5.29.2018

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5.29.2018
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Need To Know.
NBA Finals Set. 
For the fourth straight year, the Cleveland Cavs and the Golden State Warriors will face off in the NBA finals, after each team won Game 7 of their respective conference finals. Cleveland, led by a 35-point performance by LeBron James, beat Boston in Game 7 by a score of 87-79. It was Boston's first home loss during the playoffs - the Celtics overachieved given their top two players in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward suffered season-ending injuries earlier in the year. Golden State managed to beat the Houston Rockets in Houston, 101-92. Houston played without star Chris Paul and at one point missed 27 straight three-pointers. Golden State opens as the largest favorite in nearly two decades, at -1000 - meaning you'd have to bet $1000 on the Warriors to win the best-of-seven series to win $100. They're 12-point favorites in Game 1, which tips off from Oakland on Thursday (8pm ET, ABC). 

Celtics injured star point guard Kyrie Irving was absent from the bench in Game 7 as he reportedly had a procedure done for a deviated septum and didn't want to appear in public. 

Alberto Pounds Panhandle. 
Alberto, one of the first storms of the season, moved inland on the Florida panhandle yesterday. The subtropical storm - which forms with somewhat cooler temperatures than tropical storms (see 101) - forced three states, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida, to declare states of emergency. Two journalists from a South Carolina news station died as a tree fell on their car as they covered the storm. The storm, which was downgraded to a depression overnight, is expected to move up into Tennessee and the Carolinas during the first half of the week with the potential for extended flash flooding. 

Irish Voters Support Abortion Reform.

Irish voters supported a referendum over the weekend that would ease the country's strict abortion laws. Many saw the vote - in which over 66% of voters supported a path to easing restrictions - as reflecting the weakening role of the Catholic Church in the country. Abortion has been prohibited in Ireland since 1861, and was written into the country's constitution in 1983 - exceptions were allowed during medical interventions to save the mother's life. The new referendum replaces constitutional language recognizing the rights of the unborn with language allowing the Irish parliament to pass legislation reforming abortion laws, should they choose. Current regulations will remain in place until such legislation is passed - though Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has said he will move quickly on changes. 

Nearly 78% of Irish citizens identify as Roman Catholic, though this is down 13% since the 1991 census. 
 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Study finds link between early childhood obesity in first two years of life leads to lower cognitive ability (More)
Researchers develop ultra-fine diamond needles capable of bending up to 9%, almost 10x greater than bulk diamond (More)
Ingestible bacteria-on-a-chip can help diagnose disease by transmitting wireless signals based on cell response once inside gut (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

US diplomats keep working with North Korea to plan Trump-Kim Jong Un summit despite Thursday's cancellation (More)
Italian president reverses course, rejects coalition prime minister candidate; taps economist as interim prime minister until new elections can be held (More)
International outrage as Syria becomes head of United Nations disarmament body; UN says leadership rotates and Syria takes over from Switzerland due to alphabetical order (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Will Power wins Indianapolis 500 (More) | Danica Patrick crashes at Indy 500; will end career to focus on entrepreneurship (More)
BTS becomes first Korean pop group with #1 album on Billboard charts (More) | Backstreet Boys on Pop Songs chart for first time since 2007 (More)
Real Madrid defeats Liverpool 3-1 to win Champions League (More) | Golden Knights beat Capitals in Game 1 of Stanley Cup final (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Oil prices fall 5%+ as Saudi Arabia signals it will pump more oil to ease supply concerns (More)
President Trump proposes deal to allow Chinese smartphone maker ZTE to stay in business (More)
Tech giant Intel under investigation for age discrimination during layoffs of up to 12,000 employees since 2016 (More)
In Depth.

The Reporter Who Took Down a Unicorn. 

NY Mag | Yashar Ali. The fall of Theranos, a former multi-billion dollar Silicon Valley blood diagnostics startup, was widely publicized. Here's the story of the Wall Street Journal reporter who doggedly kept asking a simple question - does this technology even work?

The Surge. 

Texas Monthly | Melissa del Bosque. How Texas’ decade-long border security operation has turned South Texas into one of the most heavily policed and surveilled places in the nation. But do the arrest records justify the sky-high price tag
Etcetera.
For Memorial Day, a compilation of letters from the children of fallen soldiers.  

...Also, Arlington National Cemetery is running out of space


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Watch Bad Lip Reading hilariously redub the Royal Wedding

Video captures massive flash flooding in downtown Ellicott City, Maryland.

The best children's books of the year for 2018

The most comprehensive report you'll ever see on amusement parks

Yale beats Duke to win its first men's lacrosse championship

Real-life Spiderman climbs Paris building to save a dangling child.

Clickbait: Butchers living in fear as attacks by vegans rise

Historybook: HBD Bob Hope (1903); HBD John F. Kennedy (1917); Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay are first to reach Mt. Everest summit (1953); Danica Patrick is first woman to lead at Indy 500 (2005).

 
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- John F. Kennedy

 
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