Hurricane Harvey, Samsung, Tappan Zee Bridge: Your Friday Briefing

We have new details about the 10 sailors presumed to have died when a U.S. destroyer collided with an oil tanker on Monday.

• Fencing himself in with a wall.

President Trump’s threat to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn’t fund a border wall with Mexico is a gift to Democrats and adds pressure on Republicans, our chief Washington correspondent writes.

One of our White House reporters also explains how John Kelly, the new chief of staff, is trying to control the flow of information to the president.

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John Kelly, the White House chief of staff, during the president’s news conference at Trump Tower on Aug. 15. Credit Al Drago for The New York Times

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, we discuss the conflict between President Trump and Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Business

• The heir to the Samsung business empire was convicted of bribery and embezzlement today.

Lee Jae-yong was sentenced in South Korea to five years in prison, a break with a history of light penalties for major business figures.

• President Trump must soon decide whether to renominate Janet Yellen, the chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, or pick someone more worried about inflation.

The question at the central bank’s annual policy conference beginning today is how quickly the Fed will raise interest rates.

• Coding boot camps offer a chance to join the digital economy. But as some close, the schools face a reality check.

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The main offering at the Flatiron School in Manhattan is a 15-week immersive coding program that costs $15,000.
Credit Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

• U.S. stocks were down on Thursday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

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

• Protect your digital accounts by text or app.

• Investing in stocks? Ask yourself these questions.

• Recipe of the day: Make your own blueberry jam.

Noteworthy

• “Prince of Broadway.”

In today’s 360 video, visit the Samuel J. Friedman Theater in New York, which is staging a retrospective of the life of the director and producer Harold Prince.

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Harold Prince, the Prince of Broadway

Rediscover the award-winning work of Harold Prince in his show “Prince of Broadway,” a musical retrospective of his life and career.

By JEAN YVES CHAINON and GUGLIELMO MATTIOLI on Publish Date August 24, 2017. Photo by Photo by Jean Yves Chainon / New York Times. Technology by Samsung.. Watch in Times Video »

One of our theater critics reviewed the musical, which opened Thursday night.

• Partisan writing you shouldn’t miss.

Writers from across the political spectrum discuss the increasingly contentious relationship between President Trump and Republican congressional leaders.

• A $480.5 million winner.

Mavis Wanczyk, a 53-year-old health care worker in Chicopee, Mass., took a lump-sum payment after winning the largest single lottery prize in North American history.

And, yes, she immediately quit her job.

• A $4 billion marvel.

The new Tappan Zee is set to open early Saturday, the first bridge of such scale in the New York area since 1964.

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The new Tappan Zee bridge, which spans one of the widest points of the Hudson River, will eventually handle 140,000 cars a day. Credit Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

• Ready for the weekend.

Could you pick one film that embodies New York City? Our movie critics (and the mayor’s office) would like you to try.

You can stream thousands of movies using a library card. Here’s how.

Speaking of libraries, our Book Review writers recommend 10 new titles and talked to the mystery writer Louise Penny about her reading habits.

On TV, David Simon and George Pelecanos (of “The Wire” fame) discuss their coming series, “The Deuce,” about the sleaze of 1970s Times Square. We also review “The Tick,” Amazon’s take on the cult-favorite comics character.

Later today, our critics will round up reaction to the release of Taylor Swift’s new single.

Finally, Saturday is the highly anticipated fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, the mixed martial arts champion boxing in his first professional match. Doctors fear it’s a dangerous mismatch.

Best of late-night TV.

Trevor Noah discussed the many sides of President Trump.

• Quotation of the day.

“When you turn the management over to the tree-huggers, the bird and bunny lovers and the rock lickers, you turn your heritage over.”

Mike Noel, a Republican state representative in Utah who wants the federal government to reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument.

Back Story

It all began with a question about L. Frank Baum’s off-the-cuff story about a faraway magical land. What, a child asked, was the name of this extraordinary place? Baum looked at a filing cabinet label, rejected “A-G” and went with “O-Z.”

That’s one origin story of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the children’s book that became a celebrated movie, which opened in wide release in the U.S. on this day in 1939.

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A first edition of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum. Credit Julien’s Auctions/REX Shutterstock, via Associated Press

It took more than a few screenwriters (11 by one count) to adapt Baum’s vision into a girl’s dream of a land over the rainbow from Depression-era Kansas.

Theories about the story abound. Is the yellow brick road a metaphor for the gold standard in the late 1800s? Does the movie sync up with Pink Floyd’s album “The Dark Side of the Moon”?

Some scholars are skeptical that Baum set out to write a populist allegory. (You’re on your own testing the Pink Floyd claim.)

But the charms of Baum’s tale endure. As a Times film critic wrote after the film’s debut, “It is all so well-intentioned, so genial, and so gay that any reviewer who would look down his nose at the fun-making should be spanked and sent off, supperless, to bed.”

Tim Williams contributed reporting.

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