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Hari 02 : MADINAH – Ziarah Raudhah, Makam Nabi dan Baqi
Morning call untuk Sholat Tahajud dan Sholat Subuh di Masjid Nabawi. Sarapan Pagi di Hotel. Ziarah Raudhah, makam Baqi dan Makam sahabat-sahabat Nabi di Baqi. Shalat Dzuhur di Masjid Nabawi. Makan siang di Hotel, Ba`da Ashar Tausiah bersama Assatidz Daarut Tauhiid. Shalat Maghrib dan Isya di Masjid Nabawi. Makan Malam di Hotel. Istirahat di Hotel.

Hari 03 : MADINAH – Ziarah Kota Madinah dan Manasik Umroh
Morning call untuk Sholat Tahajud dan Shalat Subuh di Masjid Nabawi sarapan pagi di hotel. Ziarah Kota Madinah, mengunjungi: Masjid Quba, Jabal Uhud makam Syaidina Hamzah, Qiblatain, Masjid Sab`ah, Kebun Kurma dan Jabal Magnet (tantative). Makan siang di Hotel Shalat Dzuhur di Masjid Nabawi dan memperbanyak ibadah wajib dan sunah. Ba`da Ashar manasik singkat untuk bersiap umroh keesokan hari. Shalat Maghrib dan Isya di Masjid Nabawi, Makan Malam di Hotel. Istirahat di Hotel

Hari 04 : MADINAH – MAKKAH – Miqot Umroh, Umroh Wajib
Morning call untuk Sholat Tahujud dan Sholat Subuh di Masjid Nabawi, sarapan pagi di Hotel. Ziarah Raudhah dan memperbanyak ibadah wajib dan sunnah di Masjid Nabawi. Persiapan check out hotel dan bersiap untuk Ihram dan berangkat Umroh ke Mekkah. Ba`da Dzuhur berangkat ke Makkah dengan mengambil Miqot di Bir Ali. Tiba di Makkah Melaksanakan Umroh (Tawaf, Sai dan Tahalul) yang akan dipandu dan dibimbing oleh Pembimbing Ibadah.

Hari 05 : MAKKAH – Tausiah Makkah
Shalat Subuh di Masjidil Haram. Sarapan Pagi di Hotel. Jamaah diminta istirahat sampai waktu sholat dzuhur. Shalat Dzuhur di Masjidil Haram dan memperbanyak ibadah wajib dan sunnah di Masjidil Haram. Ba`da Ashar Tausiah bersama Assatidz Daarut Tauhiid dan mereview pelaksanaan Ibadah Umroh yang sudah dilaksanakan. Menuju Masjidil Haram Sholat Maghrib dan Isya. Makan Malam di Hotel. Istirahat di Hotel.

Hari 06 : MAKKAH – Ziarah Kota Makkah dan Umrah Kedua
Morning call untuk Sholat Tahajjud dan Sholat Subuh di Masjidil Haram. Jam 7 pagi akan Ziarah Kota Makkah, mengunjungi : Jabal Tsur, Masjid Namirah, Arafah, Jabal Rahmah, Muzdalifah, Mina, Jabal Nur, Ji`ronah untuk mengambil Miqat Umroh II (bagi yang ingin melaksanakan). Melewati makam ma`la (Siti Khodijah RA). Sholat Dzuhur, Tawaf dan Sa`i bagi yang melaksanakan. Melakukan Ibadah Sholat Wajib dan memperbanyak Ibadah Sunnah di Masjidil Harom. Makan Malam dan Istirahat di Hotel.

Hari 07 : MAKKAH – Tausiah
Morning call untuk Sholat Subuh di Masjidil Haram. Sebelum Sholat subuh akan dilakukan doa bersama di depan Multazam sekaligus konsultasi masing-masing bersama Pembimbing Ibadah. Teknis dan pelaksanaan akan diatur di tanah suci. Memperbanyak ibadah wajib dan sunnah di Masjidil Haram. Ba`da Ashar Tausiah bersama Assatidz Daarut Tauhiid. Menuju Masjidil Haram dan Shalat Maghrib dan Isya. Makan Malam di Hotel. Istirahat di Hotel.

Hari 08 : MEKAH – JEDDAH – JAKARTA – Tawaf Wada, Islah dan City Tour Jeddah
Morning call untuk Shola Tahajjud dan Sholat Subuh di Hotel. Sebelum Sholat subuh akan dilakukan doa bersama di depan Multazam bersama Pembimbing Ibadah. Sarapan pagi pagi di hotel. Melakukan Thawaf Wada (waktu dan pelaksanaan akan diatur di tanah suci sesuai kondisi). Check out hotel dan bersiap menuju Jeddah untuk melakukan city tour Jeddan. 4 Jam sebelum keberangkatan jamaah sudah harus berapa di Bandara King Abdul Aziz – JEDDAH. Check in keimigrasian (bersama Muhrim). Take off ke Jakarta.

Hari 09 : JAKARTA – Rombongan Berpisah di Bandara Soekarno Hatta
Insya Allah jamaah tiba di Bandara Soekarno Hatta. Mudah-mudahan Allah SWT menerima amal ibadah kita dan menjadikan Ibadah Umrah yang Mabrur. Aamiin..

 

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Jasa Pengiriman Barang - Ketepatan waktu hantaran adalah salah satu hal yang sangat paling krusial dalam memilih jasa kargo. Ketepatan waktu juga sangat dipengaruhi oleh modal transportasinya. Urutan transportasi terbaik telah berdasarkan ketepatan waktu adalah sebagai berikut :

Transportasi via udara atau pesawat terbang adalah perusahaan jasa kargo yang telah mengkhususkan diri untuk dapat memberikan service pengiriman lewat pesawat terbang. Ketepatan waktu jenis layanan ini juga cukup bisa diandalkan, kecuali pada momen momen liburan seperti Lebaran, Tahun Baru dan Natal. Karena pada situasi peak season seperti itu, biasanya airlines overload, sehingga dapat mengurangi performa service cargo. Moda transportasi jenis ini tarif pengirimannya paling mahal.

Transportasi via kereta express adalah perusahaan jasa kargo yang telah mengkhususkan diri untuk dapat memberikan service pengiriman lewat kereta express (kereta Argo Anggrek dan Kereta Express Bima). Kedua kereta tersebut sebenarnya adalah kereta penumpang express, yang telah dilengkapi dengan satu gerbong barang di belakang. Ketepatan waktu jenis layanan ini juga cukup bagus, karena ketepatan jadwal kereta express selama ini bisa diandalkan. Kelemahan dari layanan ini adalah ababila ada kecelakaan kereta, sehingga bisa dipastikan akan ada keterlambatan barang.

Transportasi via Kereta Parcel (kereta barang). Bedanya dengan kereta express adalah, bahwa kereta ini sama sekali tidak ada gerbong penumpang. Jadi, seluruh gerbongnya adalah gerbong barang. Kendalanya hampir mirip dengan kereta express.

Transportasi via truk, sering disebut sebagai trucking. Yaitu suatu jasa kargo yang telah memanfaatkan jasa truk untuk proses pengiriman barang. Kargo jenis ini performa ketepatan waktu kurang bagus, karena sangat tergantung oleh man power (sopir), armada truk, dan kepadatan di jalan raya.

Transportasi via kapal cargo adalah transportasi dengan menggunakan jasa kapal kargo atau sering disebut menggunakan kontainer. Performa tentang kecepatan dan ketepatan waktu adalah paling rendah. Walaupun begitu moda transportasi ini tidak memiliki tarif jasa pengiriman barang paling murah, jika dibandingkan dengan ke empat moda transportasi di atas.


