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Thousands of young people mobilized for a historic day of protests to goad world leaders into addressing what they call the climate crisis. “I noticed adults were not willing to offer leadership, and I chose to volunteer myself,” said Leah Namugerwa, a 15-year-old protest organizer from Kampala, Uganda, pictured in the 4th photo. “Environmental injustice is injustice to me.” Rarely, if ever, has the modern world witnessed a youth movement so large and wide, spanning across societies rich and poor, tied together by a common sense of rage. And thanks to the internet, they are organizing across continents like no generation before them. Who are these young protest organizers? What is driving them? What do they want? Our reporters spoke with 8 of the local leaders — from Mumbai to Melbourne to La Paz — to find out. Click the link in our bio to read what they had to say. @alanaholmberg, @sydellewillowsmith, @sumysadurni, and Olivia Harris took these #climatestrike photos.
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Meet the last of the dunk- tank clowns. David Simmons makes a living by shouting insults at passers-by at America’s small-town fairgrounds. They can take revenge: $2 for 3 baseballs and a chance to “drown the clown.” David, also known as Patches, is a dunk tank clown — an anachronism in a wet suit and waterproof makeup, a gravelly voice with a microphone roasting people hard while they’re in his sightlines. But his is a role that a more sensitive and inclusive world is now sweeping into the dustbin. Turns out Americans don’t really enjoy being insulted anymore. “They’re retiring left and right,” David said of others in the dunk clown business. “They’re being run out of town.” Visit the link in our bio to read more about the last of the dunk tank clowns #🤡. @libbymarch took these photos.
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We're barely listening to the U.S.'s most dangerous volcanoes. The volcano pictured here, Mount Hood, a prominent backdrop against Portland, Oregon, is eerily silent. But it won’t stay that way. Regulations have made it difficult for volcanologists to build monitoring stations along it and other active volcanoes. If scientists miss early warning signs of an eruption, they might not know the volcano is about to blow until it’s too late. And that's a problem across the U.S. where there are 161 active volcanoes. Most volcanoes lack adequate monitoring and scientists remain concerned that red tape could continue to leave them blind to future eruptions, with deadly consequences. Visit the link in our profile to read about the steps one scientist and his colleagues took to prevent disaster at Mount Hood, and the obstacles they may still face. @amandalucier took this photo of Mount Hood.
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People would roller-skate to their doctor's appointments. Enthusiasts wore their skates for 8 hours. It was a part of city life in New York. "Roller-skating is now transportation plus meditation plus aesthetics," a skater told us in 1980. The costumed extravagance of those disco days may have passed, but even now, as summer slides into fall, groups of skaters convene around town for weekly get-togethers. Is skating due for a comeback? Tell us what you think in the comments. Visit the link in our bio to read more from @nytarchives. #tbt William E. Sauro took this photo.
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Vrindavan, a holy city near New Delhi, has historically been a destination for Indian widows who have escaped family abuse after their husbands’ deaths or been kicked out of their homes. There, the women are commonly homeless and survive by begging or singing devotional songs. But since India’s Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that the government must do more to take care of the widows, a number of ashrams have been built to better provide the women with food, medicine and shelter. At Krishna Kutir, the women also have access to literacy classes and group therapy sessions. One widow's favorite memory after arriving with a black eye and head wounds, she said, was looking around her new home as it filled with laughter and singing from women like her and feeling "absolutely free." Tap the link in our bio to read more. @rebeccajconway took these photos.
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Every summer night throughout the American West, hundreds of tourists and western music fans gather for a modern-day chuck wagon. The crowds polish off plates loaded with meat and baked beans and enjoy house bands who tell corny jokes and play cowboy songs popularized by people like Roy Rogers and Gene Autry in the 1930s and ’40s. The events are a throwback to the covered wagon kitchens that were part of cattle drives, and they have some truly devoted fans. “It gives all of us that are passionate about keeping the music and culture of the American West alive a time to come together,” one musician said. Visit the link in our bio to read more about chuck wagon season. @benjaminras took this photo.
