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.
1. The Amazon, Siberia, Indonesia: A World of Fire
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]
2. How a Ring of Women Allegedly Recruited Girls for Jeffrey Epstein
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.
3. King of Pop
Tyshawn Jones’s jaw-dropping athleticism has made him a skateboarding icon. But is skateboarding big enough for someone like Tyshawn Jones?
4. The $6 Million Drug Claim
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]
5. On California’s Lost Coast: Sea Lions, Surf and Squiggly Roads
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]
6. City on Edge: Photographs From Hong Kong’s Summer of Protest
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.
7. Why Aren’t More Women Working? They’re Caring for Parents
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.
8. Now Therapists Have to Figure Out Astrology, Tarot and Psychedelics
Patients are confronting psychotherapists with a fresh pile of really useful challenges.
[Also read: What Draws Hundreds to This Lake Bed? Spellbinding Crystals]
9. Abuela, Chef, Boss: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s Grandmother Feeds the Majors
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]
10. With ‘Talking to Strangers,’ Malcolm Gladwell Goes Dark
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]
11. Your Tales of La Guardia Hell
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.