Welcome to the weekend. It’s been a week: Storms of the literal and verbal kind. We heard from Robert Mueller. And in internal news, The Times hosted its Student Journalism Institute. We also had several great stories that you should read if you haven’t yet.
Doctors were alarmed: ‘Would I have my children have surgery here?’
Secret recordings captured physicians’ concerns that more children seemed to fare poorly after heart surgery. North Carolina Children’s Hospital in Chapel Hill kept doing the operations.
With his job gone, an autoworker wonders, ‘What am I as a man?’
Rick Marsh worked in the car plant in Lordstown, Ohio, his entire life. Now that job is gone. What does that mean for his politics?
[Also read: “Savior of G.M. Lordstown Plant, Hailed by Trump, Is a Corporate Cipher”]
Britain vowed big changes after Grenfell Tower burned. Why are thousands stuck in firetraps?
When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? That’s the idea behind a new series from the International desk. This part focuses on the Grenfell inferno in London that killed 72 people. Safety rules are little changed.
Dementia stopped Peter Max from painting. For some, that spelled a lucrative opportunity.
Now associates of Peter Max, shown circa 1967, are trading lurid allegations of kidnapping, hired goons, attempted murder by Brazil nut and art fraud on the high seas.
Which box do you check? Some states are offering a nonbinary option
As nonbinary teenagers push for driver’s licenses that reflect their identity, a fraught debate over the nature of gender has arrived in the nation’s statehouses.
On the trail of Tupelo honey, liquid gold from the swamps
Hurricanes, blights and encroaching development have cut into the harvest in Florida and Georgia, but a small cadre of beekeepers still fiercely pursues this lucrative prize.
Rewriting the past won’t make Disney more progressive
Through “Aladdin” and other remakes, the studio has tried to fix its problematic legacy. But its efforts should be focused on original stories.
This summer, opera grapples with race
“The Central Park Five” is now an opera, starring from left, Derrell Acon, Cedric Berry, Orson Van Gay, Nathan Granner and Bernard Holcomb. Other new works explore the Black Lives Matter era, identity and more issues long ignored by the art form.
[Also read: “How a City in Fear Brutalized the Central Park Five”]
Welcome to Galaxy’s Edge
Disneyland’s “Star Wars” expansion is the biggest in the park’s history, and a bet that Wookiees and Stormtroopers will draw visitors as well as princesses.
The Travel section explores a summer ritual: hitting the road with the relatives.
Your tales of subway oddities: Dog in a bag edition
We’re taking a break from chronicling your subway woes to appreciate one of the best parts about riding the train: The weird and beautiful sights you regularly stumble upon.