September 11, Vaccines, Met Opera: your Friday night briefing

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Have a good evening. Here is the last one at the end of Friday.

1. It started out as an ordinary Tuesday, with a sky as blue as blue can be. Dust and chaos quickly followed.

Twenty years later, the terrorist attacks of September 11 continue to reverberate. Almost 3,000 lives were lost on that horrific morning. Even now, the remains of those who died are still being identified, and many more who have been exposed to toxic materials are still struggling with health issues. For the veterans of the two wars which followed the attacks, some “still fight a little of this war, inside”, declared one of them.

2. President Biden’s orders requiring millions of workers to get vaccinated will slow the pandemic, but not immediately, the scientists said.

The administration’s new mandates are expected to “fundamentally shift the arc of the current wave,” said a public health expert, and ultimately return the country to a semblance of normalcy in the longer term. But experts also warned that the results could take several weeks to unveil.

The administration warrants come as the CDC reports that unvaccinated Americans are 11 times more likely to die from Covid.

What gives Biden the power to demand vaccinations? The answer lies in a 51-year-old law designed to protect workers from “grave dangers.” Responding to Republican governors promising to fight the demands, Biden said, “Expect.”

3. The Times has obtained new images and testimonies that cast new doubts on a recent drone strike who killed 10 family members in Kabul, Afghanistan.

U.S. officials said a Reaper drone followed a car for hours and then fired a missile based on evidence it was carrying explosives. But exclusive videos, testimonials and satellite images obtained by The Times raise questions about the US version of events.

Military officials were suspicious of the activities of the car’s driver, Zemari Ahmadi, longtime engineer for a humanitarian group based in the United States. Video footage from The Times suggests Ahmadi spent much of the day transporting colleagues to and from work. What the military interpreted as a series of suspicious gestures may have just been a typical day in his life.

4. Apple cannot force app developers to use its payment system, ruled a judge. The move could wreak havoc on the economy of a $ 100 billion market.

The move will allow thousands of businesses to avoid Apple’s commission of up to 30% on certain app payments. This is part of the ruling in a lawsuit against Apple by Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, and comes as the iPhone maker faces growing criticism from regulators and politicians.

5. New Orleans built a storm power plant. It remained dark for two days after Hurricane Ida passed.

The 128-megawatt gas-fired power plant, operated by the city’s only electricity utility, was commissioned last year with a promise that it would produce electricity quickly during storms. He did not fulfill this mission after Ida, leading some to question the city’s faith in fossil fuels.

While evacuees regularly return to New Orleans as electricity has largely been restored, the recovery has barely begun in rural areas south of the city that have been hit hardest by the storm.

Hurricane Larry is expected to bring heavy rain and high winds to Newfoundland in eastern Canada later today. We are following his path here.

6. Stefan Weber ended his career, forced politicians out of office and harassed dozens of others. They call him “the plagiarism hunter”.

What started as a hobby for Weber, an Austrian communications teacher, has now grown into a business with five freelance collaborators working to expose the misdeeds of lazy, neglectful, or downright devious writers. “I know when I annoy people with my thoroughness,” he said.

Her latest target is Annalena Baerbock, the Greens candidate vying to replace Angela Merkel as German Chancellor in this month’s election. His non-fiction book featured over 100 passages from blogs, news columns, and other sources.

7. Novak Djokovic has been in contention for the first Grand Slam in men’s singles for 52 years, but two teenage girls steal the show at the US Open.

After taking out their elders one by one, Emma Raducanu, 18, of Great Britain, and Leylah Fernandez, 19, of Canada, will make their way to the singles final on Saturday, the first Grand Slam final for teenagers since Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis in 1999. “This story is almost the perfect complement to Djokovic going down in history,” said Pam Shriver, herself a surprise US Open finalist at 16.

Djokovic is two games away from winning the game’s most sacred feat: winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same calendar year. He faces Alexander Zverev tonight at 7 p.m. EST in a semi-final. One of them will meet Daniil Medvedev in the final on Sunday.

8. Sing through masks. Ironing of costumes. Put the tickets in envelopes. The Metropolitan Opera, the country’s largest performing arts company, is set to reopen.

A typical Broadway theater takes on one show at a time, but the Met plans to put on 196 performances of 22 different operas this season. Life behind the scenes is still far from normal, even though the opera house is bursting with energy ahead of the season. Looked.

Among the 25 largest American ensembles, one of the most stubbornly homogeneous musical spheres, no woman serves as musical director. That could finally change.

9. Before going to get your pizzeria, think about the tortizza.

These tortilla pizzas, topped with crunchy veggies and salty feta, couldn’t be easier to prepare, writes Erics Kim: “Tortizza can be a tricky slip of a weeknight dream – a liferaft when hurry up.

If you’re bored of asking “what’s for dinner?” Alternatively, Yotam Ottolenghi’s generous pasta, bean and pesto dish shows that there can be opportunities in a kitchen rut.

10. And finally, a parrot never blames its tools.

When wildlife researchers found a baby kea parrot they named Bruce, it was missing its upper beak. This is a serious handicap for kea parrots, who use their considerably long, curved upper beaks to smooth their parasitic feathers and remove dirt. But Bruce found a solution: he designed and used his own prosthetic mouthpiece.

With pebbles held between his lower beak and tongue, Bruce is able to comb his plumage with the tips of the stones. “Bruce didn’t see anyone do this,” the study’s principal investigator said. “He made it up on his own, which is pretty cool. “

Have an inventive weekend.

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