• The U.S. authorities are building a clearer picture of what led up to the deaths of 10 immigrants who had been packed along with scores of others in a stifling tractor-trailer found in a Texas parking lot. Almost 30 were hospitalized in critical condition.
Federal charges against the 60-year-old driver, above, carry the possibility of the death penalty or life in prison.
• As global warming reduces sea ice in the Arctic, more ships — cargo carriers as well as cruiseliners — will be sailing through far-northern waters.
But some are beginning to realize that there is no infrastructure for emergency response, so in a disaster, other commercial ships in the area would be the only recourse. A rescue could take days.
“It’s what keeps us up at night,” a maritime response expert said.
• Plans to transform Beijing and create a new nearby supercity in “the project of the millennium” may destroy celebrated wetlands — and erase the communities’ centuries of aquatic traditions.
“Will we even be allowed on the lakes if it’s all lined with offices?” a resident asked.
• Uber’s best hope to reboot its damaged reputation is Bozoma Saint John, a marketing star who’s worked with Beyoncé, Apple and Spike Lee.
• As Uber reshuffles, Asian rivals are doubling down. Grab, the ride-sharing company based in Singapore, expects to raise $2.5 billion with the help of Didi Chuxing and SoftBank.
• China is reining in its gray rhinos — large economic problems that are ignored until they start moving fast. The most troubling herd comprises companies like Anbang Insurance, HNA Group and Dalian Wanda, which are both in debt and enmeshed in the economy.
• Heinz is being sued by an Australian watchdog for advertising a sugar-dense children’s snack, Shredz, as healthy.
In the News
• President Rodrigo Duterte met with thousands of protesters after his state of the nation address, becoming enraged when some audience members heckled him. He threatened to have protesters who disturbed the peace shot “even if I have to bury thousands of Filipinos.” [Associated Press]
• The parents of Charlie Gard, the ill British infant, abandoned efforts to artificially prolong the child’s life. [The New York Times]
• The Afghan Taliban claimed that a bombing that killed dozens of people in Kabul was aimed at the National Directorate of Security, but security officials said that most victims were civilian workers for the Ministry of Mines. [The New York Times]
• The Pakistani Taliban said it was targeting police officers, but only nine of the 25 people killed by its suicide bomber in the eastern city of Lahore were policemen. [Al Jazeera]
• The Vietnamese activist Tran Thi Nga goes on trial today, as Hanoi continues its crackdown on bloggers and dissidents. [Asian Correspondent]
• Sun Zhengcai, a Politburo member now in freefall, is being investigated by the Communist Party for suspected “grave violations of discipline,” a term that can include corruption, abuses of power and disloyalty. [The New York Times]
• In Beijing, hundreds of Chinese investors who paid into what officials call a pyramid scheme protested against the government’s investigation. [The New York Times]
• Michael Phelps raced a shark — but the televised competition between the 23-time Olympic gold medalist and a great white seemed about as realistic as a sharknado. [The New York Times]
Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.
• Recipe of the day: Good tomatoes and bread will satisfy like nothing else.
• Cutting carbs? Here’s why it’s so tough.
• Finding clues to the source of a stomach bug can reduce future risk.
• “The Big Sick,” says our culture reporter Sopan Deb, aptly reflects the world he grew up in as an Indian-American. And he confronts the criticism that the film rejects South Asian women.
• In memoriam: Peter Doohan, an Australian tennis player who became an overnight sensation when he defeated Boris Becker at Wimbledon 30 years ago, died at 56. He had an aggressive form of Lou Gehrig’s disease.
More than a century before a Masters champion first put on a green jacket, young men in London were competing to wear Doggett’s Coat and Badge, an athletic honor that will be awarded today for the 202nd time.
The coat is red, above, and the badge is large and silver. Under the will of Thomas Doggett, an actor, they go to the fastest young waterman in an annual race along the River Thames.
Watermen were the taxi drivers of Doggett’s time, rowing passenger boats that were often the quickest way around a city that until 1750 had only one bridge. As today’s London taxis fight Uber, watermen fought horse-drawn cabs in a long, losing battle. In 1622, one waterman put his complaints into verse:
Against the ground we stand and knock our heels,
Whilst all our profit runs away on wheels.
By 1873, watermen were rare enough that Doggett’s race had to be made easier, using light skiffs rowed with the tide, rather than four-passenger wherries rowed against it.
But it has gone on, pausing only for World War II. (Races were held later to pick the missing winners.) A Times reporter covered the 2012 edition.
Peter Robins contributed reporting.
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