Earthquake Rattles Izmir, Turkey, and Greece, Killing at Least 6

Rescue workers scrambled into the early morning Saturday in a frantic effort to save people trapped under debris in the western Turkish city of Izmir, several hours after a major earthquake in the Aegean Sea leveled several buildings and severely damaged many more.

At least 24 people were killed in Turkey and hundreds were reported injured, officials said. Another two people were killed in Greece from the earthquake, which had a magnitude of 7.0 according to the United States Geological Survey, and was centered off Samos, a Greek island near Turkey’s coast.

More than 1,200 workers were involved in rescue

Down the Basement Stairs and Into the Past

The huge cardboard box had been in my mother’s basement for decades until she said, “When are you going to move that crap to your house?”

The box sat in my basement for a few more decades, until my wife said, “When are you going to clean out that crap?”

Such language, but I got the message.

So while I have been trapped at home, I have joined the huddling masses that have decided to try to declutter, starting with my overflowing basement, with plans to tackle my closet next. Throwing stuff out is so liberating. Ancient computer parts, old

China’s Leaders Vow Tech ‘Self-Reliance,’ Military Power and Economic Recovery

China’s Communist Party emerged from four days of meetings behind closed doors in Beijing declaring the country’s leader, Xi Jinping, a “helmsman” who would lead “the ship of socialism sailing into the wind and waves with determination.”

At a time when other world leaders remain consumed by the coronavirus pandemic, China promised an economic revival, greater technological self-reliance and a stronger military to protect the country’s economic and political interests.

The meeting underscored Mr. Xi’s seemingly boundless political control, as well as his ambitions to propel China out of the current crisis into a new phase of growth, less vulnerable