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JASA PENGIRIMAN BARANG
Jagad Indonesia ini memungkinkan dikembangkan tanaman sayur-sayuran yang banyak bermanfaat bagi pertumbuhan dan perkembangan bagi manusia. Sehingga ditinjau dari aspek klimatologis Indonesia sangat tepat untuk dikembangkan untuk bisnis sayuran.Di antara tanaman sayur-sayuran yang mudah dibudidayakan adalah caisim. Karena caisim ini sangat mudah dikembangkan dan banyak kalangan yang menyukai dan memanfaatkannya. Selain itu juga sangat potensial untuk komersial dan prospek sangat baik.Ditinjau dari aspek klimatologis, aspek teknis, aspek ekonomis dan aspek sosialnya sangat mendukung, sehingga memiliki kelayakan untuk diusahakan di Indonesia. Sebutan sawi orang asing adalah mustard. Perdagangan internasional dengan sebutan green mustard, chinese mustard, indian mustard ataupun sarepta mustard. Orang Jawa, Madura menyebutnya dengan sawi, sedang orang Sunda menyebut sasawi. B. MANFAAT. Manfaat sawi sangat baik untuk menghilangkan rasa gatal di tenggorokan pada penderita batuk. Penyembuh penyakit kepala, bahan pembersih darah, memperbaiki fungsi ginjal, serta memperbaiki dan memperlancar pencernaan. Sedangkan kandungan yang terdapat pada sawi adalah protein, lemak, karbohidrat, Ca, P, Fe, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, dan Vitamin C. JENIS SAWI A. KLASIFIKASI BOTANI. Divisi : Spermatophyta. Subdivisi : Angiospermae. Kelas : Dicotyledonae. Ordo : Rhoeadales (Brassicales). Famili : Cruciferae (Brassicaceae). Genus : Brassica. Spesies : Brassica Juncea. B. JENIS-JENIS SAWI. Secara umum tanaman sawi biasanya mempunyai daun panjang, halus, tidak berbulu, dan tidak berkrop. Petani kita hanya mengenal 3 macam sawi yang biasa dibudidayakan yaitu : sawi putih (sawi jabung), sawi hijau, dan sawi huma. Sekarang ini masyarakat lebih mengenal caisim alias sawi bakso. Selain itu juga ada pula jenis sawi keriting dan sawi sawi monumen. Caisim alias sawi bakso ada juga yang menyebutnya sawi cina., merupakan jenis sawi yang paling banyak dijajakan di pasar-pasae dewasa ini. Tangkai daunnya panjang, langsing, berwarna putih kehijauan. Daunnya lebar memanjang, tipis dan berwarna hijau. Rasanya yang renyah, segar, dengan sedikit sekali rasa pahit. Selain enak ditumis atau dioseng, juga untuk pedangan mie bakso, mie ayam, atau restoran cina. SYARAT TUMBUH Sawi bukan tanaman asli Indonesia, menurut asalnya di Asia. Karena Indonesia mempunyai kecocokan terhadap iklim, cuaca dan tanahnya sehingga dikembangkan di Indonesia ini. Tanaman sawi dapat tumbuh baik di tempat yang berhawa panas maupun berhawa dingin, sehingga dapat diusahakan dari dataran rendah maupun dataran tinggi. Meskipun demikian pada kenyataannya hasil yang diperoleh lebih baik di dataran tinggi Daerah penanaman yang cocok adalah mulai dari ketinggian 5 meter sampai dengan 1.200 meter di atas permukaan laut. Namun biasanya dibudidayakan pada daerah yang mempunyai ketinggian 100 meter sampai 500 meter dpl. Tanaman sawi tahan terhadap air hujan, sehingga dapat di tanam sepanjang tahun. Pada musim kemarau yang perlu diperhatikan adalah penyiraman secara teratur. Berhubung dalam pertumbuhannya tanaman ini membutuhkan hawa yang sejuk. lebih cepat tumbuh apabila ditanam dalam suasana lembab. Akan tetapi tanaman ini juga tidak senang pada air yang menggenang. Dengan demikian, tanaman ini cocok bils di tanam pada akhir musim penghujan. Tanah yang cocok untuk ditanami sawi adalah tanah gembur, banyak mengandung humus, subur, serta pembuangan airnya baik. Derajat kemasaman (pH) tanah yang optimum untuk pertumbuhannya adalah antara pH 6 sampai pH 7. BUDIDAYA TANAMAN SAWI Cara bertanam sawi sesungguhnya tak berbeda jauh dengan budidaya sayuran pada umumnya. Budidaya konvensional di lahan meliputi proses pengolahan lahan, penyiapan benih, teknik penanaman, penyediaan pupuk dan pestisida, serta pemeliharaan tanaman. Sawi dapat ditanam secara monokultur maupun tunmpang sari. Tanaman yang dapat ditumpangsarikan antara lain : bawang dau, wortel, bayam, kangkung darat. Sedangkan menanam benih sawi ada yang secara langsung tetapi ada juga melalui pembibitan terlebih dahulu. Berikut ini akan dibahas mengenai teknik budidaya sawi secara konvensional di lahan. A. BENIH. Benih merupakan salah satu faktor penentu keberhasilan usaha tani. Benih yang baik akan menghasilkan tanaman yang tumbuh dengan bagus. Kebutuhan benih sawi untuk setiap hektar lahan tanam sebesar 750 gram. Benih sawi berbentuk bulat, kecil-kecil. Permukaannya licin mengkilap dan agak keras. Warna kulit benih coklat kehitaman. Benih yang akan kita gunakan harus mempunyai kualitas yang baik, seandainya beli harus kita perhatikan lama penyimpanan, varietas, kadar air, suhu dan tempat menyimpannya. Selain itu juga harus memperhatikan kemasan benih harus utuh. kemasan yang baik adalah dengan alumunium foil. Apabila benih yang kita gunakan dari hasil pananaman kita harus memperhatikan kualitas benih itu, misalnya tanaman yang akan diambil sebagai benih harus berumur lebih dari 70 hari. Dan penanaman sawi yang akan dijadikan benih terpisah dari tanaman sawi yang lain. Juga memperhatikan proses yang akan dilakukan mesilnya dengan dianginkan, tempat penyimpanan dan diharapkan lama penggunaan benih tidak lebih dari 3 tahun. B. PENGOLAHAN TANAH. Pengolahan tanah secara umum melakukan penggemburan dan pembuatan bedengan. Tahap-tahap pengemburan yaitu pencangkulan untuk memperbaiki struktur tanah dan sirkulasi udara dan pemberian pupuk dasar untuk memperbaiki fisik serta kimia tanah yang akan menambah kesuburan lahan yang akan kita gunakan. Tanah yang hendak digemburkan harus dibersihkan dari bebatuan, rerumputan, semak atau pepohonan yang tumbuh. Dan bebas dari daerah ternaungi, karena tanaman sawi suka pada cahaya matahari secara langsung. Sedangkan kedalaman tanah yang dicangkul sedalam 20 sampai 40 cm. Pemberian pupuk organik sangat baik untuk penyiapan tanah. Sebagai contoh pemberian pupuk kandang yang baik yaitu 10 ton/ha. Pupuk kandang diberikan saat penggemburan agar cepat merata dan bercampur dengan tanah yang akan kita gunakan Bila daerah yang mempunyai pH terlalu rendah (asam) sebaiknya dilakukan pengapuran. Pengapuran ini bertujuan untuk menaikkan derajad keasam tanah, pengapuran ini dilakukan jauh-jauh sebelum penanaman benih, yaitu kira-kira 2 sampai 4 minggu sebelumnya. Sehingga waktu yang baik dalam melakukan penggemburan tanah yaitu 2 – 4 minggu sebelum lahan hendak ditanam. Jenis kapur yang digunakan adalah kapur kalsit (CaCO3) atau dolomit (CaMg(CO3)2). C. PEMBIBITAN. Pembibitan dapat dilakukan bersamaan dengan pengolahan tanah untuk penanaman. Karena lebih efisien dan benih akan lebih cepat beradaptasi terhadap lingkungannya. Sedang ukuran bedengan pembibitan yaitu lebar 80 – 120 cm dan panjangnya 1 – 3 meter. Curah hujan lebih dari 200 mm/bulan, tinggi bedengan 20 – 30 cm. Dua minggu sebelum di tabur benih, bedengan pembibitan ditaburi dengan pupuk kandang lalu di tambah 20 gram urea, 10 gram TSP, dan 7,5 gram Kcl. Cara melakukan pembibitan ialah sebagai berikut : benih ditabur, lalu ditutupi tanah setebal 1 – 2 cm, lalu disiram dengan sprayer, kemudian diamati 3 – 5 hari benih akan tumbuh setelah berumur 3 – 4 minggu sejak disemaikan tanaman dipindahkan ke bedengan. D. PENANAMAN. Bedengan dengan ukuran lebar 120 cm dan panjang sesuai dengan ukuran petak tanah. Tinggi bedeng 20 – 30 cm dengan jarak antar bedeng 30 cm, seminggu sebelum penanaman dilakukan pemupukan terlebih dahulu yaitu pupuk kandang 10 ton/ha, TSP 100 kg/ha, Kcl 75 kg/ha Sedang jarak tanam dalam bedengan 40 x 40 cm , 30 x 30 dan 20 x 20 cm. Pilihlah bibit yang baik, pindahkan bibit dengan hati-hati, lalu membuat lubang dengan ukuran 4 – 8 x 6 – 10 cm. E. PEMELIHARAAN. Pemeliharaan adalah hal yang penting. Sehingga akan sangat berpengaruh terhadap hasil yang akan didapat. Pertama-tama yang perlu diperhatikan adalah penyiraman, penyiraman ini tergantung pada musim, bila musim penghujan dirasa berlebih maka kita perlu melakukan pengurangan air yang ada, tetapi sebaliknya bila musim kemarau tiba kita harus menambah air demi kecukupan tanaman sawi yang kita tanam. Bila tidak terlalu panaspenyiraman dilakukan sehari cukup sekali sore atau pagi hari. Tahap selanjutnya yaitu penjarangan, penjarangan dilakukan 2 minggu setelah penanaman. Caranya dengan mencabut tanaman yang tumbuh terlalu rapat. Selanjutnya tahap yang dilakukan adalah penyulaman, penyulaman ialah tindakan penggantian tanaman ini dengan tanaman baru. Caranya sangat mudah yaitu tanaman yang mati atau terserang hama dan penyakit diganti dengan tanaman yang baru. Penyiangan biasanya dilakukan 2 – 4 kali selama masa pertanaman sawi, disesuaikan dengan kondisi keberadaan gulma pada bedeng penanaman. Biasanya penyiangan dilakukan 1 atau 2 minggu setelah penanaman. Apabila perlu dilakukan penggemburan dan pengguludan bersamaan dengan penyiangan. Pemupukan tambahan diberikan setelah 3 minggu tanam, yaitu dengan urea 50 kg/ha. Dapat juga dengan satu sendok the sekitar 25 gram dilarutkan dalam 25 liter air dapat disiramkan untuk 5 m bedengan. PENANAMAN VERTIKULTUR Langkah – angkah penanaman secara vertikultur adalah sebagai berikut : 1. Benih disemaikan pada kotak persemaian denagn media pasir. Bibit dirawat hingga siap ditanaman pada umur 14 hari sejak benih disemaikan. 2. Sediakan media tanam berupa tanah top soil, pupuk kandang, pasir dan kompos dengan perbandingan 2:1:1:1 yang dicampur secara merata. 3. Masukkan campuran media tanam tersebut ke dalam polibag yang berukuran 20 x 30 cm. 4. Pindahkan bibit tanaman yang sudah siap tanam ke dalam polibag yang tersedia. Tanaman yang dipindahkan biasanya telah berdaun 3 – 5 helai. 5. Polibag yang sudah ditanami disusun pada rak-rak yang tersedia pada Lath House. PENANAMAN HIDROPONIK. Langkah-langkah penanaman secara hidroponik adalah sebagai berikut : 1. Siapkan wadah persemaian . Masukkan media berupa pasir halus yang disterilkan setebal 3 – 4 cm. Taburkan benih sawi di atasnya selanjutnya tutupi kembali dengan lapisan pasir setebal 0,5 cm. 2. Setelah bibit tumbuh dan berdaun 3 – 5 helai (umur 3 – 4 minggu0, bibit dicabut dengan hati-hati, selanjutnya bagian akarnya dicuci dengan air hingga bersih, akar yang terlalu panjang dapat digunting. 3. Bak penanaman diisi bagian bawahnya dengan kerikil steril setebal 7 – 10 cm, selanjutnya di sebelah atas ditambahkan lapisan pasir kasar yang juga sudah steril setebal 20 cm. 4. Buat lubang penanaman dengan jarak sekitar 25 x 25 cm, masukkan bibit ke lubang tersebut, tutupi bagian akar bibit dengan media hingga melewati leher akar, usahakan posisi bibit tegak lurus dengan media. 5. Berikan larutan hidroponik lewat penyiraman, dapat pula pemberian dilakukan dengan sistem drip irigation atau sistem lainnya, tanaman baru selanjutnya dipelihara hingga tumbuh besar. HAMA DAN PENYAKIT A. HAMA. 1. Ulat titik tumbuh (Crocidolomia binotalis Zell.). 2. Ulat tritip (Plutella maculipennis). 3. Siput (Agriolimas sp.). 4. Ulat Thepa javanica. 5. Cacing bulu (cut worm). BUDIDAYA TANAMAN SAWI

