10.8.2022

1440 Weekend Edition
 

Good morning. It's Saturday, Oct. 8, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the suspension of the Uvalde, Texas, school police force, migrant arrivals in New York City, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected]

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ONE BIG HEADLINE

 

Uvalde School Police Suspended

The Uvalde, Texas, school district yesterday suspended its entire district police force, about five months after a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School left 19 students and two teachers dead. Officers will instead take on other roles within the district as it continues to review and revamp the police department's management and policies, as well as hire a new police chief

 

The action comes a day after reports of the district hiring and then firing a Texas state trooper who was at the scene of the May 24 crime and is under investigation over her actions. The school district has been facing public scrutiny for the delayed law enforcement response. Five campus police officers from the district had been at the scene of the shooting, among nearly 400 officers, including the city's police, county sheriff's deputies, and state police.

 

The school district is requesting the Texas Department of Public Safety for additional help on campuses in the interim. 

QUICK HITS

 

New York City declares state of emergency over migrant influx.

Mayor Eric Adams (D) said the city's shelters are overwhelmed with over 61,000 people, including New Yorkers experiencing homelessness and about 17,000 migrants who have been bused in from the US southern border since April. The city is expected to spend $1B this fiscal year to handle the continued arrival of migrants.

 

The US issues rules restricting chip technology exports to China. 

The Biden administration published a sweeping set of new rules Friday to limit sales of certain semiconductor chips to China, including restricting graphics processing units used to power artificial intelligence applications. Observers say the action is the latest step in US efforts to slow China's technology and military advances.

 

Binance blockchain hit by hackers who stole about $570M. 

Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, temporarily suspended its blockchain network after hackers withdrew 2 million of the BNB cryptocurrency, worth about $570M at current prices. Most of the assets were found in the hacker's digital wallet address, but $100M worth of cryptocurrency was unrecoverable. 

 

US unemployment rate fell to 3.5% in September. 

The US economy added 263,000 jobs last month, marking the 21st consecutive month of hiring gains. September's unemployment rate now matches a half-century low, which also was reached in July before climbing to 3.7% in August. Wages rose 5% year-over-year in September, down from 5.2% in August. 

 

Standup comedian Judy Tenuta, known as "Love Goddess," dies at 72.

Tenuta, who built her career in the 1980s, died Thursday of ovarian cancer in her Los Angeles home. She was among the performers who fueled the popularity of live comedy clubs and was named best female comedy club performer by the American Comedy Awards in 1988, opposite male winner Jerry Seinfeld. 

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HUMANKIND

 
 

Astronaut Nicole Mann becomes the first Native American woman in space. (More)

 

A husband deployed overseas surprises his pregnant wife at the hospital. (More

 

UK trainer opens free gym for people with disabilities and the elderly. (More)

 

Cancer survivor receives heartwarming shout-out from airline pilot. (More, w/video)

 

Meet Ray Ruschel, a 49-year-old freshman college football player. (More)

 

Small acts of kindness anyone can do or practice every day, via Redditors. (More)

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HUMANKIND(NESS)

 
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Cheeri J. in North Port, Florida.

 

"Our new neighbor, Julian, is the kindest man ever. Spent time before Ian helping start our generator and after Ian, taking his chainsaw to clear trees from our home. But he was doing this for ALL the neighborhood. Also ... he has an English Jeep that can handle water and spent the day after Ian rescuing people stuck in our flooded streets. This man and his wife, Linda, surely will deserve jewels in their crowns. We can’t thank them enough for their generous help."

 

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

ETCETERA 

 

Bookkeeping

> An 11.15-carat pink diamond sells for $49.9M at auction, breaking a world record. 

> Government study finds 2.55 million middle and high school students have vaped an e-cigarette over the past 30 days.
New York City's largest fentanyl drug bust finds 15,000 rainbow pills in a Lego box.

 

Browse 

> The creepiest places to visit in every US state.

> ... and America's greenest cities

> Portraits capture snakes in vibrant hues.

> Canadian town is now home to a 17-foot-tall Cheetos statue.

 

Listen 

The history of movie trailers, from "voice-of-God" narrators to modern clichés.


Watch 

> Visualizing the evolution of the bicycle (via Twitter). 
> The history of frozen pizza.

> How to make a song with your neighbor's cat.

> Day-old sea otter cuddles with mom (via Reddit).

 

Long Read 

> How our eyes can change color throughout our lives.

> The cartel, the journalist, and the gangland killings that rocked the Netherlands.

> A chef returns to the kitchen after a life-changing tragedy that left him paralyzed
 

Best of the Week: The growing popularity of sleep tourism.

Historybook: American politician John Hancock dies (1793); Great Chicago Fire begins, killing about 300 people and destroying most of the city (1871); Actress Sigourney Weaver born (1949); "Cats" debuts on Broadway (1982); Bruno Mars born (1985); Office of Homeland Security is created in the wake of 9/11 attacks (2001).

 

"I think you're very lucky in life if you know what you want to do."

- Andrew Lloyd Webber, musical composer of "Cats"

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