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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was convicted of murder yesterday in the 2018 shooting of neighbor Botham Jean, capping one of the region's most high-profile cases in recent memory. The case became the latest flashpoint on race and excessive police force in the US - Guyger is white, Jean was black - while also grabbing the national spotlight due to its unusual circumstances. Guyger was off-duty but in uniform when she claimed to have mistakenly entered Jean's apartment, located directly above her own, fatally shooting Jean whom she believed was an intruder. Her defense argued that exhaustion from a 13-and-a-half hour shift led to the deadly mistake, attempting to invoke the state's so-called "castle doctrine". The jury was tasked with deciding between charges of manslaughter or murder, with the sentencing phase continuing today.
Researchers confirmed yesterday that a massive iceberg broke free from Antarctica into the Southern Ocean, the biggest calving event from an area known as the Amery Ice Shelf in over five decades. Much of the continent's coastline is covered by suspended layers of ice that overhang into the ocean (see diagram), where various stresses make them susceptible to breaking off over time. Scientists said they will track the block - roughly 630 square miles in size, or double New York City - over concerns it will drift into major shipping lanes. Named D28, scientists had been monitoring it and a neighboring chunk called the "Loose Tooth" since the early 2000's, predicting a break sometime between 2010-2015. Despite warming temperatures being linked to a range of changes at the North and South Poles, including shrinking ice mass, scientists say the break is part of the shelf's natural cycle of breaking and regrowth that occurs every 60-70 years.
Check out before and after photos here (via Twitter).
Democratic Debates, Round 4.
The next Democratic presidential primary debate will be more crowded than the previous three after 12 candidates qualified for the October 15th appearance. The ten candidates who appeared in the third round automatically qualified for the fourth, and will be joined by Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) and billionaire activist Tom Steyer (see list here). The Democratic National Committee announced all 12 candidates will be squeezed into a single night, unlike the first two rounds which were split across two nights to avoid having over ten candidates on a single stage. The roster came as third-quarter fundraising numbers began trickling in, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) leading the pack with a sizable $25.3M. Meanwhile, President Trump and the Republican Party reported raising a whopping $300M in 2019 alone, almost double what former President Obama had raised in 2011 en route to his reelection campaign.
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Historybook: Mahatma Gandhi born (1869); HBD fashion designer Donna Karan (1948); Thurgood Marshall sworn in as first African-American Supreme Court justice (1967); Rock Hudson is first major US celebrity to die from AIDS (1985); RIP Tom Petty (2017).
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