5.30.2018

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5.30.2018
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Need To Know.
Missouri Governor Resigns.
Embattled Missouri governor Eric Greitens (R) announced he will resign yesterday amid a widening investigation into actions that began with revelations of an affair with his hairdresser. Originally, Greitens was under fire for allegedly blackmailing the woman to coerce silence, though the probe expanded to include potential violation of campaign finance laws. He was charged with a felony in April over potentially misusing a charity donor list to raise money for his 2016 campaign. He has since faced numerous threats of impeachment by the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature. Greitens - a former Navy SEAL and rising GOP star - has since admitted to the affair after the story broke in January, but has long denied any wrongdoing, calling it a "consensual relationship".

His resignation takes effect Friday.  

Puerto Rico Death Toll.
A new study puts the death toll from Hurricane Maria and its fallout at about 4,654, exceeding the official government tally of 64. To collect the data (see report), researchers surveyed nearly 3,300 residences across the territory, collecting first-hand reports of deaths in the three months after the storm (Oct. to Dec. 2017) and compared it to the same period the previous year. The team found a mortality rate of 14.6 deaths per 1,000 persons in the aftermath, compared to a rate of 8.9 during the same period in 2016. The study - whose estimate is 70x larger than the government's - emphasized longer-term deaths resulting from devastated medical infrastructure and lack of power and clean water. For the government tally, every disaster-related death must be confirmed by a medical examiner, either on-site or in the capital of San Juan, which some say may have contributed to a dramatic undercounting. 

ABC Cancels Roseanne.
ABC canceled its hit show Roseanne following a racist tweet by star Roseanne Barr. Early on Tuesday Roseanne tweeted an offensive comment about ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarrett - who left the White House over 15 months ago. You can read the tweet here. Notably, Roseanne, a reboot of the early 90s sitcom with co-star John Goodman, had been a smash hit for ABC and its parent company Disney - the show was the highest-rated and most-watched broadcast series of the season, clocking nearly 22 million viewers per episode when accounting for streaming and those watching on DVR. The comments were posted at 2:30am and within twelve hours the show had been canceled, with ABC pulling the plug by 2pm yesterday. 

Barr was reportedly being paid $250,000 per episode, a sum likely to increase had the show been renewed. 

 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Excavations in Peru uncover exceptionally well-preserved 1000-year-old mummy giving insight into pre-Inca civilization (More)
Large-scale study suggests most common supplements - multivitamins, calcium, and vitamins C and D - provide no noticeable effects on cardiovascular disease or early death (More)
Researchers find that giving doses of oxytocin to groups of monkeys flattens the social structure, making aggressive males less dominant and subordinate males more assertive (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs.

Rep. Tom Garrett (R, VA-5) will not seek re-election after allegations of staff misuse, drinking on job (More)
10 days after putting trade war "on hold", US to push ahead with 25% tariffs on nearly $50B of Chinese imports (More)
Supreme Court declines to hear appeal over Arkansas law that requires abortion pill providers establish access for admission rights at local hospitals; law will go into effect barring a separate legal challenge (More)


Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Blake Painter, star of Deadliest Catch, dies at 38 (More)
Major League Soccer awards Cincinnati with expansion club; will begin play in 2019 (More)
> Epic Games, maker of popular video game Fortnite, is being sued for copyright infringement (More) | What is Fortnite? (More)

 

Business & Markets.

US markets down 1%+ on Italy political turmoil news and China trade war fears (More)
JAB Holdings (Panera Bread, Snapple) to purchase sandwich chain Pret A Manger for $2B (More)
Earnings Season: HP beats expectations on stronger than expected computer sales (More) | Salesforce beats earnings on strong revenues, shares up 4% (More)
Etcetera.
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The best Chinese restaurants in the US (via Thrillist).

Man puts real engine in Barbie car, goes very fast

In the UK, the bank of Mom and Dad is feeling the pinch
 
Clickbait: Officials warn Hawaiians to not roast marshmallows over volcanic vents

Historybook: Joan of Arc is burned at the stake (1431); RIP Voltaire (1778); First Indianapolis 500 is held (1911); Lincoln Memorial is dedicated (1922); HBD CeeLo Green (1974).
 
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- Voltaire

 
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