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Bulletin Board: ‘He Is Not a Victim’: Our Austin Bomber Coverage Explained

‘He Is Not a Victim’: Our Austin Bomber Coverage Explained Photo Officials investigating near a vehicle where Mark Conditt, the suspect in the deadly Austin bombings, blew himself up as the authorities closed in on him in Round Rock, Tex., on March 21. Credit Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman, via Associated Press Many news organizations, including our own, came under criticism from some readers last week for coverage of the bombings in and near Austin, Tex. Some said The Times’s initial reporting on the suspect, Mark Conditt, treated him too lightly or did too much to humanize him because he was white and Christian.
We invited readers to share with us their questions or comments on the reporting. We heard from about 2,000 readers. We’re running a selection of their questions with some responses from our journalists below. The questions have been condensed and edited for clarity.
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For the U.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That’s Freezing Over

For the U.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That’s Freezing Over Photo The Apple Store in Shanghai. A fight between the United States and China is cleaving the high-tech realm. Credit Imaginechina, via Associated Press A cold war is being waged across the world’s most advanced industries. And it just got a lot chillier.
Recent tit-for-tat trade actions could deepen what has become a global contest for technological dominance between the United States and China, home to the planet’s largest population of internet users and a flourishing community of start-ups and innovative companies.
The Trump administration this week accused Beijing of stealing valuable technological know-how from American companies as it proposed tariffs on $60 billion in Chinese goods and curbs on Chinese investments. China responded with its own set of penalties aimed at American products.
The fight between the two countries is cleaving the high-tech realm. The world’s two biggest economies have each become incre..

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash

Uber’s Self-Driving Cars Were Struggling Before Arizona Crash SAN FRANCISCO — Uber’s robotic vehicle project was not living up to expectations months before a self-driving car operated by the company struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Ariz.
The cars were having trouble driving through construction zones and next to tall vehicles, like big rigs. And Uber’s human drivers had to intervene far more frequently than the drivers of competing autonomous car projects.
Waymo, formerly the self-driving car project of Google, said that in tests on roads in California last year, its cars went an average of nearly 5,600 miles before the driver had to take control from the computer to steer out of trouble. As of March, Uber was struggling to meet its target of 13 miles per “intervention” in Arizona, according to 100 pages of company documents obtained by The New York Times and two people familiar with the company’s operations in the Phoenix area but not permitted to speak publicly about it.
Yet Uber..

Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Supported by Commercial Real Estate Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions Photo Credit Marcelo Krasilcic RECENT SALE$1.75 MILLION
221 Roebling Street (between South Second and South Third Streets)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
An investor who owns other Brooklyn properties has bought this vacant 2,400-square-foot, three-story building, built around 1901, with plans to create three luxury rentals — a duplex on the lower floors, and two units above — and possibly extending the property back 15 feet. The building, on a 20-by-75-foot lot and originally listed at $2.1 million, has a large backyard and an attic, and offers 1,845 square feet in air rights.
Buyer: 221 Roebling Street
Seller: Rafael Medina Family Trust
Seller’s Brokers: Daniel Barcelowsky, Evergreen Realty & Investments
Photo Palisades Media Group has taken a corner space on the 15th floor at 171 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Credit Alyson Leiter RECENT LEASE$52/SQ. FT.
$205,400 approximate annual rent
171 Madison Avenue (at..

Books News: Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment

Supported by Business Day | Books News Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment Elizabeth Rusch’s picture book about Mario Molina, the Mexico-born chemist who won the Nobel Prize for his work studying the destruction of the Earth’s ozone layer, was a decade in the making. It took her nearly 30 drafts to get it right, and she was thrilled when the children’s publisher Charlesbridge acquired it in 2013. The book was finally due out next month.
Then, news broke that the book’s illustrator, David Diaz, had been accused of sexual harassment. Worried the book would be clouded by the controversy, Charlesbridge decided to postpone publication of “Mario and the Hole in the Sky,” pulp the finished copies and hire a new illustrator.
“It’s really sad that people won’t be able to read this version,” said Ms. Rusch, who posted a comment on Facebook strongly supporting the women who came forward. “But it’s the right thing to do for the book, and the..