These are the relatives of opioid victims testifying in federal court about the devastating effects of abuse and addiction. Even as thousands of people died, evidence that might have slowed the course of an American tragedy was kept hidden. One document, known as a “prosecution memo,” details how government lawyers believed that Purdue Pharma, the maker of the powerful opioid OxyContin, knew early on that the drug was fueling a rise in abuse and addiction. They also gathered evidence indicating that the company’s executives misled the public and Congress. Find out more on this week’s episode of @theweekly If you’re not caught up yet, there are now 10 episodes ready for you to binge-watch on @hulu or @fxnetworks
In @nytopinion , the Editorial Board writes: “As he announced that he was firing the police officer who had put Eric Garner in the chokehold that led to his death, New York City’s police commissioner, James O’Neill, sent the country’s largest police force a message: You may not think I’m on your side, but I am.” “It was a powerful message from one of the most prominent law enforcement officials in the country: Police officers who violate the public trust must be held accountable, for the good of the public and the police force.” “But Mr. O’Neill said that Mr. Garner’s death ‘must have a consequence.’ It must. And, after too many years, it finally has.” Visit the link in our bio to read more. @damonwinter took this photo of Eric Garner's gravestone, which refers to Mr. Garner as “Beloved son, brother, husband, father & grandfather.”
On his first album in eight years, Raphael Saadiq explores his personal history like never before. “It’s probably the most honest record I’ve ever made,” the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter said. “Jimmy Lee” is named for his brother, who overdosed in the 1990s after contracting H.I.V. The album uses his brother’s story to tell a broader one about lives under pressure, while bringing his family’s tragedies into his music. It wasn’t his plan to make a concept album, but over the course of a few nights in this studio in early 2019, he began to hear the ghosts speak. Visit the link in our bio to read why it took @raphael_saadiq more than two decades into his career to bring these stories into his music. @peterprato took this photo.
This falcon is part of an elite assassination squad with a very particular mark: the seagulls of a Jersey Shore boardwalk. The gulls have grown more aggressive and taken to dive-bombing beachgoers for their snacks, and some have even learned to bite people so they drop their food. After more than a few incidents, Ocean City, New Jersey, finally decided it had had enough: Officials unleashed a posse of trained raptors — four hawks, two falcons and one owl — to try to tame the gulls. Now they have to keep an eye out for these sharp-clawed bouncers of the skies. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @michellegustafson took this photo of children listening to a falconer explain how the birds patrol the boardwalk.
Sometimes all you need for a great meal is a pile of peak summer vegetables, just off the grill, topped with a garlicky, lemony tahini dressing. For this recipe, take care to keep the fire medium-hot, so you can cook the vegetables without letting them become scorched. A bit of char is nice, of course, but don’t try for perfect grill marks. Visit the link in our bio to get @david_tanis ' recipe for @nytcooking and remember to hit save. @andrewscrivani took this photo, with food styling by Iah Pinkney.
Sho Madjozi is a new kind of global pop star. One of South Africa’s biggest breakthrough musicians, she pays homage to her heritage while updating it, cutting across continents and genres. In past years, she has played at European festivals — including in Barcelona, Berlin and Krakow — and shared a bill with Beyonce and Ed Sheeran at the Global Citizen Festival. On Aug. 17, she will perform in Warm Up, a concert series @momaps1 in Queens that spotlights rising international artists. @shomadjozi spent most of her youth outside of South Africa, growing up amid cultural influences from around the world, but it is the Tsonga heritage of her birthplace that she is best known for celebrating. Being Tsonga — a distinct ethnic group with its own language and culture — “wasn’t cool” growing up, she said, and she wanted to change that. Now, she regularly wears traditional Tsonga garb onstage and off, presenting a fun, positive and empowering image of what a young African woman might be like, Madjozi said, if she “didn’t come from a place that had been subjected to colonialism and apartheid.” Visit the link in our bio to read more. @edu_bayer shot this photo.
