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Happy birthday, Picasso! Museum reopens after five-year renovation
A visitor takes a picture of a Picasso painting during the press day at the Picasso Museum, on Oct. 18, 2014 in Paris, France. Credit: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images
On the 133rd birthday of the celebrated Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, the Paris museum carrying his name reopened after a facelift five years in the making.
“Give me a museum and I will fill it,” Picasso reportedly said during his lifetime.
And so he did. The co-founder of cubism, who died on Apr. 8, 1973 in the south of France, created enough works in his lifetime to fill at least three eponymous museums in Spain and France.
The Paris museum Musée Picasso Paris, which owns 5,000 Picasso pieces, closed in 2009 for the renovation, which cost about 52 million euros ($66 million) and tripled the size of the exhibition space over five floors.
French President Hollande, Le Bon, Picasso’s daughter, Maya Widmaier Picasso, as well as the new Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, were among those in attendance at the Paris museum reopening on Saturday.
“You don’t build anything on nostalgia,” Hollande said, Reuters reported. “Pablo Picasso was a painter of the future, of hope, of conquests, he freed himself from the rules of the past. He was avant-garde. France is an avant-garde country,” he said.
In June, controversy swirled in New York around Picasso’s tapestry painting ”Le Tricorne” that hung in the Four Seasons restaurant, following a legal dispute between the New York Landmarks Conservancy and the restaurant’s owners. The piece was removed from the restaurant in September.
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Early voting shifts midterm election campaign strategies
Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist waits for Gov. Rick Scott, who delayed stepping onto stage for a televised debate on Oct. 15, due to a dispute over an electric fan. Early voting in Florida is impacting the campaign strategies for both Scott and Crist, reported the Associated Press. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES — For over 1 million Californians, the Nov. 4 election is over. That’s because they’ve already voted.
A growing throng of early voters in the nation’s most populous state – perhaps comprising half of all votes to be cast in California’s general election – has stretched Election Day into weeks. Candidates who wait until the end to close the deal with voters will be too late.
“The election is not a one-day event anymore. It’s a 30-day event,” said veteran Democratic strategist Bill Carrick, who is spearheading Kennedy clan member Bobby Shriver’s campaign for Los Angeles County supervisor.
The midterm elections are just over a week away and California is one of more than 30 states in which some form of advance voting is shaping the way campaigns must be conducted. In some rural areas of the state, 8 of every 10 ballots cast could come through the mail.
The strategy-shifting dynamics caused by early voting are coming into play in states such as Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott faces a tough re-election challenge from Democrat Charlie Crist, and Iowa, where GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst hopes to defeat Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and pick up one of the six additional seats the party needs for a majority.
Just this week, first lady Michelle Obama was in Iowa City urging college students to vote early for Braley at campus polling places.
In California, where nearly all the early voting is done by mail, the number of voters who registered as permanent absentee has been on the rise. In the state’s June primary, nearly 70 percent of ballots were cast this way.
Other states focus their early voting efforts on placing polling booths in strip malls or other convenient locations weeks ahead of Election Day.
The early voting trend has been underway for years in many states, as voters seek the convenience of filling out a ballot at their kitchen table, or near where they work, shop or take classes, rather than traveling to a polling place on a particular day and waiting in line.
Almost 129 million people voted in the 2012 presidential election, 35.8 percent of them before Election Day. In the 2010 midterms, when Republicans regained control of the House, roughly 3 out of 10 voters cast early ballots.
More than 4 million people mailed in ballots in 2012 in California, up from about 3 million two years earlier.
“Vote-by-mail in California used to be something reserved for people who had permanent disabilities, people who were out of town on vacation,” said Paul Mitchell, vice president with Political Data Inc., a research powerhouse that helps campaigns identify and track voters.
Early voting has changed the timing of campaigns. Mitchell recalled a recent campaign that poured money into a last-minute TV ad buy. “They were advertising basically to ghosts, voters who had already voted,” he said.
For both major parties, finding and locking in early supporters has become essential.
The goal in the election remains the same, winning, but the playing field is longer. That means just about everything must start sooner and be maintained longer, whether TV and radio ads, phone calls to prospective voters or dispatching volunteers with clipboards to knock on doors.
Republican consultant Duane Dichiara, who is working on some hotly contested California legislative races, said the elongated voting period has increased the cost of campaigning and made it more challenging for campaigns to sustain fresh advertising messages for voters.
“It’s a long haul for everybody in the business,” he said.
Chris Long, a retired schoolteacher, was hard at work on that job this week in a Democratic campaign office in Los Angeles, where his eyes toggled between a computer screen listing voters with mail ballots and the phone he was using to reach them.
It’s a job that has evolved with technology. Each voter is assigned a bar code, and the party has access to everything from voter ages to historical records that show who is likely to vote and when. That allows volunteers such as Long to zero in on voters at the time campaigns believe they will be making their decisions.
“We have to get the right candidates elected,” said Long, wielding a plastic wand to record voter responses into the computer.
