Failed defenses

Failed defenses

St. Louis A former student armed with an AR-15–style rifle and more than 600 rounds of ammunition opened fire in a magnet high school despite its robust defenses against shooters, killing a student and a teacher before police killed him. Police declined to say how Orlando Harris, 19, managed to enter Central Visual and Performing Arts High School despite its locked doors and seven armed guards. Students said Harris yelled “You are all going to die!” during his rampage. He killed Alexzandria Bell, 15, and physical education teacher Jean Kuczka, 61. Police said the shooter’s gun jammed at one point, preventing more deaths; he was shot by responding officers 14 minutes after an emergency call was placed. Harris reportedly left a note saying he felt isolated and had no friends, family,…

Ignoring U.S. pleas, Saudis slash oil production

Ignoring U.S. pleas, Saudis slash oil production

What happened The Biden administration and senior Senate Democrats this week threatened to punish Saudi Arabia after the OPEC+ oil cartel defied the U.S. and said it would cut oil production. The Saudis coordinated with Russia and other oil-producing nations to reduce output by 2 million barrels a day starting next month, which will raise global oil prices and boost the Russian economy. The announcement juiced U.S. gas prices, which were already creeping up after a three-month decline, to more than $3.90 a gallon, with even higher prices likely. President Biden warned of unspecified “consequences” for OPEC’s actions, and White House spokesman John Kirby suggested that the country should “continue to re-evaluate” its relationship with the Saudis. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) went further, proposing the U.S. should…

Racist stereotype

Minden, Nev. Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama suggested last week that descendants of slaves are predisposed to commit crimes, saying Democrats want to pay out reparations “because they think the people that do the crime are owed that.” The first-term senator made the remark at a rally featuring former President Trump, his close ally, and was seeking to paint Democrats as soft on crime—a major talking point among Republicans ahead of the midterm elections. “They’re pro-crime,” said Tuberville, a former football coach at Auburn University. “They want crime because they want to take over what you got. They want to control what you have.” Tuberville punctuated his statement with “Bullshit,” drawing cheers. Following Tuberville, Trump himself accused of Democrats of fomenting crime in cities “drenched in blood.” NAACP president Derrick…

Racist stereotype
Jan. 6 committee lays out case against Trump

Jan. 6 committee lays out case against Trump

What happened Former President Donald Trump ignored the urgent advice of aides and clear evidence he lost the 2020 election as he tried to engineer a coup that shook the foundations of American democracy, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising said this week. In the opening of its televised hearings, committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said that Trump “lit the fuse that ultimately resulted in the violence of Jan. 6.” Using videotaped testimony of former Trump associates, Thompson and vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) methodically laid out their case that Trump incited the Capitol attack with false claims of fraud and refused to intervene for 187 minutes as his supporters assaulted police officers, smashed through doors and windows, and sent lawmakers scurrying for safety while advisers…

The Humble Warrior

CRAZY HORSE, OR TASUNKE WITKO, was born around 1840 in the midst of a war. The Lakota Nation had launched a concentrated expansion into the Trans-Mississippi West and was fighting several other Native nations over pasturelands, river valleys and trading privileges. A son of a wealthy, respected family, the young Crazy Horse was known as Curly Hair. His relatives described him as “full of fire.” Curly Hair received his military training from his father and counted his first coup in 1857 by striking a Pawnee enemy—by some accounts a woman—with a stick during battle. His reputation grew in subsequent conflicts, and in 1865 he earned membership in the elite Shirt Wearers’ Society, dedicated to protecting the welfare of the Oglala tribe. Most Americans know of Crazy Horse’s reputation as a fierce combatant,…

The Humble Warrior

Missing the boat?

On the eve of the Cop27 climate conference that has just finished in Sharm el-Sheikh, the UN secretary general, António Guterres, warned of the stark consequences of failure. “There is no way we can avoid a catastrophic situation, if the two [the developed and developing world] are not able to establish a historic pact,” he said in an interview with the Guardian. “Because at the present level, we will be doomed.” In the end, after two weeks of fraught and often bitter negotiations, the “historic pact” was finally struck. For the first time in 30 years of climate talks, developed countries agreed to provide finance to help rescue and rebuild poor nations stricken by climate-related disasters, known as a loss and damage fund. “Cop27 has done what no other Cop has achieved,”…

Missing the boat?
The GOP’s ‘red trickle’

The GOP’s ‘red trickle’

What happened Democrats defied both expectation and historical precedent this week, as a widely anticipated Republican “red wave” in the midterm elections failed to materialize, leaving control of both the House and Senate in question as The Week went to press. Still, as votes in dozens of key races were counted, the GOP was favored to take control of the House by a narrow margin, and a Senate win was still within reach. Democrats scored a key win in Pennsylvania, where John Fetterman—hampered by a stroke that affected his ability to respond to oral questions—beat Donald Trump–endorsed celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, flipping a Republican seat. That left Senate control hinging on three races that were too close to call a day after the polls closed, with each party needing to win…

Prosecuting the insurrectionists

Prosecuting the insurrectionists

The Justice Department is racking up guilty pleas in the largest criminal investigation in U.S. history. Who’s been prosecuted so far? Federal prosecutors have charged 910 people with participating in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol, including far-right militia members, cops, doctors, business owners, a State Department aide, a New Mexico county commissioner, an Olympic gold medalist, and at least 81 former or current members of the armed services and 19 current or former police officers. Some of the most prominent insurrectionists have already been sentenced, including Jacob Chansley, the face-painted, spear-carrying “QAnon Shaman,” and Robert Packer, whose sweatshirt that day read “Camp Auschwitz.” An estimated 2,500 people stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and attempts to identify the rioters continue; prosecutors say about 2,000 of them could ultimately face…

Christmas turkeys threatened

London The worst-ever outbreak of bird flu in the U.K. is threatening British holiday tables. Some 40 percent of British free-range turkeys have either died of the H5N1 virus or been culled, and bird flu season isn’t over yet. “This strain is particularly virulent around turkeys, ducks, and geese rather than chickens,” Richard Griffiths, head of the British Poultry Council, told the Financial Times. “It’s striking the Christmas birds, and it is growing exponentially.” The British government last week ordered that all farmed poultry and pet birds must be kept indoors for the next three weeks to stem the spread of the virus. Even the ravens at the Tower of London are being kept in cages. Preventable attack Brussels A Belgian police officer was stabbed to death last week and another injured in an…

Christmas turkeys threatened
Harder to vote

Harder to vote

Madison, Wis. A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court last week prohibited the use of most drop boxes for casting absentee ballots, delivering a victory for Republicans who’ve sought to make it harder to vote in cities. In a 4-3 vote, the court’s conservative majority also ruled that voters cannot have others deliver their completed absentee ballots to election clerks, a practice critics call “ballot harvesting.” Drop boxes were used for years in Wisconsin without controversy before the 2020 election, when roughly 500 were in use, often outside public libraries and municipal buildings. After former President Trump lost the state by about 20,000 votes, his campaign challenged the use of drop boxes, arguing without evidence that they enabled rampant voter fraud. Writing for the majority, Justice Rebecca Bradley said the use of drop…

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A Struggle-Free Way to Drain Fat When recipes instruct to drain off fat after browning meat, Barbara Manchester of North Falmouth, Mass., sometimes struggles to lift the heavy pan and aim the hot oil into a receptacle without spilling the pan’s contents. Her clever solution? Using a turkey baster to carefully transfer the fat into a container. She can usually drain all the excess fat with just a few squeezes. Keep Your Composter Clean Claudia Shedd of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, collects compost in a countertop container but found that she was always left with a layer of messy, smelly food waste stuck at the bottom. Now, she lines the container with newspaper before dropping in any scraps—the newspaper keeps the bottom of the container clean, and it can be thrown onto the compost…

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2 Staff Meeting

CAN I PICK YOUR BRAIN? As PopMech staffers, we consider ourselves to be knowledgeable and capable enthusiasts, if not part-time pros, in our respective fields. But we’d be foolish to think we have all the answers, which is why if we had the chance, we’d fire off endless questions to these long-gone experts who first primed our passions and continue to pique our curiosities. Here are some of the editors’ intellectual idols. Who are yours? George Washington Carver Born a slave in 1864, George Washington Carver eventually became the most renowned Black scientist of the 20th century. He developed techniques to prevent soil depletion, encouraging crop rotation by planting sweet potatoes and peanuts. He’s often mistakenly attributed for inventing peanut butter. (It was pharmacist Marcellus Gilmore Edson, who patented it in 1884; Ted…

2 Staff Meeting
New Research Reveals World’s Oldest Mummy

New Research Reveals World’s Oldest Mummy

Analysis of the remains of huntergatherers who lived in Portugal 8,000 years ago has revealed the oldest evidence yet found of human mummification. The finds predate by a thousand years the Chinchorro mummies of Chile, previously believed to be the oldest examples of the practice. The evidence comes from newly discovered rolls of film taken in the early 1960s at two archaeological sites in Portugal’s Sado Valley—Poças de São Bento and Arapouco. The images show 13 burials in situ. The bodies are held at Portugal’s National Museum of Archaeology, but until now they lacked contextual data showing their position when found. The quality of the images enabled archaeologists to study the mortuary practices of the site, which thrived in Europe’s Mesolithic, right before the dawn of agriculture. Photos of two of the…

