The New York Daily News reports Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the Boston new-wave band, died

The New York Daily News reports Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the Boston new-wave band, died in his Manhattan home today. When I was at BU my friend worked at Elsie’s diner in what is now the Hotel Buckminster. We’d see Ric and other band members eating there late nights before they got famous. Then suddenly everyone in the dorm had their first record. Sad news indeed. I don’t know whatever happened to it, but for a while, Ric Ocasek had a studio in the Back Bay or Fenway. He was extremely generous with helping young musicians out. I worked at a cafe on Newbury Street for a while that he & Paulina Porizkova used to visit sometimes. She was funny & had a wicked sweet tooth, which I could relate to. Anyway, they tipped well & were extremely nice, and I think I got a hickey to every one of his songs in junior high, so I’ll always have a soft spot for him. Here’s a Globe article about that studio. He recorded some really iconic bands there as well, Ministry, Bad Brains, Romeo Void, Cheap Trick, ’Til Tuesday etc etc Ocasek and Orr were in a CSN-style folk trio called Milkwood that released an album 5 years before The Cars’ debut!? this is wildhttps://...

Factbox: Tariff wars – duties imposed by Trump and U.S. trading partners

(Reuters) – China on Monday raised tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s decision to increase tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports last week, escalating the trade war between the world’s two largest economies. Trump has rattled the world trade order by imposing unilateral tariffs to combat what he calls unfair trade practices by China, the European Union and other major trading partners of the United States. The bulk of Trump’s tariffs have been aimed at China, covering $250 billion worth of Chinese goods so far. He also has directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to launch the process of imposing tariffs on all remaining imports from China, another $300 billion worth of goods. The latest tariff increases mark an end to a more than five-month truce after Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed in December 2018 to try to negotiate an end to the dispute. - 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese technology goods including machinery, semiconductors, autos, aircraft parts and intermediate electronics components imposed on July 6 and Aug. 23 as part of “Section 301” probe into China’s intellectual pro...