5.24.2018

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5.24.2018
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Need To Know.
New NFL Anthem Rules.
NFL owners agreed to new rules for the upcoming season governing player conduct during the national anthem. The new guidelines allow players to remain in the locker room during the anthem but will levy fines against teams whose players do not stand and "show respect" to the flag and anthem - which would likely include kneeling, an act of protest that former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick began two seasons ago. Notably, the fines will be applied at the team level, meaning owners can either pay the fines themselves and choose to punish - or not punish - players at their own discretion. The new rules attempt to thread the needle on what was a contentious issue during the past two seasons. Legal opinions have been split, but generally support the NFL's right to restrict player conduct during the anthem. 


Former Green Beret Nate Boyer suggested kneeling as a more appropriate gesture of protest to Kaepernick after he originally sat during the anthem. 

Political Newcomer Chosen as Italian PM.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella accepted the nomination of Giuseppe Conte, a lawyer with no political experience, as prime minister yesterday. Conte, nominated by a coalition of Italy's center-right and populist political parties, is skeptical of Italy's membership in the European Union and is expected to take a hard line on immigration. Italy held its nationwide parliamentary elections in March - no party won a majority, with seats split between the center-right League party (42% of seats), the populist Five Star movement (33%), and the center-left Democratic party (18%). As a result, the Five Star movement and the League formed a coalition to put forward a single prime minister candidate. Generally, a country's president represents the nation as head of state, while the prime minister is the head of government (domestic operations) and also the leader of the party in power.

Public backlash against North African immigrants was the dominant theme during the election cycle.


Stanley Cup Finals Set.
The Washington Capitals will take on the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup finals, after the Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals last night. The Golden Knights had punched their ticket to the finals after beating the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday, winning the series 4-1. Las Vegas will play for the Cup in what is their first season as an NHL team, having been the NHL's first expansion team in 16 years - it is only the second time that an NHL, NBA, NFL, or MLB team has made the finals in their first full season in existence. It will be the first finals appearance for the Capitals in twenty years. Vegas favors the Golden Knights to win the series at -155 odds - the series begins on Monday (8pm ET, NBC). 

Of the nine NHL expansion teams since 1979, none have made the postseason (much less the finals). 

 
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In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Milwaukee police release body camera footage of NBA player Sterling Brown's arrest, tasering (More)
ESPN and UFC agree to 5-year broadcast deal worth $1.5B; ESPN to have exclusive rights to UFC Fight Night events starting in 2019 (More)
Federal prosecutors open investigation into Harvey Weinstein sex crimes; NYPD reportedly ready to make arrest (More)
 

Science & Technology.

> New fossil find suggests that all seven continents - fused together in a supercontinent known as Pangaea in Earth's early history - separated 15 million years later than previously thought (More)
Deep brain stimulation found to improve diabetes by increasing dopamine release, which plays a role in regulating glucose (More)
New technology mimics and decodes neuromuscular signals, opens path to more natural prosthetics (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Uber releases Q1 financials: revenue up 73% over last year to 2.6B, cuts losses in half; to sell insider shares at $62B valuation (More)
Deutsche Bank to cut staff by more than 7k in move to curb costs, majority of jobs in New York & London (More)
Paddy Power Betfair to merge with US fantasy sports business FanDuel in billion dollar deal (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Federal judge rules that President Trump's twitter account is a public forum and banning followers violates First Amendment, stops short of ordering Trump to stop practice (More)
Congress passes $52B Veterans Affairs reform bill, expanding private medical options for veterans (More)
US investigating symptoms of US government worker in China who reports head trauma similar to the suspected sonic attack on US diplomats in Cuba (More)
In Depth.

Weekend Lie-Ins Could Help You Avoid An Early Death. 

Guardian | Nicola Davis. In a survey of 38,000 adults, it was shown that if you sleep less than 5 hours a night, you’ll have a higher mortality rate. But there was one exception - if you catch up on the weekends, you might not be hurting your chances at a long life.
 

A New Era of Drug Kingpins. 

Bloomberg | Staff. Among the opioid crisis, fentanyl, a synthetic opioid a hundred times more powerful than morphine, is a particular scourge. Because of its reliance on complex chemistry - and its million-dollar profit margins - it's giving rise to a new class of criminals
Etcetera.
The ideas and trends that divide urban, suburban, and rural America.

Federal survey shows 40% of US adults can't cover a $400 emergency expense

CNBC releases its annual list of the 50 most disruptive companies

America's graying population in three maps

New polling says two-thirds of Americans support same-sex marriage (via Gallup).


US parents made up about 1,100 totally new baby names last year - here are the most popular

The New York Public Library makes 180,000 images available for free download.

This ancient Greek city is on sale for $7.5M


Clickbait: Scientists plan DNA hunt for Loch Ness monster next month

Historybook: Samuel Morse sends first commercial telegraph message (1844); The Brooklyn Bridge is opened in NYC (1883); HBD Bob Dylan (1941); HBD Patti LaBelle (1944); RIP Duke Ellington (1974).
 
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