Your Tuesday Briefing: A mass shooting near Chicago

Plus Russia regroups in the east and China arrests a mysterious tycoon.
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By Amelia Nierenberg

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Good morning. We’re covering a mass shooting near Chicago, Russia’s new strategy in eastern Ukraine and the trial of a mysterious Chinese tycoon.

Law enforcement searched for a gunman after the mass shooting outside Chicago.Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press

A mass shooting near Chicago

At least six people have been killed in a mass shooting at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park, Ill., an affluent, mostly white suburb north of Chicago. The police said at least two dozen more people were injured yesterday. Here are live updates on the shooting.

Police officers recovered a gun and are searching for a suspect. A perimeter was put in place around the downtown area. The police said the gunman had used a rifle and shot from a rooftop.

“By all means, at this point, this appears to be completely random,” a top law enforcement official said.

Context: Top Biden administration officials are concerned with the stubborn, postpandemic rise in violent crime. Both Republicans and some leading Democrats, like Mayor Eric Adams of New York City, are embracing a law-and-order approach before the midterm elections.

Background: Warm weather typically signals an onslaught of violence. In recent years, holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July have proved deadly. Here are live updates from the holiday.

The grinding warfare has been extremely taxing to both Russia and Ukraine.Mauricio Lima for The New York Times

Russia gains in Ukraine’s east

Moscow now controls large parts of Ukraine’s Donbas region. Russia’s victories in the strategic cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk gave it complete control over Luhansk, the first province to fall to Moscow since it took over Crimea in 2014.

Moscow is now focused on population centers in neighboring Donetsk, the other province in the Donbas. The city of Bakhmut has emptied out, as residents anticipate the coming Russian assault.

The development is a key victory in Russia’s reframed strategy after its stinging defeat around Kyiv, the capital, in the spring. It also demonstrates the success of Moscow’s grinding strategy based upon incremental advances with an overwhelming amount of backing — often in the form of artillery.

Among Ukrainians, a creeping sense of resignation is mounting. But as Russia turns its focus farther inside Ukraine, it is unclear how long its forces can sustain the taxing assault. Here are live updates.

Details: Ukrainian soldiers say that Russian shelling lasts for about five days before Russian forces begin testing Ukrainian lines with foot soldiers and tanks.

Support: U.S. veterans are training Ukrainians near the front lines, despite warnings from the Pentagon.

Dissent: A flurry of high-profile arrests in Russia suggests the Kremlin is further silencing opposition voices.

Xiao Jianhua was a child prodigy who at 14 won admission to the prestigious Peking University in Beijing.The New York Times

A Chinese billionaire on trial

Five years ago, the tycoon Xiao Jianhua mysteriously disappeared from a luxury hotel in Hong Kong.

Now, Xiao, a Chinese Canadian billionaire, has been put on trial. The Chinese authorities have not released details of the charges against Xiao, once a trusted financier to Beijing’s political elite. Over time, Xiao built a fortune worth as much as $5.8 billion, thanks in part to his high-level political connections.

For years, there was no official word about his whereabouts. The secrecy surrounding Xiao’s case may be related in part to the sensitivity of the information he probably holds.

Analysis: Xiao’s case epitomizes the ruling Communist Party’s efforts to rein in an earlier era of freewheeling capitalism and crack down on the debt-fueled excess that drove China’s recent economic growth.

Background: At one point, Xiao owned stakes in more than 30 Chinese financial institutions. But Tomorrow Group, the holding company behind Xiao’s sprawling business empire, eventually became so big that it threatened the stability of China’s financial system.

Context: Xi Jinping’s campaign against corruption has targeted other tycoons. Lai Xiaomin, the former chairman of a financial firm, was executed last year. Xi also sought to rein in the country’s powerful tech titans, including Jack Ma, the charismatic founder of the e-commerce firm Alibaba.



Rickshaw drivers waited to buy fuel at a station in Colombo, Sri Lanka.Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
  • Sri Lanka’s energy minister said the country had less than a day’s worth of fuel left, Al Jazeera reports. The crisis forced the country to extend school closures.
  • A big Shanghai developer defaulted on its debt, CNN Business reports, deepening China’s real estate crisis.
  • At least 20 people, including schoolchildren, died when a bus in India’s Himachal Pradesh state fell into a gorge, Voice of America reports.
  • At least 12 people died in the waters off Hong Kong when an engineering vessel sank, Reuters reports.
World News
Shireen Abu Akleh was shot and killed in the occupied West Bank in May. via Agence France-Presse
What Else Is Happening
  • An Israeli documentary series airs Adolf Eichmann’s confessions — in his own voice — six decades after his execution as a Nazi war criminal.
  • Researchers are focusing on behavioral methods, like improving eyesight, to prevent dementia.
  • Nick Kyrgios, the Australian tennis star, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
  • Venice is trying to limit tourists by introducing a reservation system and a daily fee to see the city.
A Morning Read
A dust storm swirled around the Step Pyramid of Djoser, part of the Saqqara necropolis.Tanveer Badal

The photographer Tanveer Badal traveled with a renowned Egyptologist to the pyramids of Giza. Unexpectedly, it rained. The photos are stunning.

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“The smiles are getting greater, and better, because the pandemic went down,” said Ricky Superstar, top right. Elias Williams for The New York Times

New York City bounces back

My colleague Dodai Stewart spent five days traveling to each of New York City’s five boroughs. Everywhere she went, she wondered: What’s the vibe right now?

“Even though the coronavirus pulled the emergency brake and forced the city to a screeching halt, New York soon lurched right back into motion,” Dodai writes. Optimism is in the air.

“It feels like everybody is trying to rush and do things for ‘just in case,’” said Yolanda Hopson, a 55-year-old Bronx resident sitting serenely on her shaded stoop. “Everybody is living on ‘just in case’ now.”

Read Dodai’s love letter to a city very much still alive, and meet New Yorkers basking in the summer heat.


What to Cook
Dane Tashima for The New York Times. Food Stylist: Barrett Washburne.

Edna Lewis’s peach cobbler makes good use of summer fruits.

What to Watch

Our critics picked the best movies of the year so far.


Here are six tips to turn your walk into a workout.

Now Time to Play

Play today’s Mini Crossword, and a clue: Dark beers (six letters).

That’s it for today’s briefing. See you next time. — Amelia

P.S. Climate Forward London wrapped this weekend. You can watch the events and speeches here.

There’s no new episode of “The Daily” today.

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