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Saco-Indonesia.com Perlu diketahui senyum adalah aset penampilan yang harus dijaga. Akan tetapi, meski kita rajin menyikat gigi, kontrol ke dokter, bahkan menggunakan produk pemutih gigi, sering kali muncul noda kecoklatan yang mengganggu penampilan. Kenali tujuh musuh senyuman yang membuat penampilan jadi berantakan.

1. "Sport drink"

Minuman yang kini tengah merajai pasar ini ternyata tidak bersahabat untuk gigi Anda. Kandungan gulanya yang tinggi bisa memicu timbulnya plak yang akhirnya berujung pada gigi berlubang, bahkan gigi tanggal.

"Penelitian ilmiah menemukan kadar pH di banyak produk sport drink bisa menyebabkan erosi gigi karena tingginya konsenstrasi senyawa asam yang bisa mengikis enamel gigi," kata David F Halpern, Presiden Academy of General Dentistry.

2. Tembakau

Rokok memang bisa meninggalkan noda kekuningan di gigi, tapi masih ada sederet kerusakan lain yang diakibatkan oleh rokok. Tar dalam rokok akan memicu pembentukan lapisan lengket di gigi yang menyebabkan bakteri penghasil asam makin berkembang biak. Para perokok juga berisiko tinggi menderita radang gusi dan kanker tenggorokan.

