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FROM THE PAGES OF midnight in New York

SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017 FROM THE PAGES OF © 2017 The New York Times

Trump Orders Job Gains Set Up Fed to Raise Rates

46 Prosecutors A wave of hiring in February Trump, who, as a candidate, ficial jobless rate fell to 4.7 percent,
— President Trump’s first full repeatedly dismissed the official from 4.8 percent in January, even
To Step Down month in office — pointed to a jobs reports as phony, reposted as the overall labor force grew.
strong foundation for the nation’s
At the same time, jobless
a comment on Twitter from the
economy, providing further ev- conservative website Drudge Re- claims are near a 44-year low,
idence for the Federal Reserve port that said, “GREAT AGAIN: and the stock market is surging.
WASHINGTON — The Trump that the moment to raise interest +235,000.” Spicer later quoted Revisions to previous estimates
administration moved on Friday to rates has come. Trump on his faith in the report, raised the three-month average
sweep away the remaining vestiges The Labor Department re- “They may have been phony in of monthly job gains to 209,000
of Obama administration prosecu- ported a gain of 235,000 jobs and the past, but it’s very real now.” and annual wage growth to
tors at the Justice Department, or- healthy wage growth. It was the The Labor Department re- 2.8 percent, further bolstering
dering 46 holdover United States at- last major data release before Fed peated that it had not changed the case for those who argue the
torneys to tender their resignations policy makers meet on Tuesday the way it collected and analyzed economy is strong enough to
— including Preet Bharara, the Unit- and Wednesday, when they have jobs data since Trump took office. withstand a rate increase.
ed States attorney in Manhattan. signaled their intent to increase Tom Perez, labor secretary in Significant was the increase
In November, Bharara met with the benchmark interest rate. the Obama administration and in the labor participation rate to
then President-elect Donald J. “The economy is riding a wave now chairman of the Democratic 63 percent, a result of rising em-
Trump and told reporters afterward of bullish sentiment postelection,” National Committee, countered ployment even among people
that Trump and Jeff Sessions, now said Andrew Chamberlain, chief that Trump had “absolutely without a high school diploma.
the attorney general, had asked him economist at Glassdoor, a career nothing” to do with the job gains. “There’s got to be some optimism
about staying on, which the prose- website. “We’re seeing strong la- “Trump inherited an economy that these people are feeling they
cutor said he expected to do. bor demand across the board and from Barack Obama with the lon- finally have a chance,” said Diane
But on Friday, he was among fed- no sign of slowing right now.” gest streak of private sector job Swonk, founder and chief execu-
eral prosecutors who received a call Republicans and Democrats growth in history,” he said. tive of DS economics in Chicago.
from Dana Boente, the acting depu- quickly jostled for credit. Although the economic anxi- On the other end are employers
ty attorney general, instructing him Sean Spicer, the White House ety that helped put Trump in the who are seeing labor shortages.
to resign, according to a person fa- press secretary, said Trump had White House remains, the offi- “They’re offering training pro-
miliar with the matter. A spokesman “jump-started job creation, not on- cial jobless rate is near what the grams now,” Swonk said. “They’re
for Bharara declined to comment. ly through his executive action but Fed considers full employment complaining about it. But that’s
Sarah Isgur Flores, a Justice De- because of the surge in economic — a threshold where, in theory at what tight labor markets do. It
partment spokeswoman, said in confidence and optimism that has least, everyone who wants a job at forces you to invest more to work
an email that deputy United States been inspired since his election.” the going rate can find one. The of- with less.” PATRICIA COHEN
attorneys, who are career officials,
will serve in an acting capacity. Flynn Doubled as Consultant During Campaign
The order came after two weeks of
increasing calls from Trump’s allies
outside the government to oust ap- WASHINGTON — The candi- headache for a White House eager transition team before the inaugu-
pointees from the Obama adminis- date he was advising last fall was to move on. ration to ask whether Flynn should
tration. Trump has been angered by running on a platform of America Flynn, a retired Army lieu- register given his work for Inovo.
reports based on leaked information First. The client he was working tenant general, registered as a The transition lawyer offered no
from a sprawling bureaucracy, as for last fall was paying him more lobbyist last year but did not file advice, saying it was up to Flynn.
well as from his own West Wing. Sev- than $500,000 to put Turkey first. papers with the Justice Depart- After the inauguration, the person
eral officials said the mass firing had Michael T. Flynn, who went ment registering as a foreign said, Flynn and his lawyer each
been planned before Friday. from the campaign trail to the agent, providing a fuller under- raised it again with a White House
But the calls from the acting dep- White House as President standing of his role, until Tuesday. lawyer only to be told once more it
uty attorney general came a day Trump’s first national security While he did not work directly for was up to him. Flynn had no com-
after Sean Hannity, the Fox News adviser, filed papers this week the Turkish government, the firm ment on Friday. His lawyer wrote
commentator who is a strong sup- acknowledging that he worked that hired him, Inovo, is owned the Justice Department that Fly-
porter of Trump, said on his evening as a foreign agent last year repre- by a Turkish-American business- nn decided to register “to elimi-
show that Trump needed to “purge” senting the interests of the Turk- man with ties to leaders in Anka- nate any potential doubt.”
Obama holdovers. Hannity por- ish government in a dispute with ra and asked him to work on an is- The White House said its law-
trayed them as “saboteurs” from the United States. sue important to the government. yer considered it a private deci-
the “deep state” who were leaking His admission, more than four The White House said Trump sion and saw no reason to inter-
secrets to hurt Trump. It also came months after the election, raised did not know that Flynn was act- vene. “It’s not a question of rais-
the same week that government further questions about the rise ing as a foreign agent when Trump ing a red flag,” said Sean Spicer,
watchdogs wrote to Bharara and and fall of a presidential confidant appointed him national security the White House press secretary.
urged him to investigate whether who was forced to resign after 24 adviser, a position that gave him “It’s a question of whether or not
Trump had violated the emolu- days in office for withholding the access to classified meetings and they gave him the advice that
ments clause of the Constitution, full story of his communications materials. But a person briefed they are supposed to, which is,
which bars federal officials from with Russia’s ambassador. Even on the matter, who insisted on an- it is not up to them to make deci-
taking payments from foreign gov- now, out of government and out of onymity to describe private con- sions as to what you need to do or
ernments. CHARLIE SAVAGE favor, Flynn and his contact with versations, said Flynn’s lawyer not do.” PETER BAKER
and MAGGIE HABERMAN foreign figures presented a fresh contacted a lawyer for Trump’s and MATTHEW ROSENBERG