Amazon Prime Fans

Amazon Prime Fans

Every consumer should test the usefulness of their subscriptions (“10 Good Reasons to Cancel Amazon Prime,” June). As you said, the annual $139 price tag is as expensive as Hulu or Netflix, but think of it as a video-streaming service with free-delivery perks. My child broke a refillable water bottle on a Wednesday afternoon. I ordered a replacement, and it arrived between 4 and 8 A.M., as promised, in time for it to be used at school that day. This saved me approximately $5 of gas and 35 minutes of time I would have otherwise spent on a $20 purchase at a store. If several people in my neighborhood have items delivered at the same time, there will be one instead of several vehicles making the trip for those items. JOSEF…

Campus warning

Campus warning

Boise, Idaho Boise State University and other public universities sent a memo to employees last week warning that they could be charged with a felony if they refer students to abortion providers or tell them how to get the so-called morning-after pill. The University of Idaho went further, telling staff that condoms should only be provided to students to prevent sexually transmitted infections, not as birth control, and that staff should “proceed cautiously at any time that a discussion moves in the direction of reproductive health.” The warnings come as a result of Idaho’s No Public Funds for Abortion Act, passed last year, as well as speculation that the state could also begin enforcing an 1867 law prohibiting the “advertising” of abortion services or birth control. Local Planned Parenthood leader Rebecca…

GEAR UP

GEAR UP

1 MAKE & MODEL Blue Ridge Overland Triple Run MOLLE Seat Back Panel COLORS Black; Black/Orange; Blue, Coyote/Orange MSRP $80 URL blueridgeoverlandgear.com NOTES Many folks take pride in what they consider their EDC, but usually limit that term to the gear they carry on their person. Little do they know that vehicles are often just as important when it comes to preparedness. Enter the Triple Run line of gear from Blue Ridge Overland. They take vehicle EDC to the next level by crafting a back-of-the-seat MOLLE panel and with enough options to suit almost anyone’s needs. Laser-cut MOLLE rows are backed with a high-vis orange underlay, which not only looks cool, but makes attaching gear more efficient. Velcro paneling on the top is perfect for securing grab-and-go pouches or affixing your favorite morale patch. The headrest mount is woven through…

my house a made me star

my house a made me star

Years before I started hosting Bargain Mansions, I fixed up one of my own. In 2008 my husband, Bill, and I bought a 5,800-square-foot home that was in foreclosure in Leawood, KS. It needed a ton of work, and our budget was tight, so I DIYed as much as I could to cut contractor costs. I sanded, stained, built shelves, removed the old floors, and carried in every single piece of new hardwood. For furniture, I took my kids to garage sales, then painted our finds in our driveway. Soon, neighbors wanted to buy those pieces from me, and friends started asking me to help with their makeovers. Eventually I took on clients and became a full-blown designer—and it’s all because of this house. If we’d bought a move-in ready…

Survival Stimulants Through the Ages

Survival Stimulants Through the Ages

DISCLAIMER This is meant to be a brief overview of the history and effects of stimulants, not a detailed guide on their use. Many of the substances in this article are illegal, addictive, and/or dangerous. Seek professional medical advice before using any stimulant. The search for super soldiers, fearless fighters, and the ever-vigilant warrior has led man to experiment with a host of different substances throughout the history of warfare. Many of us know about the use of stimulants in modern history and how various substances have been used to give soldiers an upper hand during difficult times. Before proceeding, it’s imperative we stress that many of these substances are dangerous and/or illegal. RECOIL OFFGRID is in no way endorsing any illegal activities; we’re only examining some psychoactive substances that have been…

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Truss a Bird with Foil Johnson Ip of Winchester, Mass., was preparing a bird for roasting when he realized he had no kitchen twine for trussing. Instead, he cut a foot-long strip of foil, scrunched it into a rope, and twisted the rope around the bird’s legs like a twist tie. The foil held the legs in place, and as a bonus, it was easier to remove than twine. Collecting Every Last Drop from a Blender When Janice Burke of Mount Pleasant, Mich., is making a sauce in her blender, she sets aside a small portion of the liquid ingredients while pulsing the rest together. She then scrapes out the sauce as best as she can, pours the reserved liquid into the empty jar, and pulses it. The liquid helps clean out all…

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Musk’s tumultuous takeover of Twitter

Musk’s tumultuous takeover of Twitter

What happened The fate one of the world’s most influential social media platforms was up in the air this week, as new Twitter owner Elon Musk plotted changes to the platform, planned major layoffs, and faced an exodus of top executives and anxious advertisers. The world’s richest man last week completed his $44 billion takeover of the social media site, after months of negotiations and legal skirmishing. “The bird is freed,” he tweeted. In short order he dissolved its board of directors, named himself CEO, and fired top officials such as the chief executive and chief financial officer. The self-described “free-speech absolutist” has excited conservatives by suggesting he would loosen Twitter’s content moderation rules and reinstate banned users, including Donald Trump. But to allay fears, he took a cautious approach, meeting…

First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

First Drive: 2023 Toyota GR Corolla

Hey, Toyota—is everything, um, OK? Strapped into the new Toyota GR Corolla and sitting in pit lane awaiting our turn at a 2.1-mile section of Utah Motorsports Park’s wildly undulating road course, we felt slightly silly. Until now, we imagined, the only people who’d ever worn helmets inside a dealership-ready Corolla were unbalanced folks with visions of, well, something as absurd as a track-ready production Toyota Corolla. One such person is Toyota President Akio Toyoda. He’s been pushing the company’s Gazoo Racing (GR) subbrand, and he personally signed off on the final product. The result is the craziest showroom-spec Corolla hatchback ever built. Just how out of bounds is it? We can count on one hand the sporty Corollas sold here over the decades. It was long ago typecast as an anodyne, safe…

Seaside Heights

“I WAS HOME all the time, for the first time. My kids didn’t know what to do with me,” says Tess Sanchez, a Los Angeles-based mother of two and longtime talent and casting executive for a major studio in town. “I got laid off at the beginning of quarantine in 2020. And I’m not good with idle time.” You could say that Sanchez took on the project of remodeling a neglected and odd house in the Pacific Palisades, turning a cramped, dark space into a haven of natural light and beautiful textures, as a very exclusive hobby. While other people struggled to learn Italian, Sanchez designed a deck extension and toured marble yards with her builder via FaceTime. Some people got into jigsaw puzzles. Sanchez became an amateur construction forewoman. “I’ve always…

Seaside Heights
Once again, Manchin blocks a climate bill

Once again, Manchin blocks a climate bill

What happened President Biden and congressional Democrats scrambled this week to salvage the remnants of their domestic agenda, after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) effectively killed a package of tax increases on the wealthy and corporations, a boost in health-care spending, and a program to cut climate-change emissions by 50 percent by 2030. Since last December, when Manchin scuttled a scaled-down, $2 trillion version of Biden’s ambitious Build Back Better social-spending bill, he and Senate Democrats had negotiated to create a more modest alternative. But last week Manchin infuriated Democrats by pulling the plug on the effort, saying that due to rising inflation he wouldn’t support any climate spending or tax increases. The support of the red-state centrist Democrat, whose state remains dependent on fossil fuel companies and who owns a coal…

Ian’s death toll rises as recovery efforts begin

Ian’s death toll rises as recovery efforts begin

What happened Hurricane Ian’s death toll climbed past 100 as Florida sifted through the wreckage of the Category 4 storm and launched massive recovery efforts. Over half of the casualties were in Lee County, with the barrier island towns of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel sustaining extensive damage. A week after the hurricane hit the Gulf Coast, more than 500,000 people remained without power. Rescue crews went door-to-door to find survivors, and over 1,900 trapped residents were rescued by boat and aircraft. However, many Floridians still could not contact family members. One woman said she last spoke to her uncle, who’d decided to ride out the storm in Lee County, as water was filling his home; his body was found in a canal two days later. It will take years to…

Your Say …

Your Say …

Canadian Convert Congratulations to the talented design and engineering team who created the 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5. I am a stick-in-the-mud stick shifter who would never dream of purchasing a Hyundai/Kia, an automatic transmission, or an EV. Then the Ioniq 5 caught my attention, both on the roadways and in your September comparison with the Toyota bZ4X. Its cool ’80s styling reminds me of the original DeLorean more than the Alpha5 EV concept featured in the same issue. I took a rear-drive Ioniq 5 for a test drive and found the strong and silent continuous torque combined with the faint “turbine” sound at full acceleration exciting in a new way. This car/SUV blend felt balanced and well built. The regenerative braking paddles worked well and were also a welcome way to encourage…

