2019年12月31日 星期二

Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

New Year’s Eve, Iraq, Equal Pay

Your Tuesday Evening Briefing

Good evening from Times Square, where the ball will drop within a matter of hours to ring in 2020. We’ll keep this one brief.

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1. Chanting “death to America,” protesters broke into the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad in anger over American airstrikes.

The protesters lit fires but did not enter the main buildings of the embassy, the largest in the world. They later left and joined thousands of protesters and militia fighters to demand that the U.S. withdraw its forces from Iraq.

The State Department said that American personnel were safe and that there were no plans to evacuate the embassy.

The airstrikes targeted an Iranian-backed militia, and President Trump said he held Iran responsible for the embassy attack.

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2. The stock market closed the year with its best performance since 2013 and one of the best in decades.

After a 0.3 percent gain on Tuesday, the S&P 500 index ended 2019 up 28.9 percent. Above, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange today.

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Broad indexes of the American bond market were up; gold and silver jumped; even hogs gained. The cause? Mostly a head-spinning reversal by the Federal Reserve, which flipped toward lowering interest rates.

Just before markets opened on Tuesday, President Trump said the U.S. and China would sign a “very large and comprehensive” trade deal at the White House on Jan. 15. Details of the agreement have not yet been released.

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3. Carlos Ghosn’s escape has left Japan flabbergasted: How did he do it?

Cameras were on his doorstep. Police and reporters watched his every move. And yet, somehow, the deposed chief of the Nissan and Renault auto empire was able to flee to Lebanon, his home country, to avoid trial on charges of financial wrongdoing. Above, Mr. Ghosn in April.

Politicians in Japan wondered whether shadowy figures or even a foreign government were involved. An official in Beirut said Mr. Ghosn entered the country using a French passport, while at least one Lebanese outlet reported (without proof) that he had escaped inside a box meant for musical equipment.

Here’s what we know about this twisting tale.

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4. The Australian government is preparing to deploy navy vessels and military helicopters to evacuate people and help fight wildfires that are ravaging the country.

At least 11 people have died and thousands have fled their homes. Some even climbed into boats in bodies of water.

In the state of New South Wales, which includes Sydney and Conjola, above, more than 900 homes have been destroyed and nine million acres have burned since November. About 100 fires are raging in the state, with about three dozen more across the border in Victoria.

The fires have been so intense that they have created their own weather systems, including a phenomenon called a fire tornado in which turbulence is caused by extreme rising heat.

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5. Where are all the women coaches?

About 40 percent of women’s college teams are coached by women, and only about 3 percent of men’s college teams are coached by women. That gap only gets starker higher up the administrative ladder: 89 percent of Division I college athletic directors are men.

In a video Op-Ed, three women coaches argue that it’s time to apply Title IX, which got women playing college sports, to leadership positions. It’s the latest from our Opinion section’s “Equal Play” series showcasing athletes who are bringing women’s sports into the 21st century.

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6. In a tough world, Lily Tomlin has always tried to make it a little more tender.

The actress’s career has been marked by empathetic and generous performances, a rarity in comedy. In a wide-ranging interview with the Times Magazine, Tomlin talks about how comedy has evolved since the 1970s, her identity as a feminist and the roles she looks for.

“I want to deal with characters who make you laugh, because they have something amusing about them in a wonderful, connected way,” she said. “They might be overlooked easily, but they have something to say.”

Looking to watch something tonight? Here’s what’s on.

David Malosh for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Simon Andrews.

7. Reducing your meat and dairy intake can help mitigate climate change, studies show. Here’s how to do it deliciously.

In her meat-lover’s guide to eating less meat, Melissa Clark recommends keeping a daily mix of what you eat to 80 percent plant matter and 20 percent meat, dairy and seafood. To do that: Eat beans, turn to high-protein grains (pasta counts!), elevate your tofu game and more. Above, Indian butter chickpeas.

And in case you missed it, here’s how to shop, cook and eat in a warming world, according to our Food and Climate desks.

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8. Finally, New Year’s traditions — and superstitions — from around the world. Above, Hong Kong got the festivities started.

In Denmark, they throw plates as a sign of friendship; in Scotland, balls of fire are swung to ward off evil. And in Sweden, folklore enthusiasts take a “year walk,” or årsgång, where they wander through a forest to a church or graveyard on New Year’s Eve.

And what of the midnight kiss? It is said a person who kisses their beloved at the stroke of midnight will have 12 months of continued affection. Perhaps starting with a clean slate is more up your alley: Try opening all the doors and windows in your house at midnight to usher out the old year and invite the new.

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year. We’re off tomorrow, see you in 2020.

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N.Y. Today: Anti-Semitic Attacks in N.Y.

What you need to know for Tuesday.

It’s Tuesday. We’re off tomorrow for New Year’s Day, but we’ll be back on Thursday.

Weather: Today will start out cloudy and become increasingly clear, with a high in the upper 40s.

Alternate-side parking: In effect today. Suspended tomorrow for New Year’s Day.

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New York City was already on edge after a series of anti-Semitic attacks last week.

Then on Saturday night, five Jewish people were stabbed in a bloody rampage at a rabbi’s house in the suburban community of Monsey, N.Y.