President’s Fall Even Without Wall, Border Is More Forbidding

May Bring Shift SONOYTA, Mexico — Reiner Since

In South Korea Ríos Gómez, who is from Hondu- President
ras’s capital, Tegucigalpa, lifted
his shirt last week to expose a scar Trump took
SEOUL, South Korea — Their about 12 inches long in the middle of office, migrant
foes have called them naïve, clos- his back, where he said a machete shelters have
et North Korea followers and an- hit him as he fled the robbers who been emptier
ti-American — an unsettling slight were trying to steal his pay: 2,800 than usual,
in South Korea, where the United lempiras, or about $119, for half a and some
States alliance has been the mili- month’s work in construction. travelers
tary bedrock for seven decades. To escape that life, he set out for have turned
Now South Korea’s liberal op- the United States on Jan. 15, mak-
position leaders, out of power for ing it as far as Sonoyta, Mexico, a back.A shelter
almost 10 years, are on the verge city on the Arizona border where in Caborca,
of retaking the presidency with the roadside stalls sell the camouflage Mexico.
court ruling on Friday that ousted clothes and backpacks that mi- CAITLIN O’HARA FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES
their conservative enemy, Presi- grants use to cross to the other side.
dent Park Geun-hye, who had been Then he called a cousin in Houston. couraging people from even try- thirds, according to its director,
impeached in a corruption scandal. “Why are you coming?” he said ing to cross. Aarón Méndez Ruiz. Other shel-
Their presidential hopeful, his cousin asked him. “They’re go- In interviews with migrants, ters in the United States and Mex-
Moon Jae-in, wants a change in ing to send you back.” their advocates, and workers ico reported drops as well.
the country’s tense relations with So Ríos, 33, settled down at a at shelters and soup kitchens in Six Central Americans staying
North Korea, pushing outreach shelter in Sonoyta. “I have noth- Mexico, the United States and at Méndez’s shelter voluntari-
and dialogue. He also is deeply ing to go back to,” he said. “And I Central America, few quibbled ly surrendered to the Mexican
skeptical of the hawkish stance don’t know if there’s anything for with the idea that President authorities so they could be sent
embraced by the conservatives me on the other side.” Trump had altered the climate for back home, he said, and about 40
and South Korea’s most important Customs and Border Protection immigration. more chose to return on their own.
defender, the United States. reported this week that the num- It was clear that the ground had Last week, Ruben Garcia, the di-
Moon and his liberal partners ber of people caught trying to en- shifted on both sides of the border, rector of the Annunciation House,
are especially worried about a ter the United States illegally from and that the well-traveled route a shelter in El Paso, noticed that
new antimissile shield the Amer- Mexico had fallen in February to north to a better life had suddenly far fewer Central Americans were
icans are installing in South Ko- the lowest level in five years. The grown quieter, riskier and more arriving than he was used to see-
rea, citing China’s fury over it and Trump administration said the desperate. ing. He asked those who did show
warning of a standoff reminiscent sharp decline was a sign that its Since January, occupancy at up why that was.
of the Cuban Missile Crisis. promises to hire more enforce- one shelter in Nuevo Laredo, “One hundred percent verbal-
North Korea not only has ment agents, deport more people across the border from Laredo, ized some version of, ‘Your presi-
amassed nuclear weapons but and wall off the border were dis- Tex., has fallen by about two- dent,’ ” Garcia said. (NYT)
claims it can fit them atop missiles.
It has an unpredictable, 33-year- In Brief
old leader, Kim Jong-un, who styles
himself in the image of his grandfa-
ther, the hermetic country’s Com- Afghans Told Not to Apply for Visas combat a deepening shortage of priests by ordain-
munist revolutionary founder. He ing married men who are already committed to the
appears even more obsessed with Afghans who worked for the American military church. In an interview with a German newspaper,
nuclear weapons than his father and government are being told that they cannot the pope made clear that he was not advocating an
and predecessor, Kim Jong-il, and apply for special visas to the United States, even end to celibacy for current priests or those aspiring
has threatened South Korea and its though Afghanistan is not among the countries list- to join the clergy. Francis, who has made clear that
allies with a pre-emptive attack. ed in President Trump’s new travel ban, according he sees little possibility for allowing women to be
The challenges for Moon and to advocates for Afghan refugees. As of Thursday, priests, called the vocation crisis an “enormous
his liberal partners as they push Afghans seeking to apply for what are known as Spe- problem” in an interview with the newspaper Die
to reclaim power in elections now cial Immigrant Visas were being told by the Ameri- Zeit. (NYT)
scheduled for May will be how to can Embassy in Kabul, the capital, that applications
engage with a far more danger- would no longer be accepted, according to Sen. Judge Resigns Over Remarks at Trial
ous North Korea, maintain close Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. Officials at the embassy did
ties with the United States and not immediately respond to requests for comment. A judge who became known throughout Canada
repair relations with China, which It was unclear if the visa suspension was related to for asking a complainant why she could not just
increasingly mistrusts the Ameri- the president’s new ban, which, in addition to deny- keep her “knees together” during a sexual assault
can military’s intentions. ing visas to citizens of six countries, also orders that has resigned from Federal Court. The resignation
Moon has called himself “Amer- the number of refugees allowed into America be cut of the judge, Justice Robin Camp, on Thursday
ica’s friend,” grateful that the Unit- to 50,000 this year. The apparent suspension of the followed the release of a scathing report from the
ed States protected South Korea program, meant for Afghans who face the threat of Canadian Judicial Council recommending his firing.
from communism and supported reprisal for their work with Americans, could affect Camp’s career was ended by his behavior while
its economic growth and democ- as many as 10,000 applicants. (NYT) hearing a rape case as a judge with the Alberta
ratization. The alliance with Wash- Provincial Court in 2014. He frequently suggested
ington is “a pillar of our diplomacy,” Pope Open to Expanding Ordination that the complainant, 19, had not been vigorous or
he said on the eve of Park’s ouster. creative enough in trying to stop the assault. The de-
But he also said South Korea Pope Francis this week signaled receptiveness fendant was acquitted in both that trial and a second
should learn to “say ‘No’ to the to appeals from bishops in the remote and over- one with a different judge that was ordered because
Americans.” CHOE SANG-HUN whelmed corners of the Roman Catholic Church to of Camp’s conduct. (NYT)


Water Rises, but California Bides Its Time

LOS ANGELES — The Holly- A flooded That is always a risk state
wood Reservoir is nestled in a ba- orchard in officials have to consider in de-
sin surrounded, usually, by dusty Glenn, Calif. termining when to declare the
brown hillsides, broken up by the beginning or end of a drought.
occasional dry wisp of shrubbery. Much of the Beyond that, weather is unpre-
Not these days. After yet another state is officially dictable. California was girding in
burst of rain, the hills were trans- out of the 2015 for a soaking El Niño weath-
formed into lush fields of knee- drought, but er pattern that never came. And
high grass, spotted with purple some parts, before this winter began, some
flowers. And the reservoir? As such as Santa meteorologists were predicting
high as it has been in years. Barbara, remain a La Niña pattern, which would
Across the state, dams are have meant drier conditions than
under siege and reservoirs are alarmingly dry. usual. That didn’t happen.
overflowing. The snowpack in the HAS THE DROUGHT BEEN AS BAD AS
its normal level. week. “We are going to wait until CUT BACK THEIR WATER USE? Probably not. The last severe
Yet for all that, California is, at the end of the rainy season.” In That was the original directive drought lasted from 1987 to 1992.
least officially, still in a drought other words, about six weeks. by the governor, and Californians At the time that Brown acted, the
state of emergency. That has WHY THE WAIT? responded by meeting — and in state was in the midst of what
been the case since Jan. 17, 2014, The Sierra Nevada snowpack some cases beating — the order. would turn out to be the driest
when Gov. Jerry Brown issued is at 181 percent of normal. Brown But because of that, and because three years in its recorded history.
the order after one of the driest has seen enough droughts in his conditions have improved, the “I had to look at the worst-case
years in California history. Why 78 years in California to know the State Water Resources Control scenario,” said Felicia Marcus,
hasn’t the drought been declared risks. The snowpack, a key to the Board eased up on the statewide the head of the Water Resources
over? Here are some answers. state’s nature-defying system of mandate last year. The updated Control Board. “I was worried. We
WILL THE EMERGENCY EVER END? providing water to 40 million peo- rules vary by region. In some plac- had to act as if we were having our
The answer is yes, or at least ple, is ephemeral: A warm April or es, there are no restrictions; in oth- own millennial drought that would
probably yes. “Very soon, but May could melt it away. ers, they remain relatively strict. last 10 years. It was definitely
After Warily Circling, Trump and Merkel Set to Meet In Brief

