Emily Belz

Emily is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in New York City. Follow Emily on Twitter @emlybelz.

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Time with Tolkien

Art | A treasury of J.R.R. Tolkien’s paintings and notes is on display in New York
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/30/19, 01:06 pm

A New York moment: 

The Bodleian Library in Oxford loaned a trove of J.R.R. Tolkien’s sketches, doodles, and illustrations to New York’s Morgan Library & Museum, which calls it “the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations.” The exhibit closes May 12, and it has been packed in its final weeks, for good reason. Though the exhibit is contained in only two large rooms, I spent hours inside poring over Tolkien’s meticulous notes, maps, and paintings. 

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Viral complications

Health | Measles outbreaks have spiked globally amid rising vaccine doubts in Jewish, Christian, and liberal/Buddhist pockets, and a virulent strain has governments resorting to heavier interventions
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/25/19, 03:06 pm

Outside a doctor’s office in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn stood a massive sign that read in Yiddish, “If you have a fever and a rash, or have been exposed to the measles, DO NOT ENTER.” On a train between terminals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a city ad campaign showed a picture of a suitcase with the word “Measles” across it.

“Traveling overseas?” the ad read. “You might need a measles vaccine! Measles is spreading in many countries.”

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Bail reform and results

Criminal Justice | New Jersey courts reveal the outcome of removing cash bail almost entirely from their system
by Emily Belz
Posted 4/24/19, 02:40 pm

A New Jersey moment: 

A year ago I sat in a Manhattan courtroom watching arraignment after arraignment as the judge assigned bail amounts to different criminal cases. At that time, New Jersey had recently eliminated cash bail almost altogether, replacing it with a risk assessment system that would incarcerate only those who were a flight risk or a risk to the community.

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