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U.K.-Hong Kong, U.S. Protests, Travel: Your Thursday Briefing

2020-06-04 05:21:26
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Good morning.

We’re covering Boris Johnson’s offer to Hong Kongers, expanded charges against Minneapolis police officers and efforts to rebuild trust in flying.

Cyclone Nisarga: A powerful storm made landfall with unusual force in the state of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai, India, with a population of about 20 million. But as the cyclone moved inland, the authorities said the city might have averted the worst.

Snapshot: Above, Amsterdam’s red-light district, home to the city’s vast population of sex workers. The district is still closed, though the rest of the city is reopening. Many of the workers are concerned they will fall into poverty. Others are working secretly.

Goal.com: The British sports media company DAZN is in final-stage talks to sell the popular soccer website Goal.com for $125 million to the investment firm TPG as it raises cash for its money-losing sports streaming platform.

Plus: The Bundesliga has now played three dozen games under a coronavirus-inspired protocol. Can it help show leagues around the world how to get back in action?

What we’re reading: This article in Vox on coming out as a transgender woman. “I haven’t read anything that made me feel hopeful in weeks now,” said Taffy Brodesser-Akner, a writer for The Times Magazine. But this piece “reminded me of the optimism of self-discovery that we’re all still capable of, even in terrible times.”

Cook: This potato chip omelet from the chef for El Bulli, the famous restaurant in Spain that closed in 2011, evokes the flavors of a labor-intensive tortilla, but takes only minutes to assemble and cook.

Read: Our reviewer calls Masha Gessen’s new book, “Surviving Autocracy,” a trenchant look at President Trump. Ms. Gessen writes that he was “probably the first major party nominee who ran not for president but for autocrat.”

Listen: We asked Yo-Yo Ma, John Williams, Andrew Lloyd Webber and others to share the cello music that moves them. Listen to their choices.

Remembering Christo: The artist who wrapped urban landscapes on an epic scale died on Sunday at the age of 84. Here’s a look at his grand projects.

At Home has our full collection of ideas on what to read, cook, watch and do while staying safe at home.

Not everyone is using time at home to cultivate a sourdough starter. The food expert Priya Krishna writes for us about how necessity has forced fledgling home cooks to confront their biggest fear: using their kitchens.

The result is a lot of blackened pots and smoke-filled apartments — but also some victories, like fried eggs and a decent carbonara.

Priya tells us about Melissa Hodges, for instance, a 22-year-old who thought it would be her big opportunity to learn to cook. Then she tried to heat up a frozen cheese pizza.

“I stuck it in the oven at a random temperature because I didn’t bother to read the instructions,” Ms. Hodges recalled. “About 20 minutes in, it fell through the cracks of my oven.” The result was both doughy and charred.

Another challenge to overcome is a lack of enthusiasm for cooking.

“I don’t want to feed my son chicken tenders and frozen pizzas,” Miranda Richardson, a police administrator, told Priya. But what she chooses to make instead may not pass muster with him. “Kids tell the truth when they don’t like food.”

She said she is actually a good cook — she recently made a vanilla cake — but still dislikes cooking. “Being in that kitchen just does not make me happy,” she said.


That’s it for this briefing. See you next time.

— Victoria


Thank you
To Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected].

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode is an interview with the mayor of Minneapolis.
• Here’s today’s Mini Crossword puzzle, and a clue: Grouping at a wedding reception (five letters). You can find all our puzzles here.
• Opinion’s Jennifer Senior recently spoke on KCRW and KCBS Radio, as well as CNN’s Reliable Sources, about President Trump and his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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