WASHINGTON — When Pres- heart, even if their spending still chiefs from BMW, Siemens, and
ident Trump welcomes Chancel- falls well short of what the United other German companies with Under Bill, Employers
lor Angela Merkel of Germany to States would like. major American operations. They Could See Health Data
the Oval Office on Tuesday, their “You might almost call it seren- will talk about apprenticeship pro- A bill in Congress could make
meeting will take on a symbolism dipity,” said Josef Joffe, the pub- grams to train American workers. it harder for workers to keep
unlike any he has held so far: The lisher and editor of the German “The thing she’ll come back
great disrupter confronts the last paper, Die Zeit. “Just as Trump is with is, ‘Do you know that there employers from getting access
to their personal medical and
defender of the liberal world order. pushing the Europeans to shape are thousands of Americans work- genetic information and raise the
Trump and Merkel are poles up and pay up, the Germans have ing for German companies in the
apart on issues like immigration quite independently realized they U.S.?’ ” said Jackson Janes, the financial penalties for those who
opt out of workplace wellness
and trade; they have circled each president of the American Insti-
other warily since the American tute for Contemporary German programs. House Republicans
presidential election. But both The threat posed by Studies at the Johns Hopkins Uni- are proposing legislation aimed at
making it easier for companies to
sides, officials said, are deter- versity.
mined not to let this first meeting Russia may offer a rare Few leaders have displayed gather the data from workers and
devolve into a clash of competing sliver of common ground. Merkel’s adroitness in handling their families as part of voluntary
worldviews. swaggering, strongman leaders, wellness programs. The Preserv-
Merkel has been studying whether it is Putin or Silvio Ber- ing Employee Wellness Programs
Trump’s speeches to get an insight lusconi of Italy. But in Trump, Act has provoked fierce opposi-
into the new president’s thinking. are facing a strategic threat on “she’s up against a different kind tion from consumer, health and
American officials said Trump their eastern border.” of testosterone-driven guy,” Joffe privacy advocacy groups. (NYT)
would ask the chancellor for ad- But if Trump and Merkel find said. “Here is a guy who talked in
vice on how to deal with Presi- common cause on NATO, they the campaign as if he was going to Vandals Target
dent Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, risk new tensions over trade. Ad- put the ax to the liberal interna- Synagogue in Seattle
whom, after dozens of meetings ministration officials have railed tional world order.”
over her 11 years in power, she against Germany’s huge trade In an interview with a British Police in Seattle say a syn-
knows better than any other lead- surplus with the United States. newspaper in January, Trump agogue was vandalized with
er in the West. One of Trump’s top economic ad- said Merkel had made a “cata- anti-Semitic Holocaust-denying
The threat posed by Russia to visers, Peter Navarro, recently strophic” mistake in letting tends graffiti. The Seattle Times report-
Europe could give Merkel and accused Germany of exploiting of thousands of refugees from ed that a police officer discovered
Trump a sliver of common ground. its trading partners by depressing Syria and elsewhere in the Middle the spray-painted message Fri-
The Trump administration is de- the euro to boost its exports. East enter Germany. “I respect day at Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
manding that Germany and its Merkel plans to push back her and I like her, but I think it was Rabbi Daniel Weiner said the mes-
other NATO allies increase their hard on what the Germans view a mistake,” he said. “People make sage read “The Holocaust is fake
military budgets, a message the as blatant protectionism. She is mistakes, but I think it was a real- history.” Police are investigating
Germans appear to be taking to bringing a delegation of corporate ly big mistake.” MARK LANDLER the incident as a hate crime. (AP)


VW Pleads Guilty in U.S. Over Diesel Scandal THE MARKETS

FRANKFURT — Volkswagen far more diesel car owners in on Friday to federal charges that DJIA NASDAQ S & P 500
took a big step toward resolving Europe than in the United States included conspiracy to violate the 44.79 22.92 7.73
its legal problems in the United — and they only add to Volkswa- Clean Air Act and obstruction of ↗ 0.21% ↗ 0.39% ↗ 0.33%
States when it pleaded guilty on gen’s ballooning legal bill, which justice. Six executives have been 20,902.98 5,861.73 2,372.60
Friday to its vast emissions de- has weighed on profits and shak- charged in the United States, and
ception. But in Europe, its trou- en management ranks. one engineer has pleaded guilty EUROPE
bles may be just beginning. Already, Volkswagen has paid to conspiring to defraud regula-
Across the Continent, the Ger- heavily for its crimes, as the tors and car owners. BRITAIN GERMANY FRANCE
man carmaker faces not only an American government has tried Volkswagen agreed to pay FTSE 100 DAX CAC 40
expanding criminal investigation to take a tougher approach to cor- $4.3 billion in civil and criminal 28.12 15.21 11.81
but also thousands of lawsuits porate wrongdoing. After being penalties in the case brought by ↗ 0.38% ↘ 0.13% ↗ 0.24%
from consumers demanding re- accused of treating Wall Street the Justice Department — a piece 7,343.08 11,963.18 4,993.32
course. An Irish nurse wants com- too gingerly after the 2008 finan- of its $22 billion in settlements and
pensation for the plunging value cial crisis, the Justice Depart- fines in the United States. ASIA/PACIFIC
of her Volkswagen diesel car. Law- ment, under the Obama adminis- “Volkswagen deeply regrets
yers in London have filed the Brit- tration, pushed in its final months the behavior that gave rise to the JAPAN HONG KONG CHINA
ish version of a class-action suit. to hold more companies and cor- diesel crisis,” the company said in a NIKKEI 225 HANG SENG SHANGHAI
And a German seafood supplier porate executives accountable. statement. “The agreements that 135.44 15.95 5.88
claims it was tricked into believ- Volkswagen, which admitted to we have reached with the U.S. gov- ↗ 0.70% ↗ 0.07% ↘ 0.18%
ing it was going green by shipping equipping cars with software to ernment reflect our determination 19,604.61 23,568.67 3,212.43
shrimp and cod to market in Volk- cheat emissions tests, has been a to address misconduct that went
swagen “clean diesel” vehicles. prime example of the aggressive against all of the values Volkswa- AMERICAS
The lawsuits are a potentially new posture. The company plead- gen holds so dear.” JACK EWING
costly unknown, since there are ed guilty in a Detroit courtroom and NEAL E. BOUDETTE CANADA BRAZIL MEXICO
S.E.C. Rejects Proposal for E.T.F. Tied to Bitcoin ↗ 9.84 ↗ 83.35 ↘ 161.61
15,506.68 64,668.59 47,102.31
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rejected an application to create Trust because the markets where such as Charles Schwab and
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sets but trades like an individual would help bring the virtual cur- CryptoCompare, said on Friday. Dom. Rep. (Peso) .0214 46.7300
Egypt (Pound)
stock. rency into the mainstream by NATHANIEL POPPER Europe (Euro) 1.0686 .9358
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HOUSTON — Often turbulent, States oil stockpiles had bulged by complacent that oil prices would So. Africa (Rand) .0760 13.1624
the oil market had become almost 8.2 million barrels in the past week. continue to climb from the lows of So. Korea (Won) .0009 1147.8
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around $51 to $56 a barrel. utive of Continental Resources, a teaued, traders became nervous. Source: Thomson Reuters
No one is yawning anymore. major oil producer, said that do- “The herd mentality kicks in,”
The American oil benchmark mestic production was growing said Joel H. Moser, chief execu-
price has swooned by 9 percent so fast it could “kill” the market. tive of Aquamarine Investment ONLINE: MORE PRICES
since Tuesday, falling below $50 a Most energy analysts, howev- Partners, a global energy inves- AND ANALYSIS
barrel for the first time since the er, said that while the renewed tor, explaining the wave of selling Information on all United
Organization of the Petroleum selling by commodity traders by traders. “The fundamentals Æ
Exporting Countries decided to might send oil prices below $45 a have not shifted,” he added. “De- States stocks, plus bonds, mu-
cut production in November. barrel for a time, the most likely mand continues to steadily rise tual funds, commodities and foreign
The immediate impetus for the outlook was for prices to bounce and industrial players are mod- stocks along with analysis of indus-
drop in prices was a report by the back and to continue to climb. erately gearing up production.” try sectors and stock indexes:
Energy Department that United Traders had become overly CLIFFORD KRAUSS


