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Saco-Indonesia.com - Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) mengajak masyarakat dan pelaku usaha sektor industri, tidak takut mengembangkan usahanya. Khususnya di sektor industri tekstil. SBY tidak sependapat dengan anggapan bahwa industri tekstil termasuk industri senja yang berada di jurang keterpurukan lantaran kinerjanya terus turun.

"Saya tidak setuju dengan istilah "sunset industry", atau industri yang menurun. Buktinya PT Sritex dan PT Sari Warna berkembang pesat. Negara Jepang juga seperti itu, sekarang maju pesat," ujar SBY saat memberikan sambutan peresmian PT Sari Warna Asli, Boyolali, Sabtu (15/3).

Dalam pandangannya, jika istilah industri senja terus menerus menghantui, hal itu berdampak buruk. Yakn berkurangnya kepercayaan diri pelaku industri tekstil dalam negeri. SBY mengajak masyarakat untuk lebih optimis apalagi tingkat pertumbuhan penduduk di Indonesia dan negara tetangga cukup tinggi.

"Pertumbuhan penduduk yang tinggi, di tanah air dan negara tetangga yang daya belinya terus meningkat, ini menjadi pasar yang prospektif di masa depan. Ini bisa memacu kita untuk terus berkarya, berusaha terutama di bidang tekstil," katanya.

Kepala negara juga berpesan agar selalu pelaku industri tekstil terpacu untuk meningkatkan kualitas, produktivitas, dan perbaikan manajemen. Dengan begitu, daya saing industri nasional akan terangkat dan siap menghadapi persaingan di era pasar bebas.

"Contohnya, batik itu dulu biasa saja, pada tahun-tahun terakhir meningkat tajam. Sekarang industri batik dan handycraft ada dimana-mana. Tentu mbahnya (asal-usulnya) adalah Solo. Tapi orang Solo jangan khawatir karena Solo tetap menjadi pusatnya batik," ucapnya.

Editor : Maulana Lee

Sumber:kompas.com

Presiden RI Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono minta industri tekstil tak takut gagal

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kehadiran tanaman hias di rumah anda tentu juga merupakan satu hal yang sangat penting dalam upaya untuk menciptakan hunian yang lebih indah, asri dan segar, sehingga perawatan tanaman telah menjadi satu faktor penting dalam menjaga keindahan, keasrian dan kesegaran lingkungan rumah anda. Dalam hal ini, kesabaran dan ketelatenan juga merupakan syarat wajib yang harus anda miliki jika ingin sukses dalam menjaga dan merawat tanaman koleksi anda. Pengetahuan mendasar mengenai cara merawat tanaman juga tidak kalah penting apalagi jika tanaman yang anda miliki termasuk tanaman dengan harga yang cukup mahal. Oleh karena itu, mari kita simak tips perawatan tanaman hias berikut.

 
Penyiraman

Air merupakan kebutuhan yang paling mendasar bagi semua mahluk hidup tidak terkecuali dengan tanaman hias di rumah anda. Oleh karena itu, penyiraman juga merupakan bagian yang terpenting dalam merawat tanaman. Agar proses penyiraman baik dan benar, anda juga perlu memperhatikan beberapa aspek seperti jenis tanaman, media tanam, dan cuaca. Jika tanaman anda berada di area taman rumah yang terbuka, mungkin ada tidak perlu menyiram tanaman anda ketika musim hujan. Namun, jika tanaman hias anda ditaman pada media pot dan ditempatkan di ruang beratap, anda pasti perlu menyiramnya dengan intensitas yang dapat disesuaikan bergantung pada kondisi cuaca. Pada musim kemarau, anda juga dapat menyiraminya dua kali sehari, sedangkan pada musim hujan, anda dapat menyirami tanaman hias anda satu kali sehari atau bahkan dua hari sekali saja.

 
Pemupukan

Tanpa anda sadari, nutrisi yang telah terkandung di dalam tanah dimana tanaman anda di tanam dapat berkurang dan mempengaruhi pertumbuhan tanaman hias anda. Pemupukan juga merupakan solusi penting untuk masalah ini agar nutrisi yang telah dibutuhkan oleh tanaman anda dapat terpenuhi. Konsultasikan jenis dan takaran pupuk yang anda perlukan untuk perawatan tanaman hias anda dengan ahli perawatan tanaman.

