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All of the things you need to know now from the editors of TIME




He Was Shot by a Stranger but Treated Like a Criminal When He Reached the ER

When Greg Jackson Jr. thinks about the night he was shot, the most painful part of the memory isn’t that he almost died. It’s not the six surgeries he underwent, the half-year bedridden, or the image of his younger cousin using a shirt as a tourniquet to save his life. It’s not even the thought of the gunman. What brings on a flood of resentment is his reception at the hospital.


Why the Ex-Husband of a Missing Chinese Billionaire Is Risking All to Tell Their Story

In the four years since Desmond Shum’s ex-wife vanished in China, he must have called her phone hundreds of times. The line was always dead. But that changed early September when he received frantic messages from Whitney Duan urging him to call her number.


The Shorter Work Week Really Worked in Iceland. Here’s How

Even as the Covid-19 pandemic forced companies around the world to reimagine the workplace, researchers in Iceland were already conducting two trials of a shorter work week that involved about 2,500 workers—more than 1% of the country’s working population. They found that the experiment was an “overwhelming success” —workers were able to work less, get paid the same, while maintaining productivity and improving personal well-being.


Suddenly, Everyone We See on TV Is Very Rich or Very Poor. What Happened?

Succession is back, and with it the complicated pleasures of watching an obscenely rich, morally odious family scream and scheme and feud its way through some of the most exclusive spaces on earth. While 2019’s Season 2 finale found the show’s fractious, Murdoch-like Roy clan managing a crisis in their cruise division while drifting around the Mediterranean in a yacht the size of a city block, the Season 3 premiere, airing Oct. 17 on HBO, hinges on private planes.


Why Literally Millions of Americans Are Quitting Their Jobs

If April 2020 was the month of pink slips—as the rapid spread of COVID-19 resulted in the loss of 20.5 million jobs—then Fall 2021 is the dawn of their revenge. A record-breaking 4.3 million Americans quit their jobs in August across an array of industries, according to a report released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That's the highest level since the agency started tracking such data in 2000, and the sixth consecutive month of sky-high quitting rates.


Biden Wants Banks to Give More Information to the IRS. Here’s Why That’s a Good Idea

Every year, taxpayers—mostly wealthy Americans—fail to pay $600 billion in taxes they owe. This so-called tax gap is equal to the federal income taxes paid by the lower 90% of all taxpayers. Ignoring this huge loss is neither fair nor financially sustainable. Congress is now considering a practical plan to raise billions by collecting at least a part of this tax gap. The key to the plan is better information.


FDA Panel Votes to Recommend Moderna COVID-19 Booster Shot

The COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna is the second to get the greenlight from a panel of experts assigned to advise the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). On Thursday afternoon, a 19-member committee voted unanimously in favor of advising the FDA to recommend booster shots for people who have previously been vaccinated with Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.


In ‘Alarming’ Trend, More People Than Ever are Trying to Carry Guns Onto Planes

More travelers have been caught at U.S. airports trying to board planes with guns so far this year than any other year in the last two decades, according to newly released federal figures, and most of the weapons were loaded. With more than two months still remaining in 2021, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has seized nearly 4,500 guns at airport security checkpoints, compared with about 4,400 in all of 2019, before the pandemic caused air travel to plummet in 2020.


This Trans Politician Is Fighting for Change in Brazil — Despite the Dangers

Talking to Erika Hilton is like attending your own private rally. Hilton, who last November became the first trans woman elected to the city council in São Paulo, speaks loudly and rhythmically, the words tumbling out so quickly that you think she might lose track. But she never does; each sentence builds to an inspiring crescendo, whether she’s talking about anti-Black discrimination or happy memories of childhood.


In ‘Transformational’ Immigration Shift, Biden Administration Wants to Target Employers, Not Undocumented Workers

A short, three-page internal memorandum issued on Oct. 12 by Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas, didn't arrive with much fanfare. But the new guidance nonetheless marks a monumental change of course—packing the potential power to fundamentally alter the way undocumented people have been treated in the workplace for nearly four decades.


