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Good evening. Here’s the latest.
1. President Trump scrapped his plans for a military parade this fall in Washington.
He blamed local officials, saying they were inflating the cost, and used the opportunity to criticize them, saying the city was “poorly” run. The parade, which was never widely embraced, was initially scheduled for Nov. 10 — on Veterans Day weekend.
Throughout the chaos of her husband’s administration, Melania Trump, the first lady, has been an elusive, private figure. But she remains a Rorschach test for public perceptions of the White House: People tend to see in her what they already believe about the president.
2. It’s been an “excruciating” time for Elon Musk — and “the worst is yet to come,” he said. Mr. Musk caused a furor when he mused on Twitter about taking his company private.
In an hourlong interview with The Times on Thursday, he spoke of the personal toll his company, Tesla, has exacted. “There were times when I didn’t leave the factory for three or four days — days when I didn’t go outside,” he said. “This has really come at the expense of seeing my kids. And seeing friends.”
3. In a time of tremendous acrimony, there’s at least one thing uniting Americans: political anger.
People are losing their jobs and friends. Faith leaders are asking for help mitigating conflicts within their congregations. And spouses with differing political views are feeling new strains.
“The Bushes were hard years,” one woman said of her marriage. “But we really didn’t get into screaming matches about it.”
Have you been affected by worsening political outrage? Share your experiences with us here.
4. Over 300 people have died in Kerala, India, in the heaviest rains there in nearly a century.
The state, in the country’s south, has been battered by flooding since last week. Dozens of people have been injured, and officials said close to 220,000 more have been displaced.
The flooding has caused the authorities to close the airport until late this month, complicating relief efforts. The state’s chief minister called the crisis “extremely grave.”
5. As Turkey’s economy tumbles, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has found a useful foil: the West.
Economists say he’s the primary reason for the country’s financial turmoil, but Mr. Erdogan has deflected the blame, relying on nationalism, resentment of the West, his firm grip on the country’s news media and his own formidable popularity and political skills.
6. For retailers, shoplifting is a huge — by some estimates a multimillion dollar — problem.
So to get their money back, many companies are employing aggressive legal tactics — sometimes against people who didn’t do anything wrong. But those strategies disproportionately harm low-income shoppers, who say they’re unmatched in the legal fight against the world’s largest retailers.
“The most powerful company in the world called me a thief,” Yatarra McQueen, above, whom Walmart accused of stealing, said in a court document. “I was terrified.”
7. “How did we get to where we are? What the hell has been going on?”
Britain’s austerity measures are choking even affluent parts of the country. Even Conservatives are in mutiny.
Our reporter visited Northamptonshire, where the local government has effectively run out of money, stripping away social services to only what it is required to provide.
8. Overlooked no more:
For the latest in our Overlooked series, we feature Sissieretta Jones, the first African-American woman to headline the main slate at Carnegie Hall, in 1893.
Ms. Jones, a soprano, was part of a generation of black musicians who helped shatter classical music barriers. When an interviewer suggested she change her appearance with makeup and wigs, she was aghast.
“Try to hide my race and deny my own people?” she responded. “I am proud of belonging to them and would not hide what I am even for an evening.”
9. How do you photograph a poem? This summer, we selected six poems by women and asked photographers to let the works inspire them.
The writing touches on the passage of time, the power and fury of nature and the everyday. Here are the pairings.
10. Finally, this is your periodic reminder that it’s not all bad news out there.
These are some of the most uplifting reads of the week: a nine-hour window when Cubans could access the internet everywhere; a successful police rescue of animals endangered by fires; and the story of our sports reporter’s son who found a community — in competitive cubing.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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