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Today β€” 22 October 2021NYT > Top Stories

Russia Strengthens Its Internet Censorship Powers

Quietly built over two years, the Kremlin’s censorship infrastructure gives it sweeping power to block sites. Many fear a new age of digital isolation.

Alexei A. Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, appeared on a television screen from a detention center during a hearing in a Moscow court in January. Russia’s internet has brimmed with activism.

Qaddafi's Son Is Alive, and He Wants to Take Back Libya

In the decade since Libya’s dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi was overthrown, the country has devolved into chaos. Now, his son is plotting a political comeback.

Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, the second son of Libya’s deposed longtime dictator, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, in 2011. He has recently re-emerged after 10 years, touting his political ambitions.

An Arctic Dispatch

We visit a Russian town on the Arctic Ocean that sees climate change as an economic opportunity.

Meteorologist Aleksandr Nekrasov measures temperature in Pevek.

Many Poorer Nations Are Still Waiting for First Vaccine Doses

22 October 2021 at 03:24
The U.S. plan to offer booster shots underlines the disparity in vaccine access between rich and poor countries. Here’s the latest on the pandemic.

How Russia Is Cashing In on Climate Change

22 October 2021 at 02:06
Global warming may pose grave dangers around the world, but as one tiny Russian town on the Arctic Ocean shows, it can also be a ticket to prosperity.

The population of the tiny port town of Pevek, in Russia’s Far North, has grown by 50 percent because of the boom in Arctic shipping.

Democrats' Plan Takes Gender-Neutral Approach to Family Policies

22 October 2021 at 02:00
Compared with its peers, the U.S. has little in the way of family policy, but where it exists, it has mostly treated men and women the same. The Democrats’ plan would cement that.

Violence Strikes, and India’s Farmers Want You to See It

A year on, protesters against the country’s agricultural laws are taking an increasingly confrontational approach with the country’s leaders.

One vehicle in a convoy that mowed down protesters in Lakhimpur Kheri, India. It was subsequently set afire by an angry crowd.

The Market for Single-Family Rentals Grows as Homeownership Wanes

22 October 2021 at 02:00
House hunters are attracted to the hassle-free living and lack of down payments, but there’s a trade-off: They give up the investment of owning a home.

Brian and Amanda Voorhees moved to Florida after selling their 3,600-square-foot home in New Jersey. Now they rent a four-bedroom townhouse for $2,600 a month, with no immediate plans to buy. β€œWe didn’t want to have to worry about all the potential pitfalls of homeownership,” Mr. Voorhees said.

Even With a Dream Job, You Can Be Antiwork

22 October 2021 at 02:00
The pandemic has prompted a dawning realization that we are way too obsessed with our jobs.

Online Furor Over a Student’s Hijab Engulfs a Liberal Town

22 October 2021 at 00:00
A 7-year-old told her mother that she resisted a New Jersey teacher’s attempt to pull off her Muslim head covering. It spiraled from there.

Administrators in South Orange-Maplewood school district fielded more than 2,000 emails after a story about a teacher pulling a hijab from a child’s head spread online.Β 

NLCS: Chris Taylor's Three-Homer Day Keeps Dodgers Alive

21 October 2021 at 23:55
The N.L.C.S. heads back to Atlanta after Taylor became the 11th batter with three homers in a postseason game.

Chris Taylor kept the Los Angeles Dodgers alive in the N.L.C.S. by blasting three home runs on Thursday.

N.F.L. Week 6 Picks Against the Spread

21 October 2021 at 21:14
Kansas City travels to Tennessee in a rematch of a recent A.F.C. championship game; the Bengals meet the Ravens in a key A.F.C. North game; and the Raiders move on with their interim coach.

Derrick Henry is the N.F.L.’s leading rusher entering Week 7. Henry and the Titans will host Kansas City on Sunday afternoon.