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one of the options held multiple stores are 10 MOST ACTIVE
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it had a good location, the kitchen on a growing GE (GE) 30.28 +0.62 +2.1 591993
was fit for Asian cooking, and it demand for DISHNe (DISH) 62.05 ◊1.46 ◊2.3 413128
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was in a gas station. fresh, healthful FordMo (F) 12.53 +0.03 +0.2 347382
They signed on the dotted line and convenient Finisa (FNSR) 26.98 ◊7.92 ◊22.7 313077
Linear (LLTC)
and retained the name of the road food. Micron (MU) 25.18 +0.03 +0.1 288867
Sirius (SIRI)
previous business, Thai Pan.
The brick exterior is connected % Volume
to a Liberty gas station, but the HIROKO MASUIKE/THE NEW YORK TIMES Stock (Ticker) Close Chg chg (100)
authentic Thai fare served in a
charming dining room is drawing to fresh produce, elaborate sand- their business models. Now, an es- 10 TOP GAINERS +3.10 +44.0 2695
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locals and adventuresome food- wiches, and even grilled tilapia timated 10 percent of the 154,000 Qualst (QBAK) 8.40 +1.55 +22.6 5829
ies from throughout the region. and Korean bibimbap. Food trucks convenience stores across the Willda (WLDN) 33.30 +5.42 +19.4 34850
Sears (SHLD)
+1.22 +15.2
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thing like this,’ ” said Wilaivan er and tell others about,” said Jeff ward, the National Association of Zogeni (ZGNX) 10.80 +1.25 +13.1 8295
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stores capitalizing on a growing this way. Convenience store food erage service, up from 22 percent 10 TOP LOSERS
demand for fresh, healthful and regularly stood in as a joke. In the in 2010, according to the trade or- Finisa (FNSR) 26.98 ◊7.92 ◊22.7 313077
convenient road food. Encouraged 1983 film “National Lampoon’s ganization. Analysts now consid- MeetMe (MEET) 5.06 ◊0.75 ◊12.9 79026
by the changing tastes of consum- Vacation,” a hapless dad behind er convenience markets competi- Zumiez (ZUMZ) 18.40 ◊2.60 ◊12.4 40782
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at independent gas stations as well wich from a gas station.” year, convenience stores pre- Acacia (ACTG) 15.84 ◊0.55 ◊9.6 42552
Cara (CARA)
as those owned by oil giants like But in the early 2000s, when a senting a competitive threat to Source: Thomson Reuters
Shell and Exxon and convenience decline in revenue from food, gas, quick-service outlets like McDon-
store chains like 7-Eleven. cigarettes and other products ap- ald’s,” said Donna Hood Crecca, as-
Roller-grilled hot dogs and little proached troublesome levels, ma- sociate principal at Technomic, a Stocks on the Move
packaged cakes of indefinite shelf ny gas station and convenience research firm that follows the food
life are, in many places, giving way store owners started to rethink industry. BRYAN MILLER Stocks that moved substantially or traded
heavily Friday:
Advertisers Fret Over Spots Near Snapchat Pornography Applied Materials Inc., up 74 cents to
$38.12. Technology companies made
some of the biggest gains on the market.
One of the most powerful ad- images, he said GroupM has been ment at Snap Inc., the newly pub-
vertising buying firms has been advising clients concerned about lic owner of Snapchat, has been Genesco Inc., up $4.90 to $61.30. The
seller of footwear, clothing and accesso-
warning its clients about the risks the issue to stick to Snapchat’s cu- “very responsive” to its concerns. ries reported a far bigger profit than ex-
of their corporate marketing in- rated news service, Discover, or “We work hard to remove ex- pected and gave a strong annual forecast.
advertently showing up next to its filters and selfie lenses. plicit content and protect our com-
pornography on Snapchat. Snapchat lenses, which people munity and partners,” Snap said Ulta Beauty Inc., up $12.65 to $286.42.
GroupM, which oversees bil- often use to add virtual masks, in a statement on Friday. “We will The beauty products retailer posted a larg-
lions of digital-advertising dollars such as dog ears and the like to continue to invest in improving er profit and better sales than expected.
as the media investing arm of the their faces, can also be purchased our tools and processes to ensure Southwest Airlines Co., down 48 cents to
ad giant WPP, recently sent cli- by advertisers, as Taco Bell did a positive Snapchat experience.” $55.88. The airline lowered a first-quarter
ents a memo warning them that last year with a lens that turned The company says it is current- revenue projection after it reported its
their ads may run before or after people’s heads into tacos. ly testing an in-app reporting tool February results.
“explicit ‘adult’ content” on Snap- This week, Norman said, “A note in Australia that may help with a Finisar Corp., down $7.92 to $26.98. The
chat’s Stories feature if a user came to us and said, now we have variety of guideline violations. fiber optic component supplier reported a
chooses to follow such accounts a situation where one of our lenses While Snapchat’s guidelines smaller profit and weaker sales than Wall
on the app. Stories are a collection we paid for on Snapchat has been bar accounts from using public Street had forecast.
of videos and images uploaded by appropriated by a porn star, and Stories “to distribute sexually ex- Zumiez Inc., down $2.60 to $18.40. The
users that vanish after 24 hours. the porn star has used our lens.” plicit content,” it is not foolproof. retailer’s forecast for the first quarter came
GroupM sent the memo after The lens was not used in an Snap made most of its roughly up short of analyst estimates.
hearing from an advertiser last explicit manner, but the brand $400 million in revenue last year Hibbett Sports Inc., up $2.33 to $29.75.
week that was distressed about its was concerned that it could be, from advertising. It has sought The sporting goods company had a solid
placement either before or after a according to Norman. He added to distance itself from Snapchat’s fourth quarter and it gave a better sales
pornographic image, said Rob that GroupM has been having early reputation as an app for forecast.
Norman, the firm’s chief digital of- similar conversations recently “sexting,” a perception it acknowl- ConocoPhillips, down 81 cents to
ficer. While the ads do not appear about risks on YouTube and other edged in its recent filing to go pub- $45.67. Energy companies continued to
on the same screen as the explicit platforms, noting the manage- lic. SAPNA MAHESHWARI lag the market as the price of oil fell. (AP)


