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May 25th, 2023

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In Today’s Brief

  • Guam: Power out from Typhoon Mawar
  • LAPD: Getting four-legged robot dogs
  • Beatles: Bassist from early days dies
  • Target: Making changes to Pride items

...and more

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DeSantis announces presidential bid

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis officially entered the 2024 presidential race, revealing his decision in a Federal Election Commission filing yesterday.

After the filing paperwork was revealed, DeSantis, 44, appeared alongside Twitter owner Elon Musk in an event on the social media platform where he formally announced his campaign for the Republican nomination in 2024. DeSantis has consistently come second to former President Trump in multiple polls of the Republican field. He was re-elected Florida’s governor last November by a spread of 19 percentage points and was widely reported to be staffing up while visiting states that will vote early in the primary next year.

With his bid, DeSantis joins a field that includes candidates such as former President Donald Trump, former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, former Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson, and biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy.

Tina Turner dies at 83

Tina Turner, the American-born singer informally known as the “Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, passed away at age 83 yesterday in her home near Zurich, Switzerland.

Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26th, 1939, in Tennessee, Turner began performing at a young age and immersed herself in the local rhythm and blues scene as a teenager. In 1956, she met Ike Turner from the band Kings of Rhythm and became part of their act under the stage name, Tina Turner. The pair married in Mexico in 1962, two years after the birth of their son, Ronnie. She divorced Ike in 1978, alleging years of physical abuse and infidelity.

Throughout her five-decade career, Turner sold over 100M records. She lent her voice to charting singles such as “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “The Best,” “River Deep – Mountain High” and a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary,” among others.

‘Trap Queen’ rapper sentenced

Rapper Fetty Wap was sentenced to six years in federal prison for his role in a New York-based drug-trafficking scheme.

The rapper–who was born in Paterson, New Jersey, and whose real name is Willie Maxwell–was arrested in October 2021 on charges of participating in a conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the New York area. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess cocaine, which carries a minimum prison term of five years. The scheme Maxwell was connected to reportedly involved narcotics being shipped from the West Coast and sold in New Jersey and Long Island. During the trial, Maxwell’s attorneys suggested that he turned to selling drugs due to hardship brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Maxwell rose to prominence in 2015 when his debut single “Trap Queen” reached No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song’s lyrics make references to cooking and selling drugs alongside a romantic partner.

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Around the Globe

  • Super Typhoon Mawar hit Guam as a Category 4 storm yesterday and knocked out power to the majority of the island; it is the strongest storm to hit the U.S. Pacific territory in decades (More)
  • Wagner mercenary boss Yevgeny Prigozhin claims his force lost more than 20K fighters in Bakhmut, with about 20% of the 50K Russian convicts he recruited to fight in the 15-month war dying in the eastern Ukrainian city (More)
  • New clues emerged in the search for four missing children in Colombia following a May 1st plane crash; search parties reportedly found items belonging to the siblings–who are between 11 months and 13 years old–in two different locations in the rainforest (More)

On the Homefront

  • Los Angeles County approves LAPD’s use of the four-legged robot “Spot” manufactured by Boston Dynamics; the mechanical dog will only be used in certain situations and won’t be outfitted with weapons or facial recognition software (More)
  • Prosecutors are seeking a 25-year sentence for Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes for his role in connection to events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021 (More)
  • Two individuals face misdemeanor charges in connection to a brawl captured on video that ensued near baggage claim at Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport earlier this week, leaving a 24-year-old woman injured (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • One-time bassist for the Beatles Chas Newby passed away at age 81; Newby played with the group in its early days for a few gigs and played with John Lennon in his first band, the Quarrymen (More)
  • Ben Chan’s nine-game streak as ‘Jeopardy!’ champion ended this week with a misspelling during the final round; Chan earned over $252K throughout his run before his loss to former museum educator Lynn Di Vito (More)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist and singer Sheldon Reynolds died at 63; Reynolds joined the band in 1987 and remained a member until 2002 (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed lower for the second straight day, with the Dow leading losses (Dow -0.77%, Nasdaq -0.61%, S&P 500 -0.73%)
  • Meta implemented its latest round of layoffs yesterday, estimated to impact about 6K employees as part of the company’s self-described “Year of Efficiency” (More)
  • Target announced that it is making changes to its Pride Month 2023 collection after customer backlash including some confrontations between staff and customers over select LGBTQ+ items (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Read up on how a paralyzed man regained the ability to walk after receiving a newly-developed implant that restored communication between his brain and spinal nerves, bridging the gap caused by a spinal cord injury he suffered over 10 years ago while cycling
  • Sneak Peek: DC released its final trailer for the upcoming film The Flash, which promises to forever alter the DC Universe when it speeds into theaters on June 16th
  • Bump This: 90s British rock heroes Blur dropped a new single called “The Narcissist” off their upcoming album The Ballad of Darren, the band’s first new body of work since 2015 - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: For a meal that’s protein-rich, good for your gut, and full of antioxidants, try out this recipe for saffron chicken and asparagus that goes great with sweet potatoes, cauliflower rice, or veggie noodles
  • Go Deep: An amateur writer gives his take on a cyberpunk novel that was wholly written by an AI generator…and opens up a discussion on what generative AI means for the future of writing and art as a whole 
  • Hot Goss: Police in Tennessee conducted a welfare check on Memphis Grizzlies point guard Ja Morant following cryptic messages he posted to his Instagram account; after showing up at the NBA player’s home, officials said he is simply “taking a break from social media”
  • Life Hack: Summertime means showing off those guns in a sleeveless outfit, and there’s no better time to start toning up your arms than right now - check out this 20-minute upper body workout for beginners that exercises your shoulders, biceps, triceps, and more


The stories behind 10 of Tina Turner’s iconic songs.

Visualizing America’s decline of affordable housing.

Poll results show who Americans rely on for information.

Watch footage of Typhoon Mawar striking Guam.

A timelapse video of the erupting Popocatepetl volcano.

…and speaking of, seven interesting facts about volcanos.

How city economies fare from the Taylor Swift effect.

BBC ranks the 100 all-time greatest children’s books.

Looking Back…

On May 25th: George Floyd is killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota (2020); George Lucas’ space opera film Star Wars is released (1977); Babe Ruth hits the 714th and last home run of his career (1935); actor Ian McKellen is born (1939).

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