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Five observations from Duke men's basketball's first half against Notre Dame

(02/15/20 9:52pm)

Notre Dame can't boast the same kind of household recognition as Duke's previous two opponents, but so far, the Fighting Irish have lived up to their name. No. 7 Duke found itself without a high-flying freshman but pulled away late in the period Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils ended the half with a 42-32 lead in Cameron Indoor Stadium: 



Duke in the NBA: Seth Curry overtakes brother and trade deadline sends two packing

(02/15/20 3:17am)

Zion Williamson continues to dominate the hardwood in new and refreshing ways this season. However, Zion isn't the only former Blue Devil to make a splash in the past week. The Blue Zone takes a look at recent commendable performances by former Duke standouts and shake-ups caused by the NBA trade deadline:


Sundance 2020: ‘Ironbark’ is a period drama that can’t find its footing

(02/15/20 5:05am)

Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be steadily making his way through the 20th century. “War Horse” and “The Imitation Game” covered both World Wars and now the actor is tackling the Cold War in “Ironbark,” the untold story of how British civilian-turned-spy Greville Wynne worked with a Russian spy to infiltrate the Soviet nuclear initiative and prevent global annihilation. 








Wuhan is home and its doctors are family

(02/14/20 9:39am)

Underneath the hazmat suits displayed apocalyptically all over the media are my aunties and uncles. Behind the suffering looming over Wuhan, China are generations of my family’s spirited stories. Beyond a microorganism that has come to define Wuhan globally is my Wuhan—a city that gives me love, strength and an unending sense of belonging and home. 





What a swastika is and is not

(02/14/20 5:00am)

A swastika is serious. When I was twelve years old, a classmate at my Jewish day school drew a swastika in the playground dirt. He was chastised but meant nothing by it. The symbol had been present in our holocaust class and in his WWII video games, but never in our own lives. He knew but didn’t understand its meaning. 



Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘The Goop Lab’ and the endless quest for optimization

(02/14/20 5:04am)

Just 20 seconds into her new Netflix show “The Goop Lab,” Gwyneth Paltrow lays her cards on the table: “It’s all laddering up to one thing,” she says, seated at the head of a conference desk. Her skin is glowing, her blonde hair tumbles neatly down either side of her face and a large window behind her fills the room with natural light.