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Europe’s Vaccination Problem
Europe’s vaccination process was expected to be well-orchestrated and efficient. So far, it’s been neither. Sabrina Tavernise, a national correspondent for The Times, spoke with our colleague Matina Stevis-Gridneff about Europe’s problems and why things could get worse before they get better.
Guest: Matina Stevis-Gridneff, the Brussels correspondent for The New York Times, covering the European Union.
The Sunday Read: ‘The Ghost Writer’
The author Philip Roth, who died in 2018, was not sure whether he wanted to be the subject of a biography. In the end, he decided that he wanted to be known and understood.
His search for a biographer was long and fraught — Mr. Roth parted ways with two, courted one and sued another — before he settled on Blake Bailey, one of the great chroniclers of America’s literary lives.
Today on The Sunday Read, the journey of rendering a writer whose life was equal parts discipline and exuberance.
Odessa, Part 3: The Band Bus Quarantine
Last fall, as Odessa High School brought some students back to campus with hybrid instruction, school officials insisted mask wearing, social distancing and campus contact tracing would keep students and faculty safe. And at the beginning of the semester, things seemed to be going OK. But then a spike in coronavirus cases hit town, putting the school’s safety plan to the test.
In part three of our four-part series, we follow what happened when a student quarantine stretched the school’s nurses to capacity, fractured friendships and forced some marching band members to miss a critical rite of passage: the last football game of their high school career.
The Case Against Derek Chauvin
In Minneapolis, the tension is palpable as the city awaits the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last summer.
The court proceedings have been both emotional — the video of Mr. Floyd’s death has been played over and over — and technical.
At the heart of the case: How did Mr. Floyd die?
Today, we look at the case that has been brought against Mr. Chauvin so far.
Targeting Overseas Tax Shelters
The I.R.S. says that Bristol Myers Squibb, America’s second-largest drug company, has engaged a tax-shelter setup that has deprived the United States of $1.4 billion in tax revenue.
The Biden administration is looking to put an end to such practices to pay for its policy ambitions, including infrastructure like improving roads and bridges and revitalizing cities.
We look at the structure of these tax arrangements and explore how, and whether, it’s possible to clamp down on them.
A Vast Web of Vengeance
How one woman with a grudge was able to slander an entire family online, while the sites she used avoided blame.
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