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Five Best Ideas of the Day: March 27

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1. Why did Saudi Arabia lead airstrikes on the rebels who’ve seized Yemen? The answer isn’t as clear as it seems.

By Frederic Wehrey at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

2. Three black swimmers swept the 100-yard freestyle at the NCAA swim championships — and swept away a long-standing stereotype.

By Kavitha Davidson in Bloomberg View

3. Could a Facebook deal to host news content make news brands obsolete?

By Felix Salmon in Fusion

4. A new satellite study reveals the rapid breakdown of Antarctic ice. Low-lying nations should be worried.

By Robert McSweeney in the Carbon Brief

5. Here’s how reproductive health rights for women can help end poverty.

By Valerie Moyer in the Aspen Idea

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Michael Phelps Just Got Engaged to Former Miss California USA

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Rafael Neddermeyer—Getty Images Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps attends a Subway press conference to promote healthy living and lifestyle among childrenon December 04, 2013 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The Olympic champion is taking the plunge

Olympic champion Michael Phelps is engaged to girlfriend Nicole Johnson, the swimmer announced on Instagram Sunday.

The 22-time Olympic medalist posted a photo of the couple lying in the snow with the caption, “She said yes.” Johnson posted a similar photo to her Instagram with with the caption “I’m gonna be a Mrs.”

The couple began dating in 2009 but broke up in 2012 before getting back together, according to Page Six. Johnson was Miss California USA 2010.

She said yes😁😁😁 @nicole.m.johnson. (Photo credit to @arschmitty )

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I'm gonna be a Mrs. 🙊🙈 @m_phelps00 💍❤️ 📷: @arschmitty

A photo posted by Nicole Michele (@nicole.m.johnson) on

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Michael Phelps Pleads Guilty to DUI, Avoids Jail Time

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse in Baltimore, Md. for a trial on drunken driving and other charges on Dec. 19, 2014.
Patrick Semansky—AP Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps walks into a courthouse in Baltimore, Md. for a trial on drunken driving and other charges on Dec. 19, 2014.

This is the Olympic swimmer's second DUI arrest in 10 years

Michael Phelps pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in court in Baltimore District Court on Friday, according to the Washington Post.

Phelps was given a one-year suspended prison sentence and 18 months of supervised probation, and will not need to serve jail time.

The swimmer was arrested in Maryland on Sept. 30 after reportedly driving 84 mph on a road where the speed limit is 45 mph. He was also charged with excessive speed and crossing double lane lines.

According to USA Today, Phelps received probation before judgment, and his record will be cleared if he does not have any repeat violations within the next 18 months.

“I hope we don’t have this conversation again and I’m optimistic that we won’t have this conversation again,” Judge Nathan Braverman said after his sentencing.

USA Swimming later suspended Phelps from their sanctioned events for six months.

It was Phelps’ second DUI arrest in ten years. The previous incident, which occurred when Phelps was 19-years-old, resulted in 18 months of probation.

After his arrest in September, Phelps took full responsibility for his actions and said he was “deeply sorry” to anyone he let down. On Oct. 5, he said he would enter a six-week treatment program.

Phelps, who has 22 Olympic medals, including 18 golds, announced in April that he was coming out of retirement and would possibly target the 2016 Olympics. He had just started training for the Rio Games before his arrest.

This article originally appeared on SI.com

TIME swimming

Michael Phelps to Seek Help Following DUI Arrest

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Patrick Hamilton—AFP/Getty Images Michael Phelps of the US reacts following the men's 100 m butterfly heat at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast on Aug. 23, 2014.

"I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself"

Olympic gold medalist and swimmer Michael Phelps announced he would be seeking professional help following a DUI arrest last week.

“I’m going to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself,” the 29-year-old swimmer tweeted on Sunday.

Phelps’ blood-alcohol level was reportedly double the legal limit last Tuesday when he was pulled over after being caught driving 84 mph in a Maryland tunnel with a 45 mph speed limit. Phelps, who authorities say was cooperative during the incident, failed two sobriety tests and gave up on a third. He told police “that’s not happening” when he was asked to attempt standing on one leg.

Later that day, Phelps tweeted a multi-part apology that said he understood “the severity of [his] actions” and was “deeply sorry to everyone [he] let down,”

Phelps was previously charged with a DUI in 2004 after he ran a stop sign.

Phelps has earned 22 Olympic medals, including eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and four gold medals in the 2012 London Games. Phelps has not confirmed his participation in the Rio Games in 2016.

TIME swimming

Michael Phelps Tweets Apology After DUI Bust

Olympian was going almost double the speed limit and failed a sobriety test, authorities say

Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps tweeted to his fans Tuesday afternoon after he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Maryland early Tuesday morning.

