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Listed below are the week’s high tales, and a glance forward

2. Republican lawmakers are attempting to empower ballot watchers, elevating fears of voter intimidation.

Election officers and voting rights activists level to the lengthy historical past of ballot watchers being used to harass voters and election staff, particularly in Democratic-leaning communities of colour. Republicans have supplied little proof to justify a necessity to present ballot watchers expanded entry and autonomy.

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger left the California governor’s mansion 10 years in the past. He’s a extra standard political determine at this time than when he was elected.

Over the previous 12 months, the previous Republican governor, now 73, has been in demand, embracing an unlikely function that he describes as “aged statesman.” He’s made public service bulletins readily available washing, raised thousands and thousands of {dollars} for protecting well being gear and is now being sought out for steerage on the Republican-led effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom, the identical mechanism that led to Schwarzenegger’s election in 2003.

“While you go away workplace, you notice — properly, I noticed — that I simply couldn’t minimize it off like that,” he stated in a three-hour interview.


4. Apple’s grip on the app economic system is heading to courtroom on Monday.

Epic Video games, the maker of the wildly standard recreation Fortnite, has accused Apple of breaking antitrust legal guidelines by forcing Epic at hand over a 30 p.c minimize from its gross sales. The lawsuit adopted Apple’s elimination of Fortnite from its app retailer final 12 months as a result of Epic inspired customers to make purchases outdoors of Apple’s fee system. Epic has one other trial towards Google over the identical points for Android units.

The trial, which is predicted to final three weeks, will heart on a authorized debate over whether or not Apple is a monopoly. If Epic wins, it would upend the economics of the $100 billion app market and create a path for thousands and thousands of firms and builders to keep away from Apple’s charges. It might additionally invigorate the antitrust combat towards Apple, each within the U.S. and the E.U.


5. A lethal blast rocked Afghanistan as U.S. troops began to depart.

A suicide bomber blew up a truck in Logar province on Friday night time, killing a minimum of 27 individuals. If the blast was the work of the Taliban, because the Afghan authorities asserts, it will be essentially the most overt sign but {that a} peace deal reached by the Trump administration is off.

The blast occurred simply earlier than a Could 1 deadline agreed to final 12 months by the Taliban and U.S. officers to finish the 20-year U.S. navy presence in Afghanistan. That plan was scrapped when President Biden shifted the withdrawal to Sept. 11, however it’s unclear whether or not the blast was retaliation for that extension. U.S. troops have already began to depart the nation, and American bases are being dismantled.


6. Medina Spirit gained the Kentucky Derby, giving his coach, Bob Baffert, a document seventh victory within the famed horse race.

The colt, above proper, crossed the end line half a size forward of Mandaloun and comfortably forward of the pre-race favourite, Important High quality, who completed fourth. The mint juleps flowed whereas the exuberant hats and pocket squares bobbed by way of the grandstand and the clubhouse of the famed Churchill Downs, however at a considerably decreased capability due to the pandemic.

“I’m the luckiest man on this planet,” Baffert stated after his record-breaking victory. “I’m so spoiled bringing these heavy-duty horses in right here, and this little horse has a giant coronary heart.”


7. Olympia Dukakis, who usually performed world-weary characters in movies together with “Moonstruck” and “Metal Magnolias,” died at 89.

Dukakis was an East Coast stage veteran of three many years when she starred in “Moonstruck,” above, reverse Cher, stealing scene after scene as her sardonic mom and incomes an Oscar. In a 2011 assessment of her efficiency within the Tennessee Williams play “The Milk Practice Doesn’t Cease Right here Anymore,” The Instances referred to as her “macabre, hilarious and weirdly touching,” with a “bullying bravado that instructions consideration.”

We additionally keep in mind Eli Broad, the philanthropist whose huge fortune and zeal for civic enchancment helped reshape the cultural panorama of Los Angeles. He died at 87.

8. “I’m not stingy with my expertise. I consider in abundance.”

That’s Janet Mock, a transgender activist, author, director and government producer on the FX sequence “Pose,” above. Because the groundbreaking drama concerning the Harlem ballroom scene within the Eighties begins its last season Sunday night time, Mock talked to us about “Pose” and her plan to make extra TV that exhibits those who they don’t seem to be alone.

“I fought for these love tales, as a result of I do know what it feels prefer to be rejected time and again and over,” she stated.

We additionally talked to Brie Larson, the Oscar-winning actress who has discovered therapeutic refuge on YouTube. “I like that my job is like holding up a mirror to society, and society modified, so it meant I wanted to begin over once more,” she stated.


9. Fall is to leaf peeping as spring is to waterfall watching.

Throughout the U.S., a wonderful array of waterfalls awaits nature lovers, from thunderous plunges to delicate trickles. Now could be the proper time to admire them, when snowmelt and spring rains add to the drama. From New York to Washington State, right here’s a spring information to having fun with the majesty, like above at Arethusa Falls in New Hampshire.

Whilst you’re out and about, take a second to get pleasure from spring’s wildflower season. Whether or not you intend to transplant trilliums or violets, or just admire them within the backyard or on a guided stroll at a protect, “figuring out these flowers’ life histories enriches the expertise,” writes Margaret Roach, our backyard professional. In her newest column, she explains what to look out for.


Could is right here. Cheers to new beginnings this week.


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