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4.16.2022

Jerusalem Clash, Twitter, and Flowers in Ultraviolet Light 1440 Weekend Edition
 

Good morning. It's Saturday, April 16, and in this weekend edition, we're covering violence around a holy site in Jerusalem, Twitter's plan to fend off Elon Musk's bid, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at hello@join1440.com

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Conflict in Jerusalem 

More than 150 Palestinians were injured early Friday in a clash with Israeli forces around Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, a holy site where thousands were gathered for prayers during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Israeli authorities said a group of Palestinians were throwing rocks at a gate leading to the Western Wall, a Jewish holy site. Many of the Palestinians wounded were hit by stun grenades, rubber bullets, or beaten with batons, according to medics. The mosque reopened later for midday prayers after Israeli forces detained hundreds of people.

 

The holy site has been a flashpoint for ongoing unrest between Israel and Palestine. Last year, tensions sparked an 11-day war in the Gaza Strip. Friday's events came as tens of thousands of worshippers are gathering for overlapping religious holidays in Jerusalem’s Old City, home to major sites sacred to Islam, Judaism, and Christianity (see 101). This year is the first time in three decades when Ramadan, Passover, and Easter coincide.

 

The latest escalation follows a string of recent Palestinian attacks in Israel and Israeli raids in the occupied West Bank, which have killed at least a dozen people on each side. Catch up on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here.

QUICK HITS

 

Ukraine claims Russia used long-range bombers.

The Ukrainian defense ministry said Friday Russian forces used long-range bombers for the first time in the invasion to attack the besieged port city of Mariupol and two other southeastern cities. 

 

Twitter adopts shareholder rights plan to fend off Musk's bid.

Known as a poison pill, the plan would create new shares in the market if billionaire Elon Musk, or any other individual or group, buys at least 15% of Twitter’s shares, ultimately diluting Musk's ownership. Musk has a 9.2% stake and has offered to buy Twitter for $43B.

 

China holds military drills as US lawmakers visit Taiwan.

China said its military exercises are a countermeasure to the US showing support of Taiwan, the world's largest manufacturer of semi-conductor chips. Taiwan faces pressure from China, which claims the democratic island as its own territory.

 

US agencies tie North Korea to largest-ever crypto heist.

The FBI and Treasury Department claim the Lazarus Group, a North Korean cybercrime collective, is behind last month's theft of more than $600M worth of cryptocurrency from a blockchain that powers popular online game "Axie Infinity."

 

Biden to nominate Michael Barr to the Federal Reserve.

Barr, a University of Michigan law professor and former Treasury official, is the second nominee to be the Fed's top bank regulator. President Joe Biden's first pick, Sarah Bloom Raskin, withdrew in March after failing to win enough support.

 

Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Bossy dies at 65.

Bossy guided the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup wins in the early 1980s and is considered to be one of the greatest goal scorers in the NHL. He died of lung cancer. 

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BOOKKEEPING

 
 

$20.8B: The total estimated amount Americans will spend on Easter-related items

 

$504,375: The selling price for samples of lunar dust collected by Neil Armstrong.

 

460,000: The number of Toyota and Lexus vehicles recalled to fix a safety issue.

 

292: The number of times a man saw "Spider-Man: No Way Home," winning a record.

 

$61.83: The average price of an Easter basket, up more than 22% from 2019 due to inflation

HUMANKIND

 
 

First responders named godparents of newborn whose life they saved. (More)

 

An Egyptian swimmer breaks two world records after losing leg in accident. (More)

 

A long-lost diary from 1938 is finally returned to original owner's family. (More

 

A Michigan city closes parts of a road so its salamanders can travel safely. (More)

 

A teen receives 27 college acceptances, including from Harvard and Yale. (More)

 

Meet a 9-year-old fashion designer who has her own clothing collection. (More

 

Strangers gift an 11-year-old boy Legos after he and his dad flee Ukraine. (More)

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HUMANKIND(NESS)

 
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Rachael B in New York City, who shares a moment of kindness with an Uber driver.

 

"By the end of the ride, after a witty, interesting conversation about our own lives ... he admitted that he had been here for about the same time as myself—7 years—and really hadn't found one friend. Too busy working. I went out on a limb and gave him my business card and we are meeting for coffee next week."

 

What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us your story.

ETCETERA 

 

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Best of the Week: Bizarre Alaskan clouds spark conspiracy theories.

Historybook: Harriet Quimby becomes first woman to fly across English Channel (1912); HBD former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1947); RIP chemist Rosalind Franklin, known for discovering structure of DNA (1958); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. pens Letter from Birmingham Jail (1963); Mass shooting at Virginia Tech (2007)

 

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

- Martin Luther King Jr.

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