‘Kong: Skull Island,’ This Time, Dressed to Kill A Benighted Soul,

At Your Service
You can’t keep a good monster
down, especially in Hollywood.
After years in storage, the mighty Like many other characters in
ape with the big teeth and the the films of Olivier Assayas, Mau-
thing for pale blondes has been reen, a young American wom-
dusted off and digitally turbo- an living in France, belongs to a
charged for “Kong: Skull Island.” relatively privileged slice of the
Once again, a lot of the noise and international nomad class. The
action involve guns, monsters and old-fashioned term “jet set,” with
crashing jungle chases, but the its connotations of glamorous in-
most promising moments involve dolence, doesn’t quite fit.
King Kong and the really little la- WARNER BROS. PICTURES Maureen, who works as a per-
dy he unexpectedly meets. King Kong and a Skullcrawler meet in “Kong: Skull Island.” sonal shopper for a spoiled ce-
In “Kong: Skull Island,” the big lebrity named Kyra, certainly
guy has a new look and a new gal brushes up against glamour, and
pal, Mason Weaver (Brie Larson), from innumerable other movies, films, it too asks the critical ques- occasionally tries on a piece of
who’s somewhat feistier and cer- they are also mostly on hand to get tion in many such tales — “Mir- Kyra’s borrowed couture. But she
tainly more sensibly dressed than the story up and the characters ror, mirror on the wall, who’s the dwells mostly
her predecessors. This time, the running, which happens once the most monstrous of them all?” — in a benumbed,
adventurers include a group of travelers pierce the thick clouds through an ape who, because he’s stressed-out
government-backed scientists surrounding Skull Island. There, a close relative, turns our gaze limbo, in fren-
run by Bill Randa (John Good- they meet the enemy and the en- back on ourselves. Kong is the zied motion
man), who has his glinting eyes emy is — surprise — us, although beast we know, the beast we deny, from one no-
on a mysterious, seemingly un- there are plenty of digital terrors the beast we fear, the beast we kill. where to the
explored island. Mysteries were red in tooth and claw. Here, though, Kong is no longer next. Her hu-
made for solving, and this island, Far larger than his forebears, the beast we love. “Skull Island” Kristen man connec-
Randa reasons, may contain all Kong looks as big as a mountain is adept at goosing you; every so tions are often
manner of wonders, or perhaps here. Supersizing is a default often it also pauses and allows Stewart mediated by
something beyond human imag- mode of the contemporary block- Kong and Mason to move you. As screens. She
ining. So, with a military unit led buster, but in this case a pumped- each recognizes the other, they video-chats with her boyfriend, a
by Lt. Col. Preston Packard (Sam- up Kong may have something to bridge the divide, but perhaps tech consultant on assignment in
uel L. Jackson), the scientists ship do with his role in an evolving stu- because their relationship is more Oman. She exchanges feverish
out, accompanied by Mason, a dio franchise featuring monsters empathetic than romantic, these texts with a stranger on a train
no-nonsense war photographer (a.k.a. MonsterVerse) that kicked encounters don’t have the reso- from Paris to London and back.
who’s soon trading barbs and off with the 2014 “Godzilla.” nance they should. Alas, beauty When asked what she’s doing in
looks with the world’s prettiest In many ways “Skull Island” no longer has her beast, the beast Paris, Maureen answers, “I’m
mercenary, James Conrad (Tom looks and plays like its anteced- no longer has his beauty and this waiting.”
Hiddleston). ents, despite the cosmetic tweaks, darkness has no heart even if it What she’s waiting for is a sign
If the sweat, bantering grunts digital effects and attempts at in- will have a sequel. from her twin brother, Lewis,
and teeming bars feel borrowed clusive casting. Like those earlier MANOHLA DARGIS whose recent death partly ex-
plains his sister’s dazed, blunt-
In ‘Brimstone,’ the B Is for Bleak, Brutal and Bloody ed affect. If “Personal Shopper,”
Assayas’s new movie, is a super-
natural thriller and an unnerving
It doesn’t take long before history, which Koolhoven slow- inquiry into the drift and mystery
“Brimstone” makes good on the ly reveals in flashbacks. As one of modern life, it is also a raw and
promise — and threat — implicit brutal chapter of her life slips into smoldering study in grief.
in its title. A western horror show the next, God is invoked by name Kristen Stewart, who plays
with an unrelenting Old and New and mocked by example, and Liz Maureen, possesses an uncanny
Testament kick, it opens on an am- learns many lessons, all horrible. ability to turn her natural cha-
biguous scene that soon gives way She kills a pig (in an appalling, risma into diffidence. You can’t
to a world of terrors. In one scene, needlessly extended scene); loses take your eyes off her, even as she
a fetal hand juts out of the womb; her parents; loses her only friend; seems to be making every effort
in another, a man is gutted and loses her tongue; loses herself; to deflect your attention, to ob-
his entrails are draped over his finds happiness but loses that, too. scure her radiance, to disappear
still-breathing body. It’s an ugly MOMENTUM PICTURES As Liz runs from one end of this onscreen.
world, or so the Dutch writer and Dakota Fanning plays a mute movie to the other, dodging and Maureen is in limbo, caught
director Martin Koolhoven keeps woman on the frontier in the enduring peril, Koolhoven seems between worlds, suffering from
insisting for 149 grueling minutes. brutal “Brimstone.” to be trying to say something the disorientation that so often ac-
The carnage pushes you away, about God and male dominance, companies mourning. Her unteth-
even as the genre, industrious misogyny and female resilience. ering from reality is echoed in the
cast, beautiful landscapes and youngest as a conduit to the larger Given its bloodlust, “Brimstone” film’s departure from realism, and
stark, often striking visuals pull world. It looks like a slice of heav- might have been better if Kool- her inertia is the expression of an
you in. Dakota Fanning plays Liz, en until the arrival of a new min- hoven had roughed up the story overwhelming sorrow. “Personal
a frontierswoman in America who ister, a grim reaper with a jagged more (and not only his heroine) Shopper” is sleek and spooky, se-
serves as a midwife for the locals. scar and bad vibe whom everyone and gone for full-on exploitation. ductive and suspenseful. It flirts
A mute, Liz communicates with calls the Reverend (Guy Pearce) There’s a nice, nasty little movie in with silliness, as ghost stories do.
her husband and children with but seems straight out of hell. here somewhere. And also with heartbreak.
her eyes and gestures, using her Liz and the Reverend share MANOHLA DARGIS A. O. SCOTT


‘Revolution? What Revolution?’ Kremlin Asks 100 Years Later

MOSCOW — The Kremlin plans to sit out of Russians dancing in the streets to celebrate called the Great October Socialist Revolution,
the centenary of the Russian Revolution. the overthrow of any ruler. Moreover, 1917 there were two revolutions in 1917. The Febru-
Never mind that the upheavals of 1917 smudges the Kremlin’s version of Russian ary Revolution (now in March, given a differ-
transformed the country and the world, end- history as a long, unified march to greatness, ent calendar) deposed the czar and replaced
ing the long rule of the czars, ushering in the meant to instill a sense of national pride. him with a provisional government that intro-
Communist era and spawning an ideological “For one group of people, the revolution was duced reforms like universal suffrage. Eight
confrontation with the West that resonates. the death knell of Great Russia — it was ‘Brex- months later, Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshe-
There will be no national holiday on Sunday, it,’ when we stopped our development in Eu- vik faction engineered a coup that gave rise to
March 12, the date recognized as the start of rope,” said Mikhail Shvydkoy, Putin’s special the world’s first communist state.
the uprising. The reason proffered for ignor- representative on cultural matters. “For many Putin’s critiques of the revolution contrast
ing the event is that Russia remains too divid- other people, the Soviet past was the best time markedly with his usual glowing tributes
ed over the consequences of that fateful year. of their lives.” Putin strives to unite the coun- to Russian history. “We know well the con-
The more likely explanation, some Kremlin try, he said, whereas “any festivities on the sequences that these great upheavals can
officials, historians and other analysts say, is state level would deepen those divisions.” bring,” he said in his state of the federation
that President Vladimir V. Putin loathes the Despite the widespread perception that speech in December. “Unfortunately, our
idea of revolution, not to mention the thought the czar was overthrown in what the Soviets country went through many such upheavals
and their consequences in the 20th century.”
CROSSWORD Edited by Will Shortz Previously, the official narrative was an
essay written by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, in
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Sue While the Conflicts Are Hot A Bad Zika Deal

