Jayland Walker, Biden's Saudi Visit, and Vintage Commercials 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, July 16, and in this weekend edition, we're covering an autopsy report of Jayland Walker, Biden's trip to the Middle East, and much more. Have feedback? We'd love to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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Jayland Walker Autopsy 

Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old man who was shot and killed last month by police in Akron, Ohio, was shot dozens of times, according to a preliminary autopsy report released yesterday. Walker, who was Black, had 46 gunshot wound entrances or graze injuries on his body, while 26 bullets were recovered, the report said. See a summary of findings here (p. 2, paragraph 3).


The report comes two days after a funeral was held for Walker, following two weeks of protests in downtown Akron. According to reports, police attempted to stop Walker for an unspecified traffic violation around midnight on June 27. Walker evaded the stop, leading police on a vehicular chase before fleeing on foot. Body camera footage (see here; warning—very sensitive content) shows eight officers opening fire, after unsuccessfully deploying tasers, and hitting Walker multiple times.


Officials claim Walker fired once from the vehicle during the chase and believed him to be armed while on foot. No firearm was found on his body, though a gun was reportedly found in his vehicle. The officers are on paid leave while the state investigates the shooting. 



Biden meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

President Joe Biden's visit is seen as an attempt to reset relations with Saudi Arabia and represents a reversal of his 2019 campaign promise to isolate the country over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Separately, Saudi Arabia lifted a ban on Israeli flights in its airspace, which observers say is a step toward normalization between the two nations.


House passes two bills to restore abortion rights.

One bill would codify the right to an abortion, while the second bill would prohibit punishment for people traveling to another state for a procedure. The House legislations follow the Supreme Court's reversal of abortion rights previously protected by Roe v. Wade. The bills are unlikely to pass the Senate.


Federal grand jury indicts Buffalo supermarket shooter.

The 19-year-old gunman was indicted with 14 counts of federal hate crimes and 13 counts of weapons charges for killing 10 people, all of whom were Black, at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in May. The shooter said he chose his target based on racial demographics. The supermarket reopened to the public Friday. 


UK issues extreme heat warning for next week.

Officials are warning of extreme heat in parts of England, with temperatures expected to reach 104 degrees Fahrenheit. The "Red Warning," first introduced in 2021, runs from midnight Monday to midnight Wednesday. 


Jim Thorpe reinstated as sole winner of 1912 Olympic gold medals.

Thorpe, who won the decathlon and pentathlon at the Stockholm Olympics, was stripped of his medals after it emerged that he violated amateurism rules at the time. Thorpe was the first Native American to win an Olympic gold medal for the US and is considered to be one of the greatest athletes in history.

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Meet Dawn Wright, the first Black geologist to visit Earth's deepest point. (More)


... and 13-year-old Alena Analeigh is the youngest Black person accepted to medical school. (More


A toddler beats the odds and leaves the hospital after 640 days. (More)


Boston mom shares sweet moment with beachgoer who has Alzheimer's. (More)


Animal rescuers give three-legged tortoise new life with support rollers. (More)


More than 4,000 beagles are saved from a Virginia breeding facility. (More)

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Cherie M. in Corrales, New Mexico.


"My husband and I were hiking The Wave in AZ when he experienced exhaustion and heat stroke in the 100 degree weather. A fellow hiker, Etta, gave us all her remaining water and then finished the hike and RAN back to us with more water and food and walked with us the remaining mile to make sure we were okay. We are profoundly grateful for her selflessness."


What act(s) of kindness did you experience this week? Tell us.




> A Michigan lottery club wins $1.85M jackpot after trying for 20 years.

> Federal agents in California seize record ~1 million fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills.
> The average monthly rent in Manhattan surpasses $5,000 for the first time



> America's most relaxing vacation spots.

An interactive map of the world's best restaurants.

> Rare 16th century mirror reveals hidden image when illuminated.

> Wordle is getting its own board game this fall



Who killed Daphne? When a car bomb kills a Maltese journalist, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences.


> A collection of vintage 1950s commercials.
> ... and a giant dog who thinks he's a lapdog. 


Long Read 

> Untold stories of American history.

> Why woodpeckers don't get concussions or migraines.

> Dust and bones may reveal the true power of Viking women.


Best of the Week: An optical illusion that messes with your head. (via Twitter)

Historybook: District of Columbia established as capital of the US (1790); Journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett born (1862); First successful atom bomb test (1945); JD Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" published (1951); Apollo 11 launches with first astronauts who will walk on the moon (1969). 


"Make sure you marry someone who laughs at the same things you do."

- JD Salinger, from "The Catcher in the Rye"

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