3. Kehamilan dan pubertas

Perubahan hormon yang terjadi pada masa kehamilan dan masa pubertas bisa memicu peradangan pada gusi yang menyebabkan gingivitis yang ditandai oleh gusi bengkak dan berdarah. Penelitian juga mengaitkan risiko kelahiran prematur pada ibu yang menderita radang gusi. Cegah hal ini dengan kebersihan diri yang baik. Rutin menyikat gigi, terutama pada ibu hamil yang mengalami morning sickness, sangat dianjurkan.

4. Minuman panas

Hobi Anda mengonsumsi minuman panas bisa menjadi biang keladi mengapa senyum Anda tidak cemerlang. "Kopi dan teh mengandung senyawa yang bisa menyebabkan plak gigi," kata Halpern.

5. "Soft drink"

Kebiasaan menenggak minuman bersoda yang tinggi gula akan menyebabkan gigi mudah berlubang, infeksi pada gusi, dan noda kecoklatan pada gigi.

6. Diet

Diet ketat dan pola makan yang tidak sehat akan menyebabkan tubuh kekurangan vitamin yang diperlukan untuk mendapatkan senyum cantik. Beberapa nutrisi yang penting untuk kesehatan gigi dan gusi antara lain adalah vitamin B, asam folat, protein, kalsium, dan vitamin C.

7. Mulut kering

Mulut yang kering bukan cuma menyebabkan napas berbau tidak sedap, melainkan juga bisa merusak gigi. Hal ini karena air liur berfungsi untuk membersihkan bakteri penyebab lubang serta menetralkan asam di mulut. Tingkatkan produksi air liur dengan mengonsumsi cukup air, mengunyah permen tanpa gula, atau menggunakan pasta gigi yang mengandung fluoride.

 

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Editor : Maulana Lee
Ada Tujuh Musuh Senyum Sehat

THE WRITERS ASHLEY AND JAQUAVIS COLEMAN know the value of a good curtain-raiser. The couple have co-authored dozens of novels, and they like to start them with a bang: a headlong action sequence, a blast of violence or sex that rocks readers back on their heels. But the Colemans concede they would be hard-pressed to dream up anything more gripping than their own real-life opening scene.

In the summer of 2001, JaQuavis Coleman was a 16-year-old foster child in Flint, Mich., the former auto-manufacturing mecca that had devolved, in the wake of General Motors’ plant closures, into one of the country’s most dangerous cities, with a decimated economy and a violent crime rate more than three times the national average. When JaQuavis was 8, social services had removed him from his mother’s home. He spent years bouncing between foster families. At 16, JaQuavis was also a businessman: a crack dealer with a network of street-corner peddlers in his employ.

One day that summer, JaQuavis met a fellow dealer in a parking lot on Flint’s west side. He was there to make a bulk sale of a quarter-brick, or “nine-piece” — a nine-ounce parcel of cocaine, with a street value of about $11,000. In the middle of the transaction, JaQuavis heard the telltale chirp of a walkie-talkie. His customer, he now realized, was an undercover policeman. JaQuavis jumped into his car and spun out onto the road, with two unmarked police cars in pursuit. He didn’t want to get into a high-speed chase, so he whipped his car into a church parking lot and made a run for it, darting into an alleyway behind a row of small houses, where he tossed the quarter-brick into some bushes. When JaQuavis reached the small residential street on the other side of the houses, he was greeted by the police, who handcuffed him and went to search behind the houses where, they told him, they were certain he had ditched the drugs. JaQuavis had been dealing since he was 12, had amassed more than $100,000 and had never been arrested. Now, he thought: It’s over.

But when the police looked in the bushes, they couldn’t find any cocaine. They interrogated JaQuavis, who denied having ever possessed or sold drugs. They combed the backyard alley some more. After an hour of fruitless efforts, the police were forced to unlock the handcuffs and release their suspect.

JaQuavis was baffled by the turn of events until the next day, when he received a phone call. The previous afternoon, a 15-year-old girl had been sitting in her home on the west side of Flint when she heard sirens. She looked out of the window of her bedroom, and watched a young man throw a package in the bushes behind her house. She recognized him. He was a high school classmate — a handsome, charismatic boy whom she had admired from afar. The girl crept outside and grabbed the bundle, which she hid in her basement. “I have something that belongs to you,” Ashley Snell told JaQuavis Coleman when she reached him by phone. “You wanna come over here and pick it up?”

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Three of the nearly 50 works of urban fiction published by the Colemans over the last decade, often featuring drug deals, violence, sex and a brash kind of feminism.Credit Marko Metzinger

In the Colemans’ first novel, “Dirty Money” (2005), they told a version of this story. The outline was the same: the drug deal gone bad, the dope chucked in the bushes, the fateful phone call. To the extent that the authors took poetic license, it was to tone down the meet-cute improbability of the true-life events. In “Dirty Money,” the girl, Anari, and the crack dealer, Maurice, circle each other warily for a year or so before coupling up. But the facts of Ashley and JaQuavis’s romance outstripped pulp fiction. They fell in love more or less at first sight, moved into their own apartment while still in high school and were married in 2008. “We were together from the day we met,” Ashley says. “I don’t think we’ve spent more than a week apart in total over the past 14 years.”

That partnership turned out to be creative and entrepreneurial as well as romantic. Over the past decade, the Colemans have published nearly 50 books, sometimes as solo writers, sometimes under pseudonyms, but usually as collaborators with a byline that has become a trusted brand: “Ashley & JaQuavis.” They are marquee stars of urban fiction, or street lit, a genre whose inner-city settings and lurid mix of crime, sex and sensationalism have earned it comparisons to gangsta rap. The emergence of street lit is one of the big stories in recent American publishing, a juggernaut that has generated huge sales by catering to a readership — young, black and, for the most part, female — that historically has been ill-served by the book business. But the genre is also widely maligned. Street lit is subject to a kind of triple snobbery: scorned by literati who look down on genre fiction generally, ignored by a white publishing establishment that remains largely indifferent to black books and disparaged by African-American intellectuals for poor writing, coarse values and trafficking in racial stereotypes.

But if a certain kind of cultural prestige is shut off to the Colemans, they have reaped other rewards. They’ve built a large and loyal fan base, which gobbles up the new Ashley & JaQuavis titles that arrive every few months. Many of those books are sold at street-corner stands and other off-the-grid venues in African-American neighborhoods, a literary gray market that doesn’t register a blip on best-seller tallies. Yet the Colemans’ most popular series now regularly crack the trade fiction best-seller lists of The New York Times and Publishers Weekly. For years, the pair had no literary agent; they sold hundreds of thousands of books without banking a penny in royalties. Still, they have earned millions of dollars, almost exclusively from cash-for-manuscript deals negotiated directly with independent publishing houses. In short, though little known outside of the world of urban fiction, the Colemans are one of America’s most successful literary couples, a distinction they’ve achieved, they insist, because of their work’s gritty authenticity and their devotion to a primal literary virtue: the power of the ripping yarn.

“When you read our books, you’re gonna realize: ‘Ashley & JaQuavis are storytellers,’ ” says Ashley. “Our tales will get your heart pounding.”

THE COLEMANS’ HOME BASE — the cottage from which they operate their cottage industry — is a spacious four-bedroom house in a genteel suburb about 35 miles north of downtown Detroit. The house is plush, but when I visited this past winter, it was sparsely appointed. The couple had just recently moved in, and had only had time to fully furnish the bedroom of their 4-year-old son, Quaye.