Washington Wants to Regulate Facebook’s Algorithm. That Might Be Unconstitutional

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen urged Congress to “change the rules that Facebook plays by” and regulate the platform’s algorithm when she testified before the Senate on Oct. 5. By the end of that week, even Facebook itself had thrown support behind its algorithm being “held to account.” Legislators have shown increasing interest in passing a bill that would hold Facebook more accountable for the content it amplifies using its algorithm.


The NFL Will Survive Jon Gruden’s Bigotry. But It Must Force Change

The NFL has a nightmare on its hands, thanks to bigoted missives from one if it most prominent (now former) coaches. It started on Friday, when the Wall Street Journal reported that then Las Vegas Raiders coach Gruden sent an email to former Washington Football Team president Bruce Allen that included a racist trope about NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.


Why William Shatner’s History-Making Spaceflight Is Something to Celebrate

You could be forgiven for never having heard of The Butler's Night Off, an obscure 1951 Canadian film that was a little bit of noir, a little bit of comedy and a whole lot of forgettable. Indeed it would have been forgotten entirely, were it not for a small part played by a 20-year-old actor whose character name was simply listed as "a crook" and whose real name, as posted in the credits, was Bill Shatner. The Butler went nowhere. Shatner went, well, everywhere.


Social Security Benefits Get the Biggest Cost-of-Living Adjustment in 39 Years

(WASHINGTON) — Millions of retirees on Social Security will get a 5.9% boost in benefits for 2022. The biggest cost-of-living adjustment in 39 years follows a burst in inflation as the economy struggles to shake off the drag of the coronavirus pandemic. The COLA, as it's commonly called, amounts to an added $92 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates Wednesday from the Social Security Administration.


Why Big Businesses in Texas Are Ignoring Gov. Abbott’s Vaccine Mandate Ban

Mandates have proven to be an effective but controversial method for compelling vaccine-shy Americans to receive their shots. But as the Biden Administration has doubled down on requiring COVID-19 vaccination—including proposing a rule that businesses with more than 100 employees mandate vaccination—for some Republicans, opposition to mandates is proving to be an essential credential for showcasing leaders’ conservative bonafides. On Oct. 11, Texas Gov.


An Innovative Washington Law Aims to Get Foreign-Trained Doctors Back in Hospitals

Growing up in Somalia's capital of Mogadishu, where people sometimes die of preventable or treatable illnesses like diarrhea, typhoid and malaria, taught Abdifitah Mohamed a painful lesson: adequate health care is indispensable. In 1996, Mohamed's mother died of septicemia after spending nine months hospitalized for a gunshot wound. Her death, Mohamed says, inspired him to go to medical school, and for about four years he worked to treat the sick and injured in Somalia, Sudan and Kenya.


U.S. Task Force Reconsiders Daily Low-Dose Aspirin Use for Preventing Heart Attacks in Adults Over 60

Older adults without heart disease shouldn't take daily low-dose aspirin to prevent a first heart attack or stroke, an influential health guidelines group said in preliminary updated advice released Tuesday. Bleeding risks for adults in their 60s and up who haven't had a heart attack or stroke outweigh any potential benefits from aspirin, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in its draft guidance.


Prince Harry, Meghan Join New York Investing Fund as ‘Impact Partners’

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and his wife, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, are the latest to join the boom in sustainable investing as they follow Wall Street in embracing a multitrillion-dollar industry. The couple is joining Ethic, a $1.3 billion investing fund in New York, as “impact partners” in the hope of raising awareness around issues such as racial injustice, climate change and income equality, said co-founder Jay Lipman. They had backed the firm earlier this year.


Biden Is Expelling Migrants On COVID-19 Grounds, But Health Experts Say That’s Wrong

Despite sharp criticism from top officials and allies within the Democratic Party, President Biden is continuing to expel hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving at the United States-Mexico border, using a specialized public health order that allows officials to circumvent the normal trappings of immigration procedure, including asylum interviews.


Brittany Murphy, Britney Spears and the Gendered Perils of Child Stardom

Slowly but surely, we’re looking back at the tragic it girls of the aughts and finding out how little we actually knew—or, sadly, cared—about the people they were. Paris Hilton came forward, in last year’s film This Is Paris, with allegations that she was abused as a teenager at a series of residential reform schools—and explained that her airhead-heiress persona was an act devised to achieve financial independence from her family.