Glasgow, Election Day, Halloween: your weekend briefing
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Here are the best stories of the week and a glimpse of the future.
1. Leaders meet in Glasgow for climate summit, and the challenges they face are enormous.
The outcome of COP26 will, to a large extent, determine how the planet’s seven billion people survive on a warmer planet and whether much worse levels of warming can be avoided.
Fundamental differences divide leaders. Many poor countries hit hard by climate disasters are waiting for the money pledged, but not yet delivered, by the industrialized countries that fueled the crisis. Here’s what to expect.
“The fact that we are now so dangerously close to the edge for a number of countries is perhaps the tragedy of our time,” said Mia Mottley, Prime Minister of Barbados.
President Biden and other leaders arrive in Glasgow after a G20 summit in Rome, where they agreed on a new minimum corporate tax, the world’s most aggressive attempt yet to prevent businesses to shelter their profits in so-called tax havens. But when it comes to preventing future pandemics, health experts and activists have said rich countries are still not doing enough to help poor countries survive the present one.
2. Local and national elections are held across the country on Tuesday.
These elections will determine the governors of Virginia and New Jersey and the mayors and other leaders of New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis and other places. They will also decide the fate of electoral measures on electoral rules, local taxes and other matters. Here are some of the basics of Election Day.
Among the races to follow:
3. In the past five years, police have killed more than 400 drivers or passengers who did not wield a weapon or knife, or who were not prosecuted for a violent crime – a rate of more than one per week, a Times investigation found.
Many have been arrested for common traffic violations: broken tail light, red light or deviate through the double yellow lines. Compared to the population, black drivers were over-represented among those killed.
Roadside checks – which can be motivated by the demand for revenue to fund cities – are the most common interactions between police and the public. Police consider them to be among the most dangerous things they do.
Officers have been charged in 32 cases, and nearly two dozen are pending. Only five officers have been convicted of crimes for the murder of motorists. But The Times found that the evidence often contradicted the officers’ accounts. A visual investigation canceled footage capturing 120 fatal traffic stops and found that in dozens of incidents officers made tactical errors that put them at risk.
4. Children aged 5 to 11 could start receiving Covid-19 vaccines as early as Wednesday. Reluctant parents, even those who have been vaccinated, could be a barrier.
In announcing its approval of a lower-dose injection manufactured by Pfizer for the age group, the FDA said trial data showed the injection was safe and induced strong immune responses in children. The most common side effects were fatigue, fever and headache. But some parents are reluctant to consent, wondering if a brand new vaccine is worth it when most cases of coronavirus in young people are mild.
In an opinion piece, Dr. Lee Savio Beers, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, explains why children should be vaccinated against Covid.
5. A reconstruction of the events that led to the fatal shooting on the set of an Alec Baldwin film revealed a series of cascading errors.
During a scene from the movie “Rust”, Baldwin reached into his chest, pulled a revolver out of a shoulder holster and moved it towards the camera, when it went off, killing the director of the photography. The crew had been assured that the gun was “cold”, meaning that it did not contain live ammunition.
Days before the fatal shooting, at least two accidental firearm discharges on the set had the crew members on edge. Law enforcement officials in New Mexico are now trying to determine if the negligence on the set reached the level of a felony – and how the live bullet got into the gun.
6. Saudi Arabia and three other Gulf countries have withdrawn their ambassadors from Beirut, after the Lebanese Minister of Information made comments on the war in Yemen.
Minister George Kordahi called the war a Saudi and UAE “aggression” in a recent television interview. Saudi Arabia’s military campaign to drive Iranian-backed Houthi rebels out of Yemen has been widely condemned by the West, but its Arab neighbors have avoided opposing the kingdom.
The move underscored how vulnerable the crisis-ridden Lebanon is to the whims of its powerful neighbors.
7. If you struggled to buy a Halloween costume, blame the global supply chain. Stock issues mean less Ted Lasso and Kim Kardashian.
While classic costumes like Ghosts, Witches, and Marilyn Monroes are easier to find, topical trick-or-treat is harder than ever. The supply chain is not well equipped to handle trends, especially when a show or image unexpectedly becomes popular overnight.
In the spirit of Halloween, we spoke to the Adams family (this one is real) about the possibility of making independent horror films in their rustic upstate New York home. Our review also looked at how the vampire myth evolved and why bloodsucking monsters are avatars of our cultural anxieties.
8. To feed the dead, you first need pan de muerto.
Our food journalist visited bakeries in Miami that prepare for Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, by baking traditional sweet bread, similar in texture to challah and sprinkled with sugar or seeds of sesame. The bread is placed on altars to remember family members during the Mexican celebration of November 1 and 2. Here’s how to create your own.
As the days get colder, all David Tanis wants is a fire in the hearth and a pot of stew simmering. So he created this menu consisting of braised lamb, carrot salad and a molasses and ginger cake. We also have these 11 vegetarian casseroles to keep you nice and warm.
9. What do baby sharks, asexual condors and white strawberries have in common? Our science office has them all covered.
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