 
Pembersihan Gulma

Tamu tak diundang seringkali tumbuh dan dapat merusak keindahan tanaman hias anda. Pembersihan gulma yang tumbuh liar seperti rumput di sekitar tanaman hias anda juga merupakan salah satu kunci dalam merawat tanaman agar tetap terlihat indah.

 
Pemangkasan

Demi untuk menjaga keindahan dan kerapian tanaman hias anda, anda juga perlu melakukan pemangkasan sebagai langkah perawatan tanaman hias anda. Tentu saja pemangkasan hanya berlaku pada tanaman hias tertentu seperti mawar dan serut yang kita kenal memiliki daun yang cukup lebat dan menjadi kurang indah jika daun daun tersebut kita biarkan tumbuh secara liar. Gunakan gunting tanaman yang tajam untuk hasil yang maksimal.

 
Penggantian Pot

Jika tanaman hias anda tanam pada media pot, anda juga perlu mengganti pot yang lama dengan yang baru seiring dengan terus tumbuhnya tanaman anda. Proses ini juga akan terasa lebih mudah jika pot anda terbuat dari bahan yang mudah pecah seperti pot tanah liat. Anda hanya perlu memecahkan pot yang lama dan menggantikannya dengan pot yang baru. Selain menganti pot lama dengan yang baru, anda juga dapat memindahkan tanaman dari pot lama ke tanah sesuai dengan kebutuhan anda.

Demikian tips perawatan tanaman hias yang dapat anda ikuti di rumah. Sekali lagi, kunci sukses dalam merawat tanaman di rumah anda adalah kesabaran dan ketelatenan. Jika anda merasa kurang telaten dalam perawatan tanaman hias di rumah anda, anda mungkin perlu menyewa jasa perawatan tanaman agar investasi anda pada tanaman tanaman hias koleksi dapat benar-benar terjaga. Semoga tips ini bermanfaat.


Editor : Dian Sukmawati

TIPS PERAWATAN TANAMAN HIAS

Saco- Indonesia.com - Sekitar 6.000 orang bukan perokok didiagnosis kanker paru setiap tahunnya. Sebagian besar adalah kaum wanita dan wanita Asia beresiko paling tinggi.

Meski kemungkinan seorang bukan perokok untuk terkena kanker paru lebih kecil dibanding perokok, tetapi data di Inggris menunjukkan 41.500 kasus baru kanker payudara ditemukan setiap tahunnya. Sekitar 14 persen, atau 6.000 kasus tidak terkait dengan kebiasaan merokok.

Kebanyakan pasien kanker paru yang bukan perokok adalah kaum wanita. "Secara anekdoktal, kami melihat makin banyak pasien wanita yang tak pernah merokok tapi terdiagnosis kanker paru, dibandingkan dengan 10 tahun lalu," kata Dr.Michael Beckles, konsultan respiratori dari Royal Free Hospital.

Apa yang menyebabkan kondisi tersebut belum sepenuhnya diketahui. Tetapi para ilmuwan menduga ada kaitannya dengan faktor genetik yang dikombinasikan dengan paparan zat-zat pemicu kanker, misalnya asbestos, gas radon, bahan pelarut, asap buangan mesin diesel, hingga asap rokok orang lain.

Faktor risiko lain adalah terapi radiasi ke dada untuk penyakit lain seperti kanker payudara atau limfoma. Bisa juga dari luka paru-paru yang berasal dari kondisi medis sebelumnya.

Menurut Deputi British Lung Foundation, Stephen Spiro, kanker paru-paru selalu dihubungkan dengan merokok. Padahal sebelum kebiasaan merokok menyebar pada awal abad 20, penyakit ini kerap menimpa wanita bukan perokok.

Orang yang tidak merokok biasanya menderita adenokarsinoma atau sel kanker paru tidak kecil. Kondisi ini terjadi di kelenjar yang memproduksi lendir pada jalan masuk udara ke paru-paru.

