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Florida Shooting, Jacob Zuma, Chris Rock: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
John Kelly, above left, the president’s chief of staff, is facing new questions about his handling of the case, including why Mr. Porter worked without a permanent high-level security clearance for more than a year. Read our timeline of the scandal.
4. Jacob Zuma stepped down as South Africa’s president, ending a nine-year, scandal-plagued tenure after his own party repudiated him.
It was a humiliating end for Mr. Zuma, a charismatic anti-apartheid hero who was imprisoned with Nelson Mandela. He initially inspired hope among South Africa’s poorest before coming to symbolize corruption.
5. Also facing swirling accusations of corruption: Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister.
He defiantly called a damning case against him “full of holes, like Swiss cheese,” and vowed to serve to the end of his term in late 2019. A police investigation found he should be charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust.
This is not the first time Mr. Netanyahu, above, has struggled with graft inquiries — nor is he the first Israeli leader to do so.
6. Mikaela Shiffrin, above, is set to — finally — make her debut at the Pyeongchang Olympics (high winds had forced delays in several Alpine skiing events). She’s a favorite in her first event, the giant slalom, but the compressed race schedule may take a toll.
We also caught up with Lindsey Jacobellis, the snowboarder whose blunder at the 2006 Olympics cost her a gold medal. She has moved on quite spectacularly, our reporter John Branch writes, and is preparing to try again for that elusive gold.
7. “One of the last great intact forests” in the world may stay that way.
Peru will protect millions of acres of roadless wilderness, creating a new national park. Above, a beaked toad.
Angry about moves at the other end of the environmental spectrum in the U.S., and terrified of climate change, five activists are pushing the boundaries of civil disobedience. Read our story in The Times Magazine.
8. The healthy food movement has been absorbed into the mainstream.
But even as capitalism has ingeniously integrated the hippie culinary ideals of the 1960s, the big countercultural idea about food — that our eating has moral, ethical and political implications — remains potent, Michael Pollan writes in his review of “Hippie Food,” a book by Jonathan Kauffman.
9. Chris Rock’s first new filmed hour in a decade, “Tamborine,” is now streaming on Netflix. Our reviewer calls it “triumphant.”
“He has honed this material, beefing up jokes and cutting out fat,” the review says. “His comedy has become tighter, funnier if also slicker, shifting from a story of a comic struggling with demons to one describing how he once was lost and now he’s found.”
10. We’re popping the question: Just how powerful is love?
And whatever your relationship status, we invite you to check out our favorite Times coverage of love. The headline says it all: “Roses Are Red. That’s a Cliché. Here Is Your Guide to Valentine’s Day.”
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