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NFL Draft.
The 2018 NFL Draft kicks off tonight with the first round televised from Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas (8pm ET, ESPN). Two story lines collide head-on this year, with the Cleveland Browns bringing their perennial quarterback woes into a draft class dominated by top-tier signal callers. At least five QBs are expected to be drafted in the first round - including Josh Allen (Wyoming), Sam Darnold (USC), Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), Josh Rosen (UCLA), and Lamar Jackson (Louisville) - a feat which hasn't happened since 1999. The Browns, who have both the #1 and #4 picks, will be starting their 29th QB since 1999 when the season opens in September. Top non-QB prospects include RB Saquon Barkley from Penn State (who welcomed a baby girl this week), DE Bradley Chubb (NC State), and Guard Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame). Rounds 2 and 3 will be held on Friday, and rounds 4-7 follow on Saturday. 

In related news, someone reportedly snapped secret photos of ESPN's coverage prep boards, adding some color to the draft. 

Golden State Killer Caught.
Police arrested James Joseph DeAngelo yesterday, believing him to be the infamous Golden State Killer after advanced DNA testing led to a breakthrough in the cold case. DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, is allegedly responsible for a string of at least 12 murders, over 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries, terrorizing Northern California in the mid-1970s and '80s. DeAngelo himself was fired from the police force in 1979 after shoplifting a hammer and can of dog repellent. National interest was reignited in the case by the January 2018 book I'll Be Gone in the Dark, an exhaustive look at the cold case by true crime researcher Michelle McNamara. McNamara - the wife of comedian Patton Oswalt - died in 2016 in the middle of the project, leading Oswalt to hire a private researcher to finish the book. DeAngelo has officially been charged with the 1980 murder of couple Lyman and Charlene Smith, though more charges may follow. 

See how the DNA testing that nabbed DeAngelo after decades of silence works here

National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
A powerful new memorial opens today in Montgomery, Alabama, commemorating the victims of racial lynchings throughout US history. The memorial - formally known as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice - began construction in 2016 and sits on six acres of land owned by the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery-based non-profit that spearheaded the project. Visitors are guided through sculptures and exhibits that begin with slavery in the US and extend through the Civil Rights Era to present day (see a virtual tour), with a central feature being 805 hanging steel columns. Each column represents a county where one or more of the over 4,000 documented racial lynchings took place - one column for each county. The project, including a nearby museum, cost close to $20M and was supported by private donations. 

See an interactive map showing the locations of the documented racial lynchings between 1877 and 1950. 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Commission on College Basketball recommendations include end of 'one-and-done' rule and lifetime ban for coaches who cheat to recruit top players (More)
$5M sexual assault lawsuit against music mogul Russell Simmons is dismissed (More)
LeBron James carries Cavs to 3-2 lead over Pacers with vintage buzzer-beating 3-pointer (More) | Full NBA playoffs scores and recap (More)

Science & Technology.

Fossilized footprints reveal humans hunting a giant sloth near White Sands National Monument in New Mexico (More)
Researchers 3D print both electronics and cells directly onto human skin, applications range from temporary biosensors to instantly closing wounds (More)
Study shows that fetal immune system can "wake up" early, rejecting maternal cells and causing pre-term births (More)

Business & Markets.

Earnings Season:  Facebook reports increases in users, profits up 63% - showing no signs of harm from personal data scandal - stock up 7% in after-hours trading (More) | Chipotle revenues increase 7%, stock up ~10% in after-hours trading (More) | Ford outlines plan to cut costs and increase profits at faster pace, stock up 2% (More)
Comcast - largest US cable operator - bids $31B for European cable & internet business, Sky (More)
Subway to close 500 more stores after closures 800 last year (25k remain), as sales fell 4.4% in 2017 (More)

Politics & World Affairs.

Arizona statewide teacher strike begins, asking for $1B to bring education revenue back to pre-recession levels (More)
French President Macron suggests revising Iran nuclear deal during visit with President Trump, would expand to cover Iran's ballistic missile program (More)
Federal grand jury indicts 14 former employees of South Carolina correctional system for taking bribes in exchange for smuggling contraband into state prisons (More)
In Depth.

Improbable Cause. 

Toronto Star | Amy Dempsey. When one person died at 3635 Pitch Pine Crescent Drive in Mississauga, Ontario, it was labeled as a natural death. After a second died one year later, both cases were reopened as 'suspicious'. After the third death, the community was left wondering who was stalking the Harrison family.

How Much Booze is Too Much. 

Vox | Julia Belluz. Consensus on light to moderate drinking used to be mixed - some studies even showed limited benefits associated with a glass or two a day. But scientists are rethinking whether any alcohol at all is good for you, especially after a 600,000 person study showed that drinking levels previously thought to be harmless are linked to early deaths
Which US cities have the most burned out workers

Kanye West's bromance with President Trump goes full bloom

214 years after his death, Alexander Hamilton is finally getting a law degree.  

The most amazing little league fields around the US

Ugh Millennials: Blame everything on baby boomers.  

Cheese experts discuss the most important cheeses in the US

An interactive look at the deadliest animal in the world. (paywall)

The most accurate map of the sky has 1.7 billion stars

Al Capone’s Miami mansion Is on sale for $15 million

Clickbait: Goose levels golfer on course during high school tournament

Historybook: John Wilkes Booth killed 12 days after assassinating President Lincoln (1865); HBD Melania Trump (1970); RIP Lucille Ball (1989); Deadliest tornado in history kills 1,300 in Bangladesh (1989).

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