Mereka yang tekena kanker adenokarsinoma ini juga mengalami kesalahan gentik pada protein di permukaan sel yang memicu pertumbuhan sel.

Kabar baiknya adalah pasien yang terdiagnosis jenis kanker paru tersebut bisa mendapatkan manfaat positif dari obat-obatan kanker terbaru, misalnya gefitinib. Obat ini memperlambat keganasan penyakit tanpa adanya efek samping seperti kemoterapi.

Sementara itu, beberapa penelitian masih berlangsung untuk mengenali apa penyebab kanker paru pada bukan perokok. Tetapi mencari dana untuk penelitian ini juga tak mudah karena kanker paru sering dianggap sebagai penyakit yang dicari sendiri oleh perokok.

Diagnosa dini memang berperan besar dalam kesembuhan kanker, tetapi dalam kasus penyakit paru ini bukan hal yang mudah.

"Masalahnya paru tidak memiliki ambang sakit sehingga tak akan memberi peringatan jika ada sesuatu yang salah. Tidak ada gejala kanker paru yang spesifik dan sulit menentukan apakah batuk atau sesak napas yang diderita karena kanker atau bukan," kata Spiro.

Ia menambahkan, yang memprihatinkan adalah saat batuk membandel tak kunjung sembuh, penyakitnya mungkin sudah ganas. "Pada 70 persen pasien yang berobat ke dokter, penyakitnya sudah berkembang serius," katanya.

Pemeriksaan standar seperti rontgen paru pun terkadang tak mampu menemukan sel-sel kanker. "Rontgen paru punya kelemahan karena dua dimensi. Sehingga ada area tertentu, misalnya di belakang jantung, yang tak terlihat," katanya.

Meski begitu pemeriksaan pendukung dengan CT-scan biasanya cukup membantu. Karena itu sebaiknya lakukan pemeriksaan jika batuk tidak sembuh lebih dari tiga minggu atau ada penurunan berat badan tanpa sebab.

 

Editor : Liwon Maulana
Mengapa Bukan Perokok Bisa Kena Kanker Paru?

Saco-Indonesia.com - Direktorat Jenderal Pajak Kementerian Keuangan memanfaatkan Wakil Gubernur Banten Rano "Doel" Karno untuk meningkatkan kepatuhan warga di wilayah yang terkenal dengan debus itu. Dari 4,6 juta warga Banten yang bekerja, baru 73 ribu yang tercatat menjadi wajib pajak, hanya meningkat 0,15 persen dari tahun sebelumnya.

"Jumlah wajib pajak Banten belum mencerminkan, artinya masih perlu digali," ujar Kepala Kanwil Ditjen Pajak Banten Muhammad Hanif saat memberikan sambutan pada e-filling SPT Tahunan PPh orang pribadi tahun pajak 2013, Banten, Selasa (18/3).

Dia berharap langkah Rano Karno dalam menyampaikan SPT 2013 bisa diikuti oleh warga Banten lainnya. terlebih lagi, penyampaian SPT secara online atau e-Filling membuat wajib pajak tidak perlu repot-repot mendatangi kantor pajak.

"Pejabat menjadi contoh panutan yang baik bagi masyarakat Serang dan Banten khususnya, agar tergugah untuk membayar pajak," jelasnya.

Hanif menguraikan realisasi penerimaan pajak di Banten tahun lalu sebesar Rp 21,2 Triliun atau melebihi target Rp 21,1 triliun. Dari 1,29 juta wajib pajak, baru 573.273 wajib pajak yang menyampaikan SPT tahunan 2013.

"Kalau nasional menargetkan harus 70 persen, di Banten masih 56,7 persen WP Orang Pribadi yang menyampaikan SPT. Ini masih rendah," ungkapnya.

Hanif mengaku jumlah wajib pajak yang sudah menggunakan e-Filling sebesar 113.759 orang. Sedangkan pendaftar e-filling sebanyak 44.000 wajib pajak.

"Ditargetkan 44.000, kita sudah mencapai 19,5 ribu, insya allah sampai akhir maret tercapai," tegasnya.

