6.12.2018

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6.12.2018
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Need To Know.
Trump Meets With Kim Jong Un.
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un signed a joint agreement supporting stable relations between the two countries following yesterday's historic summit. The full statement (read here) was light on specifics but committed North Korea to pursuing denuclearization in exchange for security guarantees from the US - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to lead a team of negotiators to fill in the details in additional high-level talks during the coming weeks. Pompeo has stated that the heavy US sanctions on North Korea will remain in place until the country eliminates its nuclear capability. Still, the US announced that it would immediately scale back military exercises with South Korea in exchange for the North dismantling one of its missile testing sites. In related news, Trump adviser Larry Kudlow suffered a heart attack just before the summit, and is recovering in good condition. 

Here is what it would take to fully denuclearize North Korea (paywall). 

Landmark NCAA Lawsuit Begins.
A landmark lawsuit contending that the NCAA should bear responsibility for brain injuries suffered by its student-athletes began yesterday. The case focuses on former University of Texas football player Greg Ploetz, who passed away in 2015 after a lifetime of cognitive and other medical issues - a postmortem revealed extensive brain damage. Ploetz's wife says the organization should have known about the link between blows to the head and long-term neurological damage, and is seeking $1M in damages. It is the first attempt to hold sport organizers responsible for the effect of concussions and follows a groundbreaking 2017 study linking a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to head trauma in football (see paper).  

Ohio Voting Law Upheld.
In a decision issued yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld an Ohio process that purges individuals from voting rolls after a period of inactivity. In Ohio if voters go two years - which covers a single federal election - without voting they are sent a request to confirm their eligibility. If they do not respond, they have four more years to vote, otherwise they are purged from the state's voter rolls. The plaintiffs argued that this violated the National Voter Registration Act, which prohibits booting people off the list solely for failure to vote. In the 5-4 vote, the majority determined that because voters in question had the opportunity to respond to the confirmation request before being eliminated, the process does not violate the Act (read full decision). The decision is expected to give states more confidence in culling their voter rolls. 

 
In The Know.

Business & Markets.

Sheetrock maker USG Corp to sell for $7B to Gebr Knauf, German construction products maker (More)
Private equity firm KKR to buy Envision Healthcare - provider of physicians to hospitals - for $5.6B (More)
Rolls-Royce to cut 4k jobs as part of restructuring to boost profitability (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

College Baseball World Series field is set, read preview of all 8 teams (More)
Neal Boyd, former winner of America's Got Talent, dies at 42 (More)
Nike won't supply shoes for Iran's World Cup team, citing sanctions (More)
 

Science & Technology.

Health workers implement new tests that reduce the time to diagnose Ebola from days down to hours (More)
Board of Trustees of the Salk Institute accepts resignation of Inder Verma, pioneering gene therapy scientist, over harassment allegations (More)
Researchers develop pill that can replace bariatric surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announces threat of domestic violence is not sufficient for US to grant asylum to incoming immigrants (More)
Net neutrality ends, lawsuit brought by 22 states to reinstate it looms on horizon but no date set yet (More)
Pope Francis begins purge of Chilean Catholic church following sexual abuse charges, accepts the resignations of three top bishops (More)
In Depth.

Don't Eat Before Reading This. 

The New Yorker | Anthony Bourdain. With the popular chef's tragic death last week, take a look back at the unsolicited essay that rocketed the unknown kitchen guru to culinary stardom (from April '99). 
 

Are You Eating Too Much Protein? 

The Guardian | David Cox. A recent study that showed a nearly 50% higher rate of heart failure in middle-aged men on high protein diets is beginning to overturn decades of mainstream thought and underscores how much we still don't understand about dieting and nutrition
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Etcetera.
A majority of Americans say the US needs to remain a global leader in space exploration

...But are less interested in space tourism

Here's why it's so hard to stop biting your nails

A record number of New York City taxi medallions will be offered at auction this month

...Also, Uber just applied for a patent to detect drunk passengers

Ranking the scariest horror films ever made (via the Guardian). 

Check out the tiny new drones the US army just bought for squad-level surveillance.

The 31 best beer bars in the US

Clickbait: Elon Musk's flamethrowers are selling like hotcakes

Historybook: HBD George HW Bush (1924); HBD Anne Frank (1929); Nelson Mandela sentenced to life in prison in South Africa (1964); Ronald Reagan makes famous ‘tear down this (Berlin) wall’ speech (1987); 49 killed in mass shooting at nightclub in Orlando, Fl (2016).

 
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