9.21.2018

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Need To Know.
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Kavanaugh Accuser Lays Out Terms.
The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault laid out the terms needed for her to testify before the Senate Judiciary committee. Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while intoxicated at a party in the early 1980s, asked that she testify last and that Kavanaugh not be in the room when she appeared before the committee. Her lawyers also indicated that her preference would be to testify next Thursday, not Monday as originally scheduled. Ford, who attended high school in the same Maryland suburb as Kavanaugh, sent a letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on July 30th describing an incident where Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly forced themselves on top of her while at a house party (read full letter). Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) will now decide whether to move the hearing to Thursday or stick to the original schedule. 

Kavanaugh has strongly denied the accusations. 
(Another) Workplace Shooting.
Four people are dead, including the shooter, and three others injured after an employee opened fire at a Rite Aid distribution center in Harford County, Maryland. The shooter, identified as 26-year-old Snochia Moseley, was reportedly a temporary employee at the facility. According to witnesses, Moseley pulled out a handgun after engaging in an argument with another employee and began firing - she ultimately turned the gun on herself before law enforcement engaged her. According to officials the six victims were all employees at the facility. It was the third workplace shooting in two days, following attacks in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania where a combined eight people were injured (both shooters were killed). 

Texts during the shooting from an employee to her daughter quickly went viral online (the employee ultimately survived). 
US Loosens Rules on Cyberattacks.
President Trump issued guidance that expanded the United States' ability to conduct large-scale cyber offensives, according to reports yesterday. The announcement comes as the Defense Department released the first major update to its cyber defense policy since 2015 (see full document). Officials have laid out a vision of being able to proactively target foreign actors who are attacking US networks. A particular emphasis has been placed on Russia, China, and North Korea, all of whom have been implicated in high-profile attacks on US interests - despite the attacks being well-known, the US has yet to find an effective deterrent. An early 2018 report estimated that cyberattacks against US Government, industry, and other interests cost the country between $57B and $107B each year. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Rookie QB Baker Mayfield leads Cleveland Browns to first victory in nearly two years (More) | Dallas Cowboys top Forbes list of most valuable NFL franchises for 12th consecutive year with $5B valuation (More)
> Former rap music mogul Suge Knight sentenced to 28 years in prison for 2015 hit-and-run death (More)
> Six finalists announced for 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction (More)
Science & Technology.
> Removing senescent cells - or "zombie" cells that have become inactive - from brain reverses signs of dementia in mice (More)
> Prominent food scientist and director of Cornell's Food and Brand Lab has six more papers retracted, bringing the total to 13, over concerns about data validity and reproducibility (More)
> Study reveals new 12-hour biorhythm in some animal cells that operates independently of the well-known 24-hour circadian rhythm (More) | How the body's internal clock works (More)
Business & Markets.
> Dow Jones & SP500 indices up ~1%, both close at all-time highs on strong economic data (More)
> Software make Adobe Systems to acquire marketing automation firm Marketo for $4.75B, Adobe's largest acquisition to date (More)
> Online ticketing company Eventbrite prices IPO at ~$1.8B valuation, shares surge 59% in first day of trading yesterday (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> India criminalizes Islamic practice of instant divorce, which allows men to terminate marriages leaving women with little legal recourse (More)
> Study finds 33 Detroit schools have elevated levels of lead and copper in drinking water; brings total to 106 following similar study last month (More)
> Vietnam president Tran Dai Quang dies after months-long battle with unspecified viral infection (More)
Weekend Reads.
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The Showdown Between Baby Boomers and Millennials.
The Ringer | Lindsay Zoladz. The resentment between millennials and baby boomers seems to be growing every day- but are we overblowing it? This generational war may just be about small differences. (Read)
Chevy Chase Can’t Change.
The Washington Post | Geoff Edgers. Comedy legend Chevy Chase is 74 years old, sober, and ready to work on new projects. But more often than not, Chase sits at home alone, stewing in his latest instance of bad press. (Read)
 
He Dedicated His Career to Exposing the Cartels.
Esquire | Staff. Javier Valdez’s life work was reporting on Mexican cartels - one of the most dangerous journalistic assignments besides being in a war zone. This is the world where Valdez spent his fascinating career - and met his tragic death. (Read)
 
Facebook is Testing its Dating Service.
Wired | Louise Matsakis. Facebook rolled out its new dating service in Columbia yesterday, and it will be popping up in other locations. Even though the new service is coming late to a market filled by Bumble and Tinder, Facebook has a new model - without swiping. (Read)
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