Editor : Maulana Lee

Sumber : merdeka.com

'Si Doel Anak Sekolahan' Dimanpaatkan Dirjen Pajak Tarik pajak
Kampanye pemilihan legislatif (Pileg) 2014 akan segera digeber. Mulai 16 Maret hingga 5 April mendatang , 12 partai politik (Parpol) peserta Pemilu akan unjuk kekuatan. Pada masa kampanye itu, mereka tentu juga akan mengerahkan massa dengan jumlah yang banyak. Saat masa kampanye terbuka digelar inilah, peluang mengais rezeki bagi pelaku jasa pengerahan massa makin terbuka lebar. Tentu bukan sembarang orang yang bisa terjun di bisnis ini. Mereka juga harus memiliki jaringan, memiliki pengaruh dan massa yang banyak. Dan umumnya, mereka dari kalangan aktivis, LSM maupun organisasi massa. Di Surabaya misalnya. Ada beberapa aktivis gerakan yang juga mengaku kerap dimintai tolong oleh Parpol maupun Caleg, untuk dapat mendatangkan massa yang cukup banyak, saat kampanye Pemilu digelar. Tentu dengan imbalan yang menjanjikan. Mantan aktivis 98, sebut saja TM, meski sudah tidak lagi terlibat dalam gerakan mahasiswa, wajahnya masih cukup familier di kalangan Parpol dan para Caleg di Surabaya. Sebab, sesekali dia dan massanya (yang sebagian juga dari golongan seniman) masih sering terlihat turun jalan mengkritisi kondisi kontemporer di Kota Pahlawan. Meski dia tidak mengaku kalau pada Pemilu 2014 ini dia tidak di-booking partai atau Caleg, diakuinya kalau dia memang kerap menerima job mendatangkan massa, termasuk ketika Pilkada digelar. "Yang penting bisa mendatangkan uang, ya saya kerjakan. Untuk beli susu anak. Berapapun jumlah massa yang diminta, pasti siap asal harganya cocok," celetuk pria berambut gondrong yang meminta namanya hanya disebut inisial saja itu. Selain TM, yang dikenal jago orasi saat masih terlibat dalam gerakan mahasiswa tahun 1998 di Surabaya itu, masih ada banyak aktivitis yang tak akan menolak jika diminta bantuan mendatang massa. Seperti yang diungkap oleh tim sukses dari salah satu Caleg asal Surabaya, CN. Bapak dua anak yang kini terlibat aktif dalam pengorganisiran massa di kalangan petani dan nelayan ini mengatakan, untuk dapat mendatangkan massa dari berbagai daerah di Jawa Timur, dia juga terus aktif berkoordinasi dengan beberapa aktivis gerakan di daerah-daerah. Hal ini agar bila dibutuhkan bisa segera menyiapkan massa. Sehingga, saat kampanye digelar massa sudah siap diturunkan. "Ya kita manfaatkan teman-teman yang ada di daerah-daerah untuk dapat mengondisikan massanya, termasuk meminta bantuan jasa orang lain," kata CN yang berkantor di kawasan Surabaya Selatan itu. Memang, lanjut dia, untuk dapat mengumpulkan massa, perlu dirawat (membayar) mereka. "Ini kan bagian dari kerja politik, tentu ada anggaran untuk itu. Misalnya untuk makan, bikin spanduk, stiker, transportasi serta anggaran tak terduga lain, termasuk mengganti waktu orang yang disisihkan untuk datang ke lokasi kampanye nanti," katanya tanpa menyebut nominal dana tersebut. MASSA KAMPANYE, MASA CARI DUIT UNTUK MENDATANGKAN MASSA BANYAK

Under Mr. Michelin’s leadership, which ended when he left the company in 2002, the Michelin Group became the world’s biggest tire maker, establishing a big presence in the United States and other major markets overseas.

François Michelin, Head of Tire Company, Dies at 88

Judge Patterson helped to protect the rights of Attica inmates after the prison riot in 1971 and later served on the Federal District Court in Manhattan.

