3.13.2018

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3.13.2018
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Need To Know.
String of Package Bombings Hits Austin, TX.
Two mail bombs were detonated in separate incidents in Austin yesterday, killing one and injuring two others. The incidents mark the third time in ten days that seemingly randomly placed packages have exploded, injuring or killing the victims. A similar attack killed a 39-year-old African American man outside his house on March 2nd - officials believe the three bombings are connected. The second attack killed a 17-year-old boy and 40-year-old woman, both African American, while the third attack injured a 75-year-old Hispanic woman - leading police to speculate the attacks were targeting minorities. Few details have been released, though officials say the packages are letter-sized devices that did not go through USPS or private carriers, but were left on doorsteps. The attacks come against the backdrop of the South by Southwest festival, which brings hundreds of thousands to Austin every year. 

PA-18 Special Election.
Pennsylvania voters go to the polls today to fill the US House seat for the state's 18th district. The seat - covering the southeast Pittsburgh suburbs - was vacated last October when then-Rep. Tim Murphy (R) resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair. Murphy had held the seat since 2003. The race pits Republican Rick Saccone against upstart 33-year-old Democrat Conor Lamb. Saccone is a veteran and current state congressman, while Lamb is a former marine running as a pro-gun Democrat. With Lamb up by 6 in the latest polls, the race has captured national attention as Trump carried the district by 20 points in 2016. Observers expect the race to tighten up dramatically in the face of furious last minute campaigning - including Trump Jr. swinging by to campaign with Saccone yesterday. Whoever wins will have to keep campaigning - as a special election, the seat will be up for grabs again in the 2018 midterms.


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Third Storm Hits Northeast.
Another major winter storm is heading towards the northeast US, with the potential to drop more than a foot of snow in areas from Massachusetts to Maine. The storm, named Skylar, is expected to last from this morning through Wednesday night. It is the third storm to hit the region in 11 days, following storms Quinn and Riley that caused widespread flooding, power outages, and blizzard conditions between the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast (see photos). Models say the storm is a northeaster likely to undergo bombogenesis - a nor'easter happens when cold and dry Arctic air from Canada combines with moist air coming up the coast, while bombogenesis is a process that causes air pressure in the center of the storm to rapidly drop. A nor'easter doesn't always undergo bombogenesis, but when it does, the result is lots of snow plus very strong winds. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the region, with blizzard warnings in the east towards the Atlantic coast. 

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Hubert de Givenchy, iconic fashion designer, dies at 91 (More
NYC's Met Opera fires famed conductor James Levine following sexual misconduct investigation (More)
NCAA Women's tournament bracket revealed; UConn is overall #1 seed (More
 

Science & Technology.

Arlington, TX, begins ditching public bus service in favor of subsidizing ride-sharing provider Via (More)
China is winning its war on pollution, down an average of 32% in major cities over past four years (More)
CRISPR study identifies genes that may quicken neuron death in diseases like ALS and dementia (More) | CRISPR 101 (More)
 

Business & Markets.

White House blocks Singapore-based Broadcom's $117B buyout offer of San Diego-based chipmaker Qualcomm due to national security concerns (More)
Apple to buy Texture - the "Netflix of magazines" - which allows customers to consume all or part of 200 magazines (More)
Goldman Sachs paves the way for COO David Solomon to become next CEO when current chief Blankfein retires this year (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

British Prime Minister Theresa May publicly fingers Russia as culprit behind poisoning of ex-Russian spy living in the UK (More)
Iowa State Senate Leader resigns after video shows him kissing lobbyist (More)
House Intelligence Committee GOP releases results of year-long report, says no evidence of collusion with Russia by either campaign in 2016 election (More)
In Depth.

The Slaughterhouse that Saves Premature Babies. 

STAT | Eric Boodman. You’ve probably never heard of pulmonary surfactants before, but when slaughtering a cow they are far more valuable than the New York strip. Surfactants are found in cow’s lungs and can help premature babies take their first breaths. Read about how a Canadian slaughterhouse is saving preemies all around the world.


I Got a Story to Tell. 

The Players Tribune | Steve Francis. The high-stakes world of college recruiting has changed dramatically over the past two decades - now kids spend the bulk of their time playing on high-profile travel teams, with families relocating to the best sports high schools in the region. A story like Steve Francis - who went from selling drugs and not playing in high school, to starting in the NBA in four years - may never happen again.
Etcetera.
New study finds that stress is contagious.

These 3-D printed houses for the developing world can be made in a single day.

Zoos and museums begin leaving 'Amazon reviews' on Twitter for different species.

Puppy forgets how to be a dog (via YouTube). 

...and a 1-year-old Shih-poo goes viral with a very humanlike face

Say hello to the 2018 Minnesota High School Hockey All-Hair Team.

The shape of your city may determine how hot it gets

The Hubble Space Telescope captures two galaxies colliding

Shaquille O'Neal to DJ an electronic dance party, says there will be flamethrowers.

Clickbait: Voodoo dolls of bosses can improve staff morale

Historybook: Uranus discovered (1781); RIP Benjamin Harrison (1901); RIP Susan B. Anthony (1906); L. Ron Hubbard born (1911); HBD Common (1972).

 
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