August 11, 2016

‘It’s O.K. to sing, and it’s O.K. to cry.’

Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, telling his teammates how to act during medal ceremonies

SUICIDE SQUAD

opened to nearly $135 million at the U.S. box office despite a lackluster critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes (26% positive). It’s the latest superhero flick whose first-weekend haul bucked bad reviews:

$133,682,248

Suicide Squad (26% rating)

$166,007,347

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (27%)

$65,769,562

X-Men: Apocalypse (48%)

‘I get so tired of talking about diversity.’

Kenya Barris, creator of ABC’s Emmy-nominated comedy black-ish, saying people who focus solely on the race of the show’s cast members are missing the point

$89,000

Estimated value of an ice cream truck purchased by the Boston Police Foundation; it will be used by local cops to build goodwill with the community

Skateboarding

Officials said the sport will be included in the 2020 Olympics

GOOD WEEK

BAD WEEK

Hoverboarding

A New Jersey store selling the devices caught fire

‘None of us will vote for donald trump.’

50 Top GOP national-security officials–including former CIA Director Michael Hayden, erstwhile Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and two ex–Secretaries of Homeland Security–in a statement condemning the Republican presidential candidate as a “dangerous” man who “would put at risk our country’s national security and well-being”

‘We have to heal our city.’

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore mayor, after a Department of Justice study concluded that the city’s police department regularly violated citizens’ constitutional rights and that its relationship with the community was “broken”

‘We, the revolutionary forces, decided to be united and act as united.’

Anas al-Abdah, leader of Syria’s main opposition group, the Syrian Coalition, after the rebels successfully broke a government siege on the Syrian city of Aleppo

SOURCES: NEW YORK TIMES, VARIETY, WALL STREET JOURNAL

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This appears in the August 22, 2016 issue of TIME.

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