Robert Patterson Jr., Lawyer and Judge Who Fought for the Accused, Dies at 91
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Many bodies prepared for cremation last week in Kathmandu were of young men from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

KATHMANDU, Nepal — When the dense pillar of smoke from cremations by the Bagmati River was thinning late last week, the bodies were all coming from Gongabu, a common stopover for Nepali migrant workers headed overseas, and they were all of young men.

Hindu custom dictates that funeral pyres should be lighted by the oldest son of the deceased, but these men were too young to have sons, so they were burned by their brothers or fathers. Sukla Lal, a maize farmer, made a 14-hour journey by bus to retrieve the body of his 19-year-old son, who had been on his way to the Persian Gulf to work as a laborer.

“He wanted to live in the countryside, but he was compelled to leave by poverty,” Mr. Lal said, gazing ahead steadily as his son’s remains smoldered. “He told me, ‘You can live on your land, and I will come up with money, and we will have a happy family.’ ”

Weeks will pass before the authorities can give a complete accounting of who died in the April 25 earthquake, but it is already clear that Nepal cannot afford the losses. The countryside was largely stripped of its healthy young men even before the quake, as they migrated in great waves — 1,500 a day by some estimates — to work as laborers in India, Malaysia or one of the gulf nations, leaving many small communities populated only by elderly parents, women and children. Economists say that at some times of the year, one-quarter of Nepal’s population is working outside the country.

Nepal’s Young Men, Lost to Migration, Then a Quake

Mr. Mankiewicz, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for “I Want to Live!,” also wrote episodes of television shows such as “Star Trek” and “Marcus Welby, M.D.”

Don Mankiewicz, Screenwriter in a Family Film Tradition, Dies at 93
Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”
Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Children playing last week in Sandtown-Winchester, the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was raised. One young resident called it “a tough community.”

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

Hard but Hopeful Home to ‘Lot of Freddies’

Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

Tribute for a Roller Hockey Warrior

Ms. von Furstenberg made her debut in the movies and on the Broadway stage in the early 1950s as a teenager and later reinvented herself as a television actress, writer and philanthropist.

Betsy von Furstenberg, Baroness and Versatile Actress, Dies at 83
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United’s first-class and business fliers get Rhapsody, its high-minded in-flight magazine, seen here at its office in Brooklyn. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

Last summer at a writers’ workshop in Oregon, the novelists Anthony Doerr, Karen Russell and Elissa Schappell were chatting over cocktails when they realized they had all published work in the same magazine. It wasn’t one of the usual literary outlets, like Tin House, The Paris Review or The New Yorker. It was Rhapsody, an in-flight magazine for United Airlines.

It seemed like a weird coincidence. Then again, considering Rhapsody’s growing roster of A-list fiction writers, maybe not. Since its first issue hit plane cabins a year and a half ago, Rhapsody has published original works by literary stars like Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Moody, Amy Bloom, Emma Straub and Mr. Doerr, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction two weeks ago.

As airlines try to distinguish their high-end service with luxuries like private sleeping chambers, showers, butler service and meals from five-star chefs, United Airlines is offering a loftier, more cerebral amenity to its first-class and business-class passengers: elegant prose by prominent novelists. There are no airport maps or disheartening lists of in-flight meal and entertainment options in Rhapsody. Instead, the magazine has published ruminative first-person travel accounts, cultural dispatches and probing essays about flight by more than 30 literary fiction writers.

 

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Sean Manning, executive editor of Rhapsody, which publishes works by the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Amy Bloom and Anthony Doerr, who won a Pulitzer Prize. Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

 

An airline might seem like an odd literary patron. But as publishers and writers look for new ways to reach readers in a shaky retail climate, many have formed corporate alliances with transit companies, including American Airlines, JetBlue and Amtrak, that provide a captive audience.

Mark Krolick, United Airlines’ managing director of marketing and product development, said the quality of the writing in Rhapsody brings a patina of sophistication to its first-class service, along with other opulent touches like mood lighting, soft music and a branded scent.

“The high-end leisure or business-class traveler has higher expectations, even in the entertainment we provide,” he said.

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Some of Rhapsody’s contributing writers say they were lured by the promise of free airfare and luxury accommodations provided by United, as well as exposure to an elite audience of some two million first-class and business-class travelers.

