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May 9th, 2023

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings novels–or movies–then we have some interesting news for you. Scientists have discovered a new butterfly species that they named Saurona. Apparently, they hit on the name Saurona because the black rings on the insect’s orange wings reminded them of Sauron’s all-seeing eye described in Tolkien’s story.

In Today’s Brief

  • Serbia: Protests after gun violence
  • Brownsville: SUV driver facing charges
  • Kelly Clarkson: Moving show to NYC
  • Virgin Galactic: Test flight this month

...and more

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Russian drone attack

Russian forces launched a renewed wave of drone and missile strikes yesterday, reportedly firing 60 Iranian-made Kamikaze drones at Ukrainian targets.

Witnesses described air raid alerts that were heard throughout roughly two-thirds of Ukraine, including in the country’s capital of Kyiv. There, the city’s mayor called the attack the “biggest" kamikaze drone attack on Kyiv since Russia launched its invasion in February 2022. While Ukrainian officials said that all 36 drones fired at Kyiv were shot down, at least five people were injured when debris hit apartments and other buildings. One missile reportedly set a food warehouse ablaze in Odesa, where officials reported three people were injured.

Moscow has intensified airstrikes over the past week ahead of an expected Ukrainian offensive. Yesterday’s assault marks the fourth attack in eight days on Kyiv and came 24 hours before Russia celebrates Victory Day, an occasion that commemorates the surrender of Nazi Germany in WWII.

More Texas border guards

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the deployment of a new Texas Tactical Border Force to prevent a surge in migrants attempting to enter the country at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Abbott’s move comes ahead of Thursday’s lifting of Title 42, a policy enforced under former President Trump that allows border patrol officers to turn away migrants without accepting their asylum applications due to public health reasons. The U.S. is expected to see a surge of migrants at its southern border once the policy is lifted. In a statement, the Texas National Guard said it activated 545 more service members around the state to “reinforce the border mission in anticipation of the end of Title 42 immigration restrictions.”

The Texas Tactical Border Force is meant to bolster Operation Lone Star, which Abbott’s office said in a press release has turned back 371K people who unlawfully crossed the border and has resulted in about 27K criminal arrests.

A woman saved by wine

A woman was found after being stranded in the Australian bush for five days and reportedly survived by eating sweets and drinking a bottle of wine.

Lillian Ip, 48, set off on what was meant to be a day trip, traveling through the bushland near the town of Bright. She hit a dead-end after taking a wrong turn, and her vehicle became stuck in the mud. She was 37 miles away from the nearest town with no water, no cell phone service, and wasn’t able to walk far due to health issues. Her family reported her missing after they didn’t receive her daily check-in call, and police began searching for her vehicle.

After Ip was found, she told local authorities that she survived by keeping the car heater on, eating sweets she had on hand, and drinking the wine she intended to give as a gift–even though she doesn’t drink alcohol. Ip was then treated at a nearby hospital for dehydration.

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Around the Globe

  • Iran hanged two people who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy, according to reports from the judiciary’s news website Mizan (More)
  • Over 10K demonstrators marched in Serbia’s capital of Belgrade, calling for the resignation of top officials and the curtailing of violence in the country’s media after back-to-back shootings last week that left 17 people dead in less than 48 hours (More)
  • EU cancels its diplomatic event for Europe Day in Israel due to the planned participation of Israel’s Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben-Gvir (More)

On the Homefront

  • The driver who ran into pedestrians at a Brownsville, Texas, bus stop near a homeless shelter is facing manslaughter charges in connection to the incident that left eight dead and 10 others injured (More)
  • Department of Transportation to propose new air travel regulations that would require airlines to offer compensation beyond refunds for “controllable” flight cancellations or significant delays (More)
  • TSA is investigating a federal agent’s aggressive dog handling conduct after a video of his handling of a bomb-sniffing dog at the Detroit Metro Airport circulated on social media; the employee has reportedly been removed from his duties until the investigation is complete (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • ‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ is moving production across the country from the Universal Lot in Los Angeles to NBC Studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City (More)
  • Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic will not be suspended for Game 5 against the Phoenix Suns; the league fined Jokic for his slight push of Suns owner Mat Ishbia in Game 4, but he will be available to play tomorrow night in Denver (More)
  • The writers' room has shut down for the ‘Game of Thrones’ spinoff series A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight due to the ongoing writers’ strike, according to an announcement from George R.R. Martin (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market ended mixed, with the Dow losing while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 gained (Dow -0.17%, Nasdaq +0.18%, S&P 500 +0.05%)
  • Samsung receives FDA clearance for its Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature for the Galaxy Watch; together with the watch’s Electrocardiogram (ECG) function, the Irregular Heart Rhythm Notification feature monitors heart rhythms suggestive of atrial fibrillation (More)
  • Virgin Galactic said a four-member test flight will take place in May and that the company aims to launch its first commercial space flight in late June (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet Sophie Nistico, a 24-year-old founder of a mental health-conscious clothing company who was kindly rejected by every single investor on Shark Tank for a simple reason: they believe she’s already succeeding wildly and didn’t see any way to help her get better
  • Speak Peek: The story of J. Robert Oppenheimer and the world’s first nuclear weapons comes even more to life in the new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, starring Cillian Murphy and based on the book American Prometheus
  • Bump This: Southern R&B crooner Durand Jones lays his silky vocals over a Stevie Wonder-like shuffle in his new single “See It Through” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: A lot of us may view cooking eggs in anything other than a pan as blasphemy, but we shouldn’t be so quick to judge - here are some tips for cooking microwaved scrambled eggs that are fluffy and actually taste good
  • Nerd Out: Read up on how a new study conducted by researchers at University College London found that a gene inherited from Neanderthals can still partly influence the shape of our noses and lips today
  • Go Deep: Light, cool colors in your bedsheets may keep you awake, while dark, warm colors may retain a bit too much heat - learn about how much the color of your bedsheets matters for a good night’s sleep and what sleep experts say are the best and worst colors to choose 
  • Life Hack: The common message around proper hydration is that we need to drink eight glasses of water per day, but that’s not always the case for all of us - here’s a better way to figure out how much water you should be drinking, along with some tips on how to get your daily fill


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Looking Back…

On May 9th: Christopher Columbus sets sail from Spain on his fourth and final voyage (1502); the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves the first birth control pill (1960); the horror film Friday the 13th is released in theaters (1980); musician and songwriter Billy Joel is born (1949).

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