Your Friday Evening Briefing – The New York Times

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Good evening. Here’s the latest at the end of Friday.

1. Ukrainian soldiers have gone on the offensive against Russian forces, emboldened by sophisticated weapons and long-range artillery provided by the West.

2. The economy added jobs in April as the labor market stayed vibrant.

Employers added 428,000 jobs in April and average hourly earnings rose 5.5 percent, the U.S. Labor Department said today. The economy has regained almost 95 percent of 22 million jobs lost during pandemic lockdowns.

Some economists are concerned that climbing wages could fuel inflation, as companies pass on the higher employment costs to customers. That could, in turn, prompt workers to demand even higher wages, triggering an upward spiral. Stocks fell by about 1 percent on the job news.

3. Some legal experts think Roe v. Wade may be just the beginning.

If conservative Supreme Court members follow the legal strategy outlined by Justice Samuel Alito in his leaked opinion draft on Roe, might they apply it elsewhere?

The apparently imminent demise of constitutionally protected abortion rights raises the question of how aggressive the court will become in overturning precedents. Experts say similar rulings — which protect sexual intercourse between consenting adults of the same sex, and interracial or same-sex marriages — may be challenged by cultural and religious conservatives in coming years.

Meanwhile, the Roe leak is already reshaping the midterm elections, giving Democratic candidates new talking points in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

The trend is worrying experts about the potential to strain the health care system. In New York, the problem has been compounded by staffing shortages and a recent increase in infections among their staffs.

Other virus news:

5. Israel is conducting a large-scale search for two Palestinians suspected of killing three Israelis, in an attack that further fueled tensions that have been building for more than a month.

Two attackers, at least one of them armed with an ax, killed three people and wounded several others in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox town of Elad in central Israel. The attacks took place on Israeli Independence Day; many Palestinians consider that day the “nakba,” or the “catastrophe.”

The killings on Thursday brought the death toll to 19 from a wave of Arab attacks since late March — the worst spate of killings in years, outside of an all-out war. Israel has responded with a series of raids in the occupied West Bank, and nearly 30 Palestinians have been killed in the violence, according to local media reports.

  • In other international news, a gas leak explosion at a luxury hotel in Havana killed at least nine, injured dozens and left others missing.

6. Working parents know they’re burned out, but a new study shows just how deep the problem goes.

Researchers found that 66 percent of 1,285 working parents surveyed in 2021 met the criteria for burnout, a nonclinical term that means they are so exhausted that they feel they have nothing left to give. Sixty-eight percent of working moms say they’re burned out, compared with 42 percent of working dads.

  • It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday. We asked moms for their best parenting advice, which included, “Hear everyone, but do what you want.”

7. The New York City tenants who fought back against their landlord may soon own their building.

A group of tenants banded together when a new landlord bought their building in the Bronx. He threatened to raise rents and kick them out, but after a long struggle they are on the verge of buying their apartments for only $2,500 each, with the help of a nonprofit.

Meanwhile, the biggest rent increases in New York City in nearly a decade appear to be on the way. A city panel gave preliminary backing yesterday to increases of 2 to 4 percent on one-year leases and 4 to 6 percent on two-year leases for rent-stabilized units.

8. With a Marvel movie and a new album, Bad Bunny keeps things hopping.

The genre-crushing superstar had a busy week: Appearing at the Met Gala in a floor-length skirt suit and being cast as the lead in a live-action Marvel movie, all while preparing for the release of his fourth studio album, “Un Verano Sin Ti” (“A Summer Without You”), which dropped today.

Bad Bunny — born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio — is known for blending pop punk, synth-pop, bachata, dembow and reggaeton, with a goal of bringing a different sound to every album.

“Un Verano Sin Ti” is a pop album, but not necessarily a straightforward one. Bad Bunny infuses it with electrifying beat switches, raunchy raps and astral synths.

9. Using virtual reality to stroll down memory lane may help seniors with dementia.

Reminiscence therapy encourages older people to engage with reminders of their youth in order to cultivate joy and a sense of meaning. A handful of companies and elder care facilities are now using virtual reality headsets to make the experience more immersive and powerful.

One man, who had been an avid traveler before suffering from cognitive declines, began using V.R. to walk along the virtual Cliffs of Moher, in western Ireland, just as he’d done with his wife several years earlier. Three months later, he has a virtual reality reminiscence therapy session every week, requires less medication for anxiety and is more sociable.

Speaking of head trips, consider a journey to the Hotel Catalina Beach Resort in Zihuatanejo, Mexico, where the psychedelic guru Timothy Leary once led LSD-fueled retreats.

10. And finally, a secondhand store portrait bust was actually an ancient Roman relic.

Laura Young, an antiques dealer, bought a marble bust at a Goodwill secondhand store in 2018 and kept it in her living room. Suspecting it was valuable, Young checked its provenance with the auction houses Bonhams and Sotheby’s. It turned out to be a possible likeness of a Roman warrior, owned in the 1800s by a Bavarian king, Ludwig I. An American service member probably brought it home after World War II. It went on display this week at the San Antonio Museum of Art, and will eventually be returned to Bavaria.

Have a classic night!

Victoria Cagol compiled photos for this briefing.

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