“It’s not your normal Park Slope Community Bookstore types who read Rhapsody,” Mr. Moody, author of the 1994 novel “The Ice Storm,” who wrote an introspective, philosophical piece about traveling to the Aran Islands of Ireland for Rhapsody, said in an email. “I’m not sure I myself am in that Rhapsody demographic, but I would like them to buy my books one day.”

In addition to offering travel perks, the magazine pays well and gives writers freedom, within reason, to choose their subject matter and write with style. Certain genres of flight stories are off limits, naturally: no plane crashes or woeful tales of lost luggage or rude flight attendants, and nothing too risqué.

“We’re not going to have someone write about joining the mile-high club,” said Jordan Heller, the editor in chief of Rhapsody. “Despite those restrictions, we’ve managed to come up with a lot of high-minded literary content.”

Guiding writers toward the right idea occasionally requires some gentle prodding. When Rhapsody’s executive editor asked Ms. Russell to contribute an essay about a memorable flight experience, she first pitched a story about the time she was chaperoning a group of teenagers on a trip to Europe, and their delayed plane sat at the airport in New York for several hours while other passengers got progressively drunker.

“He pointed out that disaster flights are not what people want to read about when they’re in transit, and very diplomatically suggested that maybe people want to read something that casts air travel in a more positive light,” said Ms. Russell, whose novel “Swamplandia!” was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

She turned in a nostalgia-tinged essay about her first flight on a trip to Disney World when she was 6. “The Magic Kingdom was an anticlimax,” she wrote. “What ride could compare to that first flight?”

Ms. Oates also wrote about her first flight, in a tiny yellow propeller plane piloted by her father. The novelist Joyce Maynard told of the constant disappointment of never seeing her books in airport bookstores and the thrill of finally spotting a fellow plane passenger reading her novel “Labor Day.” Emily St. John Mandel, who was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction last year, wrote about agonizing over which books to bring on a long flight.

“There’s nobody that’s looked down their noses at us as an in-flight magazine,” said Sean Manning, the magazine’s executive editor. “As big as these people are in the literary world, there’s still this untapped audience for them of luxury travelers.”

United is one of a handful of companies showcasing work by literary writers as a way to elevate their brands and engage customers. Chipotle has printed original work from writers like Toni Morrison, Jeffrey Eugenides and Barbara Kingsolver on its disposable cups and paper bags. The eyeglass company Warby Parker hosts parties for authors and sells books from 14 independent publishers in its stores.

JetBlue offers around 40 e-books from HarperCollins and Penguin Random House on its free wireless network, allowing passengers to read free samples and buy and download books. JetBlue will start offering 11 digital titles from Simon & Schuster soon. Amtrak recently forged an alliance with Penguin Random House to provide free digital samples from 28 popular titles, which passengers can buy and download over Amtrak’s admittedly spotty wireless service.

Amtrak is becoming an incubator for literary talent in its own right. Last year, it started a residency program, offering writers a free long-distance train trip and complimentary food. More than 16,000 writers applied and 24 made the cut.

Like Amtrak, Rhapsody has found that writers are eager to get onboard. On a rainy spring afternoon, Rhapsody’s editorial staff sat around a conference table discussing the June issue, which will feature an essay by the novelist Hannah Pittard and an unpublished short story by the late Elmore Leonard.

“Do you have that photo of Elmore Leonard? Can I see it?” Mr. Heller, the editor in chief, asked Rhapsody’s design director, Christos Hannides. Mr. Hannides slid it across the table and noted that they also had a photograph of cowboy spurs. “It’s very simple; it won’t take away from the literature,” he said.

Rhapsody’s office, an open space with exposed pipes and a vaulted brick ceiling, sits in Dumbo at the epicenter of literary Brooklyn, in the same converted tea warehouse as the literary journal N+1 and the digital publisher Atavist. Two of the magazine’s seven staff members hold graduate degrees in creative writing. Mr. Manning, the executive editor, has published a memoir and edited five literary anthologies.

Mr. Manning said Rhapsody was conceived from the start as a place for literary novelists to write with voice and style, and nobody had been put off that their work would live in plane cabins and airport lounges.

