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🦅 U.S. NEWS
The SAT is adding an ‘adversity score’ that will quietly let colleges track a student’s wealth and privilege
In the aftermath of the recent $25 million college-admissions scandal, the SAT will include a new measure for privilege beginning this year. Along with scores measuring math and reading comprehension, the test will include an “adversity score” that indicates a test taker’s social and economic background – it will be visible only to college officials. Big picture: a beta version was rolled out last year to 50 colleges and found it led to greater nonwhite student enrollment. – Business Insider
Trump unveils plan to ‘transform’ America’s immigration system, focus on high-skilled workers
President Trump on Thursday unveiled a long-awaited immigration overhaul that would dramatically alter how the U.S. accepts people into the country, upending the system in order to favor admissions based on merit rather than family ties. Details: The proposal would judge immigrants with a points-based system that would favor high-skilled workers — accounting for age, English proficiency, education and whether the applicant has a well-paying job offer. – Fox News
The small village where sex offenders outnumber the cops 7 to 1
An investigation by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica has found one in three communities in Alaska has no local law enforcement. No state troopers to stop an active shooter, no village police officers to break up family fights, not even untrained city or tribal cops to patrol the streets. Take, for example, Village Police Officer Annie Reed a 49-year-old grandmother and the only cop in her village, who was tasked with responding to a breaking and entering which lead to the rape of one resident. Sex offenders outnumber Reed 7-1 in her village and she’s now thinking about quitting which shines a light on a bigger picture: Alaskan villages are running out of law enforcement officials and public safety resources are scarce. Keep reading. – ProPublica
🌎 WORLD NEWS
Here’s everything you need to know about Australia’s election
Australia, one of the world’s oldest continuing democracies, goes to the polls tomorrow to choose the country’s next parliament and prime minister. Why it matters: Australians have had six changes of prime minister over the past 12 years – mostly the result of internal party fights. Big picture: growth is slowing and climate change has emerged as a major issue after the country’s hottest summer on record. Be smart: Most indicators point to a change in government in favor of the opposition Labor Party under Bill Shorten. – Al Jazeera
Young Europeans increasingly turning to the far-right
More and more of Europe’s young voters are gravitating towards far-right candidates, many of whom are under 30 and utilize social media to spread their messages. Why this matters: Young, media-savvy candidates have managed to make once-fringe ideas more digestible in a way that appeals to the grievances of younger voters. By the numbers: About 17% of 18-34-year-olds voted for Italy’s far-right League party in 2018, compared to 5% in 2013. In Austria, 30% of those voters chose the far-right Freedom Party in 2017, compared to 8% four years earlier. – Axios
A McPassport? Only in Austria
Lost your passport in Austria? Just look for the golden arches. Under the terms of a new agreement between the U.S. embassy and McDonald’s Austria, any American citizen “in distress” can access helpfrom Austria’s 194 McDonald’s branches, where staff have been trained to contact the embassy for consular services. A McDonald’s spokesperson says the restaurant chain was chosen because of the “brand’s great fame among Americans.” – USA Today
Pinterest stock price dives after mixed earnings results
Pinterest, the online bookmarking service, posted mixed results on Thursday for its first quarterly earnings as a public company, beating revenue estimates while reporting a much larger loss per share than expected. Why it matters: The company went public at a price above its initial proposed range, with many expecting Pinterest to work its way to profitability soon enough. Pinterest’s stock price quickly dropped by more than 14% in after-hours trading after posting its earnings. – WSJ (subscription)
Brooks Koepka makes PGA Championship look too easy
Last year’s PGA Championship winner is picking up right where he left off. Brooks Koepka’s opening round wasn’t just impressive given the difficulty of the course — it was historic. He leads on Day 1 at -7. Elsewhere in individual sports, it was another tennis tournament with another Nick Kyrgios meltdown. Kyrgios didn’t help his hot-tempered reputation during Thursday’s match at the Italian Open when he tossed a chair, kicked a water bottle and stormed off the court. His opponent, Casper Ruud, won by default. (Here’s the video) – AP / ESPN
Sony and Microsoft team up on cloud-based gaming and entertainment
Microsoft and Sony announced an unusual partnership yesterday. The two companies are planning to work together to build future cloud solutions in Microsoft Azure that will support gaming and content streaming. Sony will also use Microsoft data centers for its existing game and streaming platforms. Why it matters: Google unveiled its Stadia game streaming service earlier this year, and the company will use YouTube to push it to the masses. Stadia is a threat to both Microsoft and Sony, and it looks like the companies are teaming up so Sony has some underlying infrastructure assistance to fight back. Microsoft adds a major customer to its already very profitable cloud business. – The Verge / Engadget
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1954: Brown v. Board of Ed is decided
In a major civil rights victory, the U.S. Supreme Court hands down a unanimous decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, ruling that racial segregation in public educational facilities is unconstitutional.
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