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11 of Our Best Weekend Reads

We’ve reached the climax of summer. As we switch gears from shaking out beach towels to packing school lunches, we hope you find a moment to reflect on the shifting seasons and enjoy some of our best journalism.

The growing intensity of wildfires and their spread to new corners of the globe raise fears that climate change is exacerbating the dangers. Above, fires detected over the last year.

[Also read: “It’s Really Close”: How the Amazon Rainforest Could Self-Destruct]

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It’s not just Ghislaine Maxwell, the former financier’s onetime partner. A circle of Mr. Epstein’s girlfriends, employees and other associates faces scrutiny in the sex-trafficking scandal.

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Tyshawn Jones’s jaw-dropping athleticism has made him a skateboarding icon. But is skateboarding big enough for someone like Tyshawn Jones?

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New treatments for rare diseases are changing the lives of patients, but the price can reach millions of dollars for a single person.

[Also watch: “The Weekly”: Life-Changing Drugs Almost Nobody Can Afford]

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Just 225 miles north of San Francisco, on a remote and rugged shoreline, crowds are sparse and cellphones are useless (and you won’t care).

[Also read: A Portugal of Pristine Beaches, Tiny Villages and Little Else]

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The photographer Lam Yik Fei has spent the past 12 weeks on the sweltering summer streets of Hong Kong, dodging tear gas canisters and pepper spray to document each step of the movement for The Times.

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The needs of older relatives remove women from the labor force in the United States far more than in other wealthy nations, at a cost to the economy.

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Patients are confronting psychotherapists with a fresh pile of really useful challenges.

[Also read: What Draws Hundreds to This Lake Bed? Spellbinding Crystals]

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For about two decades, Altagracia Alvino has lived with and cooked for her baseball-playing offspring — as well as their teammates and opponents.

[Also read: Is a Clemson-Alabama Title Game Inevitable? Yeah, Probably]

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Read by millions — but savaged by critics — the author has a new book on police violence, campus rape and other bleak terrain.

[Also read: 17 New Books to Watch For in September]

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Construction at the airport in Queens hit its most disruptive phase this summer. Passengers faced long waits for shuttles and gridlock traffic. Here’s what it looked like.

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