Still, some contributors say they wish the magazine were more widely circulated.

“I would love it if I could read it,” said Ms. Schappell, a Brooklyn-based novelist who wrote a feature story for Rhapsody’s inaugural issue. “But I never fly first class.”

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As he reflected on the festering wounds deepened by race and grievance that have been on painful display in America’s cities lately, President Obama on Monday found himself thinking about a young man he had just met named Malachi.

A few minutes before, in a closed-door round-table discussion at Lehman College in the Bronx, Mr. Obama had asked a group of black and Hispanic students from disadvantaged backgrounds what could be done to help them reach their goals. Several talked about counseling and guidance programs.

“Malachi, he just talked about — we should talk about love,” Mr. Obama told a crowd afterward, drifting away from his prepared remarks. “Because Malachi and I shared the fact that our dad wasn’t around and that sometimes we wondered why he wasn’t around and what had happened. But really, that’s what this comes down to is: Do we love these kids?”

Many presidents have governed during times of racial tension, but Mr. Obama is the first to see in the mirror a face that looks like those on the other side of history’s ledger. While his first term was consumed with the economy, war and health care, his second keeps coming back to the societal divide that was not bridged by his election. A president who eschewed focusing on race now seems to have found his voice again as he thinks about how to use his remaining time in office and beyond.

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At an event announcing the creation of a nonprofit focusing on young minority men, President Obama talked about the underlying reasons for recent protests in Baltimore and other cities.

By Associated Press on Publish Date May 4, 2015. Photo by Stephen Crowley/The New York Times.

In the aftermath of racially charged unrest in places like Baltimore, Ferguson, Mo., and New York, Mr. Obama came to the Bronx on Monday for the announcement of a new nonprofit organization that is being spun off from his White House initiative called My Brother’s Keeper. Staked by more than $80 million in commitments from corporations and other donors, the new group, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, will in effect provide the nucleus for Mr. Obama’s post-presidency, which will begin in January 2017.

“This will remain a mission for me and for Michelle not just for the rest of my presidency but for the rest of my life,” Mr. Obama said. “And the reason is simple,” he added. Referring to some of the youths he had just met, he said: “We see ourselves in these young men. I grew up without a dad. I grew up lost sometimes and adrift, not having a sense of a clear path. The only difference between me and a lot of other young men in this neighborhood and all across the country is that I grew up in an environment that was a little more forgiving.”

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Organizers said the new alliance already had financial pledges from companies like American Express, Deloitte, Discovery Communications and News Corporation. The money will be used to help companies address obstacles facing young black and Hispanic men, provide grants to programs for disadvantaged youths, and help communities aid their populations.

Joe Echevarria, a former chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, will lead the alliance, and among those on its leadership team or advisory group are executives at PepsiCo, News Corporation, Sprint, BET and Prudential Group Insurance; former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell; Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey; former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.; the music star John Legend; the retired athletes Alonzo Mourning, Jerome Bettis and Shaquille O’Neal; and the mayors of Indianapolis, Sacramento and Philadelphia.

The alliance, while nominally independent of the White House, may face some of the same questions confronting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins another presidential campaign. Some of those donating to the alliance may have interests in government action, and skeptics may wonder whether they are trying to curry favor with the president by contributing.

“The Obama administration will have no role in deciding how donations are screened and what criteria they’ll set at the alliance for donor policies, because it’s an entirely separate entity,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters on Air Force One en route to New York. But he added, “I’m confident that the members of the board are well aware of the president’s commitment to transparency.”

The alliance was in the works before the disturbances last week after the death of Freddie Gray, the black man who suffered fatal injuries while in police custody in Baltimore, but it reflected the evolution of Mr. Obama’s presidency. For him, in a way, it is coming back to issues that animated him as a young community organizer and politician. It was his own struggle with race and identity, captured in his youthful memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” that stood him apart from other presidential aspirants.

But that was a side of him that he kept largely to himself through the first years of his presidency while he focused on other priorities like turning the economy around, expanding government-subsidized health care and avoiding electoral land mines en route to re-election.

