9.11.2018

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Florence Takes Aim at East Coast.
North and South Carolina officials announced mandatory evacuations of the coasts yesterday, ahead of Hurricane Florence's projected landfall on Thursday. The order - which comes as the storm strengthened into a Category 4 hurricane with peak wind speeds of 140 mph - affects roughly 1.5 million residents and tourists. If Florence can maintain its wind speeds it would become just the fourth Category 4 hurricane to hit South Carolina - and experts predict storm surges, or the height that the water level rises above average, of 18-20 feet. The continental shelf extends out nearly 50 miles off the Carolina coast, creating a large body of shallow water that can be more easily pushed onto shore by high winds, worsening the effects of a storm surge. 

See the storm's projected path here.
US Marks 9/11 Anniversary.
The US will recognize the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks today, with a number of memorials taking place across the country. President Trump will mark the occasion at the newly-opened Flight 93 memorial in Shanksville, PA, honoring those who died preventing the hijacking of a Boeing 757 that was intended to crash into the US Capitol in Washington, DC. The attacks - which killed 2,996 people, injured over 6,000, and caused more than $10 billion in damage - remain the deadliest terrorist attacks carried out on US soil (see gripping day-of photos here) and pushed the US military to adopt aggressive counter-terrorism efforts. As US focus shifted over the years to Iraq, and more recently to the Islamic State, Al Qaeda has seen a resurgence in Afghanistan. 
US Considers Sanctions Over China Muslims.
The White House is considering sanctions against Chinese officials over the reported treatment of Muslim minorities in the country. According to a recent UN report, over one million Uighurs - a Muslim minority that lives mainly in western China - have been placed in forced re-education camps by the government. China denies the reports, saying instead that vocational camps are used to house minor criminals - though over 20% of arrests in 2017 occurred in the Xinjiang province, the nominally autonomous home to the Uighur minority, despite it only accounting for 1.5% of the population. The minority group - many of whom believe they should have their own independent state - has a fraught history with the Chinese government, with a cycle of government crackdowns following attacks by separatist groups within the community.
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Science & Technology.
> Physicists demonstrate control of a single molecule for a millionth of a billionth of a second using a scanning tunneling microscope; big step towards single molecule chemical reactions (More)
> Pivotal patent for CRISPR gene-editing technology awarded to team from Harvard, MIT over UC-Berkeley (More)
> California Governor Jerry Brown signs bill that would require all state utilities to be carbon neutral by 2045 (More)
Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> American mixed martial arts fighter Jeff Monson wins local council election in Russia; was granted Russian citizenship by Vladimir Putin in May (More)
> Rapper Drake breaks solo male artist all-time record with 48 total weeks atop Billboard Hot 100 (More)
> Rookie QB Sam Darnold leads NY Jets to easy 48-17 victory over Detroit Lions (More) | Oakland Raiders lose to LA Rams 33-13 in Coach Jon Gruden's return debut (More)
Business & Markets.
> Snap's (Snapchat) Chief Strategy officer departs as shares continue slide (More) | Uber hires CPG executive Rebecca Messina as first ever Chief Marketing Officer (More)
> Jimmy Buffett enters marijuana business with Wrigley heir, to license "Coral Reefer" brand (More)
> Smart speaker maker Sonos shares fall 7% after first earnings report as a public company on revenue & earnings miss (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Influential conservative activist group Americans for Prosperity launches new super PAC, AFP Action; Charles Koch says network is planning to spend ~$400M in 2018 midterms (More)
> Nearly 20% of California marijuana products fail potency and purity tests instituted on July 1st (More)
> Rep. Ron DeSantis (R, FL-6) resigns from Congress to focus full-time on Florida gubernatorial bid (More)
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In Depth.
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The Perfectionist.
Vulture | Craig Jenkins. After his passing last Friday from an accidental drug overdose, Mac Miller will be remembered for his impact on Millennial-era rap music. Hear how Miller was finally making the type of music he always wanted to create - just as his personal demons caught up with him. (Read)
A Turbulent Mind.
The Marshall Project | John J. Lennon and Bill Keller.  As jails and prisons have become the default mental facilities - rather than hospitals - thousands of people with mental illness are at risk of being pushed aside or forgotten. See inside the life of Andrew Goldstein, a violent criminal who changed the way we think about caring for the mentally ill. (Read)
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Rarely seen photos capture the government's response to the 9/11 attacks

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Historybook: HBD legendary college football coach Bear Bryant (1913); HBD actress Taraji P. Henson (1970); Pete Rose breaks baseball’s all-time hits record (1985); Coordinated terrorist attacks in US kill 2,996 (2001); US gov't facility in Benghazi, Libya attacked resulting in deaths of 4 Americans (2012).
 
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"So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart."
- Billy Collins*

*The last line from the poem, The Names, US poet laureate Billy Collins' ode to the victims of the 9/11 attack.
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