When the Indian government shut down Kashmir’s internet and phone services earlier this month, it brought the region to a halt. Everyday transactions, family communications, online entertainment and the flow of money and information have been paralyzed — and shopkeepers say that vital supplies like insulin and baby food, usually ordered online, are running out. India announced on Friday that restrictions would be eased over the next few days, with schools and government offices to reopen on Monday and phone service to be gradually restored. The blackout has been part of India’s decision earlier this month to wipe out the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir, an area home to 12.5 million people that is claimed by both India and Pakistan and has long been a source of tension. India’s Hindu nationalists have long wanted to curtail the special freedoms that the predominantly Muslim territory has enjoyed. But many were still stunned by this month’s move, seeing it as an attempt by Narendra Modi, India’s forceful prime minister, to consolidate power. This is a developing story. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @lokeatul took this photo.
Plastic is filling up the world. Studies have detected plastic fibers in the stomachs of sperm whales, in tap water — even in table salt. But as concern grows about plastic debris in the oceans and in our bodies, the production of new plastic is booming, with more than a dozen plastic-producing plants being built or planned around the world by petrochemical companies. One new plant is the Shell Pennsylvania Petrochemicals Complex, under construction outside of Pittsburgh. Once completed, the plant will convert natural gas into plastics, producing more than a million tons of plastic in the form of tiny pellets, which will be turned into items like phone cases, auto parts and food packaging. Many in the Pittsburgh area see it as an economic engine, but others worry about long-term harm. On Tuesday, President Trump toured the chemical plant, touching on energy policy and speaking to workers about the jobs the plant would create and the benefits that would be offered. He also claimed credit for the project, however the plans for the chemical complex were announced in 2012 while President Barack Obama was in office. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @ross_man_tle took this photo.
No boy has been born in this Polish village for almost a decade. The anomaly first drew the attention of the Polish media when the small agricultural community with a declining population, Miejsce Odrzanskie, sent an all-girls team to a regional competition for young volunteer firefighters. Residents aren’t sure what accounts for the lack of boys, but many think it might just be a coincidence. The mayor of the surrounding area has offered a reward for the next couple to have a boy. In the meantime, in a village with no schools, coffee houses, restaurants or even a grocery store, the volunteer fire department has become the center of social life — and the youth team has been winning competitions in Poland since it was founded 6 years ago. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @kasia_strek took this photo.
“It’s inspired by dark energy versus light energy, and the battle and exchange between the two,” said @revengeofsage “It’s like a tide going back and forth. They’re essentially the same energy — they can intertwine.” Sage, with blond hair, performs this duet with @calveteran in “Maze,” which runs through Aug. 17 at @theshedny The evening-length program, which uses the Brooklyn street-dance form known as flex to explore social issues, was directed by @reggie_is_flexn , also known as Regg Roc, in collaboration with the theater artist @kanezaschaal “Our body of work right now is geared toward social injustice,” Cal said of @_thedreamring_. “Regg gave us the opportunity to speak about it without words, but using our bodies.” Here, the dance came out of the tragic story of Kalief Browder, the young Bronx man who was held in a jail on Rikers Island for three years, two in solitary confinement, and later committed suicide; but you don’t have to know the backstory. “We know why we created this, but we’re just moving,” Cal told the #nytimes writer @giadk “With flex, that’s the root of our storytelling: It’s all from the heart.” @emonhassan made this video for #SpeakingInDance , our weekly series exploring the world of #dance Music by @itsjustepicb
What are the consequences of the internet’s growing role as a force for radicalization? That’s a question that our correspondents Amanda Taub and Max Fisher have spent the last few years trying to answer. Wherever they looked, the rate and consequences of online radicalization seemed far beyond what they’d anticipated, and were growing fast. So, in January, they decided to ask the question in a different way: Could the consequences of online radicalization go beyond a few extremists and, in ways that might be less obvious but perhaps just as consequential, radicalize large swaths of an entire society? So rather than look at social media’s role in inspiring one shooter, provoking one riot or turning one community against itself, they looked for a country where they might try to understand, as holistically as they could, social media’s impact on every facet of life. They picked Brazil. As part of their reporting, they visited @bkcharvard and found that YouTube’s algorithms may have played a decisive role in President Jair Bolsonaro’s rise in Brazil. See more on this week’s episode of @theweekly If you’re not caught up yet, there are now 9 episodes ready for you to binge-watch on @hulu or @fxnetworks
If anything could persuade you to turn your oven on right now, it's this blueberry, lemon and almond cake. The berry-dotted delight keeps for up to 3 days in a sealed container, but is at its absolute best on the day it's made. Get @ottolenghi 's recipe for this #blueberry treat from @nytcooking at our link in the bio and remember to hit save. @linda xiao took this photo, with food styling by @bwashbu
Hong Kong’s airport suspended check-ins for a second straight day on Tuesday as protesters again disrupted its operations, hours after the city’s embattled leader pleaded for order amid escalating chaos. The protests that have shaken #HongKong this summer began with huge demonstrations in early June against an unpopular bill. Since then, they have become a broader movement against Beijing’s power in this semiautonomous territory. Click the link in our bio for a guide to what prompted the protests, how they evolved and why it all matters. You can also follow the latest developments on today's protests. @lamyikfei took this photo.
