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August 28th, 2023

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In Today’s Brief

  • Zimbabwe: President to have second term
  • Yale: Reaches settlement with students
  • NASCAR: Ryan Preece exits the hospital
  • UAW: Votes on potential auto workers strike

...and more

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Jacksonville shooting

Three people were killed Saturday in an attack that appeared to be racially motivated when a gunman targeted Black people at a Dollar General store in Jacksonville, Florida.

At a news conference held by Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters, the police identified Ryan Christoper Palmeter, 21, as the shooter who killed two men and one woman before taking his own life. According to Sheriff Waters, Palmeter was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and a handgun. Waters showed photos of the weapons, which showed swastikas drawn on one of the guns. Palmeter approached the first victim in her car and shot her through the window before he walked into the store and opened fire.

Following the attack, Palmeter’s father went into his room and found a suicide note, a will, and writings on his laptop that Waters described as racially-charged. The police reported that Palmeter was also involved in a 2016 domestic violence incident and had been involuntarily committed to a mental hospital for examination.

Gang targets Haiti protests

At least seven people lost their lives in Haiti when a gang that controls a suburb of Port-au-Prince opened fire on a church-organized protest.

Videos on social media showed people marching in Canaan, a makeshift town founded by survivors of the 2010 earthquake. Some of the protesters donned yellow shirts associated with the religious group led by Marcorel “Marco” Zidor, while some were seen carrying sticks and machetes. The protest was held in opposition to the gang that controls the area, which warned last week that it planned to shut down the last remaining open road connecting Haiti’s capital to the northern regions of the country.

Gang violence in Haiti has claimed more than 2.4K lives so far this year. Gangs have grown more powerful since the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moise, and they are estimated to control up to 80% of Port-au-Prince.

Bob Barker dies at 99

Bob Barker, the longtime host of the TV game show The Price Is Right, passed away at age 99 at his home in Los Angeles, according to his publicist.

Barker was born in Darrington, Washington in 1923. He was working in radio in 1956 when he was cast as the new host for the game show Truth or Consequences, a job he held for 18 years. In 1972, he also started hosting a revamped version of The Price Is Right on CBS, which Bull Cullen hosted in the 1950s and ‘60s. It went on to become the longest-running game show on TV. Throughout his career, Barker also became known for animal advocacy and his work exposing animal cruelty.

Barker received 18 Daytime Emmys and a Daytime Emmy for lifetime achievement in 1999. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004. All in all, he taped over 5K game show episodes in his career.

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Around the Globe

  • Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin has been confirmed dead after a genetic analysis of the bodies found in the plane crash, according to Russian officials; authorities have reported that the identities of all 10 victims have now been established (More)
  • Women have been banned from visiting the Band-e-Amir National Park in Afghanistan by the Taliban government after many were found to not observe hijab guidelines inside the park (More)
  • Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa will have a second and final term in office, according to the 2023 election results released by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (More)

On the Homefront

  • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for most of the state’s Gulf coast as a weather system moves northward across the Gulf of Mexico; the National Hurricane Center warned that the system could produce dangerous storm surge by midweek (More)
  • Yale University has reached a settlement with a student group in a federal lawsuit that alleges that the Ivy League school discriminates against students with mental health disabilities (More)
  • Three U.S. Marines were killed when an aircraft crashed on an island off Australia’s northern coast during a multination training exercise, per a statement from the Marine Corps (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • NASCAR driver Ryan Preece was discharged from the hospital after being admitted following a car crash at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night (More)
  • Nintendo’s ‘Legends of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom’ took home the prizes for best gameplay, best audio, and the honor of the most epic title at the 2023 Gamescom Awards in Cologne, Germany (More)
  • Arleen Sorkin, the original voice of Harley Quinn, has died at the age of 67 due to ongoing health issues that were not released to the public; Sorkin also portrayed Calliope Jones on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed higher on Friday, with the Nasdaq and S&P 500 ending the week with gains (Dow +0.73%, Nasdaq +0.94%, S&P 500 +0.67%)
  • Members of the United Auto Workers union approved possible strikes at General Motors, Ford, and Stellantis, with 97% of those participating in the strike authorization voting in favor; there are 145K UAW members between the three companies (More)
  • Netflix is officially ending its DVD rental program, mailing the final batch on September 29th after 25 years of sending subscribers DVDs by mail (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Irish conservationists recently reported that the osprey has successfully bred in the Emerald Isle wilderness for the first time in almost 250 years - while the ospreys are prevalent worldwide, they have been absent from Irish skies for two centuries after being hunted to extinction
  • Sneak Peek: Watch Saoirse Ronan and Paul Mescal’s budding marriage be put to the test in the first trailer of the upcoming sci-fi film Foe, hitting theaters on October 6th
  • Bump This: Actor/singer/entrepreneur/everything else Selena Gomez returns to music with a new song called “Single Soon,” a dark ode to the single life - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: If you’re looking for a tasty snack that doesn’t contain any grain, try out this recipe for rosemary zucchini bread that’s quite fluffy and has the perfect amount of crunch from walnuts and pepitas
  • Nerd Out: Read up on how a new study ran simulations of colonies on Mars to determine the ideal number of residents needed for a Martian colony to survive…and which personality type they discovered should probably steer clear of colonizing the Red Planet
  • Go Deep: If you find yourself intimidated at the gym, you’re not alone - experts have even coined the term “gymtimidation” to describe the feelings of anxiety around working out…but they have also laid out some great advice on how to overcome it, no matter where you are in your fitness journey 
  • Life Hack: A high resting heart rate may mean that you’re more susceptible to stress and cardiac issues - here are nine reasons why your resting heart rate is higher than it should be, and some tips on how to lower it naturally


A map of the most popular attractions around the world.

Countries with the highest prevalence of modern slavery.

Examining the endless stream of apologies on social media.

…and how to tell if you truly have a smartphone addiction.

See inside a family home built around a prehistoric boulder.

A list of the films pushed back due to the Hollywood strike.

Advice on how to have an engaging conversation with kids.

…meanwhile, linguists determine the world’s oldest language.

Looking Back…

On August 28th: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington (1963); the film The Killers starring Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster has its world premiere in New York City (1946); the spacecraft Galileo takes pictures of the asteroid Ida (1993); Emmett Till dies at age 14 in Mississippi (1955).

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