Jobs, Nobel Peace Prize, MLB Playoffs: Your Friday Night Briefing

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

1. The latest wave of coronavirus has resulted in a second consecutive month of disappointing job growth.

Employers added just 194,000 jobs in September, up from 366,000 in August and well below the increase of over one million in July. Data from the Ministry of Labor was collected in mid-September, when the Delta wave was near its peak. Since then, cases and hospitalizations have declined across much of the country, and more recent data from private sector sources suggests economic activity has started to rebound.

It’s not as bad as it sounds, writes our senior economic correspondent. The employment figures actually reflect a steady expansion which is faster than other recent recoveries.

2. The good news: The the national outlook on the coronavirus has improved dramatically in recent weeks. The bad news: winter is coming.

A surge caused by the Delta variant is receding in the United States, but officials and experts say increased transmission in the coming colder months remains a threat and that consistent vaccination rates are key to keeping the coronavirus at bay. distance. About 56 percent of the US population is fully vaccinated.

As the cold pushes many people indoors, the next few months will be critical, an infectious disease expert said, but the combination of increased vaccinations and natural immunity to infections could prevent another wave catastrophic like the one that hit the United States last year.


3. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to two journalists for their efforts in the fight for freedom of expression.

Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitri Muratov from Russia “are representatives of all journalists who defend this ideal in a world where democracy and press freedom face increasingly unfavorable conditions,” said the Nobel committee .

4. Two parents were convicted in the Varsity Blues University admissions scandal, who trapped over 50 teachers, coaches and officials.

John Wilson, a private equity financier, and Gamal Abdelaziz, a former casino executive, were the first to stand trial in the federal inquiry, which uncovered a scheme by wealthy parents to fraudulently have their children admitted into as sports recruits among the most prestigious universities in the country. Many other parents, including some celebrities, have pleaded guilty rather than taking their chances in court.

Abdelaziz has been accused of paying $ 300,000 to have his daughter admitted to USC as a top basketball rookie. Wilson was accused of paying $ 220,000 for his son to be admitted as a water polo rookie at USC and of agreeing to pay $ 1.5 million for his twin daughters, who were good students, be admitted to Harvard and Stanford as recruited athletes.


5. ISIS suicide bomber killed dozens of worshipers who had gathered for Friday prayers at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan.

The massacre was the group’s second attack on a mosque in just a few days. He confirmed that a campaign of violence targeting Afghanistan’s Hazara Shiite minority would be unchecked under the Taliban, who have also attacked the Hazara in the past. A leader of the local Shiite community said more than 70 people were killed in the attack.

ISIS Khorasan, the same group that carried out the suicide bombing at Kabul International Airport on August 26, took responsibility for the attack in Kunduz.


6. Arson is on the rise in northern California, an area where a match can be a particularly powerful weapon.

Last year, the number of arson attacks in California rose 6%, from 301 to 320. In the past two months, three people suspected of arson attacks in Northern California have been held responsible. fires that burned thousands of acres and destroyed more than 200 homes and businesses. Among them are a professor of criminology and a teacher of yoga.

We monitor forest fires and air quality in western states.


7. October, baseball is in full swing.

In the American League, the Tampa Bay Rays are one game ahead of the Boston Red Sox as they head into their Second Division game tonight; the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox play Game 2. Tony La Russa, manager of the White Sox, and Dusty Baker, manager of the Astros, have crossed paths for decades – as teammates, as manager and player, and as rivals. Now they clash again.

In the National League, the Atlanta Braves face the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 1 tonight (read how former MLB commissioner Bud Selig is a Milwaukee superfan). Then it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. The two Californian teams have faced each other for 133 seasons. A series of division between them should provide bragging rights for years to come.

8. This image of the rough sea comes from thousands of photographs.

Since 2003, Sohei Nishino has made over 20 diorama maps, as he calls them, of cities around the world. Each required the same kind of traveling weeklong residency, followed by weeks spent ardently assembling images into panoramas. While in confinement, Nishino broached a radically new subject: waves near his home in Mishima, Japan. See how it came together.

If you’re in New York City, our art critic recommends that you take a good look at a revamp of famous Chinese landscapes at the Met.


9. Before the burger, there was the burger steak.

Our food columnist Eric Kim spoke to the owner of Pie ‘n Burger, where the best ground beef patty has been on the menu for decades. The burger steak platter comes with a side salad, hash browns and a toast. Eric then imagined his own version that offers a kind of nostalgic comfort.

10. And finally, when you go to the bathroom, a bat can make you boo.

In Tanzania, spaces under some pit latrines have become cozy havens for perched bats. A new study has found that pit toilets have everything a bat could want: moist air, warm, temperature-controlled conditions, and protection from predators that can’t crawl through the pit. drop hole.

Leejiah Dorward, a postdoctoral researcher at Bangor University in Wales, began studying pit toilets in 2017, using a precarious photography method. He then glued a small mirror and a flashlight to angled aluminum rods, which enabled him to count all the bats, which were clinging to the wooden bars that held the concrete slab covering the hole. . His suspicions were confirmed: the older the latrines, the more bats there are.

Have a cozy weekend.


David Poller has compiled photos for this briefing.

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