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Good morning. It's Friday, July 15, and we're covering a new way to access support during a mental health crisis, charges in a winding South Carolina saga, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected].



Strike in Central Ukraine

Twenty-three civilians were killed—including three children—and over a hundred injured when three Russian missiles struck a business center Thursday in central Ukraine. The attack took place 150 miles southwest of Kyiv, far from the eastern region where the majority of fighting has occurred, as Russia seeks to consolidate its gains in the Donbas region.


Vinnytsia, a city with a prewar population of 370,000, has seen a flood of refugees from the war-torn east since the start of the war. Russia has not confirmed the attack, though military officials reportedly claimed the building was targeted for harboring “Ukrainian Nazis” (see background on claims). The UN reports nearly 5,000 civilians have been killed in the conflict, though some estimates say the number is far higher. See updates on the war here.


The strike came as 40 nations met at The Hague to support the International Criminal Court’s overarching strategy to prosecute Russian war crimes. 

988 Hotline Launches

Those seeking support during a mental health or emotional crisis may dial 988 to connect to a nationwide support network beginning tomorrow. The transition to a simplified three-digit number is meant to increase access to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and will operate similar to 911.


The move was facilitated by almost $300M in federal funding to both expand telephone infrastructure and increase call center staff. Via the network, trained counselors at more than 180 centers will be available over phone, text, or chat—users may call on behalf of themselves or others. The current 10-digit number has received more than 20 million calls since it was launched in 2005.


Suicide was one of the three leading causes of death in the US for those between 10 and 24 years of age in 2020 and claimed nearly 46,000 lives that year (see data)—almost double the number of homicides.

Murdaugh Charged

Former South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh was indicted yesterday, charged with the double homicide of his wife and son last summer. The charges bring into the courtroom a saga involving one of the state's most powerful families that gained national attention over its numerous twists, including a hitman and a botched suicide attempt. 


The family's alleged misdeeds began to emerge in 2019 when Murdaugh's son, Paul, was accused of boating under the influence in a crash that left a 19-year-old woman dead (see timeline). Ahead of the trial, set two years after the accident, the elder Murdaugh found both his wife and Paul shot to death on the family's hunting estate. 


In early September, Murdaugh survived a superficial gunshot to the head—only for it to be revealed he had hired a hitman to kill him in order for his remaining family to collect a life insurance payout.


Separately, the probe uncovered possible links between the Murdaughs and the 2015 death of a local teen, as well as the 2018 death of the family's housekeeper.


See a deep dive into the family and its history.

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> Physicists demonstrate silicon qubits—bits of information in quantum computers—that also emit light at standard telecommunications wavelengths; discovery marks a key advancement toward a practical quantum internet (More)

Business & Markets

> JPMorgan shares fall 3% as banking giant misses revenue and earnings expectations (More)


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Politics & World Affairs

> Ivana Trump, the first wife of former President Donald Trump, passes away at age 73 (More)


> Italy slides into political turmoil as President Sergio Mattarella refuses to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi after unity government collapses (More)


> Israel agrees to deal governing security arrangements on two key Red Sea islands; agreement viewed as a step toward normalizing relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia (More)



Spectral Evidence

Morbid | Alaina Urquhart, Ash Kelley. (Podcast) In 1897, a West Virginia trial became the only case in US history to admit testimony from a ghost into court. (Listen)

A Questionable Story

Atlantic | Jeffrey Goldberg. Was "Where the Crawdads Sing" author Delia Owens involved in a murder in Zambia decades ago? (Read, paywall)

Retrospective Aging

VSauce | Staff. Science confirms that people from the past used to look older at younger ages—in a way. (Watch)

Playing Dead

BBC | Fergal Keane. How one Ukrainian man survived the massacre in Bucha at the hands of Russians. (Read)



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- Gianni Versace

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