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Raptors Win Title.
The Toronto Raptors won the franchise's first NBA title, beating the Golden State Warriors on the road in Game 6 by a score of 114-110. The Raptors were led by star forward Kawhi Leonard, who became the first player in league history to be named Finals MVP in both of the league's conferences (Leonard won the award in 2014 with the San Antonio Spurs). The Raptors entered the Finals as heavy underdogs despite having home court advantage, with Golden State looking to win its fourth championship in five years. Instead, the Raptors - who entered the league in 1995 with the now-relocated Vancouver Grizzlies - brought home Canada's first NBA title. The Warriors, who saw star Kevin Durant suffer a devastating injury when he tore his Achilles tendon in Game 5, also saw star wingman Klay Thompson go down with a torn ACL late in the third quarter. See photos of the celebration in Toronto here.
The Democratic National Committee announced the 20 presidential candidates who qualified to make the first round of primary debates last night, winnowing a historically large crowd down from 24. The news was less about who made it than those who didn't - a list including Rep. Seth Moulton (MA-6), Montana Governor Steve Bullock, former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel, and the Mayor of Miramar, Florida Wayne Messam. To qualify for the first round of debates, to be held across two nights on June 26-27 in Miami, candidates needed to register at least 1% support in three recognized polls or receive donations from 65,000 people. Bullock, the highest-profile candidate to not make the debates, has said he delayed getting in the race in order to work with the Montana legislature to renew the state's Medicaid expansion. Candidates who missed the mark did not immediately signal whether they would drop out of the race.
Oil Tanker Attack.
Two oil tankers suffered crippling attacks in the Gulf of Oman yesterday, forcing crews to evacuate and spurring international emergency crews to respond to the vessels. The incident follows a series of similar attacks, carried out via drones, led by Iran-backed Houthi rebels operating out of Yemen. By late afternoon, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had pinned the most recent attacks on Iran. The Gulf of Oman, just to the east of the Strait of Hormuz, is one of the most strategic waterways in the world for transporting oil. Despite a number of regional rivalries, nearly all Middle Eastern oil-producing countries rely on the Gulf to transport some amount of their oil to foreign markets (see map). Close to 20 million barrels of oil per day flow through the Gulf - the price of oil rose 3% on the attack.
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Science & Technology.
> Encrypted messaging platform Telegram reports a massive cyberattack originating from China; timing coincided with Hong Kong protests against a Chinese extradition bill (More)
> Scientists demonstrate world's most powerful superconducting magnet, capable of generating 45.4 tesla magnetic field (More)
Business & Markets.
> Facebook’s new cryptocurrency scheduled to be unveiled next week, to be backed by Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, Uber, among others (More)
> Fiverr, an online freelance marketplace for gig-economy workers, soars 90%+ in first day as public company (More)
> Meat and poultry giant Tyson Foods unveils new plant-based protein brand; will compete with Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to depart at end of June, will return to home state of Arkansas (More)
> Federal watchdog group recommends removing White House advisor Kellyanne Conway over violating Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in elections; recommendation stems from Conway interviews slamming Democratic presidential candidates (More)
> Michigan Attorney General dismisses all pending criminal charges against city and state officials over 2014 Flint water crisis, says it will restart an expanded investigation (More)
The Day the Music Burned.
New York Times | Jody Rosen. In 2008, a fire began to spread across the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood. Despite initial reports, the 24-hour blaze destroyed a slice of music history, burning through original recordings of over 500,000 songs. (Read, paywall)
The Kevin Durant Ripple Effect.
The Ringer | John Gonzalez. Kevin Durant, one of the league's foremost stars, ruptured his Achilles tendon on Monday after returning from a months-long break from an injury. Devastating for Durant and the Golden State Warriors, the injury may affect the decision-making of star players for decades to come. (Read)
Earth Needs More People.
Vox | Dylan Matthews. As the global population creeps past 7.5 billion, fears of overpopulation have forced many to ponder the ethics of bringing new life into a world which may not be able to support it. Yet this philosopher Torbjörn Tännsjö makes a compelling argument for why we should never stop procreating. (Read)
Historybook:Stars and Stripes officially adopted as flag of US (1777); Abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe born (1811); Che Guevara born (1928); HBD President Donald Trump (1946); High-rise fire in London kills 72 (2017).
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