Welcome to the weekend! For much of the U.S., it's going to be a cold, messy one. Don't dispair, though, we have plenty of great articles for you: Ken Belson, who covers the N.F.L. for The Times, talks to former players about their struggles with obesity after their playing days are over. Tejal Rao, our California restaurant critic, chose Angler in San Francisco for her first review. If you were curious about MacKenzie Bezos, we have some answers. And more.
The N.F.L.'s Obesity Scourge
By KEN BELSON
The effects of head trauma have gotten much of the attention, but huge weight gains have also damaged N.F.L. retirees.
Glaciers Are Retreating. Millions Rely on Their Water.
By HENRY FOUNTAIN
Glaciers are crucial sources of water for people and crops in Central Asia. But global warming is causing glaciers there and around the world to shrink every year.
Is Ancient DNA Research Revealing New Truths — or Falling Into Old Traps?
By GIDEON LEWIS-KRAUS
Geneticists have begun using old bones to make sweeping claims about the distant past. But their revisions to the human story are making some scholars of prehistory uneasy.
Redefining Representation: The Women of the 116th Congress
Photographs by ELIZABETH D. HERMAN AND CELESTE SLOMAN
Just over 100 years ago, the first woman was sworn into Congress. As of this month, a record 131 women are serving in the Legislature. The New York Times photographed them.
A California Chef Learns to Swim in Changed Waters
By TEJAL RAO
For her first Times review as our California Restaurant Critic, Tejal Rao chose Angler in San Francisco. There, the chef Joshua Skenes is showing how a seafood-rich menu can adapt to the forces of climate change, she writes.
Who Is MacKenzie Bezos?
By JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH AND ALEXANDRA ALTER
Her divorce from the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has made this novelist, and her private life, a public fascination.
The Gay Penguins of Australia
By NELLIE BOWLES
Two male penguins are raising a baby whose gender is unknown.
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