Donald J. Trump told the American people
The president’s son Eric probably said it Dhabi. Trump recently directed the Environ- during his presidential campaign, “This coun-
best: “I think our brand is the hottest it has ever mental Protection Agency to roll back regula- try is being drained of its jobs and its money
been.” No surprise there — nothing like a pres- tions intended to protect drinking water sup- because we have stupid people making bad
idency to boost business. Still, it is shocking to plies from pollution and runoff — a move that deals.” He promised to make better deals, ones
see the brazenness of the ethical conflicts and will benefit his golf courses. in which we would win so much we “may even
watch the first family celebrate its good fortune. Trump needs to sell his businesses and put get tired of winning.”
But shock is giving way to action, and the the proceeds in a blind trust overseen by inde- Now his administration, through the Army,
lawsuits are starting to pile up. Last week, pendent managers. But he has refused and says is on the brink of making a bad deal, giving a
several public interest groups, including De- he has addressed the problem by handing con- French pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, the
mocracy 21 and Citizens for Responsibility and trol of his companies to his sons. That arrange- exclusive license to patents and thus a monop-
Ethics in Washington, called on Preet Bharara, ment is a sham. He still owns his businesses and oly to sell a vaccine against the Zika virus. If
the United States attorney for the Southern his family is hardly independent of him. Trump allows this deal, Sanofi will be able to
District of New York and an aggressive pros- Regrettably, the Republicans who control charge whatever astronomical price it wants
ecutor of corruption, to investigate the Trump Congress have decided they have no obligation for its vaccine. Millions of people in the United
Organization, the New York-based business to hold presidents of their own party account- States and around the world will not be able to
through which Trump owns and controls his able. So it may be up to the public to press the afford it although American taxpayers have
hotels, golf courses and other holdings. But White House on ethics. In a hopeful sign, a already spent more than $1 billion on Zika re-
that effort might not go far because the Depart- restaurant in Washington, Cork Wine Bar, filed search and prevention efforts, including mil-
ment of Justice on Friday asked Bharara and a lawsuit on Wednesday against Trump’s hotel, lions to develop this vaccine.
45 other United States attorneys appointed by located in a building owned by the government. The Department of Health and Human Ser-
former President Barack Obama to resign. The lawsuit asserts that the hotel is competing vices gave Sanofi $43 million to develop the
Some of those groups have sued Trump, as- unfairly and illegally because it is owned by the Zika vaccine with the United States Army. And
serting he is violating the emoluments clause president and is violating its lease with the Gen- the company is expected to receive at least
of the Constitution, which bars government eral Services Administration, which states that $130 million more in federal funding. Sanofi
officials from accepting profits, gifts and other no elected official can benefit from the lease. is not a nonprofit or a tiny start-up. Its chief
things of value from foreign governments with- The plaintiffs want Trump to resign, sell the ho- executive, Olivier Brandicourt, earns about
out approval from Congress. Yet, Trump’s busi- tel or shut it down while he is president. $4.5 million a year. Even the government of
nesses are making a mint from the governments This suit and the others keep the pressure France criticized this salary, calling it “incom-
of other countries and not notifying lawmakers. on Trump to divest his businesses. Litigation prehensible,” yet the American government is
Foreign diplomats are flocking to his Wash- could force him to provide more information happy to enrich Brandicourt even more.
ington hotel, down the street from the White about his businesses and finances, including Before Trump makes this deal, he must
House, to spend money and curry favor with his tax returns. These campaigns could also guarantee that Sanofi will not turn around
the administration. The president continues to shame members of Congress into taking seri- and gouge American consumers, Medicare
rent space in Trump Tower to a Chinese gov- ously their duty to serve as a check on a presi- and Medicaid or our military when it sells the
ernment-owned bank and an agency of Abu dent with untold commercial conflicts. vaccine. Unfortunately, the likelihood is that
Sanofi will engage in exactly this predatory
What the Jobs Report Is Telling Trump behavior — because it’s happened before.
The critical prostate cancer drug Xtandi was
developed at U.C.L.A. with taxpayer-backed
Wait a minute, didn’t President Trump say for years of stagnation for most workers. research grants and support from the Army
he had inherited a mess? Yet there he was What could Trump do about that? He could and the National Institutes of Health. The pat-
on Friday retweeting a Twitter post about learn the lessons of the trend he has inherit- ents, which were assigned to U.C.L.A. by the
the solid February jobs report. “GREAT ed. From 2015 to 2016, wage growth was more United States government, were transferred
AGAIN:+235,000.” broadly shared than at any time since the end to a pharmaceutical company that is charging
He may want to take credit for the 235,000 of the Great Recession. There were especially Americans $129,000 a year. In Canada, the
jobs created last month, but at this early stage significant increases in 15 states and the District same drug costs $30,000 because, unlike the
of his administration, the tally reflects trends of Columbia, where new minimum wages were United States, Canada regulates drug prices.
established under President Barack Obama. passed. For low-wage working women in those A Zika vaccine would be a tremendous sci-
Job growth has averaged 200,000 jobs a states, wages grew 6.3 percent in 2016 versus entific advancement and could prevent birth
month for the past year, and the unemploy- 2.5 percent in states without minimum wage in- defects in countless children around the world.
ment rate dipped last month to 4.7 percent. At creases. The median hourly wage increase, 3.1 American soldiers serving in Zika-prone areas
that pace, the economy is progressing toward percent in 2016, is harder to pin on any one cause. need it. And other Americans may need the vac-
full employment. The underemployment rate, What is known is that middle-income wages cine’s protection because Zika is linked to severe
which includes part-time workers who need would benefit by updating rules on overtime pay congenital brain damage. A decision on Sanofi’s
but cannot find full-time work, was 9.2 percent so more salaried workers were eligible. application is expected later this year.
last month and would need to fall by about a But Trump has shown no interest in higher Our government must stop being pushovers
point for there to be a robust job market. minimum wages, overtime protections and for the pharmaceutical industry and its 1,400
Another troubling sign is that lower-wage jobs other efforts to improve labor standards. Fed- lobbyists. We must not hand this gift to a French
in home care, hotel work and food service still eral infrastructure spending could bolster drug company without making it pledge not to
account for much of the hiring. If better-paying employment, wages and growth, but Trump’s overcharge American consumers.
jobs were being more reliably created, or if pay pledge to pursue such projects remains all talk. Will the president negotiate a better deal for
was not so stubbornly stagnant for many low- The rollback of the Affordable Care Act would the taxpayers of this country and our soldiers?
wage workers, the improving conditions would most likely cost jobs. Or was the president lying when he claimed he
already be doing more to push wages higher. Trump has been given a leg up in delivering would make only the best deals on behalf of the
The gradual tightening in the job market has well-being to ordinary Americans. He needs to American people?
pushed up wages, but not enough to make up take advantage of it. We will soon find out.


