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September 18th, 2023

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In Today’s Brief

  • Germany: 200 people arrested at cultural festival
  • Detroit: White House team to help resolve UAW strike
  • Russell Brand: Denies assault and abuse allegations
  • TikTok: Fined for violating European privacy laws

...and more

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Hawaii fires aftermath

Texas state senators acquitted Attorney General Ken Paxton of all impeachment charges over the weekend, allowing him to return to his post.

The attorney general had been suspended without pay from his post after he was impeached in the Texas House of Representatives in May by a 121-23 vote. The articles of impeachment accused Paxton of accepting bribes from campaign donor and developer Nate Paul while disregarding his official duties to the people of Texas. The senators-turned-jurors heard testimony from seven former senior Paxton aides before voting to not remove him from office. Two-thirds of Texas’s 31 senators had to vote to convict him on any single article, but no single article of impeachment saw more than 14 senators vote to find Paxton guilty.

The FBI has also been investigating Paxton since 2020 for the alleged misdeeds underpinning his impeachment. A grand jury has reportedly been impaneled to review potential criminal charges.

Climate protests hit New York

Over 50K people took to the streets of New York City on Sunday as part of The March to End Fossil Fuels, ahead of the city’s Climate Week.

The movement primarily focused on the continued approval of fossil fuel projects in the U.S. The march came as world leaders gather for this week’s UN general assembly, and a UN climate ambitions summit on Wednesday, which the UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, has described as a conference meant to highlight new climate commitments. It featured such politicians as Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and actors Susan Sarandon, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, Kyra Sedgewick, and Kevin Bacon. Organizers of the movement anticipated it would be the largest climate march in the U.S. in the past five years.

More than 650 global climate actions took place over the weekend as part of a larger Global Fight to End Fossil Fuels strike. Youth-led organizations, including Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future, played leading roles in organizing the mobilizations.

Russell Brand accusations

Comedian and actor Russell Brand has been accused of the sexual assault and emotional abuse of four women between 2006 and 2013.

The allegations come after a joint investigation has been made public by The Sunday Times, The Times, and Channel 4's Dispatches in the U.K. A documentary detailing the allegations was released on Saturday on Channel 4's Dispatches series. The women said in the documentary that they only felt ready to tell their stories after being approached by reporters. Most of the women, who the Times said do not know each other, have chosen to remain anonymous. Brand, 48, has denied the allegations and said that all of his relationships have been consensual.

Brand rose to fame as a stand-up comic in Britain in the early 2000s, which led to starring roles on Channel 4 and BBC Radio. He later made the jump to Hollywood, appearing in films such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall in 2008 and the remake of Arthur in 2011.

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Around the Globe

  • Two cargo ships have arrived at a Ukrainian port after traveling through the Black Sea using a new route; this is the first time civilian ships have reached a Ukrainian port following Russia’s withdrawal from a wartime agreement designed to ensure safe grain exports from the invaded country’s ports (More)
  • More than 200 Eritrean opposition supporters were arrested in Germany after violence broke out during a cultural festival organized by the supporters of Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in the southern city of Stuttgart, according to local police (More)
  • An 18-story building in Sudan’s capital was engulfed in flames yesterday as the fighting between the Sudanese army and the Rapid Support Forces, a rival paramilitary force, enters its sixth month (More)

On the Homefront

  • Two suspects have been charged with murder after a 1-year-old died and three other children were hospitalized following suspected exposure to opioids at a Bronx day care center Friday, according to police (More)
  • A White House team is heading to Detroit this week to help resolve the strike between the United States’ largest autoworkers union and the Big Three auto companies that was announced last week (More)
  • A jury has acquitted three men charged over an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer; the men were the last of 14 people who faced charges in state or federal court over the scheme, with nine being convicted and five cleared (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • Billy Miller, the actor from ‘The Young and the Restless’ and ‘General Hospital,’ has died at the age of 43; Miller, who received three Daytime Emmys throughout his acting career, was reportedly struggling with manic depression at the time of his death (More)
  • The Dodgers clinched the National League West title for the 10th time in 11 years with a 6-2 victory over the Mariners in 11 innings; the victory increased the Dodgers' record to 90-57, 13.5 games ahead of the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks (More)
  • Cyclist Sepp Kuss came out victorious at the Spanish Vuelta yesterday, becoming the first American to clinch a Grand Tour race since Chris Horner earned the Vuelta victory in 2013 (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed lower on Friday, with the Nasdaq leading the losses (Dow -0.83%, Nasdaq -1.56%, S&P 500 -1.22%)
  • TikTok has been fined $368M by the Irish Data Protection Commission, which oversees TikTok’s activities in the European Union, for failing to protect children and violating the bloc’s signature privacy law (More)
  • New York employers must now include pay rates in job ads under a new state salary transparency law that went into effect yesterday; the law is part of growing state and city efforts to give women and people of color a tool to advocate for equal pay for equal work (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet Lee Wilson, a Kansas farmer who sacrificed 80 acres of his crops to plant 1.2M sunflowers in total for his wife as a celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary
  • Sneak Peek: You’ll be in for a scare when you watch the official trailer for Goosebumps, an upcoming film on Hulu that will be sure to delight all the ‘90s kids who grew up in suburbia reading R.L. Stine’s books
  • Bump This: Sia, the enigmatic hitmaker of the most epic singalongs, is back with her new single “Gimme Love,” another soaring emotional record that hits straight to the heart - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: If you’re stuck in a breakfast rut and relying on the same old thing over and over again, check out these 60 healthy breakfast ideas that will satisfy both your sweet tooth and your savory cravings while keeping things fresh
  • Road Trip: Hitting the road for a long, leisurely drive as the leaves change is one of the best unsung benefits of autumn - if you’re looking for some lovely wanderlust in the coming months, check out these six scenic fall drives in the U.S. where you can get your fill of fall foliage  
  • Hot Goss: The Drew Barrymore Show will not premiere this week as previously stated and has been put on pause; the actress reversed her decision to bring the program back amid ongoing strikes by Hollywood writers and actors
  • Life Hack: The number of people who are living to at least 100 years old in the U.S. has doubled over the past decade, and many centenarians credit their longevity to their positive attitude - read more on the effects of being positive and some tips to stay positive during the tough times


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Looking Back…

On September 18th: Booker T. Washington declares the Atlanta Compromise (1895); Jimi Hendrix dies of an overdose of barbiturates in London (1970); Scottish voters reject a referendum that would make Scotland an independent country (2014); cyclist Lance Armstrong is born (1971).

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