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China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98

February 17, 2020

Mainland China reported 1,886 new virus cases and 98 more deaths for a total of 1,868 in its update Tuesday, following a report that 80% of cases have been mild, prompting guarded optimism from health officials.The latest figures come after health officials in China published the first details on nearly 45,000...

Turkey court acquits exiled novelist of terror charges


February 14, 2020

ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish court on Friday acquitted journalist and award-winning novelist Asli Erdogan of terrorism-related charges for writing for a pro-Kurdish newspaper that has since been shut-down.Lawyer Erdal Dogan told reporters that the court in Istanbul acquitted the author, who lives in exile i...

Missteps lead publishing industry to review diversity effort


February 12, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — As debate rages around “American Dirt,” the bestselling novel criticized for its portrait of Mexican life and culture, publishers are pledging to change a historically white industry as critics question whether it can truly transform.Diversity has been an issue in publishing for yea...

Author Mary Higgins Clark, ‘Queen of Suspense,’ dead at 92


January 31, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Mary Higgins Clark, the tireless and long-reigning "Queen of Suspense" whose tales of women beating the odds made her one of the world's most popular writers, died Friday at age 92.Her publisher, Simon & Schuster, announced that she died of natural causes in Naples, Florida."Nobody ever ...

‘American Dirt’ Latino backlash part of long publishing war


January 28, 2020

During a trip to Mexico to visit family, writer Myriam Gurba took “American Dirt,” a novel about immigration and cartel violence that was being touted as one of the biggest U.S. releases of 2020. The writer was of mostly white descent, and Gurba felt the book didn't ring true.“I was reading th...

Netflix Original ‘Haunted’ brings ghost stories to life

Maddie Barrett

November 7, 2018

“Haunted,” Netflix’s new reality show, focuses on six narrators that experience being haunted, by either an extraterrestrial or a supernatural presence.During the show, the narrators tell their story to a room full of their friends and family while a dramatization plays. The performance isn’t your...

‘Daredevil’ season three adds a modern twist to original comic concept

Sarah Fischer

November 6, 2018

All episodes of “Daredevil” season 3 released Oct. 19, and they have inexplicably tied any loose threads left by the previous seasons by providing additional backstories of key characters and answering questions generated by seasons 1 and 2.At this point in Netflix’s Marvel series “Daredevil,” ...

NIU’s literary magazine deserves your donations

Phil Case

October 25, 2010

Ever think about dusting off that old play you wrote for your "Introduction to Theatre" class or learning how to play a few chords so you can put some music to your notebook full of song lyrics? Well, Towers Literary and Creative Arts Magazine may provide you with an extra incentive to finally finish so...

Fact or Fiction: DeKalb Style

Chris Krapek

August 19, 2010

1) Barb Wire was invented in DeKalb: FACT Why do you think they call it the Barb City? Because Joseph Glidden, one of DeKalb's most prominent historical figures, patented the idea for barb wire in 1874. That, and because we're known for our razor sharp wit. Get it? 2) Freshmen can live wherever they...