EDITOR’S LETTER

US mythologist Joseph Campbell said and wrote a lot of things over the course of his life, but there was one sentence, in particular, that caught the attention of the US public back then and still today, and that statement is “follow your bliss”. Readers of Campbell’s books were forever captivated by his prompting to hear the call to your own adventure. “Where is your bliss station?” he questioned. “You have to try to find it.” To what is Campbell, a professor of literature and expert on mythology, referring when he prompts us to follow our bliss? Campbell studied at university in Europe, but he didn’t get a PhD. And when it was time to get a job, he didn’t get that either. Instead, he turned to what impelled him at that…

EDITOR’S LETTER
Plastics ban

Plastics ban

Ottawa Canada has announced its timetable for a ban on single-use plastics, including bags and takeout containers. Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault said this week that companies will be barred from manufacturing the products by the end of this year and from selling them by the end of next year. Plastics that can be easily recycled, such as drink bottles, are exempt, as are most products used in health care. Plastics manufacturers have already announced a lawsuit against the government, and the hospitality industry may follow suit. “You can’t put soup in a cardboard box,” Olivier Bourbeau of Restaurants Canada told the Toronto Star. Rail strike chaos London Countless Britons were unable to get to work or home this week after tens of thousands of rail workers walked off their jobs. It’s the biggest transit…

funnyball

funnyball

As Angels assistant pitching coach Dom Chiti strolled by the visiting weight room at Fenway Park one day in May, he noticed the team’s two-way star and defending American League MVP doing one of the things he often does: working out. Shohei Ohtani grimaced as he tried to lift a silver ball about a foot in diameter and throw it against the wall. Suddenly he turned. “Heads up!” Ohtani called, whipping the ball at his coach. The lob almost knocked over the 63-year-old Chiti, who braced himself for what he expected to be a 20-pound projectile... only to realize it was just a rubber ball filled with air. Ohtani, 27, dissolved into laughter. “He got me bad,” says Chiti. There’s not much shame in that, though. Chiti was one of three victims…

Global report

Global report

1 UNITED STATES Colorado shooting suspect facing hate crime charges The suspect in a weekend gun attack on an LBGTQ+ nightclub in Colorado Springs faced five murder charges, and five additional hate crime counts, preliminary records released on Monday showed, though charges were yet to be filed. The details came as police updated the number of injured last Saturday at Club Q to 18. The alleged gunman, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, was expected to make a first court appearance this week once he was well enough to be released from hospital. Earlier, the mayor of Colorado Springs, John Suthers, said the attack had “the trappings of a hate crime”, and spoke of the “tragic darkness” that descended on the community. A law enforcement official said the suspect used an AR-15-style semiautomatic weapon in last…

A Quick-Swap Drill-Driver, the First of Its Kind

A Quick-Swap Drill-Driver, the First of Its Kind

BY THE NUMBERS 9 Testers 50+ Hours Used Members’ Favorite Features: Lightness & versatility Least Favorite: Lack of power on the switch side (for metal surfaces) WORX NITRO SWITCHDRIVER 2.0 2-IN-1 DRILL-DRIVER (MODEL WX177L) Type: Cordless drill-driver | Voltage: 20 | Weight: 3 lb | Price: $130 EARLIER THIS YEAR, WORX DEBUTED ITS Switchdriver, a unique drill-driver designed for rapid changes between those two functions. There’s no other cordless tool like it. The Switchdriver 2.0 has a chuck with dual heads, each with a ¼-inch opening to receive the end of a hex-shank drill or drive bit. Pull the chuck collar forward, insert the bit, and release the collar. This locks the bit. One head on the chuck can take a drill bit for a pilot hole; the other takes a drive bit to shoot in a fastener.…

Apple’s real strength is crushing the iPhone features we don’t need

Apple’s real strength is crushing the iPhone features we don’t need

Call it the Godzilla Problem. Apple is so big and influential that any move it makes will have enormous consequences for someone, somewhere. If Godzilla takes a walk, he leaves enormous footprints (and, let’s be honest, a bunch of crushed stuff) behind him. And like any large corporation (or nuclear Kaiju), Apple knows when it’s time to tread lightly and when it’s time to throw its weight around. Any choice it makes—especially where the iPhone is concerned—can move markets, make or break suppliers, and distort the trajectory of the tech industry. When Apple announced the iPhone, it broke the control that wireless carriers had over our phones. Apple would bring the iPhone to the company that agreed to keep its paws off the phone’s Apple-built interface, AT&T (then Cingular) agreed, and the…

UPGRADE YOUR HOME

UPGRADE YOUR HOME

ENTERTAINING 1 PRO-JECT E1 BT TURNTABLE What better way to make holidays even more nostalgic than by listening to those classic Christmas carols on vinyl? You’ll need a stylish yet amazing-sounding record player like the Pro-Ject E1 BT. It boasts a built-in phono pre-amp, a cartridge from reputable Ortofon, and an affordable price. It even comes with Bluetooth for the benefit of the zoomers in the family. £399, project-audio.com 2 SONOS ONE Jump on the smart speaker bandwagon, and discover all of Alexa’s holiday offerings. You can play carols, take part in trivia games, and ensure that those cookies in the oven are baked to perfection. All while enjoying the rich sound and deep bass the Sonos One has to offer. Pair it with other equally attractive Sonos speakers to fill your whole house with…

America’s charging infrastructure needs a lot of help.

America’s charging infrastructure needs a lot of help.

Unless you’ve been living in a Cretaceous-era cave somewhere in the wilderness, you’ve probably noticed the automotive industry has reached a point where carmakers are delivering cars with long-range batteries and quick-charging capabilities. You don’t have to be a MotorTrend reader or even a hardcore car enthusiast to be aware of the sea change underway in one of the world’s most impactful industries. But because you are an MT reader, you may recall five years ago, when the Chevrolet Bolt EV became our 2017 Car of the Year. You might also remember we called out two numbers—238 and $29,995, to be precise. The first was the number of miles the Bolt EV could cover on one full battery charge; the second was its price after buyers collected their $7,500 federal tax…

Xi tightens his Mao-like control of China

Xi tightens his Mao-like control of China

What happened Chinese President Xi Jinping secured an unprecedented third term as head of the ruling Communist Party this week, cementing his status as the most dominant figure in Chinese politics since Mao Zedong. Xi’s ascension to a third five-year term upended a two-term limit that was written into the party constitution in 1982 to prevent a return to the one-man rule of the Mao era; Xi had that limit removed in 2018. He further tightened his grip on the world’s most populous nation by overhauling the seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, forcing out market-friendly moderates and promoting allies and protégés—though, conspicuously, none young and experienced enough to be marked as a potential successor. In a speech to the National Congress, Xi, 69, touted China’s growing “international influence,” saying its “power to…

Ukraine advances on two fronts

Ukraine advances on two fronts

What happened With growing confidence, Ukrainian troops forced the retreat of crumbling Russian forces in the country’s south and east this week, even as Russia formalized the annexation of four partially occupied Ukrainian regions. Ukrainian forces recaptured Lyman, a strategically important railway hub in the eastern Donetsk region, crippling Russian supply lines and creating a staging ground for an advance into the Russian-held Luhansk province. The reclamation of Lyman came just hours after a ceremony in which Putin claimed the town and the entire Donetsk region as Russian territory, and followed an abrupt retreat by Russian forces. “They are running, and we are running after them,” laughed a jubilant Ukrainian tank commander, Ihor Nazarenko. As the eastern counter-offensive pushed forward, Ukrainian troops also regained a large swath of territory in the…

Voters choose a divided Congress

Voters choose a divided Congress

What happened Republicans were poised to win narrow control of the House this week, setting the stage for two years of divided government after a historically and unexpectedly weak GOP midterm performance kept the Senate in Democrats’ hands. As The Week went to press, Republicans were one win shy of the 218 members needed for a majority. With 11 seats yet to be called, they were expected to take the chamber, but with a margin of only a few seats—a far cry from the dozens many expected might flip in a midterm election Republicans hoped to make a referendum on an unpopular president, inflation, and crime. Democrats locked in Senate control as Nevada incumbent Catherine Cortez Masto won a 50th seat by defeating former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, a Donald…

The rise of legal cannabis

The rise of legal cannabis

A growing number of states are legalizing recreational marijuana as sales soar. Will there be a hidden cost? Where is weed now legal? The nation has seen a seismic shift since Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational cannabis a decade ago. Rhode Island recently became the 19th state to end pot prohibition, joining such states as California, New York, Nevada, Virginia, Illinois, and Vermont. Another 20 states have legalized medical marijuana, including Mississippi, Missouri, and West Virginia. Legalization bills for recreational or medicinal marijuana are under consideration in at least a half dozen more states, including Pennsylvania, Kansas, and North Carolina. Some 44 percent of Americans now live in states that allow recreational cannabis use—and business is booming. How big is it? Last year, sales of legal cannabis hit $25…

Deadly derailment

Deadly derailment

Mendon, Mo. An Amtrak train hit a dump truck this week and derailed, killing the truck driver and three train passengers, just two weeks after a farmer warned about the dangers of the rural train crossing. At least 50 passengers were injured after the locomotive, carrying 243 passengers and 12 crew members from Los Angeles to Chicago, collided with the truck at an intersection where a gravel road crosses the tracks with no warning lights or motion gates. In a video raising alarm about the intersection, local farmer Mike Spencer said residents have been urging the railroad “for several years” to improve safety at a crossing used to get farm equipment to fields. The accident came a day after an Amtrak train carrying 85 passengers crashed into a sedan at a…

Little Republican support for Trump’s 2024 bid

Little Republican support for Trump’s 2024 bid

What happened Donald Trump declared this week he was running for president in 2024, saying the country was being “destroyed” and the southern border “invaded.” In a meandering, hourlong speech to about 600 supporters at Mar-a-Lago, the twice-impeached former president painted American cities as “cesspools of violent crime” and himself as a victim of federal investigators. Trump, 76, is facing several criminal investigations—into his actions during the Jan. 6 insurrection, his instruction to Georgian officials to “find” enough votes to swing the state to him, and his possession of classified documents—and friends and aides anonymously told The New York Times that he is hoping that formally declaring his candidacy might stall or prevent the filing of charges. In his speech, Trump cast himself as an outsider. “The Washington establishment wants to…

‘YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING YET.’

