Ahmaud Arbery, Germany, Thanksgiving: Wednesday Evening Briefing

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Good evening. Here’s the latest news at the end of Wednesday.

1. A jury found three white men guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of Ahmed Arbery, a black man.

The case and the murder of George Floyd, She helped inspire the racial justice protests last year. The three accused – Travis McMichael, 35; His father, Gregory McMichael, 65 years old; And their neighbor, William Bryan, 52, faces sentences of up to life in prison. They will stand trial on federal hate crimes charges next year.

The three men chased Arbery into a Georgia neighborhood in February 2020 and fired at point blank range. Defense lawyers said the men were trying to arrest a citizen. Brian filmed the attack.

Over the 10 days of testimony, prosecutors challenged the defense’s claim that Arbery, who was defenseless and never spoke to his stalker, could have been seen as a threat to the armed men. Discussions about race were noticeably absent.

2. For the first time in 16 years, Germany will have a center-left government and a new chancellor.

Olaf SchulzeThe Social Democratic Party will replace Angela Merkel, the center-right chancellor who has made Germany indispensable to Europe and the world. Schulz and his coalition partners of the pro-business Progressive Greens and Liberal Democrats Announce a ruling deal They have been negotiating in complete secrecy since the September 26 elections.

Schulz, who campaigned largely by convincing voters that he would be like Merkel, is expected to be sworn in early next month. He will immediately face an urgent list of crises, including Pandemic is escalating rapidly Escalating and border conflicts in Belarus and Ukraine.


3. After a steady decline since mid-September, coronavirus cases are on the rise again in most parts of the United States

New cases have increased by 25 percent nationwide in the past two weeks. In 14 states, cases are up 40 percent or more, and hospitalizations are on the rise, too. Some of the biggest spikes have occurred in the Midwest, the region where cases hit a record high at this time last year. See where cases are rising.

If you missed it, here’s The Morning’s A Guide to Home Covid Tests for Thanksgiving.


4. Initial jobless claims fell last week to their lowest level since 1969.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, New deposits for state benefits decreased to 199,000, down 71,000 from the previous week. The decline marks a milestone in the economy’s recovery from the pandemic. Weekly claims peaked at more than six million in April 2020.

But inflation is still there A sticking point in President Biden’s agenda. With inflation growing, the Biden administration believes that the problem is not that there is too much money flowing, say Republicans and some economists, but that consumers are throwing an unexpectedly large amount of that money into a narrow set of things to buy.


5. Where will the thousands of Afghan evacuees from Kabul be resettled?

Refugees – about 65,000 – are arriving in the United States at a time when it is experiencing an acute labor shortage, and communities across the country are in dire need of workers. But some of those societies Lacking cultural support or housing opportunities, forcing the administration and the country’s resettlement nonprofit organization to confront priorities.

separately , At least 31 people drowned off the coast of France afterwards A boat capsized while transporting migrants Heading to Britain, officials said. A few days ago, France and Britain reached an agreement to do more to reduce the number of migrants taking to the sea.

6. Army whistleblowers died waiting for a bed in the VA His solo death highlights the costs of war far beyond the battlefield.

Ian Fishback Exposing the ill-treatment of detainees by his military colleagues during the Iraq War, and his allegations led to anti-torture legislation espoused by Senator John McCain, who died in 2018. But Fishback struggled after leaving the service, a prominent veteran of the global war on terror whose life ended in tragedy.

He died last week in still mysterious circumstances. He was alone and broke into a group home, convinced that he was being persecuted by the same forces he once embraced. He was 42 years old. “He was looking for a way to perform better in the world,” said Justin Ford, his childhood friend.

7. The owner of Ramez is expected to pay $790 million to St. Louis to settle a lawsuit On the 2016 decision to move the soccer team to Los Angeles.

In a civil suit, the group included the city He said league officials violated their transfer guidelines. That amount comes on top of the $550 million transfer fee Stanley Kroenke paid to the NFL for the right to move to Los Angeles, and $5 billion to build the team’s new stadium in Englewood, California.

Compromise is sweet and bitter for St. Louis. While the money from the settlement will help offset some of the financial losses, it won’t atone for the psychological damage caused by the loss of a second NFL franchise. The St. Louis Cardinals lost to Arizona in 1988.


8. Travel to Mexico City to buy an accordion store, and get to know the city’s basketball team.

For 50 years, Francisco Luis Ramirez has been a city dweller The most experienced accordion repairers In a nation that reveres the musical instrument. People from Colombia, Guatemala and the United States still send him machines to be modified, and he is visited daily by Mariachi, Nortenius, Buskers, and Maestros. He didn’t utter the words when our accordion-playing reporter brought his instrument: “Your accordion is a piece of trash.”

and Mexico City Capitanes They are the first G League development team in the NBA in Mexico. They’re playing in Texas this season due to the pandemic, but the Capitanes are an important part of the NBA’s international expansion.


9. In 1937, the Times described Frankenmouth, Michigan, as a “gourmet mecca.” Not much has changed.

Bavaria magic, Christmas gifts and all the restaurants you can eat Attract hordes of every holiday season to its sparkling streets. About 30,000 visitors are expected over the four-day weekend, but no matter the season, every dinner here comes from the Thanksgiving menu: mashed potatoes, buttered pasta, well-cooked broccoli and puddles of cranberry sauce.

For those who live close to home, Here Best Thanksgiving Movies For streaming, a crash course about College football matches this weekend. If you are looking for a last minute recipe, I’ve got you covered.

10. Finally, your reading list is about to get a whole lot longer.

Throughout the year, our book review editors keep a running list of their favorite books, and at the end of the year the favorite works have been reduced to 100 notable titles. Whether your reading habits prefer science fiction, poetry, or realism, The Times Book Review’s annual tour has options for everyone.

Next week, they will announce the 10 best books of 2021. But in the meantime, we need your help. In October, the editors at Book Review asked readers to nominate the best book of the past 125 years. It’s time to vote now.

Enjoy a page-turning evening and a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


Angela Jimenez And Jeremiah M. Bogert Jr Photo collages for this briefing.

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