Georgia Runoff, Otto Warmbier, London: Your Tuesday Briefing

Here’s what we’re watching in the race between Karen Handel, a Republican, and Jon Ossoff, a Democrat.

• Former captive dies.

Otto Warmbier, the American university student who was released from a North Korean prison last week after spending 17 months in captivity and more than a year in a coma, died on Monday.

• Seven sailors, one cause.

We spoke with friends and relatives of the U.S. sailors who were killed when their destroyer collided with a container ship last weekend.

The men were a snapshot of the nation they served, illustrating the degree to which the military relies on recruits from immigrant communities.

• A warning from Russia.

Moscow condemned the shooting down of a Syrian warplane by the American military and threatened to target aircraft flown by the U.S. and its allies.

• Attack on Muslims shakes a diverse London.

After a white British man rammed a van into a group of worshipers leaving a mosque on Monday, the city with a culture of tolerance is confronted with long-simmering tensions.

Our Interpreter columnist examined the complex debate over what constitutes terrorism.

• “The Daily,” your audio news report.

In today’s show, we discuss the battle for Mosul, Iraq, where a Times journalist embedded with an Iraqi unit.

Listen on a computer, an iOS device or an Android device.

Business

Investors, we have repeatedly been told, want smaller, nimbler, more focused companies.

But our DealBook columnist says conglomerates haven’t died. They just look like Amazon.

• Silicon Valley leaders visited the White House to discuss a potential upgrade of government technology.

Ether, a virtual currency whose value has risen 4,500 percent since the beginning of the year, may soon threaten the dominance of Bitcoin.

• U.S. stocks were up on Monday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.

Smarter Living

Exercise may benefit children’s cognition.

• And sipping coffee or an energy drink before hitting the gym can give your workout a boost.

• Recipe of the day: Use a rotisserie bird to make chicken salad with walnuts and grapes.

Noteworthy

• An opera revived.

In today’s 360 video, step into “Alcyone,” an 18th-century French opera that had not been performed in Paris for almost 250 years.

• Yearning for new physics.

It’s been five years since the Large Hadron Collider discovered the Higgs boson, the particle that explains why some other elementary particles have mass.

Since then, the silence from one of the frontiers of science has been ominous.

• What it means to be wed.

Ten couples who were highlighted the day after the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage a nationwide right reflect on the landmark court decision.

• After grief, finding joy.

The jazz artist Diana Krall says the standards on her latest album, “Turn Up the Quiet,” set her free.

Best of late-night TV.

There were lots of congratulations for Beyoncé and Jay Z, who welcomed twins over the weekend. “For the first time in history, people actually want to see pictures of kids on Facebook,” Trevor Noah joked on “The Daily Show.”

• Quotation of the day.

“It is like you have got a high-rise building and you are encasing it in kerosene.”

— Edwin Galea, director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group at the University of Greenwich, describing the type of exterior cladding that may have exacerbated the Grenfell Tower inferno, which killed at least 79 people in London.

Back Story

Before June 20, 1986, a woman could not be a Ms. in the pages of The Times.

“The top editor had persuaded the publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, that the usage was a passing fad,” a groundbreaking Times editor, Betsy Wade, wrote recently.

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The New York Times announced on June 20, 1986, that it would embrace the use of “Ms.” as an honorific.

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The New York Times

So reporters had to pry when interviewing women: Are you Miss or Mrs.?

“It’s none of your damned business!” reporters were sometimes told.

In 1972, “Ms.” was accepted by the American Heritage School Dictionary.

But it took protests, internal pressure, time and a smart strategy to persuade The Times to follow suit.

Paula Kassell, a feminist writer and publisher, bought Times stock so that she could raise questions about the policy at shareholders’ meetings.

In April 1986, she persuaded Mr. Sulzberger to convene language experts — but then received word that the paper would allow “Ms.” without further discussion.

As The Times prepared its first edition using “Ms.,” Ms. Wade wrote, “Gloria Steinem, Mary Thom and other editors of Ms. magazine walked into the city room with a basket of flowers for the editor” — A. M. Rosenthal — “and the copy editors and reporters applauded.”

David Dunlap contributed reporting.

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