‘YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING YET.’

THE EVENTS OF RECENT MONTHS HAVE QUASHED any remaining notion that Donald Trump might abandon his quest for political power after being turned out of office by voters two years ago. He is still holding his trademark rallies, sometimes complete with QAnon call-outs, in principle to support Republican candidates but in practice holding on to center stage to hawk his own accomplishments and grievances. The former president has had plenty of help in staying in the public eye. The House’s January 6 Committee recently voted to subpoena him to testify. The FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida, in search of classified documents he kept after leaving office. And multiple other legal woes have ensured that some news of each day features Trump. A Trump bid for the White House…

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Justice Department investigating Trump’s actions

Justice Department investigating Trump’s actions

What happened The Justice Department is investigating Donald Trump’s role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election, The Washington Post reported this week, days after the Jan. 6 commission completed nine hearings that laid out in great detail how Trump orchestrated a wide-ranging plot to stay in power. Federal prosecutors questioning witnesses before a grand jury, the Post said, have zeroed in on conversations Trump had with his lawyers and others in his inner circle, asking “hours of detailed questions” about Trump’s attempts to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to reject election results, and the president’s involvement in a scheme to choose fake electors from several swing states. Prosecutors reportedly have obtained phone records of top administration officials, including former chief of staff Mark Meadows. Attorney General Merrick Garland told NBC…

Dodge’s Electrified Charger Daytona SRT and Hornet

Dodge’s Electrified Charger Daytona SRT and Hornet

Dodge’s electric future is mean, menacing, loud, and … practical? Proof: the Charger Daytona SRT concept that teases the production electric muscle car coming in 2024 and the 2023 Hornet compact SUV that brings a long-overdue entry into the U.S. market’s most popular segment. First, the Charger Daytona SRT. It’s powered by batteries and electric motors but delivers a rumble very similar to—and as loud as—the roar of a Hemi Hellcat V-8. This is Dodge’s vision of its alternative to its present generation of gas-powered muscle cars, which will cease production in December 2023. However, we believe the next generation of those cars will also offer internal combustion engines. The Charger Daytona SRT concept is designed to appease loyal customers opposed to EVs; that’s why it has a multispeed transmission and an…

How to Drift in a Production Car

How to Drift in a Production Car

DRIFTING IS ONE OF THE MOST SPECTAC ular forms of high-performance driving. It’s also diffcult to master. Toyota Racing recently hosted an event at the Old Bridge Township Raceway in Englishtown, New Jersey, to teach drivers how to properly slide its rear-wheel-drive GR86 sports car. Contrary to other forms of motorsport, drifting doesn’t require all that much equipment, or even space, to get started. All you need are a rear-wheel-drive car, tires, and a safe (and legal) practice area where you won’t be annoying anyone. Here are the fundamentals of how to drift, making you able to slay tires just like I did. STEP NO. 1 Initiate the Slide Modern tires are designed to stay planted to the road during cornering. Behind the wheel of Toyota’s GR86, I was using nearly all of…

High-tech projectors

Portable 1 PHILIPS SCREENEO U4 Both portable and ultra-short throw, Philips has chosen the projector industry at which to throw its annual curveball. It can cast a 80-inch picture from just 12 inches away or up to 120-inch at Full HD with a little more space. Given its mini form and automatic image adjustments, that’s some very usable multi-purpose fun for just about any room. £565, indiegogo.com 2 SAMSUNG FREESTYLE Battery powered when needed, the uniquely shaped Freestyle is a portable in the truest sense. The rotating barrel design means set-up won’t require propping it up on stacks of books, and Tizen OS has got your back for every streaming service you could need. Don’t expect any serious picture quality at this price but, still, bit of a bargain, really. £459, richersounds.com 3 NEBULA COSMOS LASER 4K This…

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Charles III takes throne as U.K. mourns Elizabeth II

Charles III takes throne as U.K. mourns Elizabeth II

What happened King Charles III assumed the mantle as Britain’s new monarch this week, vowing to uphold his mother’s legacy of “selfless service” as a stunned nation mourned the passing of Queen Elizabeth II after 70 years on the throne. After the queen’s death at 96 was announced, throngs of Britons gathered to pay tribute to the only monarch most had ever known—one who’d ascended to the throne at 25 and ruled through 15 prime ministers and 14 U.S. presidents. “It’s a massive shock to the nation,” said Adam Wilkinson-Hill, 22, one of thousands who massed in front of Buckingham Palace, crying, hugging, and piling bouquets in stacks. The head of state for more than a dozen countries from Jamaica to New Zealand, Elizabeth died two days after appointing a new…

Putin’s vengeance for Crimean bridge explosion

Putin’s vengeance for Crimean bridge explosion

What happened A barrage of missile strikes pounded civilian areas in Kyiv and at least 10 other cities across Ukraine this week, ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin in retaliation for an attack that damaged a strategically key bridge linking Russia to the Crimean Peninsula. Ukrainian authorities said at least 20 people were killed and 108 wounded in the initial round of strikes, which had panicked citizens diving for cover during morning rush hour. In Kyiv, Russian missiles and drones struck apartment buildings, an office tower, a pedestrian bridge, and a playground; power and water were knocked out in numerous cities, including Lviv and Kharkiv. Ukrainian officials condemned the targeting of civilian areas, which follows weeks in which resurgent Ukrainian forces have reclaimed large swathes of territory in the south and…

Ukrainian troops send Russians fleeing in the northeast

Ukrainian troops send Russians fleeing in the northeast

What happened In a dramatic reshaping of the battlefield, Ukrainian forces chased Russian troops out of much of Kharkiv over the past two weeks, retaking in days what it took Russia months to capture. Ukraine tricked Russia by telegraphing its plans for a major counteroffensive in the south around Kherson, causing Russian commanders to shift tens of thousands of troops to that region. Ukraine did make modest gains in the south, but the bulk of its forces burst through Russian front lines in the northeast over the past two weeks, winning back 3,000 square miles of territory—more than a tenth of Russia’s total gains since the Feb. 24 invasion. Among the dozens of settlements they liberated were Izium, Kupiansk, and Balakliya, key logistical hubs for Russian forces. The attack severely degraded…

Five Years After #MeToo, Weinstein Is Back on Trial

Five Years After #MeToo, Weinstein Is Back on Trial

Five years after sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein ignited the global #MeToo movement, the former film producer is back in court. The convicted rapist is facing 11 charges in Los Angeles, separate from the sexual assault allegations that led to his monumental 2020 criminal trial in New York and his subsequent conviction, for which he is serving 23 years. Weinstein’s trial, which got underway Oct. 10, is one of four #MeToo cases playing out in courtrooms across America this week. Danny Masterson’s rape trial is taking place across the hall from Weinstein’s; on the other coast, writer-director Paul Haggis is on trial for rape, while Kevin Spacey is facing Anthony Rapp, who has claimed that Spacey sexually abused him when he was 14 years old. These sexual violence cases demonstrate the…

City reeling

Memphis Outrage over the high-profile abduction and murder of kindergarten teacher Eliza Fletcher escalated further after the alleged killer was accused this week of a separate kidnapping and rape in the fall of 2021. Fletcher, 34, was out on her morning jog earlier this month when she was forced into an SUV, surveillance footage showed. Prosecutors charged Cleotha Henderson with first-degree murder after Fletcher’s remains were found blocks from Henderson’s brother’s apartment and DNA on shoes left at the scene matched Henderson’s. The 38-year-old has an extensive criminal record and was released from prison in 2020 after serving 19 years for aggravated kidnapping. Henderson was charged for the 2021 case after a rape kit linking his DNA to the crimes sat in storage for months. Days after Fletcher’s murder, a 19-year-old…

City reeling

Horizon

1 GOOGLE PIXEL WATCH • From £339, store.google.com It’s finally arrived. After literally years of speculation, and a fair few leaky months where we were pretty sure of exactly what the Pixel Watch would be but couldn’t actually tell you, it’s here. But does Google’s first official foray onto the wrist make the most of the company’s acquisition of Fitbit and its experience in producing WearOS for others – and has it kept enough tricks up its sleeve for this to be special? All signs point to yes. While the processing package in here isn’t the burliest, comprising primarily of the Exynos 9110 chip found in some older Samsung Galaxy Watches, early wearers suggest that helps its battery make it through 24 hours without the need to drop to a low-power mode or…