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Mayor de Blasio has called the recent rise in anti-Semitic violence a “crisis.” On Sunday, he announced more police patrols in some Jewish neighborhoods, although the motive for the stabbing in Monsey remained unclear.

That appeared to change yesterday, when federal prosecutors charged the suspect, Grafton Thomas, with hate crimes.

What we know about the Monsey attack

In a criminal complaint, Mr. Thomas is accused of bursting into the home in Monsey, which has a large community of ultra-Orthodox Jews, and stabbing five people. There were no fatalities.

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In the last month, Mr. Thomas had searched online four times for the phrase “why did Hitler hate the Jews,” according to the complaint. It said he had also sought information on temples and recent anti-Semitic incidents in New York City, and had kept journals expressing anti-Semitic views — including references to Hitler and Nazis, as well as drawings of a Star of David and a swastika.

The police said that after the stabbings, Mr. Thomas drove to Manhattan, where he was pulled over and arrested by the authorities.

Mr. Thomas’s family and one of his lawyers told reporters that he had no history of anti-Semitism, but that he did suffer from mental illness, including schizophrenia. They said he claimed to hear voices that directed him to Monsey to retrieve or destroy a piece of property.

Mr. Thomas, of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., was ordered detained on the federal charges pending further proceedings. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

The reaction

New York’s Jewish community was already rattled by the shooting early this month at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J. The series of gunfights linked to that attack left six people dead, including two Hasidic Jews.

Then last week, New York City police officials, citing at least eight anti-Semitic incidents since Dec. 13, began stepping up patrols in Borough Park, Crown Heights and Williamsburg, all Brooklyn neighborhoods with large numbers of Jewish residents.

Saturday’s attack happened in Rockland County, just northwest of the city.

As New York City’s ultra-Orthodox population has grown, many Hasidic families have relocated in recent years to Rockland, which is now believed to have one of the largest populations of ultra-Orthodox Jews outside of Israel.

After the Monsey attack, city officials said they would add more security cameras and light towers in ultra-Orthodox communities in Brooklyn. Mr. de Blasio said he has directed city schools to undertake an “intensified curriculum” focused on anti-Semitism, to teach young people that attacks motivated by hate or ignorance breed more violence.

And yesterday, New York City’s police commissioner, Dermot Shea, made his own pledge for safety.

“We will keep the Jewish community safe,” he said in an interview on “CBS This Morning,” “and we have a zero tolerance when it comes to hate crimes in New York City.”

FROM THE TIMES

Explore news from New York and around the region

The Mini Crossword: Here is today’s puzzle.

What we’re reading

Governor Cuomo vetoed legislation preventing contaminants in Jamaica Bay. [QNS]

An Uber driver from the Bronx is running for Congress. [Daily News]

Mayor de Blasio called upon President Trump for financial assistance to address the city’s homeless problem. [New York Post]

Coming up today

See a screening of “Honey Boy” at Syndicated Bar Theater Kitchen in Brooklyn. 9:45 p.m. [$7]

Get your groove on at 2020 With Friends — Last Dance, which includes a D.J. set and food at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. [Free]

Revel in live entertainment and midnight fireworks at Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. 10:30 p.m. [Free]

— Melissa Guerrero and Emmett Lindner

Events are subject to change, so double-check before heading out. For more events, see the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages.

And finally: For New York sports fans, it was a decade to forget

New York City had a banner decade in many areas — real estate development, tourism, food — but not with its pro sports teams.

Today, the last day of the 2010s, seems an appropriate time to commiserate over the past 10 years as a New York sports fan.

My colleague Dan Barry called it a lost decade as a New York rooter, “a time of anguish and exasperation.”

Sure, there were a few bright points, like when the Knicks guard Jeremy Lin inspired “Linsanity” in 2012 and the Mets’ Jacob deGrom won back-to-back Cy Young Awards.

But largely, being a sports fan in the 2010s was an exercise in masochism.

While junior cities routinely won titles in various sports, the New York area’s 12 pro teams brought home exactly one championship: a Super Bowl in 2012 for the Giants.

Even Yankees fans, who love reminding everyone about their team’s unparalleled 27 World Series rings, need no reminder that the Yanks have not won a championship since 2009.

Why the dry decade? Our teams tend to spend lavishly on players, so perhaps the blame lies with spoiled team owners, as well as “questionable coaching and front-office mismanagement,” Mr. Barry wrote.

It’s Tuesday — goodbye, 2019.

Metropolitan Diary: Icy windshields

Dear Diary:

I was chipping ice off my windshield on Riverside Drive at 150th Street when the owner of the sedan parked in front of my car appeared.

He was a big fellow in a long, black winter coat. He waved at me in what I interpreted as cold-morning camaraderie.

“This car’s lived its whole life in California,” I said, feigning dismay. “It’s our first snowstorm.”

“But you’re prepared with the scraper,” he said. “I’ve got three, but never with me when I need them.”

“Would you like to borrow mine?”

“Yes, great.”

I finished clearing my windshield, and then I put the scraper into his gloved hands. I got into my car, shivering and flicking bits of snow from my fingers while I waited impatiently for the engine to heat up.

I looked out at the white-topped cars, slushy streets and bright frozen air over the river. The man circled his car, brushing and scraping without hurry.

When he appeared to be almost done, I got out of my car.

He handed me the scraper.

“Thanks,” he said. “Welcome to New York.”

— Jack Schiff

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