9.18.2018

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Need To Know.
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Primetime Emmy Awards.
The 70th Annual Primetime Emmy awards were handed out last night, hosted by Saturday Night Live stars Michael Che and Colin Jost. The theme of the night was the increasing dominance of streaming television over network and cable, with HBO and Netflix leading the pack with 23 nominations each while Amazon captured the first Outstanding Comedy Award given to a streaming service with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Last year's big winner, Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, walked away empty-handed (see biggest snubs) - partly due to the return of HBO's Game of Thrones which won seven awards, including Outstanding Drama. You can see the list of all winners here, and the best (and worst) dressed on the red carpet. 

In the biggest surprise of the night, director Glenn Weiss proposed to girlfriend Jan Svendsen during his acceptance speech (w/ video) - she said yes. 
SpaceX Announces Private Moon Flight.
In a groundbreaking announcement for the future industry of space tourism, SpaceX announced that it will fly Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on a trip around the Moon. The 42-year-old Maezawa, a fashion tycoon who founded ZOZO, an international clothing brand, will become the first private citizen to orbit the Moon and part of the first crew to leave Earth's orbit since the 1972 Apollo 17 mission. The trip has long been a stepping stone for SpaceX CEO Elon Musk's vision of manned missions to Mars. To date, private space tourism has been limited to seven people taking trips to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Russian shuttles - Maezawa's trip would take him roughly 240,000 miles farther than the ISS, which orbits at 254 miles above Earth. The art enthusiast said he would also invite six to eight artists to join him on the trip, scheduled for 2023.
Kavanaugh to Face Accuser.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding claims of sexual assault next Monday, Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said yesterday. His accuser - Christine Blasey Ford, now a research psychologist in northern California who attended high school in the same Maryland suburb as Kavanaugh - will also testify under oath. Ford sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on July 30th describing a 1980s incident where Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly forced themselves on top of her while "highly inebriated" at a house party (read full letter). According to Ford, she eventually locked herself in a bathroom before escaping the house and returning home. Kavanaugh strongly denied the accusations - Ford says she has notes from therapy sessions in 2012 that long predate Kavanaugh's nomination. The testimony will delay the committee's confirmation vote, originally scheduled for Thursday. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Rapper Drake breaks all-time record for most weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in a given year with 29; tops all-time list that includes The Beatles, Beyonce, and Usher (More)
> Sean Penn sparks controversy with comments critical of #MeToo movement during Today Show interview (More)
> Chicago Bears defeat Seattle Seahawks 24-17 on Monday Night Football (More) | Cleveland Browns trade talented, troubled wide receiver Josh Gordon to New England Patriots for 2019 5th round pick (More)
Science & Technology.
> Using data from over 1.5 million personality tests, researchers identify four personality clusters - average, reserved, self-centered, and role model - challenges existing theories in psychology (More)
> Drug combo for sleep apnea shown to reduce airway obstruction by factor of 4x during sleep; first drug to show promise in the increasingly prevalent sleep disorder (More)
> New research suggest that activity, not rest, helps the brain recover faster after injury (More)
Business & Markets.
> Reports say Coca-Cola is evaluating the cannabis beverage market, including a potential partnership with Aurora Cannabis; Aurora stock up 17% (More)
> Wall Street salaries rose to highest level since the 2008 financial crisis with average salary of $422,500, a 13% increase over previous year (More)
> Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund - the fund Elon Musk referenced in the Tesla "funding secured" saga - invests $1B+ in Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> President Trump announces $200B in additional tariffs on Chinese goods; now taxing half of all Chinese imports (More) | Also announces cap on number of refugees accepted each year set at 30,000 - the lowest since the program began in 1980 (More)
> Pair of released 2015 memos lays out legal procedures for government monitoring of journalists under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (More)
> South Korean president Moon Jae-in meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to begin three-day summit (More)
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In Depth.
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The Greatest Marathoner, Ever.
The New York Times | Scott Cacciola. Reigning Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge never fully exerts himself until the starting line on race day. But on the heels of his win in Berlin - his ninth straight win - he is exerting his dominance over the world of long-distance running. (Read, paywall)
Why Fashion Brands Destroy Their Own Merchandise.
Vox | Chavie Lieber. Last year high-fashion brand Burberry destroyed $36.8 million worth of its own clothing, in order to protect the company’s exclusivity - and they weren't the only ones. See the industry’s response to customers that are outraged at the wastefulness of top fashion brands. (Read)
Etcetera.
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Science says people probably like you more than you think
 
People are fleeing high-tax coastal cities for smaller-but-lower-tax metro markets
Why insecure men refuse to order vegetables in front of their friends
See the shortlist of Photobox's best Instagram photos of the year
Robots: Experts say machines will perform half of all workplace tasks by 2025 - but be a net job creator
Archaeologists in Israel discover the world's oldest brewery
 
Opportunity, affordability, and quality of life - ranking America's 50 best places to live
Man rescues over sixty neighborhood pets in a school bus as Florence raged.  
Clickbait: Popular video game Fortnite cited as cause in 5% of UK divorces last year.
Historybook: Royal Opera House opens in London (1809); HBD New York Times (1851); Margaret Chase Smith becomes first woman elected to US Senate (1948);  RIP Jimi Hendrix (1970); Lance Armstrong born (1971).
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