Michigan’s Wild Ride Continues in the Big Ten In Brief

Two days after its airplane’s ry II and beating its fierce rival in MINNESOTA 63, MICHIGAN ST. 58 Woman Pursuing Tebow
scary abandoned takeoff, Mich- the Atlantic Coast Conference Reggie Lynch, back from tak- Arrested at Mets’ Camp
igan’s wild journey carried on semifinals at Barclays Center. ing a forearm to the face, scored
into the Big Ten tournament’s VILLANOVA 55, SETON HALL 53 16 points to lead fourth-seeded A Colorado woman claiming to
semifinals with a 74-70 overtime Josh Hart scored 19 points, includ- Minnesota (24-8) over fifth-seed- be in a relationship with Tim Te-
upset Friday in Washington of ing the winning basket with 9.6 ed Michigan State (19-14) in the bow was charged with trespass-
13th-ranked Purdue behind D. J. seconds to play, and top-seeded quarterfinals of the Big Ten tour- ing after going to the Mets’ spring
Wilson’s 26 points. Villanova (30-3) beat fifth-seeded nament. training facility in Florida twice
The eighth-seeded Wolverines Seton Hall (21-11) in the Big East KENTUCKY 71, GEORGIA 60 Isaiah last month and looking for Tebow,
(22-11) got 13 points from Zak Ir- tournament semifinals at Madi- Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox each the authorities said. According
vin, including their first four of the son Square Garden. scored 20 points, Bam Adebayo to a Port St. Lucie police report,
extra period, against the No. 1 seed OREGON 73, CALIFORNIA 65 Tyler added 13 and No. 8 Kentucky Michelle Marie Thompson, 36,
Boilermakers (25-7). The teams Dorsey had 23 points, Dylan En- (27-5) went on to beat Georgia was arrested at First Data Field
combined for 14 ties and 17 lead nis scored on a key three-point (19-14), 71-60, in the quarterfinals on Feb. 28, two days after being
changes in regulation, and they play with 22 seconds left, and No. 5 of the Southeastern Conference given a trespass warning. Tebow,
headed to overtime tied at 66-66 af- Oregon outlasted California in the tournament in Nashville. the former University of Florida
ter Zak Irvin pulled Michigan even Pac-12 Tournament semifinals in DAVIDSON 73, DAYTON 67 Jack football star and former Denver
on a layup with 4.2 seconds left. Las Vegas. Gibbs hit two 3-pointers in Broncos quarterback, signed a
DUKE 93, NORTH CAROLINA 83 IOWA STATE 84, T.C.U. 63 Deon- the final minute and scored a minor league contract with the
Jayson Tatum scored 24 points te Burton scored 22 points and season-high 34 points to lead Mets last year. Thompson was
and No. 14 Duke rallied past No. 6 fourth-seeded Iowa State (22- ninth-seeded Davidson (17-14) being held on $750 bail. Tebow,
North Carolina with another light- 10) routed eighth-seeded Texas to a 73-67 upset over top-seeded meanwhile, went 0 for 4 with a
ning-fast surge in the second half, Christian (19-15) in Kansas City, Dayton (24-7) in the quarterfinals strikeout in the Mets’ 7-6 loss to
taking advantage of foul trouble Mo., to reach the Big 12 tourna- of the Atlantic 10 tournament in the Astros on Friday. (AP)
for Tar Heels point guard Joel Ber- ment title game. Pittsburgh. (AP)
FIFA Bans Russian Official From Its Leadership THURSDAY’S LATE GAMES
Ottawa 3, Arizona 2, OT
Colorado 3, Devils 2
World soccer’s governing body, attributed the body’s decision to ti-Doping Agency concluded that Calgary 5, Montreal 0
FIFA, has barred Russia’s depu- a new stipulation that top execu- the Russian government had for Islanders 4, Vancouver 3, OT
Los Angeles 3, Nashville 2, OT
ty prime minister, Vitaly Mutko, tives be politically neutral. He said years facilitated steroid use by San Jose 4, Washington 2
from seeking re-election to his he would not appeal the ruling. hundreds of the nation’s top ath- FRIDAY
position as a top executive of the “I wanted to be re-elected,” Mut- letes and carried out an elaborate Columbus 4, Buffalo 3
organization. ko told Tass, the state news agency. cover-up of drug-tainted urine Minnesota 7, Florida 4
Detroit 4, Chicago 2
Mutko, Russia’s former sports “As far as our stance and prepara- samples at the 2014 Winter Olym- St. Louis 4, Anaheim 3
minister who was implicated in tions for the World Cup finals are pics in Sochi, Russia. Pittsburgh 3, Edmonton 2, SO
the nation’s doping scandal, failed concerned, the committee’s deci- Mutko was identified as having N.B.A. SCORES
an eligibility check conducted by sion has no bearing on that.” personally directed staff to cover
FIFA’s review committee. He will Mutko, who is also the president up the drug violation of at least THURSDAY’S LATE GAMES
leave his position as a council mem- of Russia’s soccer association, has one soccer player. FIFA’s review Portland 114, Philadelphia 108, OT
L.A. Lakers 122, Phoenix 110
ber in the spring, the organization led the 2018 Russia World Cup or- of the evidence against multiple FRIDAY
said, just as preparations for the ganizing committee since 2011. soccer players implicated in the Charlotte 121, Orlando 81
2018 World Cup in Russia intensify. He and the Russian Sports Min- doping cover-ups is continuing, Atlanta 105, Toronto 99
In comments to Russian state istry he led faced enormous scru- and the organization did not say Houston 115, Chicago 94
news media on Friday, Mutko tiny last summer ahead of the Rio whether its internal investigation Milwaukee 99, Indiana 85
Minnesota 103, Golden State 102
— who has been part of FIFA’s Olympics, when an investigation also focused on Mutko. Dallas 105, Nets 96
governing board since 2009 — commissioned by the World An- REBECCA R. RUIZ Denver 119, Boston 99
WEATHER Houston 77/ 67 0.04 69/ 51 T 61/ 50 C Cape Town 91/ 63 0 81/ 62 S 75/ 60 S
Kansas City 42/ 26 0 35/ 18 Sn 46/ 33 PC Dublin 54/ 46 0.01 55/ 43 R 52/ 39 PC
High/low temperatures for the 21 hours ended at 4 p.m. Los Angeles 80/ 57 0 83/ 60 PC 87/ 62 S Geneva 59/ 39 0 60/ 42 PC 61/ 43 PC
yesterday, Eastern time, and precipitation (in inches) for Miami 85/ 66 0 82/ 68 Sh 80/ 67 PC Hong Kong 74/ 64 0.19 71/ 66 C 73/ 67 PC
the 18 hours ended at 1 p.m. yesterday. Expected condi- Mpls.-St. Paul 18/ 5 0 26/ 10 C 26/ 19 Sn Kingston 88/ 75 0 86/ 76 Sh 84/ 74 Sh
tions for today and tomorrow. New York City 37/ 36 0.30 31/ 20 PC 33/ 20 S Lima 84/ 73 0 85/ 72 C 86/ 72 PC
Weather conditions: C-clouds, F-fog, H-haze, I-ice, Orlando 85/ 62 0 82/ 62 PC 79/ 61 T London 54/ 45 0.24 62/ 48 C 56/ 42 C
PC-partly cloudy, R-rain, S-sun, Sh-showers, Sn-snow, SS- Philadelphia 40/ 37 0.30 33/ 21 PC 37/ 21 S Madrid 81/ 41 0 76/ 45 PC 64/ 41 PC
snow showers, T-thunderstorms, Tr-trace, W-windy. Phoenix 89/ 58 0 89/ 61 PC 89/ 62 S Mexico City 73/ 51 0.04 73/ 52 PC 70/ 50 PC
Salt Lake City 64/ 44 0 61/ 42 PC 60/ 39 PC Montreal 19/ 18 0.07 9/ 1 PC 13/ 3 PC
San Francisco 64/ 52 0 67/ 50 PC 66/ 49 S Moscow 46/ 30 0 40/ 27 R 41/ 25 S
Yesterday Today Tomorrow Seattle 52/ 42 0.01 52/ 46 R 54/ 47 R Nassau 84/ 70 0 84/ 68 PC 85/ 72 PC
Albuquerque 74/ 44 0 73/ 40 S 70/ 43 PC St. Louis 45/ 33 0 36/ 23 Sn 47/ 33 PC Paris 54/ 45 0 60/ 41 PC 59/ 44 Sh
Atlanta 71/ 54 0 60/ 41 PC 52/ 37 Sh Washington 48/ 45 0.13 39/ 25 PC 43/ 25 S Prague 43/ 39 0.04 46/ 29 PC 43/ 27 PC
Boise 60/ 47 0.01 61/ 39 PC 59/ 38 C FOREIGN CITIES Rio de Janeiro 97/ 77 0 92/ 76 PC 93/ 76 PC
Boston 33/ 32 0.23 25/ 10 PC 28/ 13 S Rome 72/ 41 0 62/ 38 S 59/ 44 S
Buffalo 29/ 28 0.08 24/ 14 SS 25/ 12 SS Yesterday Today Tomorrow Santiago 82/ 52 0 83/ 50 S 93/ 56 S
Charlotte 71/ 48 0.06 54/ 31 PC 48/ 27 PC Acapulco 90/ 72 0 86/ 73 PC 85/ 72 PC Stockholm 38/ 34 0.17 39/ 24 S 42/ 27 PC
Chicago 31/ 27 0 32/ 16 PC 38/ 27 PC Athens 58/ 50 0.06 57/ 50 T 60/ 48 PC Sydney 75/ 64 0 77/ 65 PC 82/ 70 S
Cleveland 33/ 31 0.01 28/ 19 PC 30/ 18 PC Beijing 68/ 37 0 69/ 39 PC 57/ 28 C Tokyo 55/ 41 0 51/ 38 PC 50/ 44 PC
Dallas-Ft. Worth 71/ 61 0 71/ 42 Sh 58/ 46 C Berlin 46/ 41 0.16 48/ 30 PC 46/ 31 PC Toronto 23/ 22 0.02 20/ 10 SS 22/ 7 PC
Denver 64/ 25 0 56/ 39 R 65/ 32 W Buenos Aires 75/ 54 0 77/ 54 PC 70/ 48 S Vancouver 46/ 37 0 48/ 42 R 50/ 43 R
Detroit 32/ 26 0 31/ 15 PC 33/ 23 PC Cairo 74/ 63 0 74/ 64 W 73/ 57 S Warsaw 44/ 37 0 44/ 33 C 43/ 34 C


