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1. One year ago today, George Floyd went to buy cigarettes. What followed was an uprising for racial justice nearly unparalleled in American history.
Floyd’s family visited the White House on the anniversary of his death, more than a month after a white former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of murdering Floyd, who died after the officer knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes.
“Today is the day that set the world in a rage and people realized what’s going on in America and we all said ‘Enough is enough,’” Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, said.
2. Moderna said its Covid-19 vaccine was powerfully effective in 12- to 17-year-olds. The drugmaker plans to apply for F.D.A. authorization in June.
If approved, its vaccine would become the second Covid-19 vaccine available to U.S. adolescents, after the approval this month of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds. Proof of the vaccines’ efficacy and safety for adolescents is helping school officials plan for the next academic year.
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3. U.S. troops and their NATO allies intend to be out of Afghanistan by mid-July, well ahead of President Biden’s Sept. 11 withdrawal deadline.
Almost immediately after Biden’s announcement last month, the military began taking steps to complete the withdrawal as quickly as possible. Pentagon officials wanted to avoid what they said could be a nightmare scenario: a combat-related death in Afghanistan.
There are still huge unresolved issues. The Pentagon has not worked out how it will combat terrorist threats from afar, or reached agreement with allies about repositioning American troops in nearby countries. Administration officials are also grappling with the question of whether American warplanes will provide air support to Afghan forces.
4. The Biden administration is fighting to keep secret most of a memo on William Barr’s decision to clear Donald Trump of obstructing the Russia inquiry.
In a late-night filing on Monday, the Justice Department appealed part of a district court ruling that ordered it to make public the entire memo. The decision to appeal enables the department to defend two institutional interests: its ability to keep internal legal analysis secret, and the actions of career officials whom a judge accused of misleading the court.
In other administration news, President Biden and President Vladimir Putin of Russia will meet face to face for the first time in Geneva in June.
5. A century ago, more than 70 business operated in a prosperous Black neighborhood in Tulsa, Okla. What took years to build was erased in less than 24 hours by racial violence.
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 killed hundreds of residents, burned more than 1,250 homes and erased years of Black success, casualties of a heavily armed white mob of looters and arsonists. We created a 3-D model of Greenwood, home to what was known as Black Wall Street, to show the types of people who made up the neighborhood and contributed to its vibrancy.
“If they had been allowed to carry on that legacy,” a granddaughter of a former resident said, “there’s no telling where we could be now.”
6. The pandemic hit the world of clothing rental hard. Now, companies like Rent the Runway say the market is booming as never before.
Since a pandemic low last May, Rent the Runway has seen a 92 percent increase in active subscribers — lured in part by recent discounts — and the number of customers is on track to outpace 2019 levels by the end of the year. Women are also reaching for bolder, brighter and sexier styles than ever before, in a trend Rent the Runway refers to as the new “joie de vivre.”
In other business news, the District of Columbia accused Amazon of artificially raising prices around the web by abusing its market power, a sign that regulators are increasingly focused on its economic dominance.
7. The town of Corcoran, Calif., has a multimillion-dollar problem: It is sinking.
Over the past 14 years, the town has sunk as much as 11.5 feet in some places, making this San Joaquin Valley town one of the fastest-sinking areas in the country. The primary reason is farming. For decades, agricultural companies have extracted underground water to irrigate their crops when farmers fail to get enough surface water from local sources.
And with California facing another severe drought, the situation will very likely make Corcoran sink even more. A water management agency estimates the city will sink another six to 11 feet over the next 19 years.
8. First comes the pet boom, then comes the LaCroix and cold brew at the vet.
More than 12.6 million households adopted animals from March to December of last year, according to one trade group, propelling an increase in revenue to veterinary offices. Now, start-ups are meeting the moment by reinventing the vet visit.
Clinics are designed to be accessible with phone apps, round-the-clock telemedicine, boutique storefronts and refreshments, and to be “fear free” with soothing colors and acoustic materials that absorb howls and barks. The start-ups appear positioned to appeal to millennials, who made up the majority of new pet owners during the pandemic (no, they’re not returning the pets in droves).
9. The cicadas are here to party.
And like any good party, especially one that only happens every 17 years, the emergence will be loud and crowded. Billions of cicadas, part of a cohort called Brood X, are emerging from underground tunnels to sing, mate and die across the U.S. Here’s everything you need to know.
One person who is especially excited for them is Bun Lai, a Connecticut-based chef who grew up in Japan. For Lai, cicadas are mesmerizing to eat, their sweet, bitter flavor reminiscent of walnuts, chestnuts and adzuki beans, and their gently crunchy exterior giving way to creaminess. He plans to host cicada-centric dinners at his farm.
10. And finally, a lost Brontë library surfaces.
A trove of extremely rare manuscripts from the Brontë family, held in a virtually untraceable private library and unseen for about a century, is set to go up for auction at Sotheby’s. Among the items are birthday wishes between Emily and her sister Anne, first editions and the family’s copy of Thomas Bewick’s “History of British Birds,” which features in the opening scenes of “Jane Eyre” and is annotated with notes on which species make good eating.
But the marquee item is a manuscript of 31 poems in Emily’s hand, dated February 1844. Emily wrote her poems in secret, with no intention for publication. But in 1845, the story goes, Charlotte stumbled upon them and found them extraordinary. The manuscript not only preserves Emily’s verse, one expert said, but also played a crucial role in spurring the literary careers of all three sisters.
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