Horizon
Apple is at the top of its MacBook game–and the best may be yet to come

Apple is at the top of its MacBook game–and the best may be yet to come

We live in a wonderful era for Apple laptops. The 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros provide desktop power and stunning HDR displays. The new M2 MacBook Air has now joined the family, with a similar striking design and the Air’s trademark smaller size and weight. After a dark period where Apple struggled with flawed laptop keyboards, a painful transition to USB-C, and an increasingly frustrating relationship with Intel, things haven’t looked this bright in quite some time. That’s why, as Apple looks on proudly at the new line of laptops it has fashioned over the past couple of years, I have only one request: More, please. LAPTOPS ARE THE BEST Let’s start with the facts. For decades, the overall percentage of new Macs sold that are laptops kept going up. The last time…

PEBBLEBEE CLIP: OUTDOES APPLE’S AIRTAG WITH RECHARGEABLE BATTERY, LEDS, AND CHOICE

PEBBLEBEE CLIP: OUTDOES APPLE’S AIRTAG WITH RECHARGEABLE BATTERY, LEDS, AND CHOICE

Apple is worth trillions, but that doesn’t mean it gets everything right. Started on the back of a Kickstarter project in 2014, the tiny firm Pebblebee has produced a range of compact tracking products. Its latest, Pebblebee Clip, outshines Apple’s AirTag tracker in most important regards except weight. The Clip works with Apple’s Find My network just like an AirTag, although Pebblebee has put in a larger battery to power a higher-powered Bluetooth transmitter. The battery is rated for six months on a single charge—that’s right, it’s a rechargeable battery, sporting a built-in USB-C jack and including a short USB-C to Type-A cable. It has an attractive matte-black finish on its plastic center and metal frame and keyring, with just a tiny bit of concavity around its center on both sides.…

QATAR

QATAR

The whistleblower’s story David Squires, page 14 → Like it or not, here we are Jonathan Liew, page 16 → Far from acting as a bridge between different cultures, the first football World Cup hosted by an Arab Muslim country has ended up mired in recrimination and ill-feeling, less a celebration of sport’s soft power and reach than a display of its limits. Instead of burnishing Qatar’s image in the west in these globalised but polarised times, it looks to have tarnished it. Inside the small, fabulously wealthy state, which plays an extremely active role on the world stage, the drumbeat of criticism is no longer interpreted as perplexing and frustrating, but instead as something born of jealousy and racism. In a speech to the Shura council, the state’s legislative body, on 25 October,…

FALL SNEAK PEEK

House of the Dragon SERIES PREMIERE Aug. 21, 9/8c, HBO YOU HEAR THE flapping of wings first. Then, yes, bursting through the clouds over Westeros, a majestic, roaring dragon: Syrax, ridden by princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Milly Alcock). That’s just one thrill in the Game of Thrones prequel’s premiere. The temperamental teen and her beast will one day face battle. Now they’re just…joyful. “She’s constantly followed around by [minders]. It’s liberating when she gets to fly,” says Alcock of the young royal, played as an adult by Emma D’Arcy about halfway through the 10-episode series. Freedom to do what you please is rare in the sharp-elbowed court of the ruling Targaryens—a family with 17 dragons! Like Thrones, House of the Dragon is based on the work of George R.R. Martin, specifically the novel Fire &…

FALL SNEAK PEEK
RIP, Stadia: Google gives up its game-streaming ghost

RIP, Stadia: Google gives up its game-streaming ghost

Google Stadia, the company’s first foray into the gaming market and a potentially earth-shattering approach to high-end game streaming, is dead—or at least it will be, once 2023 rolls around. In a somber blog post, Stadia’s general manager, Phil Harrison, said that the service will be shutting down on January 18 of next year. Most users will get a refund on their hardware and software purchases. Stadia was formally announced at the Game Developers Conference in 2019, just three and a half years ago, after a few months of testing the as-yet-unnamed game-streaming service. Stadia was introduced with great expectations: PC game-level performance, utilizing the latest in hardware to both enhance graphics and create brand-new kinds of game experiences, all streamed nearly instantly to players around the world via Google’s massive…

Airline Stocks: Too Much Baggage

A bit of advice about airline stocks: Resist them. I know it’s hard. Warren Buffett once joked about his own addiction, saying, “I am Warren, and I am an aeroholic.” Buffett’s mentor, the scholar and investor Benjamin Graham, was right from the start. He wrote in 1949 that it’s obvious that the airline industry will take off, but that doesn’t make airline stocks good investments. In the late 1980s, Buffett bought US Airways preferred shares anyway and made a little money for Berkshire Hathaway on the dividends, all the while disparaging his choice. In 2007, he wrote in his annual shareholder letter, “If a farsighted capitalist had been present at Kitty Hawk, he would have done his successors a huge favor by shooting Orville down. Investors have poured money into a…

Airline Stocks: Too Much Baggage

No more vaccine mandate

Ottawa Canada has dropped all of its Covid restrictions for visitors to the country. Tourists will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination, get tested or quarantine, or wear a mask on planes or trains. “We are able to do this because tens of millions of Canadians rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said. Travelers to Canada had been required to either be vaccinated or take a Covid test and quarantine for 14 days. The change is good news for the NBA, the NHL, and Major League Baseball, which have had to alter their rosters to exclude unvaccinated players for their games in Canada. The U.S., though, still requires all foreign travelers, including Canadian tourists and athletes, to be vaccinated. Win for gay rights Havana In a…

No more vaccine mandate
More Brexit drama

More Brexit drama

London The EU said this week it would launch legal action against the U.K. after Boris Johnson’s government introduced legislation to amend the agreement on how goods are moved between Northern Ireland and Great Britain. When the U.K. was negotiating its exit from the EU, the main sticking point was how to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland, a British province, and Ireland, an EU member. The compromise—which Johnson personally praised and promoted—was the Northern Ireland Protocol, which requires customs checks for goods to and from Northern Ireland. But now, Johnson wants to remove some checks to placate unionists in Northern Ireland who say the province is being treated as a foreign country. The EU said it flat-out refuses to renegotiate any portion of the Brexit treaty. Deportation policy in turmoil London The…

The Forever Legend

The Forever Legend

A cold, wind-driven rain soaks through my parka as I walk across a narrow footbridge that links the Cornwall mainland in southwest England to a rocky promontory overlooking the Bristol Channel. Far below this cantilevered span, waves crash against the cliffs and swirl inside a grotto known as Merlin’s Cave. Win Scutt, a burly, amiable archaeologist from nearby Devon, opens a gate and leads me down a path to the ruins of a medieval castle. Its fragmentary walls mark the lair where Richard, the 13thcentury Earl of Cornwall and the brother of King Henry III, is said to have gathered with his followers to feast on mutton and ale and pay homage to a monarch who may never have existed: King Arthur. The figure of Arthur first appeared in Welsh poetry…

Europe at a glance

Paris Airport man dies: The man whose story inspired the Steven Spielberg film The Terminal has died in the airport where he lived for 18 years. Born in Iran in 1945, Mehran Karimi Nasseri came to Europe in the 1970s in search of his biological mother, reported the BBC, claiming to have been expelled from Iran for protesting against the Shah. Lacking a passport, he ended up at Charles de Gaulle airport, and stayed on from 1988 to 2006, initially owing to difficulties in proving his refugee status, later by choice. After 2006, he moved between hotels and a homeless shelter in France, but a few weeks ago he returned to live in the airport, where officials said he died from a heart attack. Milan, Italy Referee arrested: A top Italian refereeing official…

Europe at a glance
BLIND ATTRACTION

BLIND ATTRACTION

The Hyundai N Vision 74 is the hottest concept car of the decade, and not just because its Tokyo Drift–meets-1980s-box-fenders visuals blew up everyone’s phones when the first images appeared a few months ago. No, the N Vision 74 is much more than stunning eye candy confected under the direction of Hyundai design chief SangYup Lee. This fully functioning, fully drivable concept teases Hyundai’s vision of the future for 21st century performance cars. And it’s totally production feasible. That’s right. Instead of the usual concept car mix of vaporware and unobtanium under the skin, the N Vision 74 uses hardware and technologies you’ll find in existing Hyundai production vehicles. What’s more, Hyundai N brand sources hint that if enough people want one, senior management might well be persuaded to produce a street-legal…

Shocking scale of pupils’ hunger is revealed

Shocking scale of pupils’ hunger is revealed

Children not eligible for free school meals are coming to school with mouldy bread, empty wraps and in some cases nothing at all, according to teachers who told the Guardian they had never seen such desperation in the communities they serve. Accounts of widespread hunger in classrooms come as analysis by the Liberal Democrats found more than 100,000 children in England may be missing out on free school meals. “The government is snatching school lunches away from children by stealth,” said Munira Wilson, the Lib Dem education spokesperson. She argued that, had the £7,400 ($8,700) limit on household earnings been increased in line with inflation, it would now be set at £8,575, making up to 110,000 more children eligible. School leaders say they are shocked by the pitiful packed lunches they are seeing…

