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Sale of Chinese painting shows art value rising in pandemic

"Xu Beihong himself is one of the most important modern artist in China who has influenced generations of painters and artists," said Francis Belin, President of Christie's in Asia Pacific. "That kind of work and that kind of size, and that kind of prestige, does not come to the market very often."

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US agency says women can get abortion pill via mail

"With this action, the Biden administration has made it clear that they will prioritize abortion over women's safety," said Jeanne Mancini, president of the anti-abortion group March for Life. "Chemical abortions should have more medical oversight, not less."

Books

Review: A book celebrating Black American farming history

"This country was built on the free labor of enslaved people whom carried their agricultural expertise with them when they arrived on America's colonial shores," writes Baszile.

‘Hopeless and helpless’: Third Culture Bakery offering ‘safety kits’ for AAPI...

“I think it really hit a chord that it’s not just about alarming the bystanders and hoping that someone steps in. I think we really have to take control into our own hands. And for a lot of the seniors, they just don't have those tools. I think it really gives them a tool that they could at least feel a little safer or feel more empowered in the moment.” 

App helping Wyoming home cooks share skills with community

"It's been steadily getting harder," Hartsoch said. "We are more fortunate than most, I think. But we're definitely feeling the effect here."

There’s more to cacao than chocolate

"It is the most unknown fruit behind the most known fruit," summed up Brenner.

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That's Weird

A paper cowboy rides out his quarantine in Australian hotel

"It's an existential conversation, quite philosophical," he says. "Like, why are we here? What are we doing?"

Mexico’s last island penal colony may now host cruise ships

"The experience begins with the cruise ship or ferry arriving from Mazatalán or San Blas, to Isla Madre, and on the voyage the passengers can admire the beauty of the ocean," Torruco said. It would be quite a long ride; the four islands are located 70 miles (110 kilometers) off the Pacific coast of Nayarit state.

The World War II bomber at the bottom of Lake Mead

In 1948, a World War II-era bomber crashed into Lake Mead, the massive reservoir formed by Hoover Dam that straddles the Arizona-Nevada border. After several failed attempts to locate the plane, it was finally discovered in the early 2000s—still remarkably intact. As lake levels fall, will the draw to see the aircraft finish it off?

Mickey’s flashy dress, glowing castle mark Disney World 50th

"If ever the world needed some pixie dust and a little extra magic from our cast, that time is now — and we hope you join us in the excitement," said Jeff Vahle, president of Walt Disney World Resort in an email to community leaders.

Muted Mardi Gras: Closed bars, barricaded Bourbon Street

Coronavirus-related limits on access to Bourbon Street, shuttered bars and frigid weather all were expected to prevent what the city usually craves at the end of Mardi Gras season — streets and businesses jam-packed with revelers