After securing a second term, Mr. Obama appeared more emboldened. Just a month after his 2013 inauguration, he talked passionately about opportunity and race with a group of teenage boys in Chicago, a moment aides point to as perhaps the first time he had spoken about these issues in such a personal, powerful way as president. A few months later, he publicly lamented the death of Trayvon Martin, a black Florida teenager, saying that “could have been me 35 years ago.”

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President Obama on Monday with Darinel Montero, a student at Bronx International High School who introduced him before remarks at Lehman College in the Bronx. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

That case, along with public ruptures of anger over police shootings in Ferguson and elsewhere, have pushed the issue of race and law enforcement onto the public agenda. Aides said they imagined that with his presidency in its final stages, Mr. Obama might be thinking more about what comes next and causes he can advance as a private citizen.

That is not to say that his public discussion of these issues has been universally welcomed. Some conservatives said he had made matters worse by seeming in their view to blame police officers in some of the disputed cases.

“President Obama, when he was elected, could have been a unifying leader,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican candidate for president, said at a forum last week. “He has made decisions that I think have inflamed racial tensions.”

On the other side of the ideological spectrum, some liberal African-American activists have complained that Mr. Obama has not done enough to help downtrodden communities. While he is speaking out more, these critics argue, he has hardly used the power of the presidency to make the sort of radical change they say is necessary.

The line Mr. Obama has tried to straddle has been a serrated one. He condemns police brutality as he defends most officers as honorable. He condemns “criminals and thugs” who looted in Baltimore while expressing empathy with those trapped in a cycle of poverty and hopelessness.

In the Bronx on Monday, Mr. Obama bemoaned the death of Brian Moore, a plainclothes New York police officer who had died earlier in the day after being shot in the head Saturday on a Queens street. Most police officers are “good and honest and fair and care deeply about their communities,” even as they put their lives on the line, Mr. Obama said.

“Which is why in addressing the issues in Baltimore or Ferguson or New York, the point I made was that if we’re just looking at policing, we’re looking at it too narrowly,” he added. “If we ask the police to simply contain and control problems that we ourselves have been unwilling to invest and solve, that’s not fair to the communities, it’s not fair to the police.”

Moreover, if society writes off some people, he said, “that’s not the kind of country I want to live in; that’s not what America is about.”

His message to young men like Malachi Hernandez, who attends Boston Latin Academy in Massachusetts, is not to give up.

“I want you to know you matter,” he said. “You matter to us.”

Obama Finds a Bolder Voice on Race Issues

The 2015 Met Gala has only officially begun, but there's a clear leader in the race for best couple, no small feat at an event that threatens to sap Hollywood of every celebrity it has for the duration of an East Coast evening.

That would be Marc Jacobs and his surprise guest (who, by some miracle, remained under wraps until their red carpet debut), Cher.

“This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time,” Mr. Jacobs said.

It is Cher's first appearance at the Met Gala since 1997, when she arrived on the arm of Donatella Versace.

– MATTHEW SCHNEIER

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“It was really nice to play with other women and not have this underlying tone of being at each other’s throats.”

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WASHINGTON — During a training course on defending against knife attacks, a young Salt Lake City police officer asked a question: “How close can somebody get to me before I’m justified in using deadly force?”

Dennis Tueller, the instructor in that class more than three decades ago, decided to find out. In the fall of 1982, he performed a rudimentary series of tests and concluded that an armed attacker who bolted toward an officer could clear 21 feet in the time it took most officers to draw, aim and fire their weapon.

The next spring, Mr. Tueller published his findings in SWAT magazine and transformed police training in the United States. The “21-foot rule” became dogma. It has been taught in police academies around the country, accepted by courts and cited by officers to justify countless shootings, including recent episodes involving a homeless woodcarver in Seattle and a schizophrenic woman in San Francisco.

Now, amid the largest national debate over policing since the 1991 beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles, a small but vocal set of law enforcement officials are calling for a rethinking of the 21-foot rule and other axioms that have emphasized how to use force, not how to avoid it. Several big-city police departments are already re-examining when officers should chase people or draw their guns and when they should back away, wait or try to defuse the situation

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