9.1.2017

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09.01.2017
NEED TO KNOW.
DACA.
The Trump administration is considering ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals - or DACA - program "as it currently exists", according to reports on Thursday. The decision timeline is driven by a September 5th deadline set by ten state attorney generals - led by Texas AG Ken Paxton - for the Trump administration to rescind DACA or face a lawsuit. Reports say new Chief of Staff John Kelly and other senior staff doubt that the rule could withstand a challenge in court. The program, established by the Obama administration in 2012, deferred deportation of certain illegal immigrants - mainly children and young adults who were under 16 years old when they entered and had been in the US continuously since 2007, without committing a crime. Under the program, roughly 800,000 people have been awarded work permits. 


College Football.
The college football season kicks off in earnest tomorrow, with a number of marquee matchups to begin Week One. #1 Alabama and #3 Florida State headline the weekend (ABC, 8pm), in a neutral site game in Atlanta with Alabama - who lost last season's national championship against Clemson in the game's final seconds - favored by 7.5 points. #11 Michigan takes on #17 Florida in another neutral site game at AT&T stadium in Arlington, TX (ABC, 3:30pm) - with Michigan favored by only 3.5 points despite Florida suspending 10 players, most for misusing school funds. Maryland plays #23 Texas in new coach Tom Herman's debut (Fox Sports 1, 12pm), reigning national champ and #5 Clemson breaks in new quarterback
Donny McElveen against Kent St. (ESPN, 12pm), and #22 West Virginia takes on #21 Virginia Tech in Landover, MD on Sunday (ABC, 7:30pm). #2 Ohio State got things started early last night, beating Indiana 49-21 on the road. Check out all times and schedules here.

Irma.
Right on the heels of Harvey, Hurricane Irma strengthened into a category 3 hurricane late Thursday. The storm - roughly 700 miles east of the Caribbean (see path of storm) - is projected to become a category 4 storm before passing over the islands on Tuesday. Moving westward at a plodding 10-15 mph, Irma's wind speeds rapidly increased from 60 to 115 mph, causing it to be upgraded twice in 24 hours. It will take about a week to cross the Atlantic, with its trajectory - staying west towards the Gulf or turning up the coast towards the Carolinas -  still to be determined. You can keep an eye on Irma at the National Hurricane Center

 
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IN THE KNOW.

Science & Technology.

Researchers find enzyme that uses light to make hydrocarbons (More)
First-of-kind crystal quantum memory storage device demonstrated (More)
Apple sets Sept 12th date for iPhone 8 event (More)


Business & Markets.

Wells Fargo finds additional 1.4M fake customer credit card & checking accounts (More)
Major international banks team up to develop new crytocurrency (More)
Lululemon beats expectations due to e-commerce sales, shares jump 8% (More) | Campbell's struggles as customers move toward healthier options, shares drop ~6% (More)


Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Lord of the Flies reboot in the works; plan for all-female cast already facing backlash (More)
HBO announces Season 3 of True Detective, Mahershala Ali set to star (More)
Houston Astros acquire ace pitcher Justin Verlander in trade with Tigers (More)


Politics & World Affairs.

Court says people denied entry under initial travel ban will be able to reapply for visas (More)
US boots Russia from San Francisco consulate (More)
RNC Chief of Staff leaves, sixth staff to depart in past month (More)
BEST OF THE REST.

The Day I Found Out My Life Was Hanging by a Thread. 

Wired | Matt Bencke. The story of a man - a runner, lifter, cyclist, CEO - who found out his body was riddled with cancer, including a ping-pong size tumor in his right ventricle - one that might enter his heart and cause instant death at any moment. (Read)
 

The Rise of the Violent Left. 

The Atlantic | Peter Beinart. Antifa protesters attacked a peaceful anti-Marxist demonstration on Berkeley campus this week, brandishing - ironically - signs that said 'No Hate'. Where did this group come from? (Read)
 

How YouTube Perfected the Feed. 

The Verge | Casey Newton. The pinnacle of artificial intelligence and deep learning is apparently YouTube's suggested videos feed. (Read)
 

Making Government Smarter. 

Foreign Affairs | Bjorn Lomborg. What if spending $1 here instead of there could save ten lives instead of one? Using cost benefit analysis to make better government. (Read)
 

The Complicated Life and Death of Hideki Irabu. 

Sports Illustrated | Ben Reiter. The tragic spiral of the "Japanese Nolan Ryan" from starting Yankees pitcher to suicide. (Read)
ETCETERA.
Interesting, a bit creepy: A photographer compares idyllic scenes from 1960s postcards to their current state of abandonment.

Religion: Divisions from Reformation are losing potency, 500 years later. 

See how much people make on average from the sharing economy.

Behind enemy lines: Doritos launches compliant product line, may be on Whole Foods' shelves soon.


How RICO laws could bring down legal pot. 

The new 7,541-piece Lego Millennium Falcon is the biggest and most expensive LEGO set ever.

Depressing : How much time do American workers spend in meetings?


A call to Chick-fil-A led to the viral photo of a grandma rescued from her home on a jet ski. 

Tiny arms: SUE, the Chicago Field Museum's T-Rex, is getting a makeover

Fresh coat of paint: Saudi Arabia to spend $80 billion to renovate Mecca.


Historybook: HBD Johann Pachelbel (1653); Louis XIV dies (1715); Passenger pigeon goes extinct (1914); Germany invades Poland (1939); Qaddafi leads coup in Libya (1969); Bobby Fischer defeats Boris Spassky (1972); Titanic wreckage discovered (1985).
"The Titanic will protect itself."
-Robert Ballard, who discovered Titanic shipwreck, on the possibility of salvaging it
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