6.5.2018

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6.5.2018
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Need To Know.
SCOTUS Rules in Cake Case.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple in Colorado in 2012. The decision in the case, Masterpiece Cakeshop, vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission, was one of the most anticipated from last year's docket (read full decision). The case originally hinged on whether using the state's anti-discrimination laws to compel service would violate the baker's first amendment rights to free speech and free exercise of religion. Two liberal-leaning Justices - Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer - sided with the Court's conservative Justices in a 7-2 vote. However the ruling was narrow, saying that in this specific case the commission was "hostile" towards the baker's sincere religious objections - indicating future decisions in similar cases may differ, and avoiding a decision on the central question of whether compelling businesses to provide services over religious objections violates free speech.

Separately, the Court overturned a lower court's ruling that required the federal government to allow access to abortions for a teenage illegal immigrant. 

Change of Guard at Starbucks. 
Longtime head of Starbucks Howard Schultz announced he would step down as the company's executive chairman yesterday, capping a three-decade run in which he turned a small coffee shop chain into a global powerhouse with stores in 77 countries. Schultz - whose interest in running for office has been the subject of speculation for years - hinted at political ambitions, saying his next step may include philanthropy or public service. Schultz was not a founder of Starbucks, but purchased the company from its original owners (who sold Starbucks after purchasing Peet's Coffee) in 1987 when the chain had about 10 stores - Starbucks now has close to 28,000 locations worldwide. Schultz has an estimated net worth close to $3B. 

Apple Wants You To Use Them Less (Sort Of).
Apple kicked off its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) yesterday, the annual conference where the tech giant unveils its new software and products. In a year without a marquee product launch, the chief rollout was a feature called Screen Time, which reports a user's time spent interacting with their devices. While the tool itself is not groundbreaking - it lets you see and set limits on the amount of time you spend using different apps - its prominent first-day showcasing was seen as an acknowledgment of growing criticism over the impact of heavy device usage on mental health. Investors pressured Apple over the issue, particularly with children, earlier in the year. See a wrap up of other new features, including increased use of augmented reality, here. The conference runs through Friday. 

 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Fermilab researchers potentially observe new particle, the "sterile" neutrino; if confirmed would be the first particle observed outside the current standard model of particle physics (More)
Experimental drug regimen neutralizes 30% of known HIV strains in animal tests (More)
New report says Facebook's sharing of user data with phone manufacturers like Apple and Samsung potentially violated Federal Trade Commission's privacy regulations (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Microsoft to acquire GitHub - open-source software hub for code-sharing and collaboration - for $7.5B (More)
Walmart to sell 80% of Brazilian operations to private equity firm Advent International to focus on more promising markets (India, China), shares rise 2% (More)
Saks Fifth Avenue parent company exits online flash sale business Gilt Groupe to rival Rue La La for reported $100M after acquiring for $250M 2 years ago (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Saudi Arabia issues drivers licenses to 10 women as country prepares to lift the world's only ban on female drivers (More)
Eight states (CA, MT, SD, NM, AL, MS, NJ, IA) hold primaries today ahead of 2018 election (More)
Special Counsel Robert Mueller accuses ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort of witness tampering, asks judge to revoke pretrial release (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Philadelphia Eagles White House visit canceled due to national anthem dispute (More)
'March for Our Lives' students graduate, announce 75-stop tour to mobilize youth to vote (More)
NFL great Dwight Clark dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at age 61 (More)
In Depth.

The Musical Diversity of Pop Songs.

The Pudding | Andrew Thompson, Matt Daniels. Have you felt like music is getting more homogeneous but don't want to sound like your parents complaining about music these days? Guess what - the data may be on your side, and here's why it's happening
 

The New Hooligans of Russia. 

ESPN | Sam Borden. As the World Cup kicks off in Russia, there are many fears brewing in the international community, one of which is the issue of street violence. Learn about the fascinating and brutal world of Russian “hooligans” - extreme soccer gangs that have an infatuation for violence - and the short-tempered government trying to stop them.
Etcetera.
Writers from around the world voted on the 100 stories that shaped human history

The weight of all life on Earth in one single chart


Nearly 10 million people have watched this fourth-grader belt out John Legend's 'Imagine' during his school's talent show

Google Trends releases list of most commonly misspelled words so far in 2018.

The American Institute of Architects announces 11 exceptional small-scale designs

Above the Law releases their annual list of best law schools in the US
 
Half of Americans think Americans have 'poor' moral values


Host your child's next birthday at 45,000 feet in the sky.

Clickbait: Study finds no evidence that having intimate relations with robots is healthy

Historybook: US moves off of gold standard (1933); HBD Kathleen Kennedy (1953); Bobby Kennedy is shot at campaign rally, dies next day (1968); RIP Ronald Reagan (2004); RIP Ray Bradbury (2012).

 
"Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator."
- Bobby Kennedy

 
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