Phelps, who is the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, was caught driving 84 mph in a tunnel with a 45mph speed limit, Maryland police said. He allegedly crossed double lines in the tunnel, and failed multiple sobriety tests. Authorities told NBC he was cooperative throughout the process. Phelps had been charged with a DUI once before, in 2004, after he ran a stop sign.

The swimmer acknowledged Tuesday’s incident on Twitter, and apologized for letting fans down:

Phelps has 22 Olympic medals to his name, and famously won eight gold medals in eight events at the Beijing Games in 2008. He won four more gold medals at the London Games in 2012, but has not yet confirmed whether he will swim in the Rio Games in 2016.

TIME olympics

Michael Phelps Busted on DUI Charge

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Patrick Hamilton—AFP/Getty Images Michael Phelps of the US reacts following the men's 100 m butterfly heat at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre on the Gold Coast in Australia on Aug. 23, 2014.

Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested and charged with DUI and other charges in Maryland early Tuesday morning, News4 has confirmed.

Phelps was driving 84 mph inside the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, said Maryland Transportation Authority Police. The speed limit in the tunnel is 45 mph.

Phelps was also charged with excessive speed and crossing double lane lines. He was arrested around 1:40 a.m., TMZ first reported. Phelps is the most decorated Olympic athlete in history with 22 medals: 18 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze…

Read the rest of the story from our partners at NBC News

TIME animals

This Corgi Swimming in a Pond Is the Definition of Delightful

Looks like it's having the best summer ever

What’s this? Oh, just a long-haired corgi going for a nice swim in Japan. Watch as it flaps its stubby little legs and struggles to keep its adorable, giant head above water. None of us will ever know joy like this.

To see more of this awesome pooch, check out its blog.

TIME Photos

Feel Good Friday: 14 Fun Photos to Start Your Weekend

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TIME society

These Awesome Photos of People Emerging From a Water Slide Capture the Essence of Summer

Krista Long

Simply titled “I Love Summer,” this series of high-speed photographs focuses on the specific — and, it turns out, highly captivating — experience of bursting out of a water slide.

Krista Long, a clinical social worker from Des Moines, Iowa, came up with the idea for the series last summer after spending time with her kids at a local pool. She found herself entertained for hours watching people emerge from the water slide, one by one, each with comically distinct facial expressions and body contortions. As a photography enthusiast, she began to think, Hey, this would be a great subject.

“I love how people’s emotion right before they splash down is either total excitement or fear or cringing,” Long says. “So I just really wanted to capture that moment.”

Capturing that moment, however, took a healthy dose of trial and error. After plenty of goof ups, Long eventually learned how to get her framing and timing just right. She also learned how to use Photoshop to add a black background, making the subjects and the water droplets stand out.

Ultimately, what Long says she hopes to convey here is that fun, carefree feeling so many of us enjoy in the longer, lazier days of summer.

“We just came off of the worst winter, and I know in many areas of the United States it was horrendous,” Long says. “It was so cold, it was so frozen, it lasted forever. I just thought, you know what, this really does capture just how wonderful it is to be enjoying summertime.”

Below are some of our favorite shots. Head over to Flickr to see more.

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TIME swimming

Australian Swimmer Ian Thorpe Comes Out as Gay

FILE - Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe Reveals He Is Gay On An Interview With Michael Parkinson On Australian Television
Quinn Rooney—Getty Images Olympic Swimmer Ian Thorpe

"I'm comfortable saying I'm a gay man," he revealed after years of denials

Australian swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe announced he was gay this weekend after years of denials, in a tell-interview that aired in Australia Sunday night.

“I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man,” he told British interviewer Michael Parkinson on Australia’s Channel Ten, the ABC reports. “And I don’t want young people to feel the same way that I did. You can grow up, you can be comfortable and you can be gay.”

Thorpe, whose swimming success earned him the nickname “the Thorpedo,” had earlier denied being gay in his 2012 autobiography. “For the record, I am not gay and all my sexual experiences have been straight,” he wrote.

Thorpe now says he had wanted to come out for a long time but “didn’t have the strength,” and was concerned about reactions from friends and family, who were surprised by his news but have been very supportive.

“I’m not straight, and this is only something that very recently — we’re talking in the past two weeks — I’ve been comfortable telling the closest people around me exactly that,” Thorpe said.

Thorpe said keeping his sexuality a secret contributed to the depression he battled, sometimes by abusing alcohol, since he was a teenager. He said he decided to come out because “the lie had become so big” and he “didn’t want people to question my integrity.”

“A part of me didn’t know if Australia wanted its champion to be gay,” Thorpe said, The Guardian reports. “I am telling not only Australia, I’m telling the world that I am and I hope this makes it easier for others now.”

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