In conversation, Ashley and JaQuavis exude both modesty and bravado: gratitude for their good fortune and bootstrappers’ pride in having made their own luck. They talk a lot about their time in the trenches, the years they spent as a drug dealer and “ride-or-die girl” tandem. In Flint they learned to “grind hard.” Writing, they say, is merely a more elevated kind of grind.

“Instead of hitting the block like we used to, we hit the laptops,” says Ashley. “I know what every word is worth. So while I’m writing, I’m like: ‘Okay, there’s a hundred dollars. There’s a thousand dollars. There’s five thousand dollars.’ ”

They maintain a rigorous regimen. They each try to write 5,000 words per day, five days a week. The writers stagger their shifts: JaQuavis goes to bed at 7 p.m. and wakes up early, around 3 or 4 in the morning, to work while his wife and child sleep. Ashley writes during the day, often in libraries or at Starbucks.

They divide the labor in other ways. Chapters are divvied up more or less equally, with tasks assigned according to individual strengths. (JaQuavis typically handles character development. Ashley loves writing murder scenes.) The results are stitched together, with no editorial interference from one author in the other’s text. The real work, they contend, is the brainstorming. The Colemans spend weeks mapping out their plot-driven books — long conversations that turn into elaborate diagrams on dry-erase boards. “JaQuavis and I are so close, it makes the process real easy,” says Ashley. “Sometimes when I’m thinking of something, a plot point, he’ll say it out loud, and I’m like: ‘Wait — did I say that?’ ”

Their collaboration developed by accident, and on the fly. Both were bookish teenagers. Ashley read lots of Judy Blume and John Grisham; JaQuavis liked Shakespeare, Richard Wright and “Atlas Shrugged.” (Their first official date was at a Borders bookstore, where Ashley bought “The Coldest Winter Ever,” the Sister Souljah novel often credited with kick-starting the contemporary street-lit movement.) In 2003, Ashley, then 17, was forced to terminate an ectopic pregnancy. She was bedridden for three weeks, and to provide distraction and boost her spirits, JaQuavis challenged his girlfriend to a writing contest. “She just wasn’t talking. She was laying in bed. I said, ‘You know what? I bet you I could write a better book than you.’ My wife is real competitive. So I said, ‘Yo, all right, $500 bet.’ And I saw her eyes spark, like, ‘What?! You can’t write no better book than me!’ So I wrote about three chapters. She wrote about three chapters. Two days later, we switched.”

The result, hammered out in a few days, would become “Dirty Money.” Two years later, when Ashley and JaQuavis were students at Ferris State University in Western Michigan, they sold the manuscript to Urban Books, a street-lit imprint founded by the best-selling author Carl Weber. At the time, JaQuavis was still making his living selling drugs. When Ashley got the phone call informing her that their book had been bought, she assumed they’d hit it big, and flushed more than $10,000 worth of cocaine down the toilet. Their advance was a mere $4,000.

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The roots of street lit, found in the midcentury detective novels of Chester Himes and the ‘60s and ‘70s “ghetto fiction” of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines.Credit Marko Metzinger

Those advances would soon increase, eventually reaching five and six figures. The Colemans built their career, JaQuavis says, in a manner that made sense to him as a veteran dope peddler: by flooding the street with product. From the start, they were prolific, churning out books at a rate of four or five a year. Their novels made their way into stores; the now-defunct chain Waldenbooks, which had stores in urban areas typically bypassed by booksellers, was a major engine of the street-lit market. But Ashley and JaQuavis took advantage of distribution channels established by pioneering urban fiction authors such as Teri Woods and Vickie Stringer, and a network of street-corner tables, magazine stands, corner shops and bodegas. Like rappers who establish their bona fides with gray-market mixtapes, street-lit authors use this system to circumnavigate industry gatekeepers, bringing their work straight to the genre’s core readership. But urban fiction has other aficionados, in less likely places. “Our books are so popular in the prison system,” JaQuavis says. “We’re banned in certain penitentiaries. Inmates fight over the books — there are incidents, you know? I have loved ones in jail, and they’re like: ‘Yo, your books can’t come in here. It’s against the rules.’ ”

The appeal of the Colemans’ work is not hard to fathom. The books are formulaic and taut; they deliver the expected goods efficiently and exuberantly. The titles telegraph the contents: “Diary of a Street Diva,” “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang,” “Murderville.” The novels serve up a stream of explicit sex and violence in a slangy, tangy, profane voice. In Ashley & JaQuavis’s books people don’t get killed: they get “popped,” “laid out,” get their “cap twisted back.” The smut is constant, with emphasis on the earthy, sticky, olfactory particulars. Romance novel clichés — shuddering orgasms, heroic carnal feats, superlative sexual skill sets — are rendered in the Colemans’ punchy patois.

Subtlety, in other words, isn’t Ashley & JaQuavis’s forte. But their books do have a grainy specificity. In “The Cartel” (2008), the first novel in the Colemans’ best-selling saga of a Miami drug syndicate, they catch the sights and smells of a crack workshop in a housing project: the nostril-stinging scent of cocaine and baking soda bubbling on stovetops; the teams of women, stripped naked except for hospital masks so they can’t pilfer the merchandise, “cutting up the cooked coke on the round wood table.” The subject matter is dark, but the Colemans’ tone is not quite noir. Even in the grimmest scenes, the mood is high-spirited, with the writers palpably relishing the lewd and gory details: the bodies writhing in boudoirs and crumpling under volleys of bullets, the geysers of blood and other bodily fluids.

The luridness of street lit has made it a flashpoint, inciting controversy reminiscent of the hip-hop culture wars of the 1980s and ’90s. But the street-lit debate touches deeper historical roots, reviving decades-old arguments in black literary circles about the mandate to uplift the race and present wholesome images of African-Americans. In 1928, W. E. B. Du Bois slammed the “licentiousness” of “Home to Harlem,” Claude McKay’s rollicking novel of Harlem nightlife. McKay’s book, Du Bois wrote, “for the most part nauseates me, and after the dirtier parts of its filth I feel distinctly like taking a bath.” Similar sentiments have greeted 21st-century street lit. In a 2006 New York Times Op-Ed essay, the journalist and author Nick Chiles decried “the sexualization and degradation of black fiction.” African-American bookstores, Chiles complained, are “overrun with novels that . . . appeal exclusively to our most prurient natures — as if these nasty books were pairing off back in the stockrooms like little paperback rabbits and churning out even more graphic offspring that make Ralph Ellison books cringe into a dusty corner.”

Copulating paperbacks aside, it’s clear that the street-lit debate is about more than literature, touching on questions of paternalism versus populism, and on middle-class anxieties about the black underclass. “It’s part and parcel of black elites’ efforts to define not only a literary tradition, but a racial politics,” said Kinohi Nishikawa, an assistant professor of English and African-American Studies at Princeton University. “There has always been a sense that because African-Americans’ opportunities to represent themselves are so limited in the first place, any hint of criminality or salaciousness would necessarily be a knock on the entire racial politics. One of the pressing debates about African-American literature today is: If we can’t include writers like Ashley & JaQuavis, to what extent is the foundation of our thinking about black literature faulty? Is it just a literature for elites? Or can it be inclusive, bringing urban fiction under the purview of our umbrella term ‘African-American literature’?”

