11.23.2021

Waukesha, Haiti Kidnapping, and the 2022 Rhodes Scholars Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

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NEED TO KNOW

 

Victims Identified in Wisconsin

Details continued to emerge yesterday surrounding a deadly hit-and-run in the Milwaukee suburb of Waukesha that left five people dead and more than 40 injured after a vehicle slammed through a Christmas parade. 

 

Sources identified the suspect as 39-year-old Darrell Brooks. Reports suggest Brooks had been released from prison Friday on bail after being charged with trying to run over the mother of his child at a gas station. Officials are investigating whether he may have been fleeing the scene of a domestic disturbance at the time of the parade. Brooks will face at least five counts of intentional homicide, along with other charges. 

 

Among the groups struck by the vehicle were a marching band and a dance troupe known as the "Dancing Grannies." Victims ranged in age from 52 to 81 years old. See footage from the scene here (warning: extremely sensitive content).

Powell Renominated

President Joe Biden nominated current Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to a second term yesterday. The move comes despite pressure from progressive Democrats who view Powell as not strong enough on banking regulations.

 

Colloquially known as the Fed, the institution serves as the country's central bank (see 101). Controlling both the nation's money supply and the rate at which major banks may borrow money from its reserves, the Fed is generally considered the most powerful financial institution in the world. Powell would resume his post at a key juncture for the economy, with inflation having hit a three-decade high.

 

Biden is also expected to nominate Lael Brainard, a progressive favorite, as vice chair.  

Two Freed in Haiti

Haitian officials confirmed the release of two captives over the weekend kidnapped by gang members in October. Leaders of Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said they could not confirm the identities of those released or the circumstances surrounding their release. Fifteen people are still being held hostage.

 

The missionary group—17 people including five children—was kidnapped outside of Port-au-Prince Oct. 16 by the 400 Mawozo gang, who demanded a $17M ransom for their release. It is not known how much money, if any, was paid.

 

The release comes as security in Haiti has dramatically declined in recent years, exacerbated by the July assassination of President Jovenel Moïse and a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in August. A lack of fuel has also been blamed on the gangs, who are reportedly blocking access to fuel terminals.

 

More than 800 kidnappings have been reported in the country this year, compared to 796 for all of 2020.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> The 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released; Alex Rodriguez headlines newcomers while Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens up for 10th and final year (More)

 

> Robert Bly, National Book Award-winning poet and anti-war activist, dies at 94 (More) | Five-time MLB All-Star pitcher Doug Jones dies at 64 of COVID-19 (More)

 

> Kevin Spacey ordered to pay "House of Cards" production company $31M for contract breach in violating sexual harassment policy (More) | The 2022 Grammy nominations announced today at 12 pm ET (More)

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Science & Technology

> Tech website Gizmodo to publish the entire cache of leaked Facebook Papers; documents were the basis for whistleblower Frances Haugen's recent testimony (More)

 

> Rolls-Royce's "Spirit of Innovation" reportedly reaches 387 mph, likely setting a new top-speed record for all-electric airplanes (More)

 

> Researchers demonstrate ultrathin wireless sensor that grows on bone; device may be used to help monitor bone health in real time (More)

Business & Markets

> Target CEO announces stores will stay closed on Thanksgiving Day in perpetuity (More)

 

> US existing home sales increased in October at the highest growth since January, but sales were 5.8% lower than last year’s peak; median home price of $353,900 is up 13% over last year (More)

 

> Authentic Brands (owner of Brooks Brothers, Forever21, and Sports Illustrated, among other brands) to postpone initial public offering plans as it sells minority stake to private equity firms valuing the company at $12.7B (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Jury deliberations begin in the trial of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia; defense has argued three suspects in question acted in self-defense while carrying out a citizen's arrest (More) | See overview of the case here (More)

 

> Biden administration says 95% of federal workforce is in compliance with vaccine mandate, with 90% having received at least one shot and 5% granted exemptions (More) | See current COVID-19 stats for the US (More)

 

> Justice Department reaches $130M settlement with victims' families and survivors of the 2018 Parkland school shooting, after finding FBI failed to act on tips (More) | New York state assembly probe supports sexual harassment claims against former Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

Sharing the Enthusiasm

The Ringer | Katie Baker, Alan Siegel. Celebrities give an inside look at what it's like to make a cameo in HBO's hit show "Curb Your Enthusiasm." (Read)

The Notorious Mrs. Mossler

Texas Monthly | Skip Hollandsworth. Accused of plotting her husband's murder and carrying on an affair with her nephew, Candace Mossler was at the center of one of Texas' most spectacular courtroom dramas. (Read)

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ETCETERA

 

Meet the 2022 Rhodes scholars.

 

What your smell says about you. (paywall, WSJ)

 

The winners of the 2021 Dezeen architecture awards.

 

A death-defying motorcycle stunt.

 

The NFL meets NFTs.

 

Learn how to tie the 10 most essential knots.

 

The original Gerber baby turns 95 years old.

 

Waste time generating your own harmonies.

 

Clickbait: Pillow fighting is the newest combat sport.

 

Historybook: First issue of Life magazine published (1936); First episode of "Doctor Who" airs on BBC (1963); Children’s book author Roald Dahl dies (1990); Hockey great Wayne Gretzky scores his 600th goal (1988); HBD Miley Cyrus (1992).

 

"You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take."

- Wayne Gretzky

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