New iPad Next gen redefines the power of mobile computing

New iPad Next gen redefines the power of mobile computing

Apple’s lineup launches this week include the redesigned 10th generation iPad, coming in four bright colors. In addition, the Cupertino firm’s new iPad Pro was revealed - available in 11-inch and 12.9-inch models that are powered by Apple’s own M2 processor. It boasts a powerful performance from the M2 chip and iPadOS 16, with support for Wi-Fi 6E for faster wireless connectivity. The new tablets are now available for pre-orders online and will launch in-store on October 26th. ENTRY-LEVEL IPADS The new entry-level 10.9-inch model, a 0.7 inches bigger display than the previous iPad, accompanied with the powerful A14 Bionic chip, can now be pre-ordered in any of the colors of Blue, Pink, Yellow, or Silver. With the expansion of wireless connectivity in the iPad 10, including Wi-Fi 6 and 5G, which weren’t supported…

TV Game How Apple TV is becoming the new go-to console

TV Game How Apple TV is becoming the new go-to console

The new Apple TV 4K offers speedy performance, an A15 Bionic chip, Siri voice recognition, a robust app, and a starting price cheaper than the previous model: but that’s not all. It’s the future of family entertainment and marks the start of a new generation in gaming. INTRODUCING THE NEW APPLE TV 4K This year’s Apple TV 4K might look virtually identical to its predecessor, but Apple has packed some serious punch into this year’s model. Sure, it doesn’t offer the flexibility of a TV streaming stick similar to the likes of Google Chromecast or the Amazon Fire Stick, but it looks stunning and stands proudly on a TV unit in the home. It connects with all television units, and you can use the remote to control the volume and power on…

Autumn Alfresco Feast

SMOKED PEPPERED PORK TENDERLOIN Makes 6 servings (photo on page 29) Brining the pork before smoking keeps the meat tender and juicy. Be sure you have an instant-read thermometer on hand to check for doneness. 1 cup sour cream1 cup plus 2 tablespoons stone-ground mustard, divided1 tablespoon prepared horseradish1 tablespoon plus ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided½ cup plus ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, divided1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives¼ cup mustard seeds2 dried bay leaves, crushed1 cup water1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar2 quarts cold water¼ cup apple cider vinegar1 (2½-pound) package pork tenderloins1 tablespoon cornstarch3 tablespoons olive oilLodge Smoker Skillet and wood chips 1. In a small bowl, whisk together sour cream, 2 tablespoons mustard, horseradish, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper until smooth; sprinkle with chives. Cover and refrigerate for up to…

Autumn Alfresco Feast
DeSantis facing legal blowback over migrant flight

DeSantis facing legal blowback over migrant flight

What happened Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis faced possible legal repercussions this week for flying some 50 asylum-seeking migrants from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard in a political stunt, as the migrants filed a lawsuit and a U.S. attorney looked into possible crimes. DeSantis set off a political firestorm when two planes carrying the mostly Venezuelan migrants, recruited for the journey from San Antonio, landed unannounced in Martha’s Vineyard, a Massachusetts island with a wealthy summer population. Local residents scrambled to care for the disoriented migrants, who said a woman named “Perla” offered to fly them to Boston and gave them fliers saying they’d be eligible for benefits including housing assistance, job training, and “8 months cash assistance.” The stunt builds on an ongoing campaign by Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and…

Pardons for lockdown flouters

Pardons for lockdown flouters

Edmonton, Alberta Newly installed Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she will pardon residents who were fined and arrested for breaking federal Covid rules during the pandemic. “I’m deeply sorry for anyone who was inappropriately subjected to discrimination as a result of their vaccine status,” said Smith, a Conservative. Canada had some of the world’s most stringent Covid policies, including mandatory vaccines for certain federal jobs and jail time for those caught out during lockdown. Calgary pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam congregation, for example, was arrested multiple times for keeping his church open and for preaching to truckers blocking a U.S. border crossing; he owes hefty fines. Far-right government Rome Giorgia Meloni was sworn in this week as Italy’s first woman prime minister, and she quickly tried to reassure European governments that…

Debating Covid’s origins

Debating Covid’s origins

Republicans have issued a new report on the lab-leak theory and promise hearings. What does the evidence show? What is the lab-leak theory? There are two competing theories about how SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the Covid pandemic, emerged in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Most virologists believe it originated in bats and crossed over from an intermediate animal to humans at a Wuhan “wet market,” where wild animals were sold for food. This would be consistent with how previous “zoonotic” viruses have crossed over from animals to humans, including two other coronaviruses—SARS (believed to have come from bats through civets) and MERS (camels). HIV has been traced to chimpanzees, and the 1918 Spanish flu is believed to have originated in domestic or wild birds. An alternate origin theory for SARS-CoV-2 is that…

THE GREATEST FERRARIS of ALL TIME

THE GREATEST FERRARIS of ALL TIME

Debt relief on hold

Debt relief on hold

St. Louis President Biden’s plan to forgive student loan debt for tens of millions of Americans was blocked this week by the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said debt cancellations must stop while a lawsuit brought by six states is considered. The three-judge panel did not rule on the merits of the lawsuit brought by Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Carolina. Those GOP-led states argue that Biden needed authorization from Congress to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student debt for borrowers earning up to $125,000 annually, or up to $250,000 for married couples. Pell Grant recipients are eligible for another $10,000 in forgiveness under Biden’s order, which invoked a post-9/11 law covering national emergencies. The White House says 26 million people have already applied for forgiveness,…

Searching for a killer

Searching for a killer

Stockton, Calif. Ballistics tests have linked the fatal shootings of six men and the wounding of one woman in California—indicating a serial killer is on the loose, police said. The first two shootings, in Oakland and Stockton, occurred last year; the other attacks, all in Stockton, began in July of this year, with the latest coming last week. Four of the victims have been homeless. The woman who survived said the hooded and masked shooter took aim at her as she walked out of a tent she was living in. Police say that no items have been stolen, nor can the shootings be linked to any kind of gang activity. Stockton Police Chief Stanley McFadden said that police had not uncovered a motive but the killings appeared to be systematic. “This…

Demanding reparations

Demanding reparations

Warsaw Poland has asked Germany to pay reparations for Nazi damages to the country during World War II. The ruling Law and Justice party said Poland suffered $1.3 trillion in war losses, the highest such estimate yet. “The sum was calculated using the most limited, conservative method,” said party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski. “It would be possible to increase it.” Around 6 million Poles, including 3 million Polish Jews, were killed during the war, and Warsaw was razed during the 1944 uprising against the Nazi occupiers. After the war, Poland under Communist rule waived its right to reparations. The Polish opposition said Kaczynski’s demand was simply an attempt to stir up nationalist sentiment, while Germany said the matter was closed. New flags for a new ruler London The death of Queen Elizabeth II last week…

2024 FORD MUSTANG ONE MORE TIME

MUSTANG ENTHUSIASTS SHOULD REJOICE THAT FORD IS EVEN DOING THIS AT A TIME WHEN ELECTRIFICATION IS ALL THE RAGE. Creating the 2024 Mustang, Ford pulled a gutsy and potentially historic move. The seventh generation is likely the last gas-snorting version of the pony car, but the fact it’s purely gas-snorting at all is something of a surprise. Chevrolet is rumored to sunset the Camaro as we know it ahead of an electric replacement in 2024; Dodge has confirmed its Challenger and Charger will offer fully electric propulsion around the same time. The 2024 Mustang team needed to justify its rationale for an internal-combustion-only muscle car, truly a passion project, at every turn, even with management ultimately supporting its moves. After all, Ford is in the throes of embracing electric trucks and…

Jar Excellence

DIY Ramen Soup This fresh yet cozy favorite, prepped and served in a jar, is a healthier alternative to commercial varieties. Feel free to customize the veggies. —Michelle Clair, Seattle, WA Takes: 25 min. • Makes: 2 servings 1 pkg. (3 oz.) ramen noodles1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium chicken base1 to 2 tsp. Sriracha chili sauce1 tsp. minced fresh gingerroot½ cup shredded carrots½ cup shredded cabbage2 radishes, halved and sliced½ cup sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms1 cup shredded cooked chicken breast¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves2 lime wedges1 hard-boiled large egg, halved4 cups boiling water 1. Cook ramen noodles according to package directions (do not use seasoning packet); cool. 2. In each of two 1-qt. wide-mouth canning jars, layer half of each ingredient in the following order: ramen noodles, chicken base, chili sauce, ginger, carrots, cabbage, radishes, mushrooms, chicken and…

Jar Excellence

Lowdown on I Bonds

Apparently, the folks who run the I bond program at Treasury have not had to provide a lot of actual customer service since the program began (“Ahead,” Oct.). It’s understandable, considering how little return the bonds have provided over the past decade. During my long wait on the phone, there was no calming music, only a jolting announcement repeated every 60 seconds or so that sounded as if it had been recorded by an employee who didn’t like his job much. The mind-numbing repetition had lasted for more than two hours when I figured out we were approaching the end of their business day. I tried again, calling early in the morning, thinking I could get ahead of the rush. I still waited on hold for more than two hours…