Defenders of street lit note that the genre has a pedigree: a tradition of black pulp fiction that stretches from Chester Himes, the midcentury author of hardboiled Harlem detective stories, to the 1960s and ’70s “ghetto fiction” of Iceberg Slim and Donald Goines, to the current wave of urban fiction authors. Others argue for street lit as a social good, noting that it attracts a large audience that might otherwise never read at all. Scholars like Nishikawa link street lit to recent studies showing increased reading among African-Americans. A 2014 Pew Research Center report found that a greater percentage of black Americans are book readers than whites or Latinos.

For their part, the Colemans place their work in the broader black literary tradition. “You have Maya Angelou, Alice Walker, James Baldwin — all of these traditional black writers, who wrote about the struggles of racism, injustice, inequality,” says Ashley. “We’re writing about the struggle as it happens now. It’s just a different struggle. I’m telling my story. I’m telling the struggle of a black girl from Flint, Michigan, who grew up on welfare.”

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The Colemans in their new four-bedroom house in the northern suburbs of Detroit.Credit Courtesy of Ashley and JaQuavis Coleman

Perhaps there is a high-minded case to be made for street lit. But the virtues of Ashley & JaQuavis’s work are more basic. Their novels do lack literary polish. The writing is not graceful; there are passages of clunky exposition and sex scenes that induce guffaws and eye rolls. But the pleasure quotient is high. The books flaunt a garish brand of feminism, with women characters cast not just as vixens, but also as gangsters — cold-blooded killers, “murder mamas.” The stories are exceptionally well-plotted. “The Cartel” opens by introducing its hero, the crime boss Carter Diamond; on page 9, a gunshot spatters Diamond’s brain across the interior of a police cruiser. The book then flashes back seven years and begins to hurtle forward again — a bullet train, whizzing readers through shifting alliances, romantic entanglements and betrayals, kidnappings, shootouts with Haitian and Dominican gangsters, and a cliffhanger closing scene that leaves the novel’s heroine tied to a chair in a basement, gruesomely tortured to the edge of death. Ashley & JaQuavis’s books are not Ralph Ellison, certainly, but they build up quite a head of steam. They move.

The Colemans are moving themselves these days. They recently signed a deal with St. Martin’s Press, which will bring out the next installment in the “Cartel” series as well as new solo series by both writers. The St. Martin’s deal is both lucrative and legitimizing — a validation of Ashley and JaQuavis’s work by one of publishing’s most venerable houses. The Colemans’ ambitions have grown, as well. A recent trilogy, “Murderville,” tackles human trafficking and the blood-diamond industry in West Africa, with storylines that sweep from Sierra Leone to Mexico to Los Angeles. Increasingly, Ashley & JaQuavis are leaning on research — traveling to far-flung settings and hitting the books in the libraries — and spending less time mining their own rough-and-tumble past.

But Flint remains a source of inspiration. One evening not long ago, JaQuavis led me on a tour of his hometown: a popular roadside bar; the parking lot where he met the undercover cop for the ill-fated drug deal; Ashley’s old house, the site of his almost-arrest. He took me to a ramshackle vehicle repair shop on Flint’s west side, where he worked as a kid, washing cars. He showed me a bathroom at the rear of the garage, where, at age 12, he sneaked away to inspect the first “boulder” of crack that he ever sold. A spray-painted sign on the garage wall, which JaQuavis remembered from his time at the car wash, offered words of warning:

WHAT EVERY YOUNG MAN SHOULD KNOW
ABOUT USING A GUN:
MURDER . . . 30 Years
ARMED ROBBERY . . . 15 Years
ASSAULT . . . 15 Years
RAPE . . . 20 Years
POSSESSION . . . 5 Years
JACKING . . . 20 YEARS

“We still love Flint, Michigan,” JaQuavis says. “It’s so seedy, so treacherous. But there’s some heart in this city. This is where it all started, selling books out the box. In the days when we would get those little $40,000 advances, they’d send us a couple boxes of books for free. We would hit the streets to sell our books, right out of the car trunk. It was a hustle. It still is.”

One old neighborhood asset that the Colemans have not shaken off is swagger. “My wife is the best female writer in the game,” JaQuavis told me. “I believe I’m the best male writer in the game. I’m sleeping next to the best writer in the world. And she’s doing the same.”

 
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Even as a high school student, Dave Goldberg was urging female classmates to speak up. As a young dot-com executive, he had one girlfriend after another, but fell hard for a driven friend named Sheryl Sandberg, pining after her for years. After they wed, Mr. Goldberg pushed her to negotiate hard for high compensation and arranged his schedule so that he could be home with their children when she was traveling for work.

Mr. Goldberg, who died unexpectedly on Friday, was a genial, 47-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur who built his latest company, SurveyMonkey, from a modest enterprise to one recently valued by investors at $2 billion. But he was also perhaps the signature male feminist of his era: the first major chief executive in memory to spur his wife to become as successful in business as he was, and an essential figure in “Lean In,” Ms. Sandberg’s blockbuster guide to female achievement.

Over the weekend, even strangers were shocked at his death, both because of his relatively young age and because they knew of him as the living, breathing, car-pooling center of a new philosophy of two-career marriage.

“They were very much the role models for what this next generation wants to grapple with,” said Debora L. Spar, the president of Barnard College. In a 2011 commencement speech there, Ms. Sandberg told the graduates that whom they married would be their most important career decision.

In the play “The Heidi Chronicles,” revived on Broadway this spring, a male character who is the founder of a media company says that “I don’t want to come home to an A-plus,” explaining that his ambitions require him to marry an unthreatening helpmeet. Mr. Goldberg grew up to hold the opposite view, starting with his upbringing in progressive Minneapolis circles where “there was woman power in every aspect of our lives,” Jeffrey Dachis, a childhood friend, said in an interview.

The Goldberg parents read “The Feminine Mystique” together — in fact, Mr. Goldberg’s father introduced it to his wife, according to Ms. Sandberg’s book. In 1976, Paula Goldberg helped found a nonprofit to aid children with disabilities. Her husband, Mel, a law professor who taught at night, made the family breakfast at home.

Later, when Dave Goldberg was in high school and his prom date, Jill Chessen, stayed silent in a politics class, he chastised her afterward. He said, “You need to speak up,” Ms. Chessen recalled in an interview. “They need to hear your voice.”

Years later, when Karin Gilford, an early employee at Launch Media, Mr. Goldberg’s digital music company, became a mother, he knew exactly what to do. He kept giving her challenging assignments, she recalled, but also let her work from home one day a week. After Yahoo acquired Launch, Mr. Goldberg became known for distributing roses to all the women in the office on Valentine’s Day.

Ms. Sandberg, who often describes herself as bossy-in-a-good-way, enchanted him when they became friendly in the mid-1990s. He “was smitten with her,” Ms. Chessen remembered. Ms. Sandberg was dating someone else, but Mr. Goldberg still hung around, even helping her and her then-boyfriend move, recalled Bob Roback, a friend and co-founder of Launch. When they finally married in 2004, friends remember thinking how similar the two were, and that the qualities that might have made Ms. Sandberg intimidating to some men drew Mr. Goldberg to her even more.

Over the next decade, Mr. Goldberg and Ms. Sandberg pioneered new ways of capturing information online, had a son and then a daughter, became immensely wealthy, and hashed out their who-does-what-in-this-marriage issues. Mr. Goldberg’s commute from the Bay Area to Los Angeles became a strain, so he relocated, later joking that he “lost the coin flip” of where they would live. He paid the bills, she planned the birthday parties, and both often left their offices at 5:30 so they could eat dinner with their children before resuming work afterward.

