3.16.2018

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3.16.2018
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Need To Know.
Fatal Bridge Collapse in Miami.
A newly constructed bridge collapsed on the campus of Florida International University yesterday, killing at least 6 and injuring 9. The $14.2M bridge - which spanned nearly 175 feet across a busy highway - was opened to pedestrians just days earlier. Witnesses described the scene after the 950-tons of concrete collapsed to the road below (see photos), reportedly crushing at least eight cars. It was unclear what caused the collapse, though the design used an innovative process known as 'instant bridge', an accelerated installation method meant to increase worker safety. One of the main construction firms behind the project also built a concrete bridge that collapsed in Virginia in 2012. 

Syrian War Hits 7 Year Mark.
The Syrian civil war passed its seventh anniversary this week, having become one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent memory. It began in 2011 when a group of teenage boys were arrested for drawing graffiti supporting the Arab Spring and criticizing President Bashar al-Assad. Demonstrators took to the streets after one of the boys, a 13-year-old, died after being tortured by police (see timeline). Assad's forces responded with a brutal crackdown that killed hundreds of protesters. Months later, the Free Syrian Army was formed with the goal of overthrowing the government, and the country slid into civil war. Seven years later, Assad has largely dismantled the rebellion, but the rest of the country has descended into chaos as foreign groups - Iran, Russia, Turkey, Kurdish rebels, al-Qaeda, and the West - move to fill the power vacuum.

Over 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the conflict and millions displaced. 


Russia Hackers Target Grid.
The Trump Administration accused Russian government hackers of launching a series of cyberattacks against key US industries and infrastructure on Thursday, including parts of the power grid. Detailed in a Department of Homeland Security and FBI report, the assessment concludes that hacks appeared focused on industrial control systems - the type of access that would allow them to turn off factories, water treatment facilities, and even entire power plants. The report came out on the same day that the US landed another 1-2 diplomatic punch against Russia, slapping sanctions on 5 groups and 19 individuals for both the cyberattacks on infrastructure and attempting to interfere in the 2016 election. The US also supported the UK's diplomatic break with Russia over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy living Britain. 


Correction: In yesterday's digest, we said Senate changes to Dodd-Frank would ease regulations around which banks are considered systemically risky from $250B down to $50B in total assets. That is incorrect - we meant to say the threshold for which banks would be subject to regulations would be raised from $50B to $250B. 
 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

4-seed Arizona upset by 13-seed Buffalo in 1st round of NCAA Tournament (More) | All scores, updated bracket from Thursday's games (More)
Tom Benson, billionaire owner of New Orleans Saints, dies at 90 (More)
Nike brand president Trevor Edwards resigns following complaints about workplace conduct (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Transplanting neurons that coordinate brain rhythms improves cognitive function in mice with Alzheimer's (More)
Scientists sequence 15,000-year-old DNA from oldest known cemetery in Africa, suggest higher rates of migration during Stone Age than previously thought (More)
Porsche, Bugatti begin to use 3-D printing for complex and out-of-production parts (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Largest US radio biz IHeartMedia files for bankruptcy to reduce $20B debt load (More)
US home prices increased 8.8% in February due to slim inventory, highest in 4 years (More)
Rihanna asks fans to delete Snapchat after running ad mocking Chris Brown assault; SNAP shares fall ~4% (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Officials release four clips of surveillance videos of Parkland, FL, massacre - shooting not shown, clips focus on police response (More)
Special Counsel Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization as part of Russia probe (More)
Reports say National Security Adviser HR McMaster to be replaced, White House denies (More)
Weekend Reads.
Editor's note: This week's selections are winners from the 2018 National Magazine Awards, announced Tuesday. See the full list here

My Family’s Slave. 

The Atlantic | Alex Tizon (June 2017). The story of Lola, who acted as a live-in nanny for 56 years before the author realized she was effectively an indentured servant brought from the Philippines. (Read
 

A Most American Terrorist. 

GQ | Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah (Aug. 2017). A deep dive into the forces that shaped Dylann Roof, who opened fire in South Carolina's Mother Emanuel AME Church in June 2015, killing nine African Americans as they worshiped. (Read)
 

Faces of an Epidemic. 

The New Yorker | Philip Montgomery, Margaret Talbot. A stirring photo essay from outside Dayton, OH, capturing the effects of the opioid crisis on not just addicts, but friends, relatives, law enforcement, judges, and the community. (Read)
 

17776: An American Football Story. 

SB Nation | Jon Bois. The newest award category, Digital Innovation, went to Bois' interactive novella on the future of sports. It's definitely creative, in both content and format - and best viewed on a desktop. (Read)
Etcetera.
Banksy returns to NYC with trademark piece

Alaskan sled dog team makes a break for it after ditching mushers.

The best from St. Patrick's Day parades around the world.

Study says pizza beats money when it comes to motivating employees

The most expensive place to live in the world

Look inside a 377-foot superyacht modeled on a dugout canoe

Willy Wonka guest as a kid, Jeopardy! contestant as an adult.  


Clickbait: Michigan senate candidate proposes arming homeless people with shotguns

Historybook: HBD James Madison (1751); HBD Jerry Lewis (1926); My Lai Massacre: nearly 500 Vietnamese villagers killed by American troops (1968); HBD Blake Griffin (1989).

 
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