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Weekly Review — December 22, 2016, 4:00 pm

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A Turkish police officer kills a Russian ambassador, an asylum seeker drives a truck through a Christmas market, and a 66-year-old albatross named Wisdom lays an egg

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A man kills four Marines and a Navy sailor in Tennessee, the Islamic State’s chief singer-songwriter dies in an airstrike, and a squirrel is detained for stalking

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Six Guantánamo Bay prisoners are transferred to Oman, an 800-person manhunt fails to catch two escaped convicts, and a runaway zoo elephant kills a 65-year-old man

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Utah reinstates the firing squad, the United Kingdom holds its first same-sex prison wedding, and Pope Francis announces he will auction off a Kia Soul

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On February 5, 2019, the president of the United States (a certain Donald Trump) in his State of the Union speech warned of “migrant caravans and accused Mexican cities of busing migrants to the border ‘to bring them up to our country in areas where there is little border protection.’ ”? Wishing to see the border for myself, I decided to visit Arizona, where my ignorance of local conditions might save me from prejudgment.

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On a November Saturday in 1990, Pam went over to Joe’s place to listen to records. It was raining in sheets that whipped around the corners of buildings and blowing so hard that women in heels were taking men’s arms to cross the street. Cars were plowing bow waves through puddles of scum.

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