Friends in Silicon Valley say they were careful to conduct their careers separately, politely refusing when outsiders would ask one about the other’s work: Ms. Sandberg’s role building Facebook into an information and advertising powerhouse, and Mr. Goldberg at SurveyMonkey, which made polling faster and cheaper. But privately, their work was intertwined. He often began statements to his team with the phrase “Well, Sheryl said” sharing her business advice. He counseled her, too, starting with her salary negotiations with Mark Zuckerberg.

“I wanted Mark to really feel he stretched to get Sheryl, because she was worth it,” Mr. Goldberg explained in a 2013 “60 Minutes” interview, his Minnesota accent and his smile intact as he offered a rare peek of the intersection of marriage and money at the top of corporate life.

 

 

While his wife grew increasingly outspoken about women’s advancement, Mr. Goldberg quietly advised the men in the office on family and partnership matters, an associate said. Six out of 16 members of SurveyMonkey’s management team are female, an almost unheard-of ratio among Silicon Valley “unicorns,” or companies valued at over $1 billion.

When Mellody Hobson, a friend and finance executive, wrote a chapter of “Lean In” about women of color for the college edition of the book, Mr. Goldberg gave her feedback on the draft, a clue to his deep involvement. He joked with Ms. Hobson that she was too long-winded, like Ms. Sandberg, but aside from that, he said he loved the chapter, she said in an interview.

By then, Mr. Goldberg was a figure of fascination who inspired a “where can I get one of those?” reaction among many of the women who had read the best seller “Lean In.” Some lamented that Ms. Sandberg’s advice hinged too much on marrying a Dave Goldberg, who was humble enough to plan around his wife, attentive enough to worry about which shoes his young daughter would wear, and rich enough to help pay for the help that made the family’s balancing act manageable.

Now that he is gone, and Ms. Sandberg goes from being half of a celebrated partnership to perhaps the business world’s most prominent single mother, the pages of “Lean In” carry a new sting of loss.

“We are never at 50-50 at any given moment — perfect equality is hard to define or sustain — but we allow the pendulum to swing back and forth between us,” she wrote in 2013, adding that they were looking forward to raising teenagers together.

“Fortunately, I have Dave to figure it out with me,” she wrote.

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Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they did not dare play the wax cylinder records tucked inside each one.

The Rolfses, longtime collectors of Edison phonographs, knew that if they turned the cranks on the dolls’ backs, the steel phonograph needle might damage or destroy the grooves of the hollow, ring-shaped cylinder. And so for years, the dolls sat side by side inside a display cabinet, bearers of a message from the dawn of sound recording that nobody could hear.

In 1890, Edison’s dolls were a flop; production lasted only six weeks. Children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The recordings inside, which featured snippets of nursery rhymes, wore out quickly.

Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the world’s first recording artists.

Year after year, the Rolfses asked experts if there might be a safe way to play the recordings. Then a government laboratory developed a method to play fragile records without touching them.

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The technique relies on a microscope to create images of the grooves in exquisite detail. A computer approximates — with great accuracy — the sounds that would have been created by a needle moving through those grooves.

In 2014, the technology was made available for the first time outside the laboratory.

“The fear all along is that we don’t want to damage these records. We don’t want to put a stylus on them,” said Jerry Fabris, the curator of the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, N.J. “Now we have the technology to play them safely.”

Last month, the Historical Park posted online three never-before-heard Edison doll recordings, including the two from the Rolfses’ collection. “There are probably more out there, and we’re hoping people will now get them digitized,” Mr. Fabris said.

The technology, which is known as Irene (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), was developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Lawrence Berkeley. Irene extracts sound from cylinder and disk records. It can also reconstruct audio from recordings so badly damaged they were deemed unplayable.

“We are now hearing sounds from history that I did not expect to hear in my lifetime,” Mr. Fabris said.

The Rolfses said they were not sure what to expect in August when they carefully packed their two Edison doll cylinders, still attached to their motors, and drove from their home in Hortonville, Wis., to the National Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The center had recently acquired Irene technology.

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Cylinders carry sound in a spiral groove cut by a phonograph recording needle that vibrates up and down, creating a surface made of tiny hills and valleys. In the Irene set-up, a microscope perched above the shaft takes thousands of high-resolution images of small sections of the grooves.

Stitched together, the images provide a topographic map of the cylinder’s surface, charting changes in depth as small as one five-hundredth the thickness of a human hair. Pitch, volume and timbre are all encoded in the hills and valleys and the speed at which the record is played.

At the conservation center, the preservation specialist Mason Vander Lugt attached one of the cylinders to the end of a rotating shaft. Huddled around a computer screen, the Rolfses first saw the wiggly waveform generated by Irene. Then came the digital audio. The words were at first indistinct, but as Mr. Lugt filtered out more of the noise, the rhyme became clearer.

“That was the Eureka moment,” Mr. Rolfs said.

In 1890, a girl in Edison’s laboratory had recited:

There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl

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Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very, very good.

But when she was bad, she was horrid.

Recently, the conservation center turned up another surprise.

In 2010, the Woody Guthrie Foundation received 18 oversize phonograph disks from an anonymous donor. No one knew if any of the dirt-stained recordings featured Guthrie, but Tiffany Colannino, then the foundation’s archivist, had stored them unplayed until she heard about Irene.

Last fall, the center extracted audio from one of the records, labeled “Jam Session 9” and emailed the digital file to Ms. Colannino.

“I was just sitting in my dining room, and the next thing I know, I’m hearing Woody,” she said. In between solo performances of “Ladies Auxiliary,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Dead or Alive,” Guthrie tells jokes, offers some back story, and makes the audience laugh. “It is quintessential Guthrie,” Ms. Colannino said.

The Rolfses’ dolls are back in the display cabinet in Wisconsin. But with audio stored on several computers, they now have a permanent voice.

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From sea to shining sea, or at least from one side of the Hudson to the other, politicians you have barely heard of are being accused of wrongdoing. There were so many court proceedings involving public officials on Monday that it was hard to keep up.

In Newark, two underlings of Gov. Chris Christie were arraigned on charges that they were in on the truly deranged plot to block traffic leading onto the George Washington Bridge.

Ten miles away, in Lower Manhattan, Dean G. Skelos, the leader of the New York State Senate, and his son, Adam B. Skelos, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on accusations of far more conventional political larceny, involving a job with a sewer company for the son and commissions on title insurance and bond work.

The younger man managed to receive a 150 percent pay increase from the sewer company even though, as he said on tape, he “literally knew nothing about water or, you know, any of that stuff,” according to a criminal complaint the United States attorney’s office filed.

The success of Adam Skelos, 32, was attributed by prosecutors to his father’s influence as the leader of the Senate and as a potentate among state Republicans. The indictment can also be read as one of those unfailingly sad tales of a father who cannot stop indulging a grown son. The senator himself is not alleged to have profited from the schemes, except by being relieved of the burden of underwriting Adam.

The bridge traffic caper is its own species of crazy; what distinguishes the charges against the two Skeloses is the apparent absence of a survival instinct. It is one thing not to know anything about water or that stuff. More remarkable, if true, is the fact that the sewer machinations continued even after the former New York Assembly speaker, Sheldon Silver, was charged in January with taking bribes disguised as fees.

It was by then common gossip in political and news media circles that Senator Skelos, a Republican, the counterpart in the Senate to Mr. Silver, a Democrat, in the Assembly, could be next in line for the criminal dock. “Stay tuned,” the United States attorney, Preet Bharara said, leaving not much to the imagination.

