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🦅 U.S. NEWS
Jeffrey Epstein’s death by apparent suicide inspires new conspiracy theories
Jeffrey Epstein was found dead by apparent suicide in his New York jail cell. The financier was facing renewed charges of sex crimes with minors. Just before his death, hundreds of pages from a previous court proceeding were unsealed in which an accuser claims Mr. Epstein groomed her, while underage, to have sex with his powerful friends. Apparently, there’s no surveillance video of the incident although there are cameras in the 9 South wing where Epstein was being held. Why it matters: the suspicious circumstances have launched new conspiracy theories online that are now being amplified by Russian bots and trolls to pit Americans against one another. – CBS/ New York Post
Universal Pictures Cancels Release of The Hunt
Universal Pictures canceled the release of “The Hunt”, a satirical horror film that depicted rich Americans hunting ordinary people for sport. The cancellation comes in the wake of mass shootings in California, Texas, and Ohio. The studio stood by the film as social commentary but said “now is not the right time” for it. News of the cancellation also came less than 24 hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that the film is meant to “inflame and cause chaos.” – TIME
The case for slowing down our cities
Speed limits continue to drop in U.S. cities in the name of safety. New York, Portland, Boston and soon Philadelphia have lowered speed limits in residential neighborhoods, and Washington, D.C., may follow suit. Why it matters: rising speed limits in the U.S. have led to an additional 37,000 deaths over the past 25 years, per a recent report. As cities grapple with the growing popularity of micromobility, they are being forced to re-examine their traffic policies. Some in Manhattan have advocated for urban “slow lanes” with 15 mph speed limits, while others back a European style “slow streets district.” – LI / City Lab
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🌎 WORLD NEWS
Yemen conflict: Southern separatists seize control of Aden
Yemeni separatists have taken control of the strategic city of Aden after days of fighting with forces backing the internationally recognized government. This includes sites such as the presidential palace, port, and airport. Why it matters: Aden has been the seat of the Saudi-backed government since Houthi fighters took over Sanaa in 2014. Big picture: The civil war in Yemen has devastated the country, killing thousands of civilians and causing shortages of food and medical care that have affected millions. After eight years of conflict, Yemen is frequently referred to the world’s worst man-made humanitarian disaster. There have been at least 7,200 civilian casualties since 2015 – but other groups estimate the true number is much higher. – BBC
Protest Rock Hong Kong and Moscow
Hong Kong was convulsed by mass demonstrations and chaos for a second straight day on Sunday, as the police fired tear gas into a subway station and the authorities accused protesters of attacking officers with gasoline bombs. Big picture: The unrest in several downtown districts came in the 10th weekend of protests in the semiautonomous Chinese territory and capped a week in which the protest movement mounted its fiercest resistance yet to Beijing’s rule of the former British colony. Meanwhile, 60,000 protesters took to the streets in Moscow, angry about deteriorating freedoms and a stagnant economy. Arrests and detentions following previous protests have only fuelled the frustration. – New York Times
Gondola cable cut in Canada, sending cars crashing to the ground in ‘deliberate act,’
Several gondola cars came crashing to the ground early Saturday in British Columbia after someone apparently cut the cable. The popular sightseeing attraction is located in Squamish, British Columbia, about 40 miles north of Vancouver. The attraction gives guests a 10-minute ride, rising to over 2,900 feet above sea level and “provides sweeping views of the Howe Sound and surrounding mountains.” No guests or staff were on the gondola that shuttles between 1,500 and 3,000 guests each day during the summer season. – Fox News
California Fostered America’s Tech Industry. It Is Becoming a Great Adversary.
California, the birthplace of the American tech industry, is emerging as a great foe. Today the state legislature resumes and will consider a bill that, if passed, could classify drivers for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft as employees, entitled to better wages and benefits. Why it matters: The bill, along with state laws pending or passed on issues ranging from privacy to net neutrality, could substantially reshape companies across the technology sector, many of which are based in the Silicon Valley area where local ordinances targeting tech are also taking hold. Big picture: the push by policymakers against local companies is an unusual turn that is setting a precedent for greater tech governance throughout the country. – Wall Street Journal (subscription)
Serena retires due to injury as Canadian wins home tourney
Serena Williams was forced to retire in the Rogers Cup final. The veteran American played just four games before succumbing to back spasms, which saw Bianca Andreescu, 19, win the trophy in front of her hometown fans. Williams broke down in tears when she withdrew from the match, and then again while making her post-match statements. Why it matters: Bianca Andreescu became the first Canadian to win the Rogers Cup in 50 years. – AP
Huawei launches first product with own operating system
Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which has been caught in the crossfires of the Washington-Beijing trade war, on Saturday unveiled a new smart television, the first product to use its own operating system: HarmonyOS. Why it matters: in the future the operating system could act as an alternative for phones and other smart devices in the event that looming US sanctions prevent the firm from using Android technology. Remember: American companies are theoretically no longer allowed to sell technology products to Huawei, but a three-month exemption period — which ends next week — was granted by Washington before the measure came into force. – AFP
📅 ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
1990: Skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex discovered
On this day in 1990, fossil hunter Susan Hendrickson discovers three huge bones jutting out of a cliff near Faith, South Dakota. They turn out to be part of the largest-ever Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered, a 65 million-year-old specimen dubbed Sue, after its discoverer.
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