North Korea, Florida, Martin Shkreli: Your Friday Evening Briefing

A lawsuit filed by the adult film star, above, who says she had an affair with President Trump years ago, opens what could be a precarious legal front for him.

On “The Daily,” we discuss the elaborate systems developed to silence women who level accusations against powerful men.



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4. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida signed firearm restrictions into law, breaking with the N.R.A. in a state known for gun rights.

The $400 million Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act raises the minimum age to buy a gun to 21, bans “bump stocks” and funds school police officers and mental health services. But it also allows some staff members to carry guns in schools.

“You made your voices heard,” he told students from Parkland. “You helped change your state. You made a difference. You should be proud.”



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5. Martin Shkreli, the “Pharma Bro” who became notorious for sharply increasing drug prices — and his sneering defenses of his actions — was sentenced to seven years in prison for fraud.

The convictions stemmed from his involvement with Retrophin, a pharmaceutical company he founded in 2011, and two hedge funds he ran.

A federal judge authorized the government to seize Mr. Shkreli’s assets, including a one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album, if he was unable to come up with $7.36 million in restitution.



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6. Rebel snipers are preventing civilians from fleeing an enclave near Damascus that is under brutal aerial assault by Syrian government forces.

We talked to a U.N. official who entered the area with a relief convoy this week. He said that even if civilians could leave, they might choose to stay. They fear for their safety in government-held territory, and worry they’d never be allowed to return home.



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7. For years, many majority-white megachurches around the country had been trying to become more diverse, and finding some success. Above, Gateway Church in Southlake, Tex.

Then came the 2016 election. As white churchgoers, especially evangelicals, cheered the outcome, black worshipers began to trickle away.

In this essay, our reporter explains how he came upon the story — and how it made him think back to the little Baptist church he grew up in.



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8. The Winter Paralympicsbegan in Pyeongchang with a glittering performance that championed coexistence. Above, the American team.

A record 567 athletes will participate in 10 days of competition in Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, Para ice hockey, snowboarding and wheelchair curling.

Unlike at the Olympic opening ceremony, North and South Korea entered the stadium separately, after failing to agree on conditions for a dual march.



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9. A new photography showat the Museum of Modern Art in New York moves away from “navel-gazing digital obsession” to explore reality-based portraiture, politics and gender.

“Being” features 17 artists, all under 45, and proved to our writer that “old-fashioned photography in the hands of an artist can feel completely up-to-date.”

Above, Stephanie Syjuco’s “Cargo Cults: Cover-Up.” The staged self-portrait questions how Western manufacturers both appropriate and create “primitive” designs.



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10. Finally, this week in good news, we report on a penguin supercolony, the indigenous athletes “decolonizing” the Roller Derby World Cup, above, and a 131-year-old message in a bottle, found on a beach in Australia.

On the late-night shows, the hosts had to scramble to account for news of the unexpected agreement between Kim Jong-un and President Trump. “This can only mean one thing. Dennis Rodman is going to get the Nobel Peace Prize,” Stephen Colbert joked.

And a friendly reminder: Daylight saving time starts on Sunday. (Florida wants to “spring forward” all year round.)

Have a great weekend.


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