Amelia Earhart’s disappearance in 1937 has led to wild and unfounded theories: that she was an American spy captured by the Japanese, or that she lived out her days after assuming a false identity as a New Jersey housewife. But a new and unexpected clue about the details of her plane crash recently emerged: a tiny speck (less than one millimeter long ) in a photograph that intelligence analysts say resembles the landing gear of Earhart’s Electra. After studying the photo, Robert Ballard, who found the Titanic and other famous shipwrecks, began searching for the lost plane this month with Allison Fundis, a rising explorer he hopes will eventually take his place. The two explorers are confident they will find the lost plane. Visit the link in our bio to find out more and see the new photographic evidence.
Plastic waste is a scourge of modern life. On the Ivory Coast, a group of women is turning it into an asset that will help other women earn a decent living while cleaning up the environment – and improving education. The women make their living in Abidjan picking up plastic waste on the city streets and selling it for recycling. They’re lead players in a project that turns trash into plastic bricks to build schools across the West African country. The new plastic-brick classrooms are badly needed — some classrooms now pack in as many as 90 students. And while mud brick erodes in the sun and rain, the new plastic classrooms could last practically forever. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @yagazieemezi took this photo.
Candace Bushnell, the writer best known as the creative force behind “Sex and the City,” lives in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side. “It’s a single woman’s apartment, which feels great,” she said. “I’m in the same building where Dorothy Parker lived.” We asked her to detail her Sunday routine, which includes a 30-minute bounce session on her mini trampoline. “As I’ve gotten older I’ve become more solitary. This routine isn’t the routine I had 20 years ago. I wouldn’t have exercised. I would have had a boozy brunch with friends,” @candacebushnell said. Visit the link in our bio to get into the nitty-gritty of how she spends her Sunday. @michelleagins took this photo of Candace in her apartment.
Don't go in that water. Normally, New Jersey’s largest lake would be buzzing with swimmers and water skiers this time of year. But workers have been laid off, sailing lessons canceled and summers ruined as clouds of blue-green algae — which make the water unsafe for swimmers — are blooming in quantities never before recorded. Climate change is a likely factor, scientists say, in an increase in blooms of cyanobacteria — single-cell organisms that, when they grow densely, can produce toxic substances. Click the link in our bio to read more. @rickloomis shot this photo.
“It’s like the Olympic ceremony of wine — except it happens daily for almost a month,” writes Sebastian Modak, our #52Places traveler. The Swiss aren’t generally known for dancing all night to ABBA. But every 20 years or so, the small town of Vevey lets loose with an over-the-top party during its winegrower’s festival, Fête des Vignerons. The celebration of local winemaking traditions prides itself on happening only once in a generation, and the entire town is transformed throughout the festival, with parades marching along the shore of Lake Geneva. Every day of the festival, a different canton of Switzerland is represented — a crowd of wizard-looking men in cork top hats from Geneva one day, steampunk marching bands from Fribourg, pictured, the next. Click the link in our bio to read more from @sebmodak , who took this photo, and make sure to follow @nytimestravel
The only words more beautiful than "tomato season" are "Hi, I made you this roasted tomato tart with ricotta and pesto." For this savory snack, you'll want smaller, sturdier tomatoes, salted to accompany the tanginess of the crispy, crème fraîche-brushed pastry. This tart is best eaten at its flaky prime straight out of the oven, but it’s also great cold, devoured directly from the fridge. Get @alexaweibel 's recipe from @nytcooking at the link in our bio, and don't forget to hit save to bookmark this for later. @christophertestani took this photo and it was styled by @bwashbu
The deep blues and white-out whites of Santorini exercise a particular hold on the romantic imagination. The Greek island has become the ultimate destination for pre-wedding photographs and developed into a multibillion-dollar business — particularly for Chinese and Taiwanese couples. For 26-year-old Tzuchi Lin and his fiancée, Yingting Huang, having their pre-wedding shots made on Santorini meant the world. “It’s very exciting. Actually, we didn’t sleep last night,” he said. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @lauraboushnak took this photo of the couple in the midst of their photo shoot.
