Your Daily Brief

June 17th, 2022

Good morning, and happy Friday! Today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day–a favorite of sweet-toothed children all over the world, we’re sure–and here’s what we have for you:

Today’s Highlights

  • Golden State Warriors win the NBA Finals
  • Abbott shuts down its Michigan production plant…again
  • EU leaders visit Kyiv and pledge support to Ukraine
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Golden State Warriors win the NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 last night to win the NBA Finals; it is the franchise’s fourth championship title in the last eight seasons.

Playing on Boston's home court at TD Garden, the game ended with a final score of 103-90. Afterward, Golden State point guard Steph Curry was unanimously named the Finals MVP by the 11 voting media members; it marks Curry’s first time winning the award.

Curry finished the game with 34 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, two steals, and made 6 out of 11 total 3-point shots. Throughout the series, he averaged 31.2 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and shot 43.7% from 3-point range. On the Celtics’ side, Jaylen Brown put up 34 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in last night’s game.

This year’s title places the Warriors alongside the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, and Los Angeles Lakers as the only franchises to win four titles in the span of eight years, and makes Golden State the second team in NBA history to win a championship on Boston's home court.

Abbott shuts down its Michigan production plant…again

Less than two weeks after restarting production of baby formula at its Sturgis, Michigan plant, Abbott has shut the facility down again due to flooding from thunderstorms.

Abbott had shut down the same plant in February after four babies who ingested formula manufactured at the facility became sick with bacterial infections, which exacerbated a shortage of baby formula in the United States. After resuming production on June 4th, Abbott announced the plant’s recent closure in a statement released Wednesday, citing flooding as the cause.

“Abbott has stopped production of its EleCare specialty formula that was underway to assess damage caused by the storm and clean and re-sanitize the plant,” the company wrote. “We have informed FDA and will conduct comprehensive testing in conjunction with the independent third party to ensure the plant is safe to resume production. This will likely delay production and distribution of new product for a few weeks.”

Despite the second closure of the plant–which is Abbott’s biggest factory–the company asserts it has an “ample existing supply” of the formula brand EleCare and most of its specialty and metabolic formulas, which will be adequate to meet demand until more product is available.

EU leaders visit Kyiv and pledge support to Ukraine

Four leaders of the European Union visited Kyiv on Thursday to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and to pledge military and political support for Ukraine.

The leaders in attendance were French President Emmanual Macron, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis. In addition to touring the Kyiv suburb of Irpin where Macon claimed he saw evidence of “war crimes,” the four leaders pledged additional arms and vowed to create a path for Ukraine to eventually join the EU.

The visit from the heads of four EU countries comes at a time when France, Germany, and Italy have faced criticism for continuing to engage with Russian President Vladimir Putin and not providing Ukraine with the weaponry the country says it needs to continue its defense against Russian forces.

After holding talks with Ukrainian President Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron said at a news conference that the leaders are ​​“doing everything so that Ukraine alone can decide its fate.” German Chancellor Olaf Scholz then added, “My colleagues and I have come here to Kyiv today with a clear message: Ukraine belongs to the European family.”

Around the Globe

  • Saudi Arabian authorities have been seizing rainbow-colored toys and clothes for “promoting homosexuality” in young people
  • Central banks across Europe hiked up interest rates and signaled higher borrowing costs to come after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced its largest rate increase since 1994
  • Sri Lanka’s power and energy minister said its fuel stocks will last about five more days as the country waits for the Indian government to confirm a new $500 million credit line for fuel

On the Homefront

  • A 67-year-old man was found dead in Death Valley National Park after his car ran out of gas and he set off to search for help on foot
  • Aides to former Vice President Mike Pence told the House committee investigating the January 6th, 2021 incident at the U.S. Capitol that former President Donald Trump pressured Pence to overturn the results of the 2020 election despite repeatedly being told that doing so was illegal
  • Incarcerated lawyer Michael Avenetti pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud and a tax charge in a federal court in Southern California

Glitz and Games

  • Beyoncé announces a new album titled Renaissance that will be released on July 29th, according to product listings on her website; it is her first album in six years
  • Two former crew members of General Hospital sue ABC for being let go due to not receiving Covid-19 vaccinations, accusing the network of religious discrimination
  • HBO is developing a sequel to Game of Thrones centered on Jon Snow; Kit Harrington is attached to reprise his role as the aforementioned character

Money Moves

  • Investors unloaded equities and sent major indexes in the stock market lower as recession concerns loomed (Dow -2.54%, Nasdaq -4.08%, S&P 500 -3.25%)
  • Tesla raises the price of most vehicles in its lineup for the second time this year in response to global supply chain issues and rising costs of raw materials
  • Cosmetics maker Revlon filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in a New York court this week; the company holds a debt load of $3.3 billion as of March, per securities filings

Tip & Tricks

  • Binge Watch: Relive some of your teenage angst with The Summer I Turned Pretty adapted from Jenny Han’s novel of the same name on Prime Video
  • Bump This: We’re preparing for Renaissance by brushing up on these essential Beyoncé playlists on Apple Music and Spotify
  • Gross Out: 12 children and two adults at an Alaska elementary school drank floor sealant that they believed was milk after a mix-up of containers, per school officials (everyone is okay)
  • Go Deep: Learn about the Boomerang Nebula, the coldest space in the universe with a temperature below absolute zero
  • Say What: “Elon’s behavior in the public sphere is a frequent source of distraction and embarrassment for us,” SpaceX employees said in an open letter to executives in which they denounced the CEO’s recent behavior
  • Hot Goss: Aquaman actor Jason Momoa is onto other fish in the sea after ending a months-long relationship with Eiza González
  • Life Hack: You can burn the end of a spaghetti stick to light wicks in candles when they become hard to reach with a normal lighter

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Looking Back…

On June 17th, 1994, American football player O.J. Simpson was charged with the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman; he was acquitted the following year after a now-infamous trial.

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