The singer and songwriter Chan Marshall, also known as @catpowerofficial, has a new child, a new label and a new lease on life with her 10th album, “Wanderer.” Her 10th LP will be out on October 5; it contains, in the abstract poetic fragments of any #CatPower album, the reasons she could not just pack it all in. For one, she’s still too vibrant a songwriter, with too extraordinary a voice and too many feelings, to stop now. Her first release in more than 6 years, “Wanderer” also represents a career rebirth of sorts. She had an ugly breakup with Matador, which she would call her ex-label. “I understood that I was a product,” she said, “and I always thought I was a person.” None of which is to say that she’s lost her frenzied edge or relentless vulnerability. In person, Chan is at turns glamorous, self-effacing, eloquent, self-hating, jittery, effusive, impenetrable, endearing, curious, frustrated and frustrating, a near-constant stream of consciousness and conversational tics. An eternally exposed nerve who refuses to present as fully healed or whole — even in the era of self-care and commodified feminism — she has always sounded as if she’d seen some things. Now, at 46, she truly has the life experience to back up her songs, steeped as they are in the soul and blues traditions, a rarity in indie rock. @ryanpfluger took this photo of #CatPower. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
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A year ago today, the deadliest storm to hit Puerto Rico in over 100 years slammed into the island’s southeast coast. A year later, many are living in ruin, still awaiting repairs. In late August, a team of @nytimes journalists visited Punta Santiago, a small town in southeast Puerto Rico near where #HurricaneMaria made landfall. In house after house, it looks like the #hurricane just hit. Almost 650 homes flooded with water from the sea; others were inundated by an overflowing lake, a river, ponds — and raw sewage. In neighborhoods where residents live on meager pensions and disability checks, roofs are now covered with plywood or plastic. Families live in single rooms in unfurnished houses. @fema’s work in #PuertoRico was the longest sustained domestic airborne food and water mission in the nation’s history. The agency has never distributed more food or installed more generators. Yet the federal government failed to take into account the poverty that plagued the island before the storm. @erikaprodriguez took this photo of Ivette Estrada Peña. Swipe left to see photos of 2 more residents — Miriam Medina and Veronica Ortiz with her husband, Modesto Guzman — by from @victorblue. And visit the link in our profile to read more about all of the people shown in the final photo.
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Dip your carrots in it; drizzle it on your 🌮, tater tots and 🍕; or, if you’re feeling adventurous, add it to your instant 🍜: this is Ranch nation. Ranch is now far and away the most popular salad dressing in America. But what makes ranch ranch? The famed dressing was actually invented in the 1950s on a — you guessed it — ranch in California by Steve Henson, who mixed dry herbs in to a creamy base. The dressing was so popular that people began carrying it home in mayonnaise jars. Overwhelmed by the demand, Henson began packaging dry ingredients so that the dressing could be mailed to customers. “The dressing pretty much took over the ranch,” said Nolan Henson, Steve’s son. What really took ranch to the next level was the introduction of the Cool Ranch Dorito, which, with its combination of cream and crunch, paved the way for the dressing to be used as a dip. At Emmy Squared in Manhattan's West Village, @jeenahmoon photographed a slice of the Colony pizza being dunked into house-made ranch dressing with fresh herbs. Visit the link in our profile to read more about America's favorite dressing.
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Communities across the Carolinas are facing extensive flooding from Hurricane Florence. The storm dropped more than 8 trillion gallons of rain on North Carolina alone. At least 16 rivers in the state have reached hazardous levels. Tens of thousands of homes have been damaged or destroyed, and many highways and interstates are still impassable, stalling recovery efforts. Our video journalists @nikokoppel and Bedel Saget shot these drone videos this week. Visit the link in our profile to more #aerial scenes from the flooding in #NorthCarolina.
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Brody Allen’s parents were told he had 2 months to live. So they decided to celebrate Christmas early — and their Ohio neighborhood followed suit, decorating their homes, sending holiday cards and planning a parade with Santa for the 2-year-old. “In his mind it is just Christmas,” said McKenzie, Brody’s sister. “He woke up one day and the Christmas tree was out.” Brody’s family first learned he was sick after he complained in May about being dizzy. The family was sent to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for tests, which revealed that Brody had 4 embryonal tumors with multilayered rosettes. The hospital, which has helped pay medical bills that Medicaid doesn’t cover, gave Brody the most aggressive chemotherapy treatment it could. It wasn’t effective. One of his tumors grew by 30% and he developed a 5th tumor in his brain. Radiation wasn’t an option, so the Allen family set out to keep Brody happy. They started a Facebook page — “Team Brody” — and asked neighbors for help. “It is really hard, but I love seeing the joy in his eyes,” said his mom, Shilo Allen. “We did it to make him happy.” @maddiemcgarvey took this picture of Shilo and Brody outside their home in the suburbs of Cincinnati. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
The Kishenganga River, near the village of Sheikhpora. In 1895, the British author Sir Walter Lawrence called the Gurez Valley “one of the most beautiful scenes in all of Kashmir,” where the tourmaline waters of the Kishenganga River are framed by “mountain scarps of indescribable grandeur.” At the beginning in 1947, the valley was declared off-limits to outsiders. The ban would last for 60 years. Pakistan and India fought over the possession of #Kashmir; when a cease-fire went into effect in 1949, Kashmir was provisionally divided between the 2 countries. Gurez fell, just barely, on the Indian side of the border. Today, the de facto boundary — called the Line of Control — is one of the most militarized frontiers on earth. Michael Benanav, a writer and photographer, visited after Indian newspapers reported that the valley was opening to tourists in 2007. “In June 2008, local officials and residents said that my friend, Red Miller, and I were the first Westerners they had ever seen there,” he writes in @nytimestravel. A decade later, Michael decided to revisit. People there were still surprised to see visitors; some even remembered him. Visit the link in our profile to read the story in @nytimestravel.
