5.10.2022

'Victory Day,' Pulitzers, and The Awake Ape Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

Good morning. It's Tuesday, May 10, and we're covering a sweeping military parade in Russia, this year's Pulitzer winners, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].

NEED TO KNOW

 

'Victory Day' in Russia

Russia held its annual Victory Day celebration yesterday, with events including a massive military parade helmed by President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's Red Square. More than 65,000 people were estimated to have taken part, with an estimated 2,400 pieces of military equipment being put on display. See photos from the day here.

 

The occasion marks the anniversary of the 1945 defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. In his remarks, Putin framed the Russian invasion of Ukraine as a battle to protect Russian interests, as well as a fight against neo-Nazism in the neighboring country. Read more about the history and background of those claims.

 

In Poland, Russian ambassador Sergey Andreev was attacked with red paint

(w/video) as protestors blocked him from laying a wreath at a Soviet soldiers' cemetery in Warsaw. 

 

Russian missile attacks yesterday reached as far west as the strategic port city of Odesa, Ukraine's third-largest city and the most significant Black Sea port still controlled by Ukraine. See updates here.

Eurovision Kicks Off

The international song contest “Eurovision” kicks off today from Turin, Italy (Peacock, 3 pm ET). The competition is the world’s most-watched annual music event and features songwriters from 40 countries. More than 183 million viewers across 36 markets tuned into the 2021 competition. 

 

Two semi-finals will be held to determine the final lineup. Contestants from the Big Five—Spain, the UK, Italy, Germany, and France—are automatically advanced (see rules). Both industry experts and viewers decide the winners of the contest, known for its over-the-top costumes.

 

Ukraine is this year’s favorite to win, represented by Kalush Orchestra. The group blends hip-hop with traditional Ukrainian music in their track “Stefania,” a song written for the writer’s mother, which has taken on new meaning for the war-torn country. Russia was removed from the contest.

 

An American version, "American Song Contest," wrapped last night. K-pop singer AleXa, representing Oklahoma, took home the top prize.

Pulitzer Prize Winners 

The 2022 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced yesterday, with much of the recognition awarded to local newsrooms. 

 

Among the winners are The Washington Post (Public Service) for its account of the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol and the Miami Herald (Breaking News) for its coverage of the Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse. A special citation was awarded to the journalists of Ukraine for reporting during Russia’s invasion of their country. 

 

Separately, the Local Reporting award went to Madison Hopkins of the Better Government Association and Cecilia Reyes of the Chicago Tribune for their examination of Chicago’s failed building- and fire-safety code enforcement. Staff from the Tampa Bay Times (Investigative Reporting) were recognized for their exposure of toxic hazards inside Florida’s only battery-recycling plant. 

 

The Pulitzer Prize is one of the highest distinctions in the US for journalism, literature, and music. Awardees take home $15K and a certificate, while the Public Service winner receives a gold medal. See the full list of winners here.

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

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> "A Strange Loop" tops 2022 Tony Awards (June 12) nominations with 11, with "MJ the Musical" and "Paradise Square" hauling in 10 apiece (More)

 

> Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić reportedly to win second-straight NBA MVP award (More) | Former NBA player Adreian Payne shot and killed Sunday morning at age 31 (More)

 

> Andy Warhol's famed Marilyn Monroe portrait sells at auction for $195M, a record price for a 20th century artist (More) | Celebrity chef Mario Batali's sexual misconduct trial begins; Batali faces up to 2.5 years in prison if convicted (More)

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Science & Technology

> Lincoln College in Illinois becomes first US higher education institution to close in part due to a ransomware attack (More) | Twenty internet companies join federal initiative to provide high-speed internet to low-income households (More)

 

> Researchers discover sea anemones modify oxybenzone, a key chemical in common sunscreens; the change inadvertently leads to a chemical process potentially toxic to both anemones and coral reefs (More)

 

> First-known example of mammal-insect mimicry identified; the mouse-eared bats produce sounds similar to wasps when captured in an effort to scare predators (More)

Business & Markets

> US stock markets continue to fall (S&P 500 -3.2%, Dow -2.0%, Nasdaq -4.3%); S&P 500 drops below 4,000 to lowest level since March 2021 (More)

 

> Electric vehicle maker Rivian sees shares fall 21% after report Ford is selling 8 million shares after a lock-up period expired Sunday; stock is down 78% year-to-date (More)

 

> LGBTQ dating app Grindr to go public via a special purpose acquisition company, valuing the company at $2.1B (More)

Politics & World Affairs

> Senate passes bipartisan bill to extend security to Supreme Court Justices' homes (More) | Wisconsin officials seek public's help in suspected arson of pro-life advocacy office in Madison (More)

 

> Ferdinand Marcos Jr. projected to become Philippines president, replacing outgoing Rodrigo Duterte (More) | Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid increasingly violent protests over economic crisis (More)

 

> Former Alabama jail official and escaped inmate captured in Indiana following car crash; the pair evaded law enforcement for more than 10 days (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

The True Lies of Elisabeth Finch

Vanity Fair | Evgenia Peretz. A two-part dive into the truths and lies behind a "Grey's Anatomy" writer who weaved her personal traumas—since revealed to have been appropriated from others—into the hit show. (Read, paywall)

The Awake Ape

Knowable Magazine | Elizabeth Preston. Sleep is known to be vital for our memory, immune system, and more. So why do we snooze less than our primate relatives? (Read)

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ETCETERA

 

The US states that drink the most beer.

 

What does an octopus eat?

 

Turns out Trader Joe is a real person

 

A proposal to build cities with lava.

 

Inside the first Meta (Facebook) store.

 

Food funnel turns sloppy burrito droppings into a taco.

 

Scientists discover what looks like an underwater road. (w/video)

 

When picnics are banned to ward off fever-infected wild boars

 

Clickbait: Wildlife wardens alarmed after a bag is mistaken for a lion.

 

Historybook: RIP Paul Revere (1818); First American transcontinental railroad is completed (1869); Winston Churchill becomes prime minister of the UK (1940); RIP actress Joan Crawford (1977); Nelson Mandela inaugurated as president of South Africa (1994).

 

"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."

- Nelson Mandela

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