Lenin underwater, a penguin weigh-in, monsoon flooding in India, an earthquake in central Italy, a deep blue lake in El Salvador, American partiers blown into Canada on the St. Clair River, towed back across the border by the Canadian Coast Guard, and much more. [ 31 photos total ]

Hundreds of photographers have gathered in Rio to follow the action in the Olympic arenas, swimming pools, racetracks, and more. Over the two weeks of the games, I’ll be featuring some amazing images from recent Olympic events. Today’s entry encompasses gymnastics, BMX racing, water polo, diving, beach volleyball, taekwondo, decathlon, marathon swimming, kayaking, women’s wrestling, and much more. [ 40 photos total ]

President Obama visits the flood-ravaged state of Louisiana today after this historic disaster killed at least 17 and destroyed about 60,000 homes. [ 38 photos total ]

Four Paws, an international animal welfare group, has just completed the removal of the surviving 15 animals from the Khan Younis Zoo—dubbed the “worst zoo in the world”—in the Gaza Strip.  Years of war, few visitors, and an Israeli blockade made it increasingly difficult to keep the zoo open and the remaining animals healthy—their numbers dwindling from 44 to 15. The zoo’s owner asked for outside help, and an evacuation was organized. A tiger, several monkeys, emus, a porcupine, and other creatures were given veterinary attention and shipped to facilities in Jordan, South Africa, and elsewhere. Khan Younis Zoo, once reduced to displaying the mummified carcasses of animals that had died in their care, has now shut down. [ 19 photos total ]

Central Italy was struck by a powerful, shallow, 6.2-magnitude earthquake at 3:36 am local time, devastating several mountain villages, and resulting in at least 73 deaths so far. Buildings in towns close to the epicenter collapsed on top of each other, falling into the streets, trapping hundreds in enormous piles of rubble. The death toll is still expected to rise as rescue teams reach some of the more remote villages in the region. [ 21 photos total ]

As the sun sets for the night on Palace Playland in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, owner Joel Golder says, “Once this amusement park is gone . . . it’s gone. We’re the only beachfront amusement park left in New England.” He says he loves his family’s business. “I’ve been doing this all my life. The smells, the sounds, there’s nothing like it.” It’s said that the boardwalk atmosphere and these nostalgic slices of Americana are disappearing. But if one looks closely, remnants of the past can still be found on the shores of New England. As Fran Amero drives his 1927 Model T four-door Roadster up Ocean Boulevard, he says the car makes him feel connected to New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach. “It’s like I’ve been here before at a different time. I feel like I’m back in the day.” There are still places that allow us to feel safe and share our own childhood with our children. As Alicia Mullings cradles a pile of tickets for her son Marc, 10, at the Dream Machine arcade at Nantasket Beach in Hull, Mass., she says, “I’ve been coming here since I was a kid; it’s fun to see him having fun doing the same things I did as a kid. We don’t go to the arcade all the time, it’s special.” Golder encourages people to take advantage of this history, “We’re not going to be here forever. . . . This is a place filled with good memories of happier times. . . . We like to deliver happiness.” [ 22 photos total ]

Hundreds of photographers gathered in Rio to follow the action in the Olympic arenas, swimming pools, racetracks, and more. The final events wrapped up over the weekend, capped off by the Closing Cermony in Maracana Stadium on Sunday, and the handoff to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games. Today’s entry encompasses rhythmic gymnastics, wrestling, triathlon, mountain biking, canoe, modern pentathlon, soccer, the Closing Ceremony, and much more. [ 40 photos total ]

A sunset over Egypt, a moonrise over Syria, a nude statue of Donald Trump, floods in Louisiana, fires in California, Olympics in Rio, a new airship makes its maiden flight, and much more. [ 35 photos total ]

Mark Havens spent his childhood exploring the Jersey Shore's kitschy jewel: Wildwood. Once home to the country's largest concentration of midcentury hotel architecture, the barrier island's distinctive plastic-palm facade has given way to modern condominium development. “As motel after motel was demolished, I gradually began to realize that some part of myself was being destroyed as well,” Havens said. He started photographing the tourist destination nearly 10 years ago, capturing the kidney-shaped pools, the looping neon signs, and the barrage of faded colors before they were gone. The images have been collected for his book, Out of Season,  published this month. [ 20 photos total ]

Wildfires in Europe, competition and ceremonies in Rio, Nagasaki marks 71 years since its atomic bombing, Seafair in Seattle, protests in Kashmir, sunflowers in Japan, ostriches in China, and much more. [ 35 photos total ]

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