Lowdown on I Bonds
THE BEST OF iOS 16

THE BEST OF iOS 16

There’s a lot to love about Apple’s newest iPhone software update. iOS 16 offers an impressive Lock screen makeover, a seamless new way to share photos, exciting Messages and Mail app upgrades, and improvements to Focus features. While most of these features aren’t technologically groundbreaking (indeed, Android phones have had many for years), iOS 16 is focusing on bringing iPhone users what they want. Because of this, we’re eagerly awaiting its release in the fall. Give the people what they want! Apple will publicly release iOS 16 this fall, likely in mid-September. If you’re an early adopter, Apple offers a beta version of iOS 16 to the public starting in July. If you own an iPhone 8 or later, you will be able to run iOS 16, but certain accessibility features…

Defrauding our future

Defrauding our future

Minneapolis The Justice Department this week charged 48 people with bilking nearly $250 million from a federal program intended to provide food for needy children during the pandemic. Prosecutors said the Minnesota-based nonprofit Feeding Our Future organized dozens of shell companies that collectively produced fake receipts for 125 million meals. Some perpetrators allegedly used the website “listofrandomnames.com” to produce fake kids’ names, while another defendant used a random number generator to fill in the ages of kids receiving meals. Feeding Our Future’s founder, Aimee Bock, allegedly was tasked by the state to serve as a watchdog for the relief recipients but is charged with actually participating in the fraud. The defendants are accused of using stolen funds to purchase dozens of properties, cars, guns, cryptocurrency, and a Louis Vuitton duffle bag.…

A Merry Little Kitchen

Happy Holidays, Friends! It’s the most wonderful time of the year; and, as we start to decorate our trees and hang our stockings, let’s not forget to spread Christmas cheer to the heart of the home—the kitchen! I often get asked how to decorate kitchens for Christmas while still keeping the space functional for cooking. It’s easy really: Just keep it simple! TIPS FOR CREATING A COZY CHRISTMAS KITCHEN Start with a “fa-la-la” focal point: For my own kitchen, the focal point is the cedar garland that I drape over the window. For other kitchens, it could be a Christmas tree on an island or a wreath hung over a range hood. Scope out your space and find your kitchen’s best features. Then, highlight them with Christmas décor. Allow yourself to get creative and think…

A Merry Little Kitchen
Cornered Putin escalates Ukraine war

Cornered Putin escalates Ukraine war

What happened The Kremlin ordered a major escalation of the Ukraine war this week, calling up 300,000 conscripts and staging sham referendums in occupied regions of Ukraine so it could annex and claim them as Russian soil. After five days of voting during which residents reported soldiers going door to door with guns, Russian officials said residents in the Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Luhansk, and Donetsk regions had shown as high as 99 percent support for joining Russia. The vote was widely dismissed as a farce. “They’re doing it in their Russian style, just for pictures,” said Serhiy Ivaschenko, a Ukrainian official in Kherson. Russian President Vladimir Putin was expected to announce the regions’ annexation this week, and Russia’s parliament may take up formal annexation legislation next week. Border crossings were flooded as more…

ALOGIC CLARITY 27-INCH 4K MONITOR: AN AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO APPLE’S STUDIO DISPLAY

ALOGIC CLARITY 27-INCH 4K MONITOR: AN AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE TO APPLE’S STUDIO DISPLAY

Boasting the looks of an Apple display but at a more affordable price, the Alogic Clarity Monitor scores points on aesthetics and performance. Connected to a Mac mini or Mac Studio, this 27-inch display could recreate the glories of the now discontinued larger iMac. Apple sells two of its own displays, and, as you might expect, neither of them is particularly affordable. The high-end Pro Display XDR starts at $4,999 and the “entry-level” Studio Display starts at $1,599. Read our Apple Studio Display review. There are, of course, plenty of non-Apple displays available. At $650, the Dell 2720Q UltraSharp 27in 4K USB-C Monitor is less than half the price of the Apple monitor. Its 4K screen (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) is not up to the Studio Display’s 5K resolution but will suit…

Instagram SIRENS

Instagram SIRENS

Chiara Ferragni @chiaraferragni This Italian fashion icon started her career with a simple style blog called The Blonde Salad in 2009, and in 2013, expanded her empire by launching her personal brand Chiara Ferragni Collection. Now, she even has her own TV series, The Ferragnez, with her husband Fedez. Suede Brooks @suedebrooks With a name like Suede, you already know this social media superstar is an iconic one. She’s an anti-bullying activist who got her start on YouTube a decade ago in 2013, and now has 337k subscribers, as well as 1.5 million followers on Instagram. Danielle Marcan @daniellemarcan With 1.4 million Instagram followers and another 2.1 million on TikTok, this magnificent makeup influencer really knows how to captivate her audience with admittedly sensual makeup tutorials and reviews, as well as alluring…

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

FERTILITY Reproductive crisis looms as sperm count falls, study finds Humans could face a reproductive crisis if action is not taken to tackle a drop in sperm count, researchers warned after finding the rate of decline is accelerating. A study published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, based on 153 estimates from men who were probably unaware of their fertility, suggests the average sperm concentration fell from an estimated 101.2m per ml to 49.0m between 1973 and 2018 – a drop of 51.6%. Looking at data collected in all continents since 1972, the researchers found sperm concentrations declined by 1.16% per year. However, when they looked only at data collected since the year 2000, the decline was 2.64% per year. SPACE ‘Pristine’ meteorite may solve mystery of Earth’s water A 4.6bn-year-old rock that crashed on to a…

SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT

Asia

Number crunching Population growth from 2001 to 2011 tended to be higher in the north Source: Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, Telangana government state portal The growth will place huge pressure on India’s resources, economic stability and society. As a country on the forefront of the climate crisis, already grappling with extreme weather events 80% of the year, diminishing resources such as water could become decisive factors in what India’s future population looks like. Fears of “population explosion” in India have abounded for more than a century. Post independence, India’s population grew at a significant pace; between 1947 and 1997, it went from 350 million to 1 billion. But since the 1980s, various initiatives convinced families of the benefits of family planning. As a…

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PLAY

BEST GAME CONSOLE Valve Steam Deck $399 The Steam Deck condenses a powerful gaming computer into a 1.5-pound handheld system. With it, you can play the newest games like Elden Ring on its 7-inch screen complete with dual-analog sticks, clicky buttons, and responsive triggers. At home, you can connect the Steam Deck to your TV or computer monitor using a USB-C hub to play on the big screen. BEST HEADPHONES Sony Link Buds S $199 Providing sound and noise isolation that comes close to Sony’s flagship WF-1000XM4, the Link Buds S cost a fraction of the price. They slide right into the ear comfortably without feeling loose, and the sound is rich, with vocal details peeking through layers of instruments and bass. These buds automatically switch between your music and real-world sounds so that you…

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No comeback

Alaska Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s hopes for political revival appeared to fall flat this week, as the 2008 GOP vice presidential candidate trailed significantly in the race for Alaska’s at-large House seat when The Week went to press. The four-way race to replace GOP Rep. Don Young—who died in March at age 88 after holding the state’s lone House seat for 49 years—will be decided by ranked-choice voting, but Democratic Rep. Mary Peltola built a substantial early lead over Palin and Republican Nick Begich. Palin, 58, was endorsed by former President Trump and resurrected her “Drill, baby, drill” catchphrase. She faced criticism from Begich over resigning in 2009 in the middle of her term as governor. Peltola, of the native Yup’ik tribe, campaigned to preserve Young’s legacy after winning a…

No comeback

The World in Kant’s Head

“Our age is the age of criticism, to which everything must submit. Religion through its holiness and legislation through its majesty commonly seek to exempt themselves from it. But in this way they excite a just suspicion against themselves, and cannot lay claim to that unfeigned respect that reason grants only to that which has been able to withstand its free and public examination.” Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, 1781 In many ways, Immanuel Kant was a man for our times. The bewigged eighteenth century thinker sat at home for years, reading and writing, taking a walk once a day, barely ever travelling more than a few miles from his home town, yet he tried to set down some universal truths about what we can know, what people are, and how…

THE LOWDOWN ON I BONDS

THE LOWDOWN ON I BONDS

SERIES I SAVINGS BONDS are drawing a lot of attention. Thanks to high inflation, those issued from May through October 2022 offer a sky-high composite rate of 9.62%. We’ve compiled answers to frequently asked questions about the bonds. How is the interest rate determined? The composite rate has two parts: a fixed rate, which remains the same for the life of the bond, and an inflation rate, which is based on the consumer price index. Each May and November, the U.S. Treasury Department announces a new fixed rate and inflation rate that apply to bonds issued during the following six months. The inflation rate changes every six months from the bond’s issue date. If your bond is issued in October 2022, for example, the current inflation rate will apply through March…

13 HIDDEN FEATURES YOU PROBABLY MISSED IN THE iOS 16 BETA

13 HIDDEN FEATURES YOU PROBABLY MISSED IN THE iOS 16 BETA

The WWDC keynote was nearly two hours packed with awesome new features for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, new Mac hardware, and even a very early sneak peek at next-generation CarPlay. Despite the marathon keynote presentation that brought dozens of new features, there are so many changes in iOS 16 that quite a lot had to be left out. Some were covered in the iPadOS and macOS presentations—improvements to apps like Mail are coming to all devices—but here are 10 smaller iOS 16 details we think are worth pointing out. 1. SUPPORT FOR SWITCH CONTROLLERS (AND OTHERS) iOS 16 officially includes support for multiple new Bluetooth game controllers, including Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons and Pro Controllers, so you’ll have even more options when you play games. This support extends to tvOS and iPadOS, too. 2.…

THEN ASOVIET PILOT STOLE ONE.

