January 28, 2016

TOXIC TAP WATER

Josh Sanburn’s Feb. 1 cover story on the water crisis in Flint, Mich., was, said Tom Svoboda of Alsip, Ill., a “wonderful piece exposing willful wrongdoing at the highest state level for greed and profit.” Especially striking to MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin, who interviewed Sanburn, was that the Environmental Protection Agency “may have also dropped the ball.” And the Michael Moore essay that accompanied the story, in which the filmmaker called the crisis a “racial crime,” impressed even his critics, like Charles Rulander of Houston. “Moore can be overtly subjective,” he wrote, “[but] I think he is nearly spot-on here.”

Many were also moved by Detroit Free Press photographer Regina H. Boone’s cover photo–which the Source called “chilling”–of Flint resident Sincere Smith, 2. Widely shared on social media, the cover prompted Flint TV reporter Dave Bondy to tweet a simple comment: “Wow.”

ACADEMY OMISSIONS

Eliza Berman’s look at the factors behind the paucity of nominations for nonwhite actors at this year’s Oscars prompted a shout-out from actor Reese Witherspoon, who wrote on her Facebook page that she “really appreciated” the story. But on Twitter, DJ Seth Troxler questioned why the discussion did not extend to the often stereotypical nature of the parts that do exist for nonwhite actors. “No roles, no Oscars,” he wrote. “It’s basic.”

TAHRIR’S LEGACY

On the five-year anniversary of the revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian activists like Asmaa Mahfouz (left) and Gamal Eid still feel the fallout. See more portraits of the revolutionaries and learn their stories at lightbox.time.com. Read about a father’s hunt for justice after the uprising took his son’s life, at time.com/tahrir.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

In light of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mich., a number of charities are providing residents with bottled water, filters, health testing and more. Find a list of organizations at time.com/help-flint.

NOW PLAYING

A new TIME.com video explores the next big question in the police body-cam debate: Where will all that footage be stored? Watch it at time.com/body-cams.

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

In The Brief (Jan. 25), the wrong picture appeared with a Roundup item on Princess Srirasmi of Thailand. The photo mistakenly showed Thailand’s Princess Sirivannavari.

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This appears in the February 08, 2016 issue of TIME.

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