In N.C.A.A. Rite, Picking Teams Is Half of It N.H.L. STANDINGS

The most important and Wichita State’s Atlantic W L OT Pts GF GA
controversial annual function Rashard Montreal 38 22 8 84 185 171
of the selection committee for Kelly, left, Ottawa 38 22 6 82 178 171
the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball Boston 35 26 6 76 188 175
tournament is to decide which and Shaquille Toronto 30 22 14 74 201 197
On COllege 36 teams merit at- Morris after Tampa 31 26 9 71 183 182
the Shockers
29 26 11 69 166 190
large bids into the
BasketBall final field alongside won the Buffalo 27 29 12 66 172 200
Marc Tracy the 32 conference Missouri Detroit 26 29 11 63 165 198
champions that Valley Metropolitan W L OT Pts GF GA
qualify automatically. Conference Wash. 44 15 7 95 214 143
The excruciating endeavor Columbus 43 17 6 92 211 152
requires weighing the cases of tournament Pittsburgh 42 16 8 92 233 186
dozens of teams, each of which JEFF ROBERSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS Sunday. Rangers 43 23 2 88 219 179
has typically played more than 30 Islanders 32 23 11 75 196 197
31 27 8 70 172 197
games at home, away and on neu- win-loss records against quality blew out their Missouri Valley Carolina 27 27 10 64 160 186
tral courts throughout a season opponents? Or is it the teams that Conference competition and Devils 25 30 12 62 149 192
pockmarked by injuries, suspen- are likely to perform best in the played close games against the
sions and inexplicably poor (or tournament, even if they do not N.C.A.A. tournament teams WESTERN CONFERENCE
outstanding) performances. have sparkling winning percent- Iowa, Northern Iowa and Seton Central W L OT Pts GF GA
But picking the field is only the ages? Hall. Minnesota 43 17 6 92 221 159
start. The committee must then Joel Sokol, a Georgia Tech Predictive metrics smiled upon Chicago 42 20 5 89 200 169
seed the teams based on how engineering professor, devised a them. The committee decided to Nashville 32 24 11 75 197 191
good they are while considering predictive metric called Logistic unhook the velvet rope for the St. Louis 34 27 5 73 182 186
several other byzantine factors. Regression/Markov Chain, or Shockers, who proceeded to “up- Winnipeg 30 32 6 66 204 216
(For example: Teams from the L.R.M.C. “The predictive meth- set” sixth-seeded Arizona in the Dallas 27 30 10 64 188 216
same conference may not meet ods — I don’t want to say they first round. Colorado 19 44 3 41 129 217
before the round of 16 if they ignore who won or lost — but they The introduction of predictive Pacific W L OT Pts GF GA
played twice during the season.) don’t treat a 1-point last-second metrics, which have been em- San Jose 40 19 7 87 184 154
The committee’s job is win and a 1-point last-second loss braced by the N.C.A.A., has only Anaheim 35 23 10 80 176 172
mind-bendingly difficult, and for very differently,” he said. complicated this fundamentally Edmonton 35 23 9 79 190 177
all the complaining, its members Wichita State is an example philosophical debate. But, as Calgary 37 26 4 78 184 182
are pretty good at it. of a team that was better than Sokol noted, with 68 teams in the L.A. 32 28 6 70 164 166
The committee’s mandate, per its record last season. It started tournament (and more import- Vancou. 28 30 9 65 156 192
N.C.A.A. language, is to choose slowly and finished 24-8 against ant, 36 at-large teams), “it’s a vir- Arizona 23 35 8 54 159 213
the “best” teams. But how is best a comparatively weak sched- tual certainty that the best team NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for
overtime loss.
defined? Is it the teams with the ule — nominally the résumé of a will be included.”
best résumés from the season, National Invitation Tournament “Then,” he added, “the onus is In Brief
based on the traditional factors of squad. But the Shockers mostly on them to win.”
The Yankee Clippers: Clint Frazier Gets a Trim Warriors Continue Slide

Andrew Wiggins scored 20 of
TAMPA, Fla. — Deep inside ly came to the agreement that it’s “There were a lot of people that his 24 points in the second half
Steinbrenner Field, the unkindest time to look like everybody else had that conversation with him and hit the go-ahead free throws
cut of all took place early Friday around here,” Frazier said, adding and tried to get him to understand,” with 12.8 seconds left to lift the
morning — Clint Frazier’s hair. that he had not had such short hair said Reggie Jackson, the Hall of host Minnesota Timberwolves
The Yankee prospect’s flow- since seventh grade. Fame outfielder who is now a Yan- to a 103-102 victory over the scuf-
ing red hair — Since George Steinbrenner kee employee. He has taken to fling Golden State Warriors. Klay
which had been bought the Yankees in 1973, play- counseling Frazier, a top prospect Thompson scored 30 points for
shaved on the ers have been prohibited from acquired by the Yankees from the Golden State, but Stephen Cur-
sides and styled wearing beards and long side- Cleveland Indians last summer. ry’s shooting slump continued
into a man bun burns, and have been required to “I think when you come here it in the Warriors’ fourth loss in six
— was sheared keep their hair above the collar. In takes time for some of the younger games without injured star Kevin
so that it no lon- recent years, the policy has been people to understand the Yankee Durant. Curry scored 26 points
ger looks out of adhered to largely at the insistence way,” Jackson added. but was just 10 for 27 from the
In what may not have been a
Clint Frazier place on a team of Jennifer Steinbrenner, one of the coincidence, C. C. Sabathia, the field and missed an 18-footer in
four Steinbrenner children who
the closing seconds.
whose grooming
standards are as share ownership of the team. 36-year-old veteran pitcher, ap-
straight and narrow as a pinstripe. Though Frazier’s hair complied peared in his first spring training Browns Release Griffin
For Frazier, the attention that with the Yankees’ letter of the law game Tuesday with the early stag-
he has seemed to covet — with — it barely stayed off the edge of es of a well-groomed beard. The Quarterback Robert Griffin III
his hair and his presence on social his collar — its volume violated its message seemed to be that if Fra- was released by the Cleveland
media — had turned into a burden spirit. As Frazier’s hair began to zier could keep his hair long, then Browns after one flawed season.
of sorts as his first spring train- garner greater attention, includ- maybe a beard would be O.K., too. The expected move also came
ing camp with the Yankees pro- ing a front-page story last Mon- Sabathia, who said he did not one day after the Browns ac-
gressed. It was time for the barber. day in The New York Times, some plan to shave until told otherwise, quired quarterback Brock Oswei-
“Just after thinking to myself within the club began to wonder showed up clean-shaven on Fri- ler in a trade from the Houston
and talking to a few people, I final- why he had not yet conformed. day. BILLY WITZ Texans. (AP)

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