, and Time Warner, the owner of CNN, HBO and Warner Bros., has content galore…

Cliche: Match made in media heaven

Disregarding Climate Change While Preparing for Disaster

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When Hurricane Irma swept through the Florida Keys in September, it brought a vivid preview of the damage that climate change could inflict on the region in the decades ahead.

Cliche: Swept through

The New York Times Cliches (11/2)

On Tax Cuts, G.O.P.’s Math Won’t Add Up

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There is a math problem at the heart of the Republican Party’s protracted introduction of a sprawling tax bill, and it grows, in part, from President Trump’s two nonnegotiable demands.

Christie’s No.2, Long in His Shadow, Struggles to Find Her Own Identity

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The policy was the first crack in a relationship that would begin to sour, according to the former members of the Christie administration, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private matters.

This Time Was Terror. What About Las Vegas?

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As a result, terrorism is often in the eye of the beholder, determined as much by the attacker as by the community, which must decide whether the attack represents a broader threat requiring a response.

BU Students Relate Earlier Death Rates for Left-Handed People to Mechanical Bias

Several students from Boston University (BU) responded to a New England Journal of Medicine published-study that compared rates of deaths and accidents among 1,000 right and left-handed people, comparing the study’s findings to what they believed to be a systematic bias to right-handed people.

Dr. Diane Halpern, a professor of psychology at California State University, and Dr. Stanley Coren, a researcher at the University of British Colombia, conducted the 2016 study, assessing death certificates and ultimately finding that left-handed people were more likely to die earlier.

Along with discovering that very few left-handed people existed among the elderly population, the researches also found that right-handed women typically lived six years longer than left-handed women, and that right-handed men typically lived 11 years longer than their left-handed counterparts.

“The results are striking in their magnitude,” said Halpern.

Halpern also commented on the environmental differences between left and right-handed people.

“Almost all engineering is geared toward the right hand and the right foot. There are many more car and other accidents among left-handers because of their environment.”

Several BU students offered their perspectives on the study, stating that its findings were the product of a systematic favoritism to right-handed people.

Grace Yang, 20, right-handed, asserted that the study’s results were logical, given that many machines are strictly designed for right-handed individuals.

“The way we do things is only catering to right-handed people, so left-handed people are already at a disadvantage when they’re going to do something,” said Grace.

Melissa Wong, 19, left-handed, found the study’s discoveries to be disturbing, but later added that there was not enough evidence to develop a solid conclusion.

“As a left-handed person, that’s just sad news. It makes me seem like I’m more likely to die compared to my right-handed counterpart,” said Melissa.

Allie Caton, 22, right-handed, said that the study’s results seemed reasonable since many machines and systems are designed to specifically accommodate right-handed people.

“Maybe there’s like weird accidents that happen because certain machines favor right-handed people,” Allie said.

Jhonatan Perea, 20, right-handed, said that despite the study’s findings, his lifestyle would ultimately be the determining factor of his death.

“I’m definitely still going to die earlier than the average male because I eat so much unhealthy food,” Perea said.