North Korea, Sprint, Michelle Wolf: Your Monday Briefing

Our correspondent spoke with Mr. Gerim about what motivated him to join the demonstration at the fence separating Gaza and Israel, during which 46 people have died over the past five weeks.

The protests have not altered Israel’s longtime blockade of the territory and its two million residents. They are meant to build to a climax on May 15, Israel’s 70th anniversary and the day hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were expelled or fled.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the end of a four-day, four-nation tour through the Middle East, expressed support today for Israel and its response to the protests.

When is a heart not worth fixing?

• “Please don’t let me die. I promise, I won’t ever do it again.”

That’s the promise of Jerika Whitefield, one of a growing number of people who developed a heart infection from injecting drugs.

With methamphetamine use resurgent and the opioid crisis in the U.S. showing no signs of abating, doctors are facing the ethically fraught question of whether costly surgery is well spent on drug users whose addiction goes untreated.


Jerika Whitefield developed endocarditis and was saved by open-heart surgery, but doctors warned her not to use methamphetamines again.
Credit Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times

In Ohio race, it’s left versus left

• The Democratic primary for governor next week pits Richard Cordray, a onetime director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, against Dennis Kucinich, a former congressman and presidential candidate.

Both men are progressive, and the race offers a look at what type of candidate can speak to the Democrats’ base in a Midwestern bellwether state.

The contest also serves as an early proxy for supporters of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, two possible presidential candidates in 2020.

The Daily

Listen to ‘The Daily’: A Family Divided by the Korean War

A peace treaty between North and South Korea could bring reunions for the thousands of families who have been separated for more than six decades.


Coordinated bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, this morning killed or wounded dozens of people, including emergency workers and journalists who had reached the site of the first explosion, officials said. Credit Omar Sobhani/Reuters


U.S. allies are bracing for the end of temporary exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs.

Sprint and T-Mobile have reached a deal to merge, betting that regulators will finally allow the American wireless market to shrink to three players.

We explain how such a merger might affect your cellphone bill.

As Amazon looks for a second headquarters, it’s trying to avoid the problems associated with its hometown, Seattle: soaring housing costs and paralyzing traffic.

Closing arguments in the AT&T-Time Warner merger case are among the headlines to watch this week.

U.S. stocks were mixed on Friday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets today.

Smarter Living

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

Help someone with cancer through imaginative caregiving.

Spot and overcome your hidden weaknesses.

Recipe of the day: Asparagus with brown butter goes with just about any main course.

Over the Weekend

More than 150 migrants, part of a caravan that headed north through Mexico from the border with Guatemala, have reached the frontier with the U.S. and hope to seek asylum.


Some of the migrants who reached Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday. Credit Meghan Dhaliwal for The New York Times

Thousands turned out for a vigil for the 10 people killed by the driver of a van in Toronto last week.

Dr. Ronny Jackson, who withdrew from consideration for secretary of veterans affairs, is unlikely to return to his role as the president’s doctor.

The Australian government pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to try to rescue the Great Barrier Reef.

The comedian Michelle Wolf drew criticism from Trump administration figures and some journalists for jokes she made at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.


Michelle Wolf Roasts Trump Administration

At the yearly White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, the comedian’s jokes took unflinching aim at some of the notables in the room — and quickly opened a divide, largely but not entirely along partisan lines.

By C-SPAN on Publish Date April 29, 2018. Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters. Watch in Times Video »

“Avengers: Infinity War” earned $630 million, the biggest global movie opening of all time. The Marvel film’s domestic take, $250 million, placed it behind only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” when adjusted for inflation.


Detroit’s revival

For 36 years, the city has been under some sort of oversight from state and federal authorities. A vote this afternoon is expected to end the intense scrutiny of its budget.

On a visit last week, we found further signs of recovery. “What brought me back? Economic indicators,” said one Detroiter who had moved away.

Staring down Bill Cosby

The prosecutor Kristen Gibbons Feden delivered a fiery closing argument last week in the entertainer’s sexual assault retrial.

“I’m a very loud person, and I don’t like seeing people get picked on,” she said in her first interview since the jury returned a guilty verdict.

Scenes unseen: the summer of ’78

Six months ago, a conservancy official came across two cardboard boxes that had been sitting around for decades.

Inside were 2,924 color slides, pictures taken in parks across New York City. Here’s a selection of those images, unseen for 40 years.

Quotation of the day

“We’ve literally had some continue using drugs while in the hospital. That’s like trying to do a liver transplant on someone who’s drinking a fifth of vodka on the stretcher.”

Dr. Thomas Pollard, a cardiothoracic surgeon in Knoxville, Tenn., on the difficulties of treating patients who develop a dangerous heart infection from injecting drugs like meth and opioids.

The Times, in other words

Here’s an image of today’s front page, and links to our Opinion content and crossword puzzles.

What we’re reading

Jenna Wortham, a staff writer on our Magazine, recommends this piece in Elle: “The Netflix documentary series ‘Wild, Wild Country’ is ostensibly a show about a controversial guru and disastrous utopia in 1980s Oregon. But the true star is his personal secretary, Ma Anand Sheela: driven, hilarious, dangerous. This essay by the writer Tanaïs dissects the strange satisfaction of seeing her rage unfurl onscreen.”

Back Story

Natural wonder, honeymoon site and tourist attraction in two countries.

By the time Niagara Falls was established as a New York State park on this day in 1885, it was already popular.


Nik Wallenda crossed Niagara Falls on a high wire in 2012. Credit Mark Blinch/Reuters

A French priest is credited with telling the world about the waterfalls in the late 1600s.

The region later became a place of escape for slaves fleeing the American South. (The Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center opens this weekend.)

In the 1800s, tourists and honeymooners began to come in large numbers, with an 1851 report of up to 100,000 seasonal visitors.

Daredevils helped make it popular. People walked on cables across it and went over the edge in barrels — including Anna Edson Taylor, the first recorded person to go over the falls and survive. Eventually such stunts were banned as too perilous.

Just how dangerous Niagara can be is evident in this 1954 video showing the collapse of a section of American Falls.

But despite an increase in kitschy attractions, perhaps not much has changed since a traveler in 1889 wrote: “One might, I imagine, spend two months here and not grow tired of the ever-varying beauty; but he would get tired of the ever-monotonous crowd.”

Sarah Anderson wrote today’s Back Story.


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Correction: April 30, 2018

An earlier version of this briefing misstated part of the name of the movie with the biggest global opening of all time. It is “Avengers: Infinity War,” not Wars.

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