8.23.2017

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08.23.2017
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USS McCain.
The head of the Navy's 7th Fleet, Vice Admiral Joseph Auicon, was relieved of duty after the USS McCain collided with a commercial oil tanker on Monday - the second high profile collision in as many months. The crash breached the rear left hull (see photo) of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer - while the significant flooding was contained to the point where the ship could be guided back to port, the crash injured five and left ten sailors missing. Navy divers recovered remains of some of the sailors Tuesday, trapped in flooded compartments. The incident - which occurred in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes (see map) - prompted the top naval official to halt global operations pending review. 

Kyrie Irving.
After a summer of rumors that he was unhappy, the Cleveland Cavs traded starting point guard Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, two role players in Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic, and a 2018 draft pick. Irving - the hero of Cleveland's 2016 championship - had been only slightly concealing his desire to leave Cleveland. Irving averaged 25.2 points per game, within an efficiency rating of 23.0 - compared to Thomas' 28.9 and 26.5, respectively - and with the addition of solid support players and a future draft pick, the Cavs appeared to receive a king's ransom. But the addition of all-star Gordon Hayward made Crowder redundant, and Irving achieved similar stats to Thomas in the shadow of LeBron James. Speaking of which, Cavs fans are now reading the tea leaves assuming James will bolt when free agency comes next summer.

Missouri.
Governor Eric Greitens issued a stay of execution for convicted killer Marcellus Williams after new DNA evidence emerged in the 1998 murder of Felicia Gayle in a St. Louis suburb. The new analysis found DNA from an unidentified person - and none from Williams - on the murder weapon. The analysis was not available during Williams' original 2001 trial, and the Missouri Supreme Court stayed the execution in 2015 to allow time for DNA testing. Greitens said he will create a five-person review board to examine the full evidence and provide a recommendation on the execution. 
 
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