Even though the cat had been unmistakably belled, Skelos father and son continued to talk about how to advance the interests of the sewer company, though the son did begin to use a burner cellphone, the kind people pay for in cash, with no traceable contracts.

That was indeed prudent, as prosecutors had been wiretapping the cellphones of both men. But it would seem that the burner was of limited value, because by then the prosecutors had managed to secure the help of a business executive who agreed to record calls with the Skeloses. It would further seem that the business executive was more attentive to the perils of pending investigations than the politician.

Through the end of the New York State budget negotiations in March, the hopes of the younger Skelos rested on his father’s ability to devise legislation that would benefit the sewer company. That did not pan out. But Senator Skelos did boast that he had haggled with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, in a successful effort to raise a $150 million allocation for Long Island to $550 million, for what the budget called “transformative economic development projects.” It included money for the kind of work done by the sewer company.

The lawyer for Adam Skelos said he was not guilty and would win in court. Senator Skelos issued a ringing declaration that he was unequivocally innocent.

THIS was also the approach taken in New Jersey by Bill Baroni, a man of great presence and eloquence who stopped outside the federal courthouse to note that he had taken risks as a Republican by bucking his party to support paid family leave, medical marijuana and marriage equality. “I would never risk my career, my job, my reputation for something like this,” Mr. Baroni said. “I am an innocent man.”

The lawyer for his co-defendant, Bridget Anne Kelly, the former deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, a Republican, said that she would strongly rebut the charges.

Perhaps they had nothing to do with the lane closings. But neither Mr. Baroni nor Ms. Kelly addressed the question of why they did not return repeated calls from the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., begging them to stop the traffic tie-ups, over three days.

That silence was a low moment. But perhaps New York hit bottom faster. Senator Skelos, the prosecutors charged, arranged to meet Long Island politicians at the wake of Wenjian Liu, a New York City police officer shot dead in December, to press for payments to the company employing his son.

Sometimes it seems as though for some people, the only thing to be ashamed of is shame itself.

Finding Scandal in New York and New Jersey, but No Shame

Mr. Miller, of the firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges, represented companies including Lehman Brothers, General Motors and American Airlines, and mentored many of the top Chapter 11 practitioners today.

Harvey R. Miller, Renowned Bankruptcy Lawyer, Dies at 82

The 2015 Met Gala has only officially begun, but there's a clear leader in the race for best couple, no small feat at an event that threatens to sap Hollywood of every celebrity it has for the duration of an East Coast evening.

That would be Marc Jacobs and his surprise guest (who, by some miracle, remained under wraps until their red carpet debut), Cher.

“This has been a dream of mine for a very, very long time,” Mr. Jacobs said.

It is Cher's first appearance at the Met Gala since 1997, when she arrived on the arm of Donatella Versace.

– MATTHEW SCHNEIER

Cher and Marc Jacobs

Hockey is not exactly known as a city game, but played on roller skates, it once held sway as the sport of choice in many New York neighborhoods.

“City kids had no rinks, no ice, but they would do anything to play hockey,” said Edward Moffett, former director of the Long Island City Y.M.C.A. Roller Hockey League, in Queens, whose games were played in city playgrounds going back to the 1940s.

From the 1960s through the 1980s, the league had more than 60 teams, he said. Players included the Mullen brothers of Hell’s Kitchen and Dan Dorion of Astoria, Queens, who would later play on ice for the National Hockey League.

One street legend from the heyday of New York roller hockey was Craig Allen, who lived in the Woodside Houses projects and became one of the city’s hardest hitters and top scorers.

“Craig was a warrior, one of the best roller hockey players in the city in the ’70s,” said Dave Garmendia, 60, a retired New York police officer who grew up playing with Mr. Allen. “His teammates loved him and his opponents feared him.”

Young Craig took up hockey on the streets of Queens in the 1960s, playing pickup games between sewer covers, wearing steel-wheeled skates clamped onto school shoes and using a roll of electrical tape as the puck.

His skill and ferocity drew attention, Mr. Garmendia said, but so did his skin color. He was black, in a sport made up almost entirely by white players.

“Roller hockey was a white kid’s game, plain and simple, but Craig broke the color barrier,” Mr. Garmendia said. “We used to say Craig did more for race relations than the N.A.A.C.P.”

Mr. Allen went on to coach and referee roller hockey in New York before moving several years ago to South Carolina. But he continued to organize an annual alumni game at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, the same site that held the local championship games.

The reunion this year was on Saturday, but Mr. Allen never made it. On April 26, just before boarding the bus to New York, he died of an asthma attack at age 61.

Word of his death spread rapidly among hundreds of his old hockey colleagues who resolved to continue with the event, now renamed the Craig Allen Memorial Roller Hockey Reunion.

The turnout on Saturday was the largest ever, with players pulling on their old equipment, choosing sides and taking once again to the rink of cracked blacktop with faded lines and circles. They wore no helmets, although one player wore a fedora.

Another, Vinnie Juliano, 77, of Long Island City, wore his hearing aids, along with his 50-year-old taped-up quads, or four-wheeled skates with a leather boot. Many players here never converted to in-line skates, and neither did Mr. Allen, whose photograph appeared on a poster hanging behind the players’ bench.

“I’m seeing people walking by wondering why all these rusty, grizzly old guys are here playing hockey,” one player, Tommy Dominguez, said. “We’re here for Craig, and let me tell you, these old guys still play hard.”

Everyone seemed to have a Craig Allen story, from his earliest teams at Public School 151 to the Bryant Rangers, the Woodside Wings, the Woodside Blues and more.

Mr. Allen, who became a yellow-cab driver, was always recruiting new talent. He gained the nickname Cabby for his habit of stopping at playgrounds all over the city to scout players.

Teams were organized around neighborhoods and churches, and often sponsored by local bars. Mr. Allen, for one, played for bars, including Garry Owen’s and on the Fiddler’s Green Jokers team in Inwood, Manhattan.

Play was tough and fights were frequent.

“We were basically street gangs on skates,” said Steve Rogg, 56, a mail clerk who grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, and who on Saturday wore his Riedell Classic quads from 1972. “If another team caught up with you the night before a game, they tossed you a beating so you couldn’t play the next day.”

Mr. Garmendia said Mr. Allen’s skin color provoked many fights.

“When we’d go to some ignorant neighborhoods, a lot of players would use slurs,” Mr. Garmendia said, recalling a game in Ozone Park, Queens, where local fans parked motorcycles in a lineup next to the blacktop and taunted Mr. Allen. Mr. Garmendia said he checked a player into the motorcycles, “and the bikes went down like dominoes, which started a serious brawl.”

A group of fans at a game in Brooklyn once stuck a pole through the rink fence as Mr. Allen skated by and broke his jaw, Mr. Garmendia said, adding that carloads of reinforcements soon arrived to defend Mr. Allen.

And at another racially incited brawl, the police responded with six patrol cars and a helicopter.

Before play began on Saturday, the players gathered at center rink to honor Mr. Allen. Billy Barnwell, 59, of Woodside, recalled once how an all-white, all-star squad snubbed Mr. Allen by playing him third string. He scored seven goals in the first game and made first string immediately.

“He’d always hear racial stuff before the game, and I’d ask him, ‘How do you put up with that?’” Mr. Barnwell recalled. “Craig would say, ‘We’ll take care of it,’ and by the end of the game, he’d win guys over. They’d say, ‘This guy’s good.’”

Tribute for a Roller Hockey Warrior

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