Charlottesville, Burkina Faso, Shonda Rhimes: Your Monday Briefing


Markus Martin, seated, was among those hit by a car that plowed through a crowd in Charlottesville, Va. On Sunday, he attended a vigil for the woman who was killed, Heather Heyer, a close friend of his.

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• Grief, and questions, in Charlottesville.

The Virginia city — along with the U.S. at large — is struggling today with the fallout from a “Unite the Right” rally of white nationalists that led to the death of a counterprotester. Here’s a complete guide to our coverage of the weekend’s events.

A reporter for The Times at the scene described the fighting.

President Trump blamed “many sides” for the violence, but he did not explicitly condemn white racists, drawing criticism across the political spectrum. (Watch his remarks here.) His “words were not — not — what this nation needs,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia, a Democrat.

On Sunday, the White House sought to respond to the criticism, releasing a statement by an unidentified member of staff condemning white supremacists for the violence.


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Here’s what we know about the Ohio man suspected of ramming his car into a crowd and charged with second-degree murder. We spoke to friends and co-workers of the 32-year-old woman who was killed.

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The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into the case. We look at whether it qualifies as a hate crime or as domestic terrorism.

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• The North Korea-Ukraine connection.

The success of the North’s recent missile tests was made possible by the sale of rocket engines, probably from a Ukrainian factory, on the black market, an analysis being published today shows.


A photo released by North Korea’s state news agency in July purporting to show a test of a Hwasong-14, a missile thought to be capable of reaching the mainland U.S.

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The revelation comes as President Trump seeks China’s help in reining in North Korea.

But the conflict has a wild card: A U.S. president who’s not averse to making threats. Our White House correspondents explain.

• Too many drugs, not enough patients.

Breakthroughs in immunotherapy and a rush to develop cancer treatments have left clinical trials scrambling for patients.

• Deadly attack in Burkina Faso.

At least 18 people were killed in the capital, Ouagadougou, when gunmen suspected of being Islamist militants opened fire at a restaurant.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, we discuss the weekend’s events in Charlottesville.

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• The troubles at Sears reflect the broader problems of retail. But what may lead to the company’s collapse is financial engineering.


Women’s shoes (“No ration stamp needed”) were on sale from $2.19 in the spring and summer 1944 Sears catalog.

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• Shonda Rhimes, who created hit TV shows including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” has signed an exclusive deal with Netflix.


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• Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement are among the headlines to watch this week.

• U.S. stocks were up on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Tips, both new and old, for a more fulfilling life.

• Why you need a password manager, and more in our weekly newsletter.

• A solar eclipse is just a week away. Here’s our guide to watching.

• Recipe of the day: Make practically any fruit into a cobbler.

Over the weekend

• In sports, Justin Thomas won the P.G.A. Championship, his first major title, and England’s Premier League opened its season after a summer of expensive player transfers.

• “Annabelle: Creation,” the fourth in a series of horror movies, earned $35 million and the top spot at the North American box office.

• Here’s our recap of Sunday’s “Game of Thrones.” (Or do you prefer “Twin Peaks”?)


• Vigils after Charlottesville.

In today’s 360 video, rallies across the U.S. responded to deadly violence in Virginia.


U.S. Rallies Behind Charlottesville

Vigils were held across the country on Sunday to honor the life of Heather D. Heyer, who was killed a day earlier while protesting a rally of white nationalists.


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• Loving it and leaving it.


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Some politicians call it “self-deportation.” Edith Rivera, whose husband was returned to Mexico in 2015, called it her family’s only hope of being together.

Like Ms. Rivera, immigrants across the U.S. are weighing whether to stay, hide or leave.

• She’s 98. He’s 94.

Gertrude Mokotoff and Alvin Mann met eight years ago at a gym in Middletown, N.Y., where they still work out twice a week. They married on Aug. 5.

“Age doesn’t mean a damn thing,” the groom said.


Alvin Mann and Gertrude Mokotoff exchanged vows before 50 family members and friends at Middletown City Hall.

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• Quotation of the day.

“It’s likely that these engines came from Ukraine — probably illicitly. The big question is how many they have, and whether the Ukrainians are helping them now. I’m very worried.”

Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, on the North Korean missile program.

Back Story

North and South Korea have agreed on very little in recent decades, but this week their shared past means the two countries have a rare holiday in common: Liberation Day.

Called Gwangbokjeol (“the day the light returned”) in the South and Chogukhaebangui nal (“Liberation of the Fatherland Day”) in the North, the holiday is what is known in the West as V-J Day, or Victory Over Japan Day.


Liberation Day celebrations in Seoul, South Korea, in August 2005, 60 years after the end of Japanese rule.

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The Japanese Empire formally surrendered on Aug. 15, 1945, ending World War II and liberating the Korean Peninsula, which had been under colonial rule since 1910.


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The government of South Korea was established on the same day three years later, and the peninsula was divided.

The holiday is celebrated with patriotic fanfare in both countries, although the North has found new ways to reassert its independence. For Liberation Day in 2015 — amid renewed military tensions with the South — Pyongyang created its own time zone.

“The wicked Japanese imperialists committed such unpardonable crimes as depriving Korea of even its standard time,” the North’s state-run news agency said.

The country had previously been in the same time zone as South Korea and Japan, but now sets its clocks 30 minutes behind.

Inyoung Kang contributed reporting.


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