Ukraine Advances, Kabul Blast, and Disneyland of Graveyards 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, Oct. 1, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the latest tit-for-tat in Russia's invasion of Ukraine, a bomb explosion at an education center in Afghanistan, and much more. Have feedback? We'd like to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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Russia Annexes, Ukraine Advances

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday signed decrees to annex 15% of Ukraine, specifically the partially occupied eastern and southern regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia, and Kherson. The move is viewed as the biggest annexation in Europe since World War II. See our previous write-up here.


The declaration came as Ukrainian forces have reportedly encircled thousands of Russian troops near the eastern Ukrainian city of Lyman, a strategic railway hub in the Donetsk region. The encirclement could pave the way for Ukraine to recapture Russian-seized areas in Luhansk and Donetsk, observers say. Ukraine also formally applied for a fast-track accession to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in response to the annexation. Ukraine's desire to join the alliance has been seen as a pretext for Russia's invasion. 


Separately, Russian strikes overnight Thursday killed at least 25 civilians and injured at least 50 others in the Ukrainian province of Zaporizhzhia. See a map of the latest on Russia's invasion of Ukraine here



Ian arrives as Category 1 hurricane in South Carolina.

Ian made landfall Friday near Georgetown, South Carolina, between Charleston and Myrtle Beach, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and damaging at least four piers along the state's northern coast (see photos). It later downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone and is expected to continue to weaken as it heads toward North Carolina and Virginia this weekend.


Suicide bomber strikes education center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

At least 19 people are dead and 27 injured, including teenagers who were taking practice university entrance exams, after a bomb detonated in the mostly Shiite Hazara neighborhood of Dashti Barchi in western Kabul. Hazaras are an ethnic and religious minority historically targeted by Sunni militant groups. 


Eurozone inflation reaches record high of 10% in September.

The inflation rate for the 19-member bloc is up from 9.1% in August, which was already the highest level in the eurozone's 23-year history and is the 11th consecutive increase as food and energy prices continue to rise. Energy prices rose 40.8% year-over-year, while prices for food, alcohol, and tobacco rose 11.8%. 


Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson formally sworn in.

Jackson, 52, took her oath Friday during a formal investiture ceremony ahead of the court's new term starting Monday. Jackson was confirmed in April and officially took her seat in June upon the retirement of Justice Stephen Breyer. She is the first Black woman to serve on America's highest court.


NASA's Juno spacecraft shares new images of Jupiter's moon Europa.

Juno has been studying Jupiter since 2016 and just flew within 219 miles of the ice-encrusted surface of Europa. The latest images (see here) are the closest look at Europa since Jan. 3, 2000, when NASA’s Galileo came within 218 miles. Europa is the sixth largest moon in the solar system, slightly smaller than Earth's. 


Trevor Noah is stepping down as host of "The Daily Show."

Noah, a 38-year-old standup comedian from South Africa, took the helm of the late-night show in 2015 after Jon Stewart's exit. Noah's achievements include winning a Primetime Emmy Award, hosting two Grammy Awards ceremonies, and headlining this year's White House correspondent's dinner. 

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John Cena sets world record for granting 650 wishes through Make-A-Wish. (More)


Soccer captain invites waterboy with Down syndrome to celebrate team win. (More)


Ten-year-old Andres Valencia creates art that sells for more than $100K. (More


OB-GYN helps deliver a baby as Hurricane Fiona reaches Puerto Rico. (More)


Good Samaritan surprises 100-year-old veteran with Disneyland trip. (More, w/video)


Meet the 86-year-old woman who has fostered 189 children over 40 years. (More


Need a hug? Visit the nicest place on the internet, where strangers around the world offer virtual embraces. (More)

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Claudia O. in Miami, Florida.


"My youngest daughter had a summer internship, and has been saving some money by living with friends instead of in a dorm. A few weeks ago, I received one of those dreaded texts from her saying, 'Mom, can you talk right now?'... She told me that she had gotten an Airbnb credit ... and could use it for me to be able to attend her graduation next year ... In parallel, my older daughter who just moved to the same town as my youngest one, rented a room with a bed and a folding sofa-bed so that I could come over. I’ll be able and proud to attend my youngest graduation AND to visit them every now and then, thanks to the enduring kindness of my two girls."


What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us.




> Virus kills more than 100,000 cattle and sickens 2 million more in India

> Toymaker Lego sees revenue grow 17% to $3.5B in the first half of 2022

> More than 1,600 items from Betty White's estate fetch $4M at auction, exceeding estimates. See some of the items here



> America's biggest, baddest corn mazes.
> Photographer captures the ocean's extravagant bursts.

> California home's interior is an incredible work of art (via Twitter).

Men's cross-country runners sport mustaches in viral headshots

> Behold, a pumpkin spice latte-inspired ring



> Are you having a midlife crisis


Who's really using up the water in the American west?
> What different US presidents have served at state dinners.


Long Read 

> Divine comedy: How two best friends and comedians turned to the priesthood

> Inside the Disneyland of graveyards: a star-studded cemetery in Los Angeles corporatizing mourning in America.


Best of the Week: McDonald's Happy Meals for adults

Historybook: Yosemite National Park is established (1890); Bonnie Parker, half of the infamous crime duo Bonnie and Clyde, born (1910); President Jimmy Carter born (1924); Actress Dame Julie Andrews born (1935); Walt Disney World opens (1971); 58 killed, 869 injured in mass shooting in Las Vegas (2017).


"Sometimes opportunities float right past your nose. Work hard, apply yourself, and be ready. When an opportunity comes you can grab it."

- Julie Andrews

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