3. Republicans have structural advantages in the race for control of the House this fall. But they’re eroding.
Those factors — like incumbency, geography and gerrymandering — have been offset by the retirements of Republican representatives and court rulings that have altered or torn up Republican-drawn congressional maps.
They still have enough going for them to win the House even if they lose the popular vote by a wide margin. But their edge has shrunk considerably.
4. At the Winter Olympics, the Dutch team swept the first women’s speed skating event and Mikael Kingsbury of Canada won gold in moguls skiing. Here’s our full coverage from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Above, the U.S. skaters Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani winning bronze.
Fascination has surrounded North Korea’s cheerleaders, praised as human olive branches and criticized as singing, dancing spearheads of a propaganda campaign. Here’s what we’ve learned about them.
And one of our most popular stories today is a throwback: In 1982, the Norwegian cross-country skier Oddvar Bra collided with a skier from the Soviet Union. Somehow, a national myth was born. (So far, Norway is leading the medal count.)
5. A huge oil spill — one unlike any before — is beginning to contaminate some of the most crucial fishing grounds in Asia.
Up to 111,000 metric tons of nearly invisible condensate, a toxic, liquid byproduct of natural gas production, have flowed into the East China Sea after a fiery collision sank an Iranian tanker a month ago. Above, a buyer checking fish on an island near Shanghai.
6. Five months after Hurricane Maria, many Puerto Ricans are still in limbo.
Thousands of families have been staying in hotel rooms provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as they decide whether to go back or forge ahead elsewhere. Above, a father and son at a Red Roof Inn in Hartford, Conn.
Many have described confusion and anxiety about whether they will be able to stay as deadlines rapidly approach — for some, as soon as this week.
“Time is against us,” one woman said.
7. You might think that the country’s tap water is generally safe, besides outlier places like Flint, Mich. Not necessarily.
A new study found that, since 1982, between 3 and 10 percent of the United States’ water systems have violated federal health standards each year.
Here’s what we know about the places that struggle to meet the federal rules.
8. How should allergies be portrayed in children’s movies? Not the way Sony’s newly released “Peter Rabbit” did, many parents agreed, drawing an apology from the filmmakers.
Slingshot-wielding rabbits exploit Tom MacGregor’s allergy to blackberries by launching one into his mouth. He injects himself with an EpiPen but experiences anaphylaxis and collapses.
“I’m pretty sure Beatrix Potter will be turning in her grave about now,” one woman in Britain said.
9. The unveiling of presidential portraits often draws little notice.
Not so as Barack and Michelle Obama became the first African-American presidential couple to have their likenesses enshrined at the National Portrait Gallery. They chose African-American artists to render them — Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald.
“Mr. Wiley depicts Mr. Obama not as a self-assured, standard-issue bureaucrat, but as an alert and troubled thinker,” our critic Holland Cotter writes. “Ms. Sherald’s image of Mrs. Obama overemphasizes an element of couturial spectacle, but also projects a rock-solid cool.”
10. One down, 51 to go.
Jada Yuan, The Times’s much-envied new travel columnist, started her yearlong tour of our 52 Places to Go list with a trip to New Orleans.
On her first visit to the city, eight years ago, she writes, she danced in the streets so much that she wore holes through the bottoms of her brand-new sneakers. It was “the only place in the world where I’ve had such a good time that the shoes melted right off my feet.”
On this visit, she found a city in the midst of an upswing, with a fierce pride and a spirit of forgiveness. Here’s her full dispatch.
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