Computerized voting data allows campaigns to divide voters between those who vote by mail and those who historically go to the polls on Election Day. Yet even among absentee voters, there are differences. Some tend to mail ballots in immediately after receiving them, while others hold out until the final days.
Contact with those voters is adjusted accordingly: There is no need to mail candidate ads or make phone calls to a household where ballots were sent in weeks earlier.
To sort it out “you have campaigns within the campaigns,” said Carrick, the Democratic strategist. “You are literally chasing the ballots.”
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‘It’s just not that easy to catch:’ Dissecting the dangers of catching Ebola
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HARI SREENIVASAN: You’ve heard assurances from public health officials the last several weeks about the Ebola scare.
Tonight, we want to go into much greater detail about when the disease is dangerous and when it’s not.
For more, we are joined by Dr. Stephen Morse. He is a professor of epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University here in New York.
First, let me I guess start with the news from yesterday when the two governors said they were going to take these increased measures of quarantining medical workers who come back from these countries. Will this work or is this more of a systematic response to the fear that people have?
DR. STEPHEN MORSE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: I think largely it’s something that looks good and will make us feel better, but I think it is largely a response to the fear. After all, these health care workers, although they may be the most likely to be infected because of their close contact with the patients, are also the ones who are most likely to be responsible to take their temperature and be careful.
HARI SREENIVASAN: So, you know, there’s this line in the sand about symptomatic versus asymptomatic. People are contagious when they’re systematic. How do we know Ebola is not contagious before the victim starts showing symptoms?
DR. STEPHEN MORSE: Well, everything we know about Ebola is based on the experience of 24 epidemics from 1976 on. The virus, I don’t think, has changed that significantly. And generally, these don’t change that much. So, what we do know from past experience is it requires direct contact with infected bodily fluids of the patient, or sometimes in the case of those who succumb, the corpse, the skin can also be infectious.
So, if they’re not bleeding or vomiting or doing any of those other things, there are no infected liquids to come in contact with, the likelihood is very great that they’re not going to be able to infect anyone until they show symptoms.
HARI SREENIVASAN: So, one of the concerns has been how viruses have mutated in past. Is there any discussion of the possibility that this virus could mutate into something that’s not just transmitted from bodily fluids but something that could be transmitted by air or any other way?
DR. STEPHEN MORSE: Well, all of these viruses mutate. HIV does, influenza does, and, Ebola, of course, has been studied recently and a number of mutations have been shown but we don’t have any example ever of any virus that whatever mutations it’s undergone has changed in its route of transmission. HIV has had many opportunities to do that, and it still hasn’t really fundamentally changed in that respect.
With Ebola, it may not be so much mutation or the amount of mutation but, you know, just simply the experience we have with it suggests that it’s not going to change that much.
HARI SREENIVASAN: OK, I’d like to discuss a couple of scenarios that New Yorkers here were very concerned about and perhaps extract from that something the rest of the country could learn. So, if this individual for example, this doctor was standing a foot away on a subway car or if I had taken the taxi after he used it, what are the chances of getting it if he was showing symptoms versus if he was not?
DR. STEPHEN MORSE: If there were symptoms and if, for example, he had left some blood behind or vomited or something like that, then there might be some risk, especially if one happened to touch it, or touch it to their eyes or nose. But in most cases, there is very little risk. And if there are no symptoms, there wouldn’t be any of this material to leave behind. And there’s not that much virus in sweat during the early stages.
So, I think it would be very unlikely, in fact almost impossible, for someone to get infected by an asymptomatic patient, one who has not yet shown symptoms of disease.
HARI SREENIVASAN: one of the concerns here for example is if he touched a specific bowl ball and somebody else touched it, right? I mean, again, it has to be blood or vomit or something else?
DR. STEPHEN MORSE: Yes, in general. And in general, they have to have had symptoms already.
And we have a number of examples that I think bear this out. One of the most severely ill patients, Patrick Sawyer, flew from Monrovia, sick as could be, he was so sick he could barely get on the plane, to Lagos, Nigeria, where he thought he had to go to a meeting and insisted on going. And the Nigerian government actually did contact tracing and found all the ones they could of the other passengers on the plane. I think they found 56 other passengers, and not a single one had become infected.
So, it’s– unless you’re really getting very close, like the health care workers who are taking care of the patients, it’s just not that easy to catch.
SREENIVASAN: So, there was a lot of concern in New York when initially that first night we heard this patient had a 103 temperature, and then it was clarified that it was 100.3.
What’s the temperature that we should be concerned about?
DR. STEPHEN MORSE: Well, this depends, of course, what your normal body temperature is because some people may have a little bit low, or a little bit high from the textbook. But 103 — he is certainly, as in the Duncan case, 103 would be certainly something I would be very concerned about; 100.3 I think is still something to consider, given his circumstances, he probably knew that this was something significant. Ordinarily, you might think you were coming down with a cold or the flu or something like that. But if you have been in contact with Ebola-infected patients you might have a lower threshold for being concerned and doing something.
HARI SREENIVASAN: All right. Dr. Stephen Morse from the Mailman School of Health at Columbia University — thanks so much.
DR. STEPHEN MORSE: Thank you.
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