David Morrison is 7 years old and carries the scars of Ferguson’s upheaval. A veteran protester, he has fled gunshots and tear gas, marched, waved signs and played dead on the asphalt in years of activism that unspooled after a white police officer killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. This is the inheritance of the children in Ferguson, Missouri, where a generation has grown up amid uneven progress in the aftermath of a national reckoning. David’s mother, Aminah Ali, got involved in a citizen-journalism project after the killing of Michael Brown and took David along to protests when he was a preschooler. But one night she began to notice the toll on her son. He jolts awake from nightmares on the living-room couch where he often sleeps, and then cracks open her bedroom door to reassure himself she is still there. “I overexposed him,” she said. “I just felt like, my son needs to be out here. He needs to be exposed to what the police are doing to us. But he was too young.” Many of Ferguson’s young residents threw themselves into student activism, while others pulled away from the rising movement they watched their parents join. And although the city has made some visible changes to its government and criminal justice system, some residents say Ferguson is not moving quickly or aggressively enough to undo long-running racial inequities. Check out our Instagram story and visit the link in our bio to read more. @jaredsoares took this photo.
17 countries around the world are facing the prospect of running out of water, according to new data from the World Resources Institute. Many are arid countries to begin with, while others squander what water they have or rely too heavily on groundwater that has no chance to replenish. Climate change heightens the risk: As rainfall becomes more erratic, the water supply becomes less reliable, and as the days grow hotter, more water evaporates from reservoirs just as demand for water increases. The stakes are increasingly high as more large, thirsty cities around the world — from São Paulo to Cape Town to Los Angeles — continue to face catastrophic droughts. But a lot can be done to improve water management. Click the link in our bio to read more.
Kate Kavanaugh is a former vegetarian turned butcher. For more than a decade, Kate had stopped eating meat out of a deep love for animal life and respect for the environment. She became a butcher for exactly the same reasons. “I’m basically in this to turn the conventional meat industry on its head,” said @kate_kavanaugh , who is one in a small but successful cadre of like-minded former vegetarians and vegans who have become butchers to offer an alternative to the factory-farming system. They refer to themselves as ethical butchers, and their shops offer meat from animals bred on grassland and pasture, with animal well-being, environmental conservation and less wasteful whole-animal butchery as their primary goals. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @dearth shot this photo.
A co-author of the Green New Deal, @rgunner , told @theweekly that she and her peers should be taken seriously if the U.S. hopes to confront the cataclysmic effects of climate change. On our new TV show, @asteadwesley followed the the Sunrise Movement, which was virtually unknown almost a year ago. Now, the young climate activists’ push for the Green New Deal is disrupting and energizing the 2020 presidential race. Watch our Instagram story and click the link in our bio to learn more. If you’re not caught up yet, there are 8 episodes of #TheWeeklyNYT ready for you to binge-watch on @hulu or on-demand on @fxnetworks
The scariest horror story George Takei ever heard was one about his own life: His family had been among the roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast who were forcibly relocated to a World War II internment camp, the result of racist anti-espionage measures enacted after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Now, decades later, @georgehtakei has the chance to share that story with a wider audience in the AMC anthology series “The Terror,” which returns Aug. 12, with a story set mostly in a camp like the one where he was imprisoned. Visit the link in our bio to read more. @sashafoto took this photo.
Climate change is threatening the world’s food supply. A new United Nations report, prepared by more than 100 experts from 52 countries, found that the window to address the threat of impending food shortages is rapidly closing. More than 10 percent of the world’s population is undernourished and there is a particular danger that further food crises may develop on several continents at once, which could lead to an increase in cross-border migration. “People’s lives will be affected by a massive pressure for migration,” said Pete Smith, a professor of plant and soil science at the University of Aberdeen and one of the report’s lead authors. “People don’t stay and die where they are. People migrate.” The report also offered a measure of hope through a major re-evaluation of land use, agriculture and consumer behavior worldwide. Visit the link in our bio to read more.
