Your Daily Brief

October 17th, 2023

Good morning, and happy Tuesday! Reading the news can be incredibly draining and take a toll on you and your loved ones. This week, as the situation in Israel and Gaza continues to unfold, as well as news of other violence throughout the world, check out these tips on how to protect your mental health while keeping tabs on the war and other news. It is important to make sure to take care of your and your family’s mental health while engaging with the media!

In Today’s Brief

  • Ecuador: Daniel Noboa secures presidency
  • Colorado: Train derails killing truck driver
  • Kim Ng: Declines to return to Miami Marlins
  • LinkedIn: Layoffs amid slow revenue growth

...and more

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Two Swedes shot in Brussels

Two Swedish nationals were fatally shot in Brussels yesterday and another person was wounded in an attack that is being investigated as apparent terrorism.

Belgian authorities have raised the terror alert to the highest level in the capital and the second-highest level across the rest of the nation. According to Belgian officials, the assailant had posted on social media that he was inspired by the Islamic State militant group and the Swedish nationality of the victims was the probable motive for the shooting. Per several media reports, the attacker drove up to the victims on a scooter and opened fire before driving away. Apart from the two Swedes who were killed, a local taxi driver was injured.

In response to the attack, authorities shut down a Belgium-Sweden soccer match that was being hosted at a stadium not far from the shooting. 35K fans were held inside for several hours as a precaution before being evacuated as the manhunt continued.

Rite Aid files for Chapter 11

Rite Aid has filed for Chapter 11 protection and plans to sell part of its business as it attempts to restructure while dealing with losses and opioid-related lawsuits.

The Philadelphia company, which is marking its 60th year in business, has posted annual losses for several years and is expecting a net loss of as much as $680M in the current fiscal year. Rite Aid plans to stay in business while restructuring through a court-controlled process. The drugstore chain has reached an agreement with some key creditors on a financial restructuring plan to cut its debt, according to an announcement made Sunday. The company also said it obtained $3.45B in fresh financing from some of its lenders.

The chain has been grappling with slowing sales, debt, and a series of lawsuits that allege the company helped fuel the nation’s opioid epidemic. In March, the DOJ intervened in a whistleblower lawsuit, claiming that the drugstore chain filled unlawful prescriptions for opioids.

2028 Olympics gets 5 new sports

The 141st International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced that five new games will be added to the Olympic program for the 2028 Summer Games in Los Angeles.

Baseball and softball, flag football, cricket, lacrosse, and squash were all approved in an IOC vote yesterday. Recent IOC reforms allow Olympic hosts to propose adding sports solely for their edition of the Games. In a statement made yesterday, the IOC president said “The choice of these five new sports is in line with the American sports culture and will showcase iconic American sports to the world while bringing international sports to the United States.”

Flag football and squash will be making their Olympic debut. Baseball and softball were part of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics before taking a break in 2024. Lacrosse last appeared in the 1908 London Olympics, while cricket was last on the Olympic program for the 1900 Games in Paris.

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Around the Globe

  • Daniel Noboa will become the youngest president in Ecuador's history, after securing the position in a run-off election; this was an early election triggered by the dissolution of parliament by outgoing President Guillermo Lasso, whose term Noboa will serve out (More)
  • Russia has agreed to return four Ukrainian children to their families, as part of a deal brokered by Qatar; Ukraine claims to have identified 20K of its children taken by Russia since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine war (More)
  • About 2K U.S. troops have been put on prepare-to-deploy orders for possible support to Israel, according to a U.S. defense official; the American soldiers would not be sent to Israel but could be assigned to other countries in the region for support roles (More)

On the Homefront

  • A truck driver was killed when a train derailed near Pueblo, Colorado, and caused a railroad bridge to collapse onto a major highway; the train crushed the truck, spilled coal, and shut down traffic indefinitely (More)
  • The judge overseeing the federal 2020 election interference case has issued a partial gag order forbidding former President Donald Trump from making statements about potential witnesses or comments about the prosecutors (More)
  • The Biden administration reached a settlement yesterday in a class action lawsuit brought by migrants separated at the U.S.-Mexico border; if approved by a judge, the settlement would prevent immigration officials from separating migrant minors from their legal guardians for eight years (More)

Glitz & Games

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  • Actress Suzanne Somers has died of breast cancer at the age of 76 in Palm Springs; Somers was best known for her roles in TV's Three's Company and She's the Sheriff (More)
  • Tom Kim claimed victory at Shriners Children’s Open at TPC Summerlin, becoming the youngest golfer to earn three PGA Tour titles since Tiger Woods; the 21-year-old is also the first golfer to defend the Shriners Children’s Open since Jim Furyk in 1999 (More)
  • Kim Ng will not be returning to the Miami Marlins as general manager after the team made the 2023 playoffs for the first time since the team claimed victory at the 2003 World Series; Ng is the first female general manager in MLB history (More)

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Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed higher yesterday, with the Nasdaq leading the gains (Dow +0.93%, Nasdaq +1.20%, S&P 500 +1.06%)
  • Microsoft-owned LinkedIn has laid off almost 700 employees as the business-oriented social network has seen year-over-year revenue growth slow for eight consecutive quarters (More)
  • Zipcar has been hit with a $300K fine after U.S. regulators found that the car-sharing company allowed customers to rent vehicles that had open recalls, violating federal motor safety law (More)

Tips & Tricks

  • Feel Good: Meet Winnie, a three-year-old dachshund in England who gave birth to what could be a world record litter for her species—11 puppies at one time; the short-legged and long-bodied hound normally gives birth to a litter of between one and six babies, due to its small size
  • Sneak Peak: Watch Jeffrey Wright play a confounded writer who gives into the absurdities of the publishing industry’s expectations in the hilarious official trailer for American Fiction, an upcoming dark comedy film coming out on December 15th
  • Bump This: Low-key lounge music songstress Naomi Sharon delivers a sensual vocal performance over Spanish acoustic guitar in her new single “Regardless” - listen on Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube
  • Chow Down: Finding recipes for baked goods that are both vegan able to be made without gluten is a tough task, but this recipe for mint chip protein cookie dough checks both boxes while also being–simply put–unbelievably delicious
  • Go Deep: For 30 years, China has been riding the upswing of a supercycle that saw an unprecedented expansion of the country's manufacturing capacity, consumption, and the ability to make waves throughout the global economy, but things are changing now - dive into one journalist’s account of how China’s expansion era has finally come to an end…and what that means for you
  • Hot Goss: According to several sources, NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown was arrested on Sunday outside of his home in Florida for allegedly failing to make child support payments to his ex-girlfriend
  • Life Hack: Generational trauma, or the lingering trauma inherited from our family members, can be difficult to identify, let alone treat - here are three actionable tips to heal our ancestral wounds that will make navigating our lives more manageable in the present, according to a generational trauma expert


Mapping the states where people are moving to the most.

…and Rolling Stone’s updated list of the greatest guitarists.

For all you gamers, see reviews of the PS5’s Spider-Man 2.

Interesting black-and-white pictures of New York in the 80s.

Stunning satellite footage of the solar eclipse hitting Earth.

…and learn what these events meant to Indigenous people.

Examining whether extreme heat is killing beach holidays.

See the Associated Press photo coverage of Israel-Hamas.

Looking Back…

On October 17th: Mother Teresa receives the Nobel Prize for Peace (1979); British and French troops begin the Siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean War (1854); The Colbert Report hosted by Stephen Colbert debuts on Comedy Central (2005); rapper and musician Eminem is born (1972).

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