No one expected The Athletic could get people to pay for sports news. Now it has 600,000 subscribers.

Quarterback Matt Moore of the Kansas City Chiefs rolls out against the Denver Broncos on October 17, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. | Dustin Bradford/Getty Images And the business might do the same thing for other topics. Pay for sports? Sure. Pay for sports news? No way. That has been the conventional wisdom in the media industry for years. Alex Mather says it’s wrong. And for now, Mather looks like he’s correct: The CEO of The…

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Why a vote to close New York’s Rikers Island is being met with backlash

Activists hold a rally calling for the closure of Rikers Island on October 17, 2019. | Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images City leaders say they want to create smaller, more “humane” jails in the city. Some activists argue that there shouldn’t be jails at all. For the better part of eight decades, Rikers Island Jail has been a glaring symbol of the most negative aspects of New York City’s justice system. Now, the sprawling complex…

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Barney the Dinosaur is getting a new movie. But is America ready?

Barney the Dinosaur will soon be back to spread his dire message of love and kindness. | PBS/YouTube Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya will co-produce Mattel’s plunge into a dark purple abyss from which there is no escape. Barney the Dinosaur, the giant purple nightmare from our childhoods, has found his way into our current hellscape — because if there’s anything we as a species deserve right now, it’s remixes of “I Love You, You Love…

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Trump loves dictators. Erdogan is the latest to take advantage of that.

President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attend the opening ceremony at the 2018 NATO Summit on July 11, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images The troubles facing Syria — and troubles elsewhere — are in large part caused not by America’s weakness, but by Trump’s. President Donald Trump is bragging that his decision last week to withdraw US troops from northern Syria — leaving America’s allies, the Syrian Kurds, to…

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The problem with Amazon’s speedy shipping, in one graphic

A woman sorts packages at the Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, New York City, on February 5, 2019. | Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images “The quota system pushes you to really not work at a pace that’s normal, but at a pace where you’re almost running for the entire 10 hours.” Amazon warehouse workers in Staten Island, New York, say they package about four online orders every minute. If they stop for a few…

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