11.22.2021

Wisconsin Tragedy, Booster Shots, and Broadway Economics Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Monday, Nov. 22, and we're covering guidance on a third COVID-19 shot, a conclusion in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

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NEED TO KNOW

 

Breaking news: At least five people were killed and 40 others injured after an SUV sped into a Christmas parade in a suburb of Milwaukee yesterday. A suspect was taken into custody; officials say an investigation is ongoing.

 

Booster Shots

Health officials recommended booster shots for all US adults Friday, while emphasizing the guidance to all of those 50 years and older. The guidelines suggest anyone 18 and older who received either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines be administered a third shot six months or later from their second dose. Those who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson shot should receive a booster after two months.

 

Trial data suggest a third shot of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is 95% effective at preventing hospitalizations, with the Moderna vaccine showing a similar efficacy. The announcement comes as the US tries to tamp down on another wave of coronavirus infections, which currently average around 92,000 per day. See stats for the US here.

 

Separately, protests over COVID-19 restrictions in the Netherlands turned violent over the weekend, with at least 40 people being arrested after confrontations with police. Meanwhile, a strict lockdown is set to go into effect today in Austria.

Rittenhouse Verdict

A jury found Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts Friday, concluding he acted in self-defense. The verdict caps one of the highest-profile cases related to last summer's racial and social justice protests. Rittenhouse faced charges of reckless homicide after shooting and killing two people and injuring another after confrontations last August in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

 

The jury deliberated for four days before returning a verdict. A number of legal analysts said the result was expected based on Rittenhouse's claims of self-defense. Scattered protests were reported following the decision, with a riot being declared in Portland, Oregon.

 

Separately, closing arguments in the trial of the killing of Georgia resident Ahmaud Arbery begin today.

Sudan Chief Freed

The Sudanese military freed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok over the weekend, one month after a military-led coup deposed the civilian government. Hamdok appeared on television agreeing to a power-sharing proposal with Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan—a pact which sources suggest he was forced to join.

 

The northeastern African country is one of the poorest on the continent, with an economic output of around $25B as of 2019 (for comparison, less than any single US state). The country is mired in an economic crisis, exacerbated by ongoing civil strife following the secession of the oil-rich southern part of the country in 2011. 

 

See a timeline since former strongman Omar al-Bashir was ousted in 2019 here.

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Washington Spirit tops Chicago Red Stars 2-1 to win their first-ever National Women's Soccer League championship (More)

 

> Art LaFleur, actor known for memorable roles in "The Sandlot" and "Field of Dreams," dies at 78 of Parkinson's disease (More) | Billy Hinsche, founder of 1960s band Dino, Desi, and Billy, dies at 70 of cancer (More)

 

> South Korean boy band BTS wins top prize of Artist of the Year at 2021 American Music Awards; Megan Thee Stallion and Doja Cat tie BTS for most awards with three (More)

Science & Technology

> Rare Albert Einstein manuscript set to go up for auction, projected to bring in around $3M; notes contain foundational work toward Einstein's theory of relativity (More)

 

> Study shows the herpes virus captures and carries genetic material with it from cell to cell as infection spreads; results contradict typical viral behavior where genetic material is replicated within the cell (More)

 

> Analysis suggests lightning-driven wildfires led to the death of up to 20% of California's giant sequoia trees over the past two years (More)

Business & Markets

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> Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes took the witness stand Friday in criminal fraud case, questioning will continue this week (More)

 

> Ford and electric vehicle maker Rivian end plans to codevelop an electric vehicle; Ford still has 12% stake in the company (More)

 

> Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin identified as winning bidder of original copy of the US Constitution; Griffin outbid cryptocurrency group ConstitutionDAO (More) | What are DAOs? (More

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Politics & World Affairs

> House passes social spending package, the roughly $2T bill heads to the Senate for debate; no signal from Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on whether they support the plan (More)

 

> US missionaries say two of 17 hostages taken captive by a Haitian gang are freed; negotiations continue (More)

 

> Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai appears in video conference with International Olympic Committee, critics say the appearance was coerced; Peng disappeared from public view after accusing a former Communist Party leader of sexual assault (More)

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ETCETERA

 

The economics of Broadway.

 

Visualizing what happens in an internet minute.

 

The biggest social media accounts, by platform.

 

The world's largest Nerf gun.

 

This town won't see the sun again until January.

 

Barcelona grapples with a wild boar infestation.

 

Nike teams up with Roblox to make Nikeland.

 

How to Rickroll your way to a top software engineering job.

 

Clickbait: Armored truck crashes, rains cash.

 

Historybook: Author Jack London dies of possible suicide (1916); HBD tennis star and social activist Billie Jean King (1943); President John F. Kennedy assassinated (1963); RIP author C.S. Lewis (1963); British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announces resignation after 11 years (1990).

 

"A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning."

- Billie Jean King

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