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Florida, Syria, Fox News: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Without Harvey Weinstein, Is There a Weinstein Company?

The Weinstein Company’s board had a heated meeting on Thursday night. On Friday, three members of the board — Marc Lasry, Dirk Ziff and Tim Sarnoff — resigned, according to a board member and a company executive. In a statement, Bob Weinstein and three other board members said that a group of lawyers from Debevoise & Plimpton, including one with experience prosecuting sex crimes, would lead an investigation into Harvey Weinstein’s behavior.Continue reading the main story“As Harvey has said, it is important for him to get professional help for the problems he has acknowledged,” the statement said. “Next steps will depend on Harvey’s therapeutic progress, the outcome of the board’s independent investigation and Harvey’s own personal decisions.”The Weinstein brothers first came to prominence with Miramax in 1989, the year they helped to activate the indie-film boom with “Sex, Lies and Videotape.” They sold Miramax to Disney in 1993 and left in 2005 to form the Weinstein Company. They unsuccessfully dabbled in side businesses, including a fashion label, but eventually found their film footing with releases like “Inglourious Basterds.”PhotoDavid Glasser, the president of the Weinstein Company, convened a staff meeting on Thursday night.Credit David Walter Banks for The New York TimesLately they have hit a dry spell […]

In Beaumont, Tex., Hopscotching for Food, Water and Shelter

PhotoA flooded neighborhood in Beaumont, Tex.Credit Eric Thayer for The New York TimesBEAUMONT, Tex. — Carrie Chambliss climbed into her husband’s truck on Friday and drove a winding route some 70 miles, plowing through deep water, to get from her home in Mauriceville to a grocery store in Beaumont that had “barely anything” left.For the second day in a row, Beaumont is without running water. With the city choked off by the floodwaters that have swamped smaller towns surrounding it, its grocery stores are quickly running out of staples like bread and eggs while lines of cars snake around a park where officials were handing out bottles of water. Residents are being urged to boil their own water — if they have any.Ms. Chambliss was among the many in this part of southeast Texas who, if they had not fled for drier ground, have gone days without electricity or water. She also has not been able to get to her job, as an X-ray technician in Orange. And her family was worried about her son, who has a brain tumor. […]

Harvey Live Updates: Death Toll Rises in Texas

• Flooding remained severe in eastern Texas and western Louisiana, but the storm is starting to lose its tropical characteristics as it moves toward the Ohio Valley, according to the National Weather Service.• Anxiety about another hurricane is growing as Irma builds strength on the open Atlantic. Forecasters warned that it was still far too early to know whether its path would lead it toward the United States.• The electricity provider Entergy said about 61,000 customers without power in eastern Texas on Friday morning, down from a peak of 84,000. About 9,500 customers in western Louisiana were also without electricity.• There were about 136,000 flooded structures just in Harris County, the state’s most populous, the county Flood Control District estimated on Thursday night.• Nationally, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline continues to hit new highs for the year, reaching $2.52 on Friday morning, up from $2.45 on Thursday, according to the AAA motor club.• About 42,000 people were housed overnight at Red Cross and partner shelters in Texas, Suzy DeFrancis, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross told CNN Friday, an increase since the day before. She said that the organization would probably be in an emergency relief mode until at least Thanksgiving.• In Beaumont, the Neches River was expected to crest on Friday more than seven feet higher than the previous record, and to remain above the old record for several days, the National Weather Service reported. […]

Harvey Live Updates: New Worries About Storm Damage as Beaumont’s Drinking Water Shuts Off

With drinking water cut off, its river still rising, and most routes in and out of the city flooded, Beaumont suffered the worst of Texas’ hardships on Thursday, and they showed no sign of abating.Flooding shut down the pumping plants that supply water to Beaumont in the morning, prompting a hospital to transport its patients out of the city, and trucks carrying bottled water struggled to reach the largely isolated city.The Neches River surged far beyond its banks, into streets, houses and businesses in the city of almost 120,000 people 70 miles east-northeast of Houston, reaching six feet above the previous record by afternoon, the National Weather Service reported. It was projected to rise another foot by Friday afternoon.The loss of water was just one of a host of new dangers emerging in the aftermath of Harvey, a storm system that pounded southeast Texas with record rainfall for several days before blowing across Louisiana and into Mississippi. Once a Category 4 hurricane, Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical depression.A series of small explosions shook a chemical plant about 25 miles northeast of downtown Houston on Thursday and more blasts were expected, after floodwaters shut down the cooling systems that kept the chemicals stable […]

Deluged Texas Braces for More Rain, and Years of Recovery

In San Antonio, sprawling vacant warehouses had been turn into shelters that could hold more than 4,100 evacuees.How many residents had fled to hotels or the homes of friends or relatives was anyone’s guess.The City of Houston put out a call for doctors, nurses and social workers to go to the George R. Brown Convention Center, where thousands of people took shelter.At a school gym in San Antonio that had become a shelter for hundreds, people watched television coverage and searched social media feeds in hopes of collecting clues about the homes and neighbors they left behind. They dialed and redialed phone numbers that went straight to voice mail, or just rang, unanswered.Melanie Steele, 43, said she and her husband evacuated their home along a bayou in Houston’s Linkwood neighborhood with little more than their dog, Baxter, and a baggie of dog food. On Sunday night, she received an alert on her phone that the alarm had gone off in the house.“I’m assuming that means the water is pushing in” and that all she has is lost, she said as she sat in hotel room in Houston, hugging Baxter. “That literally put me into a tailspin.”GraphicMaps: Harvey’s Destructive Path Through TexasMaps and animated satellite imagery show the scale and reach of the storm.OPEN GraphicEight oil refineries, with about one-eighth of the nation’s refining capacity, shut down because of the storm, which could affect gas prices around the country. Both of Houston’s airports were closed, and hundreds of passengers were stranded.Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday night as a Category 4, the most powerful storm to strike the United States in more than a decade, and though it has been downgraded to a tropical storm, it lingered over the coastal region.By Monday, it had swamped the Houston region with more than 30 inches of rain in some places, and forecasters warned that the totals in some areas could top 50 inches before the storm moves on some time later this week.It is expected to move to the northeast, toward far eastern Texas and Louisiana, and bands of heavy rain were already lashing those regions. In New Orleans, which faced flooding earlier this month after heavy rains overwhelmed its drainage system, news that the far-flung storm could bring up to 10 inches of rain raised tension levels […]

Live Briefing: Harvey Brings Catastrophic Floods to Houston; at Least Five Reported Dead

“Where?” the sheriff responded on Twitter. “Keep calling 911.” — JULIE TURKEWITZ in HoustonSome hospitals are protected, but patients can’t get there.William McKeon, president and chief executive of the Texas Medical Center in Houston, said the flood control systems in the massive hospital complex had been activated. “Those submarine doors were locked yesterday afternoon when we started to see the rain,” he said.Continue reading the main storyPatients, however, were having difficulty reaching medical care. “Many outlying streets that are the channels to get to the medical center are flooded,” Mr. […]