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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Tuesday.
1. Despite its flawed and ill-planned execution, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has brought significant territorial gains.
In eastern Ukraine, Russian forces are said to have advanced to the border between Donetsk and Luhansk. That could soon give Russia complete control over the Donbass region. If Russia can uphold its gains and maintain dominance in the Black Sea, it will have more influence over a negotiated settlement and expand its ability to stage attacks.
The war has hit both Russia’s and Ukraine’s economies, with Ukraine expected to contract by 30 percent this year and Russia’s by 10 percent. But Russia’s strategic goals appear to remain broad. President Vladimir Putin “is preparing for a prolonged conflict” and “still intends to reach targets beyond Donbass,” the US intelligence chief said.
The House of Representatives will vote tonight on a nearly $40 billion emergency aid package for Ukraine.
in Mariupol, At least 100 civilians remain trapped at a besieged steel mill, an official said. Some of the soldiers’ wives who were still there spoke to the Times and asked for help.
2. Firearm deaths in the first year of the pandemic reached the highest level ever recorded in the United States
More than 45,000 Americans died from gun-related deaths in 2020. More than half of the deaths were suicides, a number that changed little between 2019 and 2020. However, gun homicide rates increased by 35 percent, with young black men being hit the hardest.
Possible explanations include pandemic stressors such as disruptions to services and education, social isolation, and difficulties in covering expenses. The rise also equates to increased firearms sales amid lockdowns. Preliminary figures suggest that the number of firearm deaths remained high in 2021.
In other pandemic news, a report shows that Emergent BioSolutions, a government contractor, hid quality control issues from the FDA, resulting in the destruction of 400 million doses of vaccine. And China’s Covid number is the lowest since mid-March, but authorities are still tightening restrictions in Shanghai and Beijing.
3. Elon Musk said he would unban Twitter of former President Donald Trump.
Twitter suspended Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol. Musk called the decision “morally wrong and downright stupid” at a Financial Times conference, saying it alienated part of the country without silencing Trump’s vote.
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“Permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter,” he added, previewing the kind of changes he could make if he took over the platform as expected.
4. Oil giants sell oil fields to reduce their emissionsbut the assets continue to pollute.
As companies make progress on their corporate climate goals, they are selling fields to buyers who have disclosed little about their operations, made little or no commitments to address climate change, and committed to increasing production.
New research showed that out of 3,000 oil and gas deals made between 2017 and 2021, more than twice as many assets moved from operators with net-zero obligations to those without net-zero obligations, rather than the other way around. This raises concerns that the assets away from the public will become more polluted.
5. Psychiatrists specializing in children and adolescents are scarce.
Over the past three decades, the top health risks facing US youth have changed drastically: teenage pregnancy and alcohol, cigarette, and drug use have declined, while anxiety, depression, suicide, and self-harm have sharply increased.
But the medical system hasn’t kept pace, and the transformation has put emergency rooms and pediatricians at the forefront of mental health care. Community physicians now routinely deal with complex psychiatric problems, making difficult diagnoses after short visits, and prescribing powerful psychiatric drugs in the absence of a better alternative.
6. Mario Batali, the celebrity chef, has been declared innocent of indecent assaults and battery charges.
The verdict came after a day and a half of testimony, mostly from Natali Tene, who said Batali forcefully kissed and grabbed her during a late-night selfie session at a Boston bar in 2017. Batali never testified, and his defense team never called a witness.
Batali, once the host of ABC show The Chew and head of a multi-million dollar food company, was one of several prominent chefs and restaurateurs who have been accused of sexual assault and harassment in the restaurant industry since 2017. But he did was the only one prosecuted.
In other crime news, the manhunt for a former correctional officer and the Alabama inmate she helped escape last month, ended Monday in Indiana after a police chase and a crash. The former officer fatally shot herself and the inmate surrendered, authorities said.
7. For about 40 million Americans The good times are now.
Their houses are piggy banks; their retirement accounts are up; their bosses strive to please them. This wealth boosts corporate profits, powers Silicon Valley and fuels a leisure and entertainment boom. The proportion of workers who expect to work past their early 60s has fallen below 50 percent for the first time.
But the queasy stock market could be a signal that this boom is coming to an end. A slowing economy, renewed inflation, high gas prices and rising interest rates could erode earnings.
8. Tom Brady will join Fox Sports as senior NFL analyst when his football career is over.
The superstar quarterback still has every intention of playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season at the age of 45. But whenever he retires, the Fox job will be waiting for him. He will join other prominent quarterbacks of his generation such as Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Tony Romo in pursuing a highly lucrative media career.
The timing is very unclear. Brady said on Twitter that he had “a lot of unfinished business on the field” with the Buccaneers.
In other sports media news, FIFA and EA Sports ended a two-decade partnership that yielded a $20 billion video game after months of unsuccessful negotiations.
9. An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe sold for the highest price ever paid for an American work of art at auction.
The 40 x 40 inch screen print “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” went to art dealer Larry Gagosian at Christie’s in New York yesterday for about $195 million. It is not clear who he was bidding for.
Warhol began the project of silkscreening Monroe’s image onto canvases in 1962, which sold for $225 each. The last evening sold was made to order, two years after the originals. Blake Gopnik traced how updates to the Monroe series coincided with changes in pop art as a whole.
In other lots, A Stradivarius that was played in The Wizard of Oz will be sold at an online auction starting May 18th. It could bring in up to $20 million.
10. And finally, the majesty of the egg.
The humble egg is a blank canvas for flavor and a mainstay in all cultures. In India, they’re key to regional dishes like tomato-rich egg curry. Korean gyeran bap, fried eggs scrambled in white rice seasoned with soy sauce and roasted seaweed, can be a “life-saving” meal. Tamagoyaki, Japanese rolled omelettes, combine sweet and savory flavors. Our cooking department has put together 24 recipes where eggs do their best.
In addition, there is the enjoyment of eggs in its simplest form. One of our cooking columnists used more than 90 testers and 700 eggs to achieve the most perfectly cooked egg possible.
Have a banging evening.
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