7.18.2019

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Life Sentence for El Chapo.
Notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán was sentenced to life in prison by a US Federal District Court yesterday. A jury found Guzmán guilty on drug, murder, and money laundering charges back in February following over 200 hours of testimony from 56 witnesses. Guzmán reportedly racked up nearly $14B in total wealth as head of the powerful Sinaloa drug cartel (see 101), whose main business remains shuttling hundreds of tons of cocaine from Colombia into the US. It'll be the third time in prison for the drug lord - he's escaped twice from incarceration in Mexico, the first time in 2001 when he sparked a 14-year manhunt. Among other issues, the trial put a spotlight on rampant graft in Mexican law enforcement, including two $10M bribes to a top federal police official.

Take a look inside ADX Florence, the federal supermax facility where El Chapo is likely to spend the rest of his life. 
New Data on Flood of Opioids.
New federal government data shows 76 billion prescription opioid pills were shipped from manufacturers to US pharmacies between 2006 and 2012. Despite large manufacturers currently facing lawsuits over brand name drugs like Purdue Pharma's OxyContin, the report shows the majority of the pills were sold as generic oxycodone and hydrocodone. The data sheds light on the complexity of unraveling the public health crisis that claims over 47,00 lives a year when accounting for street opioids like heroin and fentanyl - more than 80% of heroin users said they began by abusing prescription painkillers. The findings also demonstrated the nationwide reach of the epidemic (see an interactive map of where the pills were distributed from the Washington Post here). Despite the revelations, attention on the epidemic has led to the first downturn in overdose deaths since 1990. 

Studies say a 10-day supply of prescription opioids have a 20% chance of leading to long-term dependence. 
Impeachment Vote Fizzles. 
House lawmakers shot down an attempt to begin the impeachment process of President Trump last night by a vote of 332-95. The resolution, brought by Rep. Al Green (D, TX-9), came after a series of tweets by Trump targeting a block of freshman progressive female representatives. The vote split the Democratic caucus in the House, with 95 members supporting the move and 137 voting to halt the effort. Trump heralded the vote at a campaign rally in which he doubled down on his comments, singling out Ilhan Omar (D, MN-5), who was born in Somalia and moved the US as a young refugee. Separately, the House voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt for defying subpoenas to testify regarding the effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census - it was only the second time in US history that a sitting US cabinet official had been held in contempt. 
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Felony sexual assault charges against actor Kevin Spacey dropped after alleged victim exercised 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination during a pretrial hearing (More)
> Hossein Ensan wins World Series of Poker main event title, defeats 8,569 other players to take home $10M prize (More)
> Golf's final major of the year, the Open Championship, begins today in Northern Ireland; world #1 Brooks Koepka and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy are favorites to win (More)
Science & Technology.
> Devastating banana disease, a fungus variant of Fusarium wilt, confirmed in Latin America; could lead to price spikes and local economic depressions (More)
> Massive meta-analysis from John Hopkins says vast majority of vitamins and supplements aren't linked to longer life, better heart health; analysis covered 277 clinical trials across 24 interventions (More)
> Elon Musk's Neuralink unveils first update on brain-computer interface technology; big breakthrough is machine-threaded, high bandwidth flexible fibers that can be inserted into the brain (More)
Business & Markets.
> European Union opens antitrust investigation against Amazon over use of merchant data (More) | Amazon sells 175M+ products during Prime Day (More)
> Earnings Season: Netflix loses US subscribers for first time in 8 years, shares slide 12% in after-hours (More) | EBay beats Wall Street expectations with growth in advertising business, shares up 7% (More) | Healthcare giant Abbott Labs shares trade to all-time high on earnings beat (More)
> Meet the latest unicorn - private companies valued over $1B – peer-to-peer car sharing service, Turo (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Intense heat wave settles in across eastern half of the US; heat index near 110 degrees in some places along the East Coast (More)
> Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo declared public health emergency by World Health Organization; epidemic has killed 1600 over past year and is threatening to cross borders into Uganda, Rwanda (More)
> California ends 19-year lead paint lawsuit against major paint manufacturers with $305M settlement (More)
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In Depth.
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How Notre-Dame was Saved. 
NYT | Staff. When the iconic cathedral in Paris went up in flames, it actually came a lot closer to complete collapse than official reports let on. It stands today - with ambitious plans to rebuild - only because of the heroic actions of first responders. (Read)
Going Down the Pipes.
Topic | Darcy Frey. Air traffic controlling is one of the most stressful and high-stakes jobs in the world - one lapse in focus could lead to a terrible tragedy. Although strides have been made in modernizing the tech used to direct traffic, see how many airports are still overwhelmed by the number of planes in the air today. (Read)
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70% of the US still believes in the American Dream (data via Gallup). 
Ranking the best and funniest memes of all-time.
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The most surprisingly popular baby names of 2019
When you're surrounded by hammerheads but still want to take the perfect picture
The 40 best Disney songs in history. 
For early Christmas shoppers, we present this flame-throwing drone
Florida city blasts "Baby Shark" on repeat to drive homeless from public-owned facility
Clickbait: Flushing drugs down the toilet is creating hyper-aggressive gators
Historybook: RIP novelist Jane Austen (1817); Nelson Mandela born (1918); Pioneering astronaut and politician John Glenn born (1921); Mein Kampf is published by Hitler (1925); Nadia Comaneci gets 1st perfect 10 in Olympic gymnastics history (1976).
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