President Trump traveled to the storm-tossed Carolinas today, swooping in to inspect a landscape transformed by howling winds, torrential rains and swollen rivers. @realdonaldtrump arrived in time to see the aftermath of Hurricane #Florence, whose water has been more devastating than the wind itself. 16 rivers in North Carolina are in major flood stage, and critical highways remain impassable, according to @nc_governor Roy Cooper. The president walked along River Drive, a low-lying neighborhood of brick and clapboard houses damaged by flooding. Behind one small brick house, a yacht had washed ashore and was shipwrecked against the wooden deck. “I think it’s incredible what we’re seeing,” the president said. “This boat just came here. They don’t know whose boat that is,” he added. “What’s the law? Maybe it becomes theirs.” @nytmills took this photo of #PresidentTrump looking at the yacht that shipwrecked. Visit the link in our profile to read more.
#SpeakingInDance | “You’re supposed to shoot out and fly,” said @indiana_woodward of her entrance in #GeorgeBalanchine’s spectacular “Symphony in C,” set to Bizet. A soloist at @nycballet, Indiana makes her New York City debut in the ballet’s third movement opposite Sebastian Villarini-Velez on Sept. 21. “It’s like being shot out of a canon,” Sebastian added. The third movement is for jumpers, and because, as Indiana pointed out, “it is really hard, thinking of just flying is a nice thing.” Many of the steps are identical for the man and the woman, which is rare and helps cement their bond onstage. “The most important part is the connection that you establish with your partner,” Sebastian said. “We get through it together.” When he learned he would be dancing the part, he had just returned to the company after a long layoff. “I went home to Puerto Rico and lounged for 5 weeks,” he said, “and came back to this monster.” And those jumps? They’re equal parts distance and height. “It’s like Balanchine always said, ‘Dance big,’” Indiana told the @nytimes writer @giadk. “And it always works.” @laurenmnolan made this video for #SpeakingInDance, our weekly series exploring the world of #dance.
@karstenmoran took this photo last night at #YankeeStadium, where the @yankees beat the @redsox, 3-2. There was some tension in the 9th inning thanks to a pair of defensive miscues, but the #Yankees held on to beat the Boston. Combined with Oakland’s loss to the @angels, the win gave New York some room to work with in their quest for home field advantage in the wild-card game. Tuesday’s game marked the return to the field by @thejudge44, but all of the Yankees’ scoring came on Neil Walker’s 3-run homer in the 7th inning. The blast, Walker’s 10th, gave the Yankees 11 players to reach double-figures in home runs in 1 season, tying the major league record. With less than 2 weeks remaining in the regular #MLB season, visit the link in our profile to see where the teams stand. The battle between Los Angeles and Colorado remains baseball’s closest race. #⚾️
Some of the young hockey players receiving trophies in Shenzhen, China, looked stunned, as if they’d seen a ghost. But, yes, it actually was Wayne Gretzky whose giant hands had shaken theirs. Gretzky, the @nhl’s leading goal scorer, was in #Shenzhen to open a youth hockey school, on the same day that the @nhlbruins played the @nhlflames in a preseason game nearby. The overall message seemed to be that, decades after the @nba began building a following in China, the #NHL is determined to play catch up. The preseason game in Shenzhen felt like any other @nhl game, with a few exceptions. For one thing, fans received complimentary copies of a Guide to Hockey. In the nosebleed section, a group of high school classmates were debating the game’s most elemental details. One said she’d initially assumed that a hockey puck was made from ice. “Maybe it’s plastic,” a friend offered. The answer was waiting in the guide: “The puck shall be made of vulcanized rubber, 1 inch thick and 3 inches in diameter and shall weigh between 5 and one-half ounces and 6 ounces.” @billyhckwok took this photo of hockey fans playing road hockey near the stadium in #Shenzhen. 🏒
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Ginger and chiles! Feta and olives! Fish sauce and lime! Every week, @emweinstein of @nytcooking compiles a list of 5 easy weeknight meals. We’re talking about bolts of weeknight brilliance — techniques and ingredients that make a dish even more delicious or easier to prepare. The most recent list of #recipes is full of flavors to love — including pasta with green beans and almond gremolata, photographed here by @linda.xiao. The dish gets snap from green beans and crunch from the herby almond topping. 🍝 Busy but hungry? Watch our Instagram Story to see 4 more weeknight dish ideas. And visit the link in our profile to get a list like this in your inbox every Friday. 🤤
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One fighter is missing an arm. Another, a leg. A third lost his left hand to a land mine. It might be just another scene from Colombia’s decades of guerrilla warfare were it not for a puzzling fact: The fighters say they belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of #Colombia, or FARC. But that group laid down its arms after it signed a 2016 peace deal. Recently, a group of dissident guerrillas invited our journalists @caseysalbum and @historiassencillas to their camp in mountains north of Medellín to tell the story of why they abandoned the deal. Insight Crime, a foundation that tracks organized crime groups, estimates that there may be up to 2,800 dissident FARC fighters like them. One theme connects their narratives: The government promised them a new civilian life, but they found themselves under threat by a range of paramilitary groups that rushed to take control of territory the rebels left behind. Their goal now: find recruits. “The idea is to find ways to communicate, start meeting and operate like we did before,” said one of the fighters, who goes by Cuatro. The road ahead is likely to be rough — but no matter, said another fighter. “Those who have armed again, we are ready to die in this struggle.”