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September 7th, 2022

Good morning, and welcome to your Wednesday! Did you know that if you were able to drive in a straight line upward into the atmosphere, driving to space would only take an hour if you went 60 mph? Think about that the next time you’re stuck in traffic on your morning commute! Anyway, here’s what we have for you:

In Today’s Brief

  • Scotland: Institutes rent freeze to combat higher costs of living
  • Memphis: Police identify the body of missing 34-year-old Eliza Fletcher
  • Jake Paul: Scheduled to fight Anderson Silva on October 29th
  • Apple: Holding iPhone 14 launch event today in Cupertino, CA
  • James Webb: Captures new image of tarantula nebula 161,000 light years from Earth
  • Top Tips: Juul agrees to pay a settlement fee of $438.5M for its role in teen vaping; Justin Bieber cancels remaining Justice World Tour shows to focus on his health; Uvalde students and teachers return to school for the first time since the attack on Robb Elementary

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Juul agrees to pay $438.5M settlement for marketing vaping products to teens

Electronic cigarette maker Juul Labs Inc. reached a tentative agreement to pay $438.5M to 33 states to settle an investigation into the company’s role in teenage vaping.

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong announced the deal Tuesday on behalf of the 33 states plus Puerto Rico, which joined together in 2020 to probe Juul's promotions and claims about the safety and benefits of its technology as an alternative to cigarettes. According to Tong–whose state led the probe–Juul is required to make several changes to its practices as part of the settlement, including refraining from marketing to youths, using cartoons in advertisements, and providing free samples.

The settlement agreement comes over two months after the Food and Drug Administration banned all Juul e-cigarettes from the U.S. market. Juul challenged the ban in court, and the FDA has subsequently reopened its review of the company's technology.

Justin Bieber cancels all remaining ‘Justice’ tour dates to focus on his health

Justin Bieber announced yesterday that he is canceling all remaining tour dates on his Justice World Tour to focus on his health.

Bieber’s decision comes months after he went public with his Ramsay-Hunt syndrome diagnosis. Bieber was diagnosed with the virus–which affects nerves in the face and ear and can cause facial paralysis–in June while in the middle of the North American leg of his tour. He subsequently postponed his remaining dates on that leg to recover before returning to touring in July.

In a statement posted to his Instagram, Bieber said that “exhaustion overtook” him after performing at Rock in Rio this past weekend, adding, “I need to make my health the priority right now. So I’m going to take a break from touring for the time being.” Bieber was expected to perform in Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East, and Australia, and has yet to announce new tour dates.

Uvalde students return to school for the first time since the May 24th shooting

Months after the shooting at Robb Elementary School that claimed the lives of 19 students and 2 teachers, multiple schools across the Uvalde School District in Texas opened this week.

When in-person classes began yesterday, parents, students, and teachers arriving at some schools in the district were met with taller fences, increased security and cameras, more law enforcement presence, more counselors, and emotional support dogs. In addition to implementing increased security, the school district has also added a virtual option this year for parents who didn't feel comfortable sending their children back into a classroom.

Robb Elementary has remained closed since the May 24th attack, and will eventually be demolished. While some of its students have been assigned to different schools in the district, some parents reportedly chose to send their children to schools in the nearby Knippa, La Pryor, and Sabinal districts because teachers there can receive handgun training.

Around the Globe

  • To combat rising energy and living costs, Scotland’s First Minister Nicole Sturgeon announced that the country will be instituting an immediate rent freeze for social tenants and private renters as well as an eviction moratorium until next spring
  • China approved the world’s first inhaled COVID-19 vaccine, according to an announcement from vaccine maker CanSino Biologics in the city of Tianjin
  • British Conservative Party leader Liz Truss officially replaced Boris Johnson to become the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom yesterday

On the Homefront

  • Primary elections were held in Massachusetts yesterday - see the results here
  • Memphis Police said that investigators identified the body of missing 34-year-old teacher Eliza Fletcher, who was abducted and forced into an SUV while jogging last Friday morning
  • A District Court judge ruled that Couy Griffin–a county official in New Mexico convicted of entering a restricted area on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol–is disqualified from holding public office because his participation in Jan. 6th’s events violated Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment

Glitz & Games

  • Netflix has settled a lawsuit filed against it over its original show The Queen’s Gambit; the suit was filed by Soviet chess player Nona Gaprindashvili, who alleged sexism and historical inaccuracy in the way she was portrayed in the limited series
  • A boxing match between Jake Paul and former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva has been finalized for October 29th at the Gila River Arena in Phoenix, AZ; the fight will air live on Showtime PPV
  • Producer Dan Lin, known for producing The Lego Movie films as well as both installments of the horror franchise It for Warner Bros., will not lead DC Comics' film and television division after negotiating with Warner Bros. Discovery to take over the position

Business & Markets

  • Major indexes in the stock market closed down to extend losses from Friday’s trading session (Dow -0.55%, Nasdaq -0.74%, S&P 500 -0.41%)
  • Apple is set to hold its Far Out launch event at its Cupertino headquarters today where it will unveil its latest hardware products, including the new iPhone 14; it will be the first iPhone launch with an in-person component since 2019
  • Google has started sending invites to its hardware event scheduled for Thursday, October 6th, where the company will launch its upcoming Pixel 7 phones and its first-ever smartwatch, the Pixel Watch

Tip & Tricks

  • Bump This: You don’t need to habla español to soak up the sultry dance vibes in Kali Uchis’ new song “NO HAY LEY” - listen on Apple Music and Spotify
  • Chow Down: If you’re feeling some comfort food for the middle of the week, take a look at this recipe for one-pot garlic parmesan pasta to help get you over the hump
  • Nerd Out: Read up on how scientists from the University of Virginia produced 3D-printed living soil walls that can grow plants on their surfaces
  • Look Up: Check out this image of a tarantula nebula captured by the James Webb Space Telescope’s Near-Infrared Camera; the nebula is located 161,000 light-years away from Earth in the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy and looks like…a tarantula?
  • Say What: “The morning after I gave birth, I felt like my whole life had started over. Like, now is day one of my life. I just stared. I was just so in love. I also fell in love with all babies everywhere. Newborns are just so amazing. They’re these pink, swollen, fragile little survivors. Now I love all babies,” actress Jennifer Lawrence said in an interview with Vogue regarding motherhood
  • Hot Goss: A representative for Chris Pine has denied that Harry Styles spat on Pine during the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling at the Venice Film Festival (this poor film just can’t catch a break)
  • Life Hack: Set aside five minutes in between long periods of work to stretch your muscles - here are seven simple stretches you can do at your desk to boost circulation and stay healthy

Looking Back…

On September 7th: China’s Boxer Rebellion ends with the signing of the Boxer Protocol (1901); rapper and actor Tupac Shakur is fatally shot by an unknown assailant in Las Vegas, NV (1996); ESPN debuts on American television (1979); musician Eazy-E is born (1963).

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