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Your Thursday Evening Briefing
Good evening. Here’s the latest.
Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times
1. Georgetown University is taking what historians say are unprecedented steps to atone for past slaveholding.
The university will make a formal apology, give descendants of the enslaved preferential admissions status, rename buildings, create an institute for the study of slavery and erect a public memorial.
Sam Hodgson for The New York Times
2. Both backers and critics sorted through Donald Trump’s latest declarations on immigration, which included calls to end so-called sanctuary cities and “zero tolerance for criminal aliens.”
He kept plans for an “impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful” wall at the border with Mexico.
“He used us as props,” said one of Mr. Trump’s disillusioned conservative Hispanic supporters.
Max Whittaker for The New York Times
3. Hillary Clinton logged her most successful month of fund-raising, bringing in $143 million in August.
Most was for Democratic organizations rather than her own campaign, but the party can use the money to organize and mobilize voters.
GirlieToNerdy, via Twitter, via Reuters
4. A SpaceX rocket exploded on a Florida launchpad while being fueled, destroying a communications satellite that Facebook had planned to use to expand internet service in Africa.
SpaceX’s head, Elon Musk, said the cause had yet to be determined.
The blast could delay NASA’s plans to use the same rocket, a Falcon 9, to carry astronauts and cargo to the International Space Station.
Miguel Gutierrez/European Pressphoto Agency
5. Tens of thousands of protesters took over a major highway and several avenues and plazas in Caracas, the Venezuelan capital, demanding a referendum to recall President Nicolás Maduro.
They railed against spiraling violence, a lack of jobs and widespread food shortages.
“Sometimes I want to kill myself,” said a 42-year-old mother.
Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times, via Associated Press
6. Chicago’s bloody summer has gotten worse. As of midnight Wednesday, the city had racked up 90 murders in August, its deadliest month in about 20 years.
At a street protest, a priest pleaded for the governor to ask for federal intervention.
“We’re tired of the blood,” he and other protesters called out. “We’re tired of the tears. We need peace. We need help. State of emergency!”
Chang W. Lee/The New York Times
7. Who really controls Anbang? The Chinese insurer has made a wave of multibillion-dollar deals around the world, including buying the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan, above.
Listed shareholders include small-time merchants and villagers — some of them relatives and friends of its politically connected chairman.
The confusion over who really pulls the strings makes it difficult for regulators to assess the riskiness of the deals.
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8. A South Carolina county’s campaign against the Zika virus went badly awry.
A government employee failed to forewarn a commercial beekeeper of aerial spraying aimed at mosquitoes, and millions of honeybees were killed.
A bee expert said the episode could have wider repercussions. “If you’re killing honeybees, you’re killing a lot of other non-honeybees pollinators, too,” he said, “and those populations could take a long time to recover.”
Daniel Acker for The New York Times
9. The Paralympic Games, which begin next week, already have a star: Tatyana McFadden, 27, above right.
Paralyzed from the waist down by spina bifida and adopted from a Russian orphanage, she could become the first athlete to sweep every distance in wheelchair racing, from the 100 meters to the marathon.
A sister, above left, is racing in three of the same events. “We’re on the cusp of breaking the barriers for Paralympic sport,” Ms. McFadden said.
Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Kanye West
10. Kanye West isn’t just one of the world’s most popular rappers.
He’s also the creator of this sculpture, featuring 12 animatronic pop-culture icons snoozing together, including himself; his wife, Kim Kardashian West; Rihanna; George W. Bush; Taylor Swift; Anna Wintour; Donald Trump; Bill Cosby; and Caitlyn Jenner.
The work, made by Mr. West’s art collective for his “Famous” video, is now on sale from a Los Angeles gallery. Price tag: $4 million. Above, Ms. Kardashian West admiring her silicone husband.
Joanna Ebenstein
11. Finally, we bring you “The Kittens’ Wedding,” an elaborate tableau completed in the 1890s by the Victorian taxidermist Walter Potter.
“It’s such a perfect object, with a tension between the perverse and the adorable,” said the co-founder of the Brooklyn museum, Morbid Anatomy, that is showing the work.
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