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“The girls and I consider ourselves the Navy SEALs of ‘Union Jack,’” said @saramearns. In the MacDonald of Sleat section from this 1976 George Balanchine ballet, she leads 9 women (imagine them behind her) in a thrilling, exhilarating, diabolically difficult dance. “It’s literally just about your legs getting through it,” Sara said. “It’s all jumps.” And the power that the steps create? “It’s like no one can mess with us,” she said. “We’re not cutesy. What I think is really cool is that they’re doing the same thing behind me. It’s not like my part is harder. We’re all in it together.” As she sees it, they are the ones holding her up in “Union Jack,” Balanchine’s homage to Britain that returns to @nycballet this season. “It should be what men do but women are doing it,” she told the #nytimes critic @giadk. “I love parts like this that are not pretty. I love it when you don’t have to show any emotion. It’s badass. You’re on a mission to conquer.” @mosadek made this video for #speakingindance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.
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If you want to look like a Russian ballerina, you have to start with the tutu. These rare Soviet-era dance costumes are still in use more than 40 years after they were made. Dozens of dresses, tutus and elaborate headpieces are stored in an unassuming strip mall in a small dance studio near Chicago, run by Tatyana Mazur and her husband, Roman Mazur. The bodices and tutus of Tatyana’s collection, many bejeweled with hundreds of hand sewn sequins and embroidery, are delicate from years of wear. But they are still a colorful explosion of velvet, tulle and satin — a stark contrast to the minimalist costumes of modern ballet productions. Check out our Instagram story and click the link in our bio to read more. @whittensabbatini took these photos.
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Israelis are voting Tuesday in the second election in 5 months. The last one ended inconclusively after weeks of negotiations, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, failed to produce a governing coalition. Today’s do-over election may not, by itself, decide who will be the next prime minister — that could take weeks of arduous coalition negotiations. But the vote will almost certainly provide fresh evidence that the U.S. has nothing on this country when it comes to identity politics, with loyalties to ethnic groups, religious factions and ideologies as strong a factor in voting as views on particular issues. Visit our link in our profile to read more. @sergeyponomarev took this photo of ultra-Orthodox Jews at a rally for the United Torah Judaism party and swipe left to see more from the different parts of Israel.
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Cokie Roberts, the longtime journalist and commentator for ABC News and NPR, died on Tuesday in Washington from complications of breast cancer. She was 75. She was a pioneering newswoman and a winner of 3 Emmy Awards, who co-anchored ABC’s “This Week” with Sam Donaldson from 1996 to 2002. She also was a political commentator and chief congressional analyst for “This Week” over 3 decades at ABC. @jaredsoares took this photo of Cokie and her husband, Steven, in 2017. Visit the link in our profile to read more of our developing obituary.
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Hit the save button now, because this recipe is a surefire standby. It's good, flexible and fast. All you have to do is toss together sausage, tomatoes, peppers, garlic, shallots and olive oil on a sheet pan, then slide the entire thing under the broiler. In just 15 minutes, you’ll have nicely seared sausages, tomatoes and peppers, all of which have released juices perfect for dunking bread into or spooning over pasta or rice. Click the link in our bio to get @italislagle's recipe from @nytcooking. @dmalosh took this photo, with food styling by @vivianhlui.
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The United Automobile Workers union went on strike at General Motors, sending nearly 50,000 members at factories across the Midwest and the South to picket lines on Monday morning. UAW regional leaders in Detroit voted unanimously on Sunday morning to authorize the strike, the union’s first such walkout since 2007. The UAW is pushing GM to improve wages, reopen idled plants, add jobs at others and close or narrow the difference between pay rates for new hires and veteran workers. GM wants employees to pay a greater portion of their health care costs, and to increase work force productivity and flexibility in factories. Although the company has been earning substantial profits in North America it has idled 3 plants in the U.S. as car sales slide. @eakirklandphoto took this photo. This is a developing story. Visit the link in our bio to read more.