THEN ASOVIET PILOT STOLE ONE.

Throughout the early 1970s, the Soviet MiG-25 streaked through the nightmares of America’s military and intelligence communities. If the Cold War ever turned hot, they feared, this seemingly unstoppable fighter, codenamed Foxbat, appeared poised to sweep Western aircraft from the skies. The first hints of the existence of this Soviet super-plane had begun to materialize in 1965, when a Russian prototype jet, designated Ye-155, set a world record with an impressive speed run of 2,319 kilometers per hour (1,441 mph). In the years that followed, the West nervously watched as updated versions of the Mikoyan and Gurevich Design Bureau’s quick-climbing, high-flying, ultrafast jet continued to shatter records. Observers knew that the Ye-155 would soon be more than an experimental testbed. In the summer of 1967, the U.S. military obtained clear pictures of…

the list

the list

This year, we’re celebrating small businesses (think family-run, local makers, BIPOC-and woman-founded, and more!). So no matter who you’re shopping for—friends, spouse, favorite teacher, a new grandbaby—we’ve got something that will let them know how much they matter!—OPRAH FIND YOUR FAVORITE THINGS AT AMAZON.COM/OPRAH PROP STYLING: MEGUMI EMOTO / ANDERSON HOPKINS. SOFT GOODS STYLING: ZENA TRAMMELL. ILLUSTRATION: LISA SHEEHAN. SOFT GOODS: REGINA NICOLARDI. DUFFEL BAG: RICHARD MAJCHRZAK / STUDIO D.…

Heat apocalypse

Heat apocalypse

Western Europe Blistering temperatures scorched much of Western Europe this week, leading to more than 1,100 heat-related deaths in Spain and Portugal and blazing records in other countries. Temperatures soared as high as 104.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the United Kingdom, where only 5 percent of homes have air-conditioning, while Paris saw a high of 104.9 degrees. Wildfires ripped through forests in France, Portugal, Spain, and Greece, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Firefighters in France’s southwestern tourist region of Gironde fought two blazes that destroyed nearly 50,000 acres of land and sent smoke billowing over nearby Bordeaux. “It’s a monster like an octopus,” said Gironde regional president Jean-Luc Gleyze, “and it’s growing and growing and growing in the front, in the back, on both sides.” The U.K., France, and other countries declared…

High-Priced Spread

High-Priced Spread

“I WAS DETERMINED,” Polly Adler declared, “to be the best goddam madam in all America.” A questionable goal, perhaps, but one that Adler unquestionably attained. From the Roaring Twenties through World War II, the Russian-born entrepreneur ran a series of high-end Manhattan brothels with a charismatic pizzazz that made her a legend and earned her reams of praise from her establishment’s many famous customers. “She was a petite, gregarious lady with great charm, whom everybody loved,” said bandleader Duke Ellington. “The world knew Polly as a madam,” said comedian Milton Berle, “but her friends knew her as an intelligent woman, fun to be with, and a good cook.” Gangster Charles “Lucky” Luciano hailed Adler for helping to preserve traditional, old-fashioned sex. “I didn’t go for any of that leather and whip crap,” Luciano…

THE TOP 5 MACOS 13 VENTURA FEATURES COMING TO YOUR MAC

THE TOP 5 MACOS 13 VENTURA FEATURES COMING TO YOUR MAC

Apple during its WWDC keynote took the wraps off macOS 13 Ventura, the next major version of the Mac operating system. A beta test version of Ventura is available to developers now, with a public beta coming in the next few weeks. The official release to the general public will happen this fall. Ventura has a ton of new stuff, but we’re highlighting the top features here. 1. STAGE MANAGER Mac users tend to work in multiple apps and files at once, which leads to dozens of open windows. You can use Mission Control to sort your windows, but it’s still overwhelming to find the one you need. The new Stage Manager helps you get control of those windows. Stage Manager can be activated in Control Center, and it places your active window in…

Horizon

1 ASUS ZENBOOK FOLD 17 • From £3,300, asus.com Asus’ gorgeous new release isn’t the first foldable laptop – Lenovo had a stab at the concept with last year’s much smaller ThinkPad X1 Fold – but it’s the first which doesn’t look as if (forgive us, Lenovo) it was a prototype launched by accident. The extra time in the oven has given this what looks to be some serious engineering flavour, like trimmer bezels, a homegrown hinge designed to retain laptop-like stiffness while maintaining the necessary horseshoe fold, a thin, balanced chassis and, yep, the biggest flexible OLED we’ve seen on a portable device. That’s the headline here, and it has to be: it’s 17.3 inches, has a 2K resolution, supports HDR and 500 nits peak brightness, and you can completely unfurl it…

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Duck and Cover!

Duck and Cover!

If you are of a certain age, you might recall the phrase "duck and cover!" You might also recall your fifth-grade teacher, Miss Boswick, stopwatch in hand, urging you to immediately take shelter under your desk. And there you were, clutching your #2 Ticonderoga, wondering, WTF? If certain potentially atomic events in Eastern Europe have recently rekindled that unfortunate childhood memory, allow me to rekindle two more. Take a moment to recall your Dad’s all-time favorite car. That’s right—his epic 1958 Buick Roadmaster. You might remember how he lovingly washed and waxed that car every Saturday afternoon, its AM radio religiously tuned to Milwaukee Braves baseball. I will forgive you if you can't exactly remember that radio’s dial. But there were some interesting icons on there—two little triangles. Those, my friend,…

OPINION FOOTBALL

OPINION FOOTBALL

And now, finally, some football. For much of the 12 years since Sepp Blatter’s fumbling fingers ripped open an envelope containing one word and a thousand questions, the 2022 World Cup has been able to exist in our minds as little more than a surreal abstraction. A computer-generated simulation. Some Philip K Dick-infused vision of a future that might never come to pass. But the time for daydreaming and denial is over. This is happening. Why? How? Why here? Why now? And – frankly – what the hell? This is not the first World Cup to be held in the shadow of totalitarianism. It is not the first to be awarded under questionable premises, nor the first to be built at ruinous expense to the public exchequer and the planet. But…

Global report

Global report

1 CLIMATE CRISIS World close to ‘irreversible’ breakdown, studies warn The climate crisis has reached a “really bleak moment”, one of the world’s leading climate scientists has said, after a slew of major reports laid bare how close the planet is to catastrophe. Collective action is needed by the world’s nations more now than at any point since the second world war to avoid climate tipping points, Prof Johan Rockström said, but geopolitical tensions are at a high. He said the world was coming “very, very close to irreversible changes … time is really running out very, very fast”. Emissions must fall by about half by 2030 to meet the internationally agreed target of 1.5C of heating but are still rising, the reports showed – at a time when oil giants are making astronomical amounts…

Honda Unveils First All-Electric SUV, Built on GM’s Battery Platform

Honda Unveils First All-Electric SUV, Built on GM’s Battery Platform

What comes before the first chapter in a new book? The prologue, as Honda has aptly named its first electric vehicle, an SUV that will hit dealers in 2024. The Honda Prologue is the first of 30 new battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) the brand aims to launch globally by 2030. By 2040, Honda plans to be a fully electric brand. After the Prologue, Honda will launch an EV version of the Acura SUV later in 2024. Honda has not confirmed pricing or miles of range for the Prologue, although Car & Driver suspects it will land around $45,000 and have 250 to 320 miles of range. What we do know is that it’ll be 8 inches longer and 5 inches wider than the 2023 Honda CR-V. “We see a natural progression for a CR-V…

The Last, Lonely Days of IVANA TRUMP

The Last, Lonely Days of IVANA TRUMP

IVANA TRUMP’S HOUSE at 10 East 64th Street, which she purchased for $2.5 million in 1992 after her divorce from Donald Trump, is modest compared with the former mansions of Gianni Versace and David Geffen on the same block. Twenty feet wide with a 1920s limestone-column-and-pediment façade, it could pass for a small nation’s consulate or a mausoleum. Inside, it was all Ivana: red carpeting, gilded paneling, and animal prints. She was especially proud of the grand curving staircase with a mural, she once told People magazine, “painted on so it looks like it’s a balcony, looking into French-Roman gardens”—the backdrop for countless regal publicity moments with her posing in ball gowns, peddling a relentlessly queenly idea of herself almost to the very end, even as her realm had shrunk. Her…