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Good evening. Here is the last Thursday at the end of the day.

1. The shooter who killed 21 people in Uvalde, Texas walked freely into the elementary school, authorities said.

As angry and grieving parents continued to question the school’s safety protocols today, more information has been released. New details of the shooter’s entry, revealed at a press conference, contradicted earlier reports that a school district police officer had intervened.

The first 911 call came in at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, an official said. Police were there at 11:45 a.m. but got fired upon and took cover, he said. A US Border Patrol sniper killed the shooter around 1 p.m.

Witnesses said the parents of the students inside had desperately urged the police to storm the school. The father of a 9-year-old victim told The Times: ‘They said they rushed and stuff. We haven’t seen that. Rather, he said, they were “just standing there.” A press conference official said the scene was chaotic and the investigation was continuing.

Husband of Irma Garcia, a teacher killed in the shooting, died today of a heart attack; this is what we know of the 21 victims so far. Check back here for more updates.


2. We Asked Every Republican Senator how he or she would vote on gun control.

Democrats want a quick vote on measures passed by the House to strengthen background checks, which would expand criminal checks for buyers on the internet and at gun shows, and give the FBI more time to investigate on reported buyers. Would any GOP senators support them?

Of the senators who responded, most took no position or said they would oppose the bills. Only four, including Susan Collins of Maine and Mitt Romney of Utah, said they were open to such checks.

Republicans blocked action on a bill, introduced after the Buffalo shootings, to bolster the government’s efforts in the fight against domestic terrorism.

Why are Republicans so adamant about guns? Our chief correspondent in Washington has looked into the matter.


3. How will the war in Ukraine end?

Some Ukrainian officials have vowed to fight until the country is cleared of Russian troops. Many European leaders support them, even if France and Italy have proposed a territorial compromise. Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, said Ukraine should cede territory to win peace; Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine, compared this proposal to appeasement of Nazi Germany. Talks between Russia and Ukraine broke down in March.

In Russia, the economic toll of the war is indisputable. Prices of consumer goods are skyrocketing and basic necessities like paper and buttons are in short supply. President Vladimir Putin has pledged to implement social protection measures such as raising the minimum wage and pensions, and Russia’s central bank has cut interest rates again.

4. Newly disclosed documents shed light on the executive branch’s secret plans for doomsday scenarios – such as the aftermath of a nuclear attack.

These classified guidelines, detailing wartime powers that can be invoked by the president, have in the past included such measures as imposing martial law and censoring foreign news. The contents of modern guidelines are unclear, but new disclosures offer clues.

Some recently leaked files relate to efforts to revise draft orders under the George W. Bush administration after the September 11, 2001, attacks, focusing on legislation that allows the president to take control or shut down networks. communications in wartime. The government may have crafted or revised such an ordinance in light of the explosive growth of the Internet.

5. With regard to monkeypox, many of us ask ourselves: Am I at risk?

Experts have said that most children and adults with healthy immune systems are likely to avoid serious illness. There are two high-risk groups: infants under 6 months of age and older adults, although the latter may retain immunity to smallpox vaccination.

“The bottom line is that even those who were vaccinated several decades ago retain a very, very high level of antibodies and the ability to neutralize the virus,” said Dr. Luigi Ferrucci, scientific director of the National Institute of Aging. . “Even if they were vaccinated 50 years ago, that protection should still be there.”


6. Kevin Spacey has been charged with sexual assault in Britain.

The country’s Crown Prosecution Service said criminal charges had been authorized against the American actor on four counts of sexual assault against three men, and that Spacey had “also been charged with causing a person to engage in a penetrative sexual activity without consent”.

The charges related to incidents dating from 2005, 2008 and 2013, when Spacey was artistic director of the Old Vic theater in London. A spokesman for the service said Spacey could not be formally charged unless he entered England or Wales, but declined to say whether the service would pursue extradition proceedings if that did not happen. .

In other crime newsNancy Brophy, a 71-year-old novelist who wrote on “How to Murder Your Husband” has been found guilty of murdering her husband.


7. College enrollment plummeted this springeven as the effects of the pandemic diminish.

The latest enrollment figures indicate that 662,000 fewer students enrolled in undergraduate programs in the spring of 2022 compared to the previous year, a decrease of 4.7%. Graduate and professional student enrollment, which had been a bright spot during the pandemic, was also down 1% from a year ago.

“This suggests that there is a larger question about the value of college,” said Doug Shapiro, executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, “and in particular concerns about student debt and paying for college. colleges and potential labor market returns”.


8. South Korean workers are turning the tables on their bosses.

The country has one of the longest working weeks among the wealthiest nations, and abusive behavior by bosses is often cited as a reason for its miserable working conditions. Bullying language, bribes, late payments and other forms of abuse are so common that the country now has a name for it: “gapjil”.

Recently, this has caused a backlash. Government agencies, police, civic groups and businesses now offer “gapjil hotlines” encouraging citizens to report officials and bosses who abuse their authority.


9. Can Tom Cruise in ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ still bring it? Yes.

The long-awaited sequel to the ’80s action blockbuster, which opens tomorrow, is a defense of old-school cinematic values ​​in the face of streaming-age nihilism. The action sequences are tense and exuberant, and Cruise retains his “arrogant and still boyish charm,” says our reviewer AO Scott. But on the ground, his world is textureless and generic.

Also opening tomorrow: “The Bob’s Burgers Movie,” a light-hearted and engaging big-screen adaptation of the beloved sitcom.

Diffusion: Season 4 of Netflix’s mega-hit “Stranger Things” premieres tomorrow, but our reviewer writes it falls flat.

In other movie news, Ray Liotta, who played intense mobster Henry Hill on ‘Goodfellas’ and ‘the nicest guy alive’ on the soap opera ‘Another World’, has died aged 67.


10. And finally, the not-so-simple ice cream cone.

When you order an ice cream cone, whether it’s from Mister Softee, Dairy Queen or a local store, chances are it’s a Joy Baking Group product, which according to one estimate , represents 60 to 70% of the cones sold in restaurants. His philosophy: people want familiarity, not creativity.

Even so, said David George, the company’s chairman – his grandfather Albert co-founded Joy in 1918 – “a lot of engineering” goes into it. Our in-depth article on cones, part of our “Great Read” series, will give you (pardon us) the inside scoop.

Have a sweet evening.


Eve Edelheit photos compiled for this briefing.

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