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Need To Know.
Emmett Till Case Reopened.
The federal government quietly reopened its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, more than six decades after the 14-year-old African American boy was lynched for allegedly flirting with a white woman at a Mississippi grocery store in 1955. The attackers, the woman's husband and his half-brother, were quickly acquitted by an all-white jury though they went on to admit to the killing in a 1956 magazine article. Till's death - his mother insisted on having an open-casket funeral in order to show the brutality of the attack - quickly became a catalyst for the burgeoning civil rights movement. The decision by the Justice Department to reopen the case, citing new information, follows a 2017 interview with Carolyn Bryant - the woman who accused Till of whistling at her - who said she fabricated testimony during the 1955 trial. 

Emmy Nominations Released.
Nominations for the 70th annual Emmy awards were announced yesterday, handing a symbolic win to streaming giant Netflix who garnered a total of 112 nominations. HBO, who collected 108 nominations and whose fantasy epic Game of Thrones led all individual contenders with 22 nominations (see full list), had been the most nominated network for 17 straight years. Observers said the switch reflected the scope of Netflix's nearly $8B spend in original programming in 2017 - while it led total nominations, the company did not have a show that placed in the top 10 of total individual nominations. Shows Saturday Night Live (NBC) and Westworld (HBO) landed in second place with 21 nominations each, followed by Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale with 20 nominations. Comedians Colin Jost and Michael Che will host the awards on Monday, September 17th from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

FBI Agent Testifies at Contentious Hearing.
Embattled FBI agent Peter Strzok testified during a joint hearing of the House Judiciary, Oversight, and Government Reform committees yesterday over alleged anti-Trump bias at the agency. Strzok (pronounced like "struck") was the head of the FBI's counterespionage unit and led the investigations into both Hillary Clinton's use of private email servers and potential ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. Republicans have focused on a series of texts Strzok exchanged with Lisa Page - a trial attorney for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, with whom Strzok was having an affair - that criticized then-Presidential candidate Trump. Strzok defended the texts, saying they reflected his personal views and did not impact his professional duties. The hearing lasted for 10 hours - Lisa Page is expected to be interviewed by the Judiciary Committee today. 

 
Editor's Note: Sacré bleu! In yesterday's digest we mistakenly said France lost to Germany in the 2006 World Cup Final. In fact, they lost to Italy. Our thanks to a number of readers for the correction. 
 
In The Know.

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Serena Williams cruises in Wimbledon semifinals; will face off against Angelique Kerber in finals tomorrow at 9am ET (More) | Men's semifinals begin today (More)
Sarah Hirshland is named new CEO of US Olympic Committee; Hirshland was previously with US Golf Association (More)
West Side Story revival coming to Broadway in Feb. 2020; to be directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove (More)
 

Science & Technology.

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Astronomers make first-ever observation of a source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, exotic particles that can travel billions of light years without interacting with anything (More)
Discovery of stone tools in China suggests earliest human ancestors left Africa 2.1 million years ago, about 270,000 years earlier than previously thought (More)
US military catches unidentified hacker selling classified information on Reaper drones and their maintenance, along with other sensitive material (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $4.7B to 22 women who alleged talc/baby powder products gave them ovarian cancer (More)
US Justice Department to appeal approval of ATT's $85B purchase of Time Warner (More)
Microsoft debuts free tier of workplace collaboration tool Teams to take on ultra-popular Slack (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Federal Communications Commission votes to change complaint submission process, will charge $225 fee to submit "formal" complaint (More)
President Trump criticizes UK plan for free-trade zone with European Union, says it may threaten bilateral trade deals with US (More) | Trump to meet with Putin on Sunday (More)
Ireland passes bill to become first country to divest government holdings in fossil fuels (More)
Weekend Reads.

The Greatest World Cup Fairy Tale Of All Time. 

The Atlantic | Franklin Foer. For a country with a population far smaller than Philadelphia, it seems to be a small miracle that Croatia has made it to the World Cup Final. Recount the team’s long, hectic journey through the tournament as well as the small nation’s short and troubled history. (Read)
 

The Extinction Of The Middle Child. 

The Cut | Adam Sternbergh. In the 1970s, the majority of families had four or more children. Today two-thirds of women are having two or fewer kids, making the role of the middleborn disappear. (Read)
 

Who Stands To Win From Universal Basic Income? 

The New Yorker | Nathan Heller. Universal basic income is a simple as it sounds - every living adult in the United States, working or unemployed, would receive a fixed sum of cash each year from the government. Take a deep-dive into the realities of UBI, and the unexpected individuals that could benefit from it. (Read)
 

The New Story Of Humanity’s Existence In Africa. 

The Atlantic | Ed Yong. In the most widely-accepted tales of human history, we descended from Homo heidelbergensis in one specific - yet not agreed upon - location in Africa, some 200,000 years ago. Read why scientists now think this story is far too simple. (Read)
Etcetera.
There's a supermoon tonight - here's what a supermoon is and how it works.

Happy Friday the 13th - read the history behind the unlucky day.

Visualizing the wealth of the US compared to other nations.

Study says boys raised in poverty and exposed to infectious diseases may have lower testosterone as adults

Build-A-Bear's "pay your age" deal was so successful that it failed

Guinness World Record holder for longest fingernails has them cut off

The 10 prettiest beaches in America (via Indagare).

This sun-chasing robot looks after the plant on its head

Inside the world of competitive sign-spinning (yes, the people on the corner throwing those signs in the air).

Clickbait: Spanish civil servant skips job for entire decade without anyone noticing

Historybook: Julius Caesar born (100 BCE); 1st World Cup takes place in Uruguay (1930); HBD Sir Patrick Stewart (1930); RIP Frida Kahlo (1954); Live Aid concerts in UK and US raise $125M+ for Africa famine relief (1985).
 
"Nothing is worth more than laughter."
Frida Kahlo
 
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