3. The Golden Globes proved to be half-party, half-protest on Sunday, as women largely used their platform to speak out against harassment and gender inequality. Men, on the other hand, were mostly conspicuously silent on the subject.
All eyes were on how Hollywood’s brightest would address the issue. Most wore black, which the Times columnist Vanessa Friedman said produced “one of the most elegant, genuinely chic red carpets I’ve seen in Hollywood.”
As for the actual awards, here’s a list of the winners.
4. Oprah Winfrey, seen above campaigning for Barack Obama in 2007, was the award show’s big winner, so much so that many of her fans were begging her to run for president in 2020. She struck a hopeful tone as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement, envisioning “a time when nobody ever has to say, ‘Me too,’ again.”
5. The U.S. Supreme Court reopened a death penalty case, giving an inmate in Georgia a fresh chance at a new trial because of a white juror’s racist statements.
Keith Tharpe was convicted in 1991 of killing his estranged wife’s sister, Jaquelin Freeman, as he kidnapped and raped his wife. But a juror, explaining his thinking years later, said the convict “wasn’t in the ‘good’ black folks category.” The juror added that after studying the Bible, he “wondered if black people even have souls.”
The majority opinion said a lower court should reconsider its decision not to hear Mr. Tharpe’s appeal.
6. Italy’s ban on plastic bags for fruit, vegetables and baked goods, which took effect on Jan. 1, has not gone over well.
The law requires that biodegradable and compostable alternatives be used instead of plastic, which takes hundreds of years to degrade. The bags can’t be given out free, so the 1- to 3-euro cent charge appears on bills.
Supermarkets have protested, some affixing apologetic signs on their storefronts. And politicians are taking heat from seemingly all fronts, including opposition leaders and environmentalists who say the laws’s execution was bungled.
Listen closely during the game and you might repeatedly hear “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” a song with a decidedly Northern flavor that Georgia has made its own. Though most famous as a Civil War anthem that cast the South as a serpent, the university and its fans know it as “Glory, Glory,” an unofficial fight song recast with its own lyrics. Out goes “His truth is marching on.” In goes “G-E-O-R-G-I-A.”
8. Three major hurricanes. Wildfires. Hailstorms. Drought. Flooding. Tornadoes. Freeze.
They all added up to make 2017 the most expensive year on record for natural disasters in the United States, with $306 billion in damage. In 1980, there were three natural disasters that caused more than $1 billion in damage in today’s dollars. This year, there were 16.
9. Public health officials said this winter’s flu season is turning into a “moderately severe” one, and it may get worse because of an imperfect vaccine and incessant cold weather.
Another menace of the cold: Park authorities in Washington had to tell people not to skate or walk on the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall after several people broke through.
In such frigid times, the homeless in New York commonly turn to the E train, which they know stays underground.
10. Finally, when The Times advertised a job opening to visit all of its 52 Places to Go, we received more than 13,000 applications in nine days. Later this week you’ll meet the person who earned the job, along with this year’s 52 destinations.
But until then, take a look at a snapshot of the candidates, a global cross-section of people that includes a father and daughter, a professional adventure cartoonist and the “Friday Night Lights” author Buzz Bissinger. They’d all make fine travel companions.
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