Phones entered our lives over a century ago. But when cellphones came along, they became our lives. They made it possible for us to be available at virtually any moment — during lunch, on the street, in the car — and most of us tacitly accepted that we should be. It didn’t take long for that availability to spill into work, as the phone transformed the world into our office. In this 1983 photo taken by Don Hogan Charles, Patricia Kossmann, a senior editor at Doubleday, chatted on a cordless phone while lunching at the Waldorf Astoria’s Peacock Alley restaurant. Visit the link in our bio for more photos of how the phone transformed the world, from desk to car to pocket.
Nicolas Cage has owned pet king cobras and castles. He has been forced to return a stolen dinosaur skull to Mongolia. He is keeping a pyramid waiting for him — as a tomb — in New Orleans. He is a walking “why,” a performer who sees possibilities in art (and maybe life ) that no one else does. The enigmatic actor talked to @nytmag about his legacy, his philosophy of acting and his metaphorical — and literal — search for the Holy Grail. Check out our Instagram story and visit the link in our bio to read the full 5,500-word interview. @mamadivisuals took this photo.
“Kuchipudi is all about flow and movement,” @ashritakeshav said of the Indian classical form that is her specialty. (Her aunt, the celebrated Kuchipudi artist Shantala Shivalingappa, was an inspiration. ) Ashrita, delicate yet powerful, performs Thursday as part of the @navatman festival Drive East, which runs through Sunday at the Mezzanine Theater at A.R.T./New York Theaters. In her program, she pays homage to the goddess Durga, whom she described as the protector and the destroyer. “The trick is to make that relevant to today,” Ashrita said. The Kuchipudi tradition includes a plate dance, or Tharangam, in which, she said, “The dancer dances on the rim of a brass plate answering the percussion — the musicians perform and then I have to answer with my footwork and my hands.” It’s a balance challenge. “If there is a pothole or a little bump onstage, you can’t let the audience know that you’re stuck,” she told the #nytimes writer @giak “You smile through it. For me, the harder I smile, the more trouble I’m in.” @anrizzy made this video for #SpeakingInDance , our weekly series exploring the world of #dance
This salad is essentially just a bowl of all the juicy, crunchy things to love about summer. Mix up a watermelon and feta combo with medium-diced cucumbers and melon — or cut them smaller to make it more of a salsa. Don't forget the feta. Click the link in our bio for @martharoseshulman 's recipe and more from @nytcooking @dmalosh took this photo.
Toni Morrison, the Nobel laureate whose work explored black identity in America, died on Monday in New York at 88. She was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature for works which, as the Swedish Academy put it, gave “life to an essential aspect of American reality.” In her first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” she told the story “with a prose so precise, so faithful to speech and so charged with pain and wonder that the novel becomes poetry,” wrote John Leonard in his New York Times review. . Morrison authored 11 novels as well as children’s books and essay collections, among them celebrated works like “Song of Solomon” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Beloved,” widely considered her masterwork. As her writing makes clear, the past is just as strongly manifest in the bonds of family, community and race — bonds that let culture, identity and a sense of belonging be transmitted from parents to children to grandchildren. These generational links, her work unfailingly suggests, form the only salutary chains in human experience. Visit the link in our bio and check out our Instagram story to read more. @damonwinter took this portrait.
Kayakers fear them. Commercial captains hate them. But once a year, the Jet Ski Invasion takes over New York’s waterways for a couple of hours of controlled chaos. The invasion is a simple idea with a precise schedule. During the last week of June, participants met at the Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City, near the border of Queens and Brooklyn. They traveled the narrow expanse of the East River and concluded in the Hudson by the George Washington Bridge. “Jet skiing is one of the lowest price points to entry to get into boating generally, and certainly in New York,” said Adam Schwartz, the owner of Sea the City, a tour company based in Jersey City, N.J. But one logistical challenge is the increasingly crowded harbor. This year, the New York City Ferry Service added additional routes. Personal watercraft tourism is continuing to expand but, not everybody is happy about it. @thecadejo took this photo of the gathering. Visit the link in our profile to read more.