Kim Potter Sentenced, UK Storm, and a Library of Aquatic Sounds 1440 Weekend Edition

Happy Saturday! It's Feb. 19, and in this weekend edition, we're covering a sentencing in the killing of Daunte Wright, an Atlantic storm hitting the UK, and much more. Have feedback? We'd love to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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Kim Potter Sentenced 

Former police officer Kim Potter was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for shooting and killing 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb last year. The sentence comes after a jury convicted Potter of first- and second-degree manslaughter in a December trial.


Potter will serve two-thirds of her sentence, or 16 months, in prison and the remaining eight months under supervised release. Prosecutors had requested a sentencing of 86 months, or about seven years. Potter’s attorneys argued for a reduced sentence, saying she had no prior criminal record. 


While training another officer in April 2021, Potter had pulled over Wright, a Black man, for expired vehicle registration tags. The officers attempted to detain Wright after finding he had a separate outstanding arrest warrant. In doing so, Potter yelled “Taser" but instead discharged her firearm, killing Wright (view here, warning: sensitive content). 


Watch the judge's sentencing here.



An Atlantic storm with record winds hits the UK.

The storm, bringing gusts as fast as 122 mph, has resulted in canceled flights, tens of thousands of people without power, travel warnings across the region, and at least one person dead.


Canadian police start arresting protestors in Ottawa.

Officers towed away vehicles Friday and arrested truckers protesting against COVID-19-related mandates who have shut down parts of the region for weeks.


Republican congressman dies from kidney cancer.

Rep. Jim Hagedorn (MN-1) died Thursday night after battling kidney cancer since his diagnosis in 2019. He was 59. 


The FBI forms a cryptocurrency crimes unit.

The new team will track ransomware profits and investigate criminal misuse of cryptocurrencies and virtual assets.


Dinosaur bones found in the stomach of an ancient crocodile.

The fossils of the 95-million-year-old crocodile were first discovered in Australia in 2010, but new research shows the more than 8-feet-long reptile had a plant-eating dinosaur as its last meal.  


Burning cargo ship with thousands of luxury cars is adrift in the ocean.

A fire broke out on the 650-foot ship earlier in the week, and 22 crew members were safely lifted out. The vehicles on board the flaming ship include over 1,000 Porsches and 189 Bentleys. 

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> $415M: The total student loan debt the US Department of Education will erase for about 16,000 borrowers who were defrauded from their for-profit schools. 


> 2,923 pounds: The weight of the battery in the 2022 GM Hummer electric pickup truck. 


> 10.19 ounces: The weight of the world's heaviest strawberry grown in Israel.


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> An Illinois dad gets a tattoo to match his 4-year-old daughter's scar from heart surgeries. (More)


> A North Carolina mom surprises 400 widows with flowers and gift bags for Valentine's Day. (More


> A 5-year-old boy sporting a tux asks a classmate to be his valentine. (More)


> An Indiana man receives life-saving kidney transplant after holding up a sign at a football game. (More


> Long-lost brothers are reunited thanks to a local news report. (More)




> A digital library of aquatic noises, including fish chatter and whale sounds.

A photographer explores Tbilisi's underground Soviet-era city.

> A $25M home for sale in Florida reminds people of Rainforest Cafe.



> Why did handshakes become the go-to greeting in most parts of the world?


> How edible props, from cockroaches to maggots, are made for movies and TV

> A curated list of Black films, in honor of Black History Month, from 1915 to 1979.



> Coca-Cola launches a new limited-edition flavor based on space.

> Disney plans to build residential neighborhoods across the US.


Long Read 

> How a small Lebanese village broke the world record for longest sandwich ever.

> Where states are spending their pandemic relief money.


Best of the Week: The best (and worst) paying college majors.

Historybook: US Marines invade Iwo Jima (1945); HBD NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (1959); HBD Jennifer Doudna, 2020 Nobel Peace Prize winner for CRISPR genome editing (1964); RIP American author Harper Lee (2015); RIP German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld (2019)


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