Two Wrongs Don’t Make Mr. Right

21 October 2021 at 21:00
He wanted to get really serious really fast, which felt good until it didn’t.

Biden Is Open to Scrapping Filibuster for Voting Rights Bill β€˜and Maybe More’

The president said any push to β€œfundamentally alter” the Senate’s 60-vote threshold would have to wait until after Congress passed his vast spending agenda.

President Biden said during a CNN town hall event with Anderson Cooper on Thursday that he was open to ending the use of the filibuster in order to pass voting rights legislation.

Dying Satellite, Not U.F.O. or Meteor, Likely Caused Midwest Fireball

21 October 2021 at 19:16
The fiery trail astonished viewers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana, but a Russian military spacecraft was the probable source.

Imagery of the Russian Satellite over Ann Arbor Michigan, posted on Twitter.

Li Yundi Is Detained in China on Suspicion of Prostitution

21 October 2021 at 17:58
Li Yundi, a famous performer, was accused of soliciting a woman, state news outlets said. Officials often use such accusations against their enemies.

Li Yundi, the Chinese pianist, receiving an award at the Polish Embassy in Beijing in 2019.Β 

Why Australia Won’t Commit to Slashing Carbon Emissions

21 October 2021 at 02:00
The country has fallen behind other developed nations in its commitment to slashing carbon emissions. Neither fires nor international pressure has pushed it away from coal and other fossil fuels.

The Collinsville coal mine in Queensland, Australia. The country is the world’s largest coal exporter.

A Talent for Talent

21 October 2021 at 00:00
Kendall Werts is a new kind of representative for a new kind of celebrity. Often he plucks clients when they’re young and on the verge of something bigger. Then he finds what that is.

Kendall Werts, a founder of the talent management company the Jeffries.

An Unassuming Prince Dons the Velvet Cloak at Ballet Theater

20 October 2021 at 07:20
Thomas Forster, promoted to principal dancer during the pandemic, makes his New York debut in β€œGiselle” as the company returns to Lincoln Center.

Thomas Forster, photographed in Madison Square Park, makes his New York debut as Albrecht in β€œGiselle” on Friday.

How β€˜Fire Shut Up in My Bones’ Brought Step to the Met

19 October 2021 at 10:10
The opera’s choreographer and co-director, Camille A. Brown, talks about the legacy of the African diaspora and influence of β€œSchool Daze” in her dances.

For Terence Blanchard’s opera β€œFire Shut Up in My Bones,” the choreographer Camille A. Brown brought step, a percussive form of dance, to the Metropolitan Opera’s stage.

What a Rare, Live β€˜A Love Supreme’ Reveals About John Coltrane

19 October 2021 at 09:30
A long-buried private recording of the suite, captured in October 1965, allows listeners to experience more sides of the musician than some major albums in his catalog.

The 20-Year Contest to Crack the Code of the Rosetta Stone

19 October 2021 at 02:00
β€œThe Writing of the Gods,” by Edward Dolnick, offers a fresh account of the discovery in Egypt of the giant slab, and of the competition to decipher its symbols.

The Rosetta Stone, at the British Museum in 2017. Edward Dolnick exuberantly captures the frustrations and triumphs of scholars as they puzzle out the meaning of long-dead runes, β€œseduced by tantalizing clues and then careening into dead ends and losing hope, but then spotting new markers and dashing off jubilantly once more.”

Yesterday β€” 21 October 2021NYT > Top Stories

Alec Baldwin Fatally Shoots Crew Member on 'Rust' Set, Authorities Say

The movie’s director of photography was killed and the director was injured on the set of β€œRust,” a Western, a sheriff’s office in New Mexico said.

Alec Baldwin plays Harland Rust in β€œRust,” a Western being filmed in Santa Fe County, N.M.

Lyft Says 1,807 Sexual Assaults Occurred in Rides in 2019

21 October 2021 at 19:48
The company’s first-ever safety report, which it committed two years ago to producing, also included four fatal assaults and 49 deaths in crashes.

While sexual assaults rose from 2017 to 2019, Lyft said, the incident rate improved because of increasing ridership.