7.19.2022

Parkland, Marburg Virus, and the News Media Trust Gap Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

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NEED TO KNOW

 

Parkland Trial

Opening statements began yesterday in the death penalty trial of Nikolas Cruz, who shot and killed 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018. Jurors will need to decide whether the 23-year-old gunman, who pleaded guilty in October, should receive the death penalty or be sentenced to life in prison without parole. The attack is the deadliest to reach trial in US history, as shooters in similar attacks have died by suicide or police gunfire. 

 

The gunman, a former student, opened fire in the school's halls with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle on Valentine's Day four years ago, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others. Under Florida law, jurors must examine whether the attack included at least one "aggravating factor" (see 101) that made it a capital crime, or if mitigating circumstances, such as mental illness, can spare capital punishment. Florida is among 27 states that have the death penalty.

 

Separately, officials identified the victims of a Sunday shooting at a mall near Indianapolis. The attacker reportedly opened fire indiscriminately in a food court before being shot and killed by a legally armed bystander. A motive has not yet been identified.

UK Heat Wave

Temperatures hit an all-time high yesterday in some parts of the UK, with Santon Downham, Suffolk, in eastern England reaching just over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Britain’s weather service issued its first-ever red extreme heat warning with temperatures forecast to be even hotter today, likely beating the national record of 101.7 degrees set in 2019. The country faced several travel disruptions due to the heat, with many businesses and schools closed.

 

A national emergency has been declared as the country is not accustomed to handling such high temperatures. Many buildings in the country are designed to keep heat in and fewer than 5% of residential homes are thought to have a cooling unit. Temperatures in the UK can also feel warmer than in other areas of Europe because of its high humidity levels.

 

The record-setting temperatures are part of a larger heat wave across western Europe, sparking wildfires that have scorched tens of thousands of acres of land across several countries. See photos here.

Marburg Virus Outbreak

Health officials in Ghana have declared an outbreak of the highly infectious Marburg virus, an announcement that came after blood tests confirmed two hospital patients died from the bug in recent weeks. It marks the first-ever outbreak of the Ebola-like virus in the West African nation. Almost 100 other patients are being monitored for infection. 

 

Discovered more than five decades ago, instances of the virus are extremely rare (see list), with fewer than 400 lab-confirmed deaths on record. The lack of widespread outbreaks has prevented an assessment of its mortality rate—limited reports have seen death rates ranging from 23% to 90%. The two biggest known outbreaks of the virus occurred more than 20 years ago in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Angola. 

 

The virus is believed to be difficult to transmit, spreading primarily through direct contact with bodily fluids. Both the Ebola and Marburg viruses are part of the filovirus family—see what makes them so dangerous here (w/video).

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IN THE KNOW

 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> US women's national soccer team bests Canada 1-0 to win CONCACAF W Championship and earn spot to 2024 Paris Olympics (More)

 

> Unsealed transcript shows judge in 1977 Roman Polanski sexual abuse case planned to send Polanski to prison, prompting him to flee the US (More) | Claes Oldenburg, pop artist known for large-scale installations, dies at 93 (More)

 

> Washington Nationals star Juan Soto tops Seattle Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez to win Home Run Derby (More) | See preview of tonight's (8 pm ET, Fox) MLB All-Star Game (More)

Science & Technology

> Researchers identify specific mutations on the spike protein of recent SARS-CoV-2 omicron subvariants that help the virus evade antibodies (More) | See US COVID-19 stats here (More) | Dr. Anthony Fauci to retire by end of the current presidential term (More)

 

> NASA satellite discovers two Jupiter-sized exoplanets, located roughly 1,200 lightyears from Earth; discovery marks the latest success for the mission, which has identified more than 5,700 planet-like objects scattered across the universe (More)

 

Engineers develop super-adhesive that maintains its gluing properties across temperatures ranging from liquid nitrogen (minus 320 degrees) to standard ovens (almost 400 degrees) (More)

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets fall (S&P 500 -0.8%, Dow -0.7%, Nasdaq -0.8%) as earnings season continues (More)

 

US gas prices continue to fall from mid-June all-time high of $5.02 per gallon, but current $4.52 per gallon remains up over last July’s $3.17 average (More)

 

> Goldman Sachs beats revenue and earnings expectations but sees lower profits due to investment banking industry declines; shares up 3% (More) | IBM beats quarterly revenue and earnings expectations but warns a strong dollar could lead to foreign exchange losses; shares down 4% in after-hours trading (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Texas officials release report on Uvalde school shooting; faults local, state, and federal law enforcement for delayed response (More) | ... and finds multiple red flags by the shooter prior to the attack (More) | Police body camera footage also released (Watch, warning—sensitive content) 

 

> Secret Service recovers batches of deleted texts sent on and around the storming of the US Capitol; documents to be provided to House Jan. 6 Committee today, ahead of Thursday hearing (More)

 

> Race to replace UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson narrowed down to four candidates following internal party vote; former finance minister Rishi Sunak continues as top vote-getter (More)

IN-DEPTH

 

The Economist's Guide to Parenting

Freakonomics | Stephen Dubner. (Podcast) One of the earliest episodes of Freakonomics Radio focused on how economists raised their young children. Ten years later, the children are old enough to talk and have a lot to say. (Listen)

Family Outings 

The Hustle | Zachary Crockett. How America's favorite family outings—from baseball games to a trip to Disneyland—have become a bigger financial commitment than they used to be for middle-class families. (Read)

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ETCETERA

 

Americans' trust in news media hits new lows.

 

This year’s 50 greatest places to visit.

 

NASA announces photographers of the year.

 

... and a photographer waits eight hours to capture a thirsty lion.

 

A player’s view of a pro soccer match. (via Twitter

 

Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck get married—in a Las Vegas drive-thru.

 

New quadruped robot learns to walk in one hour.

 

South African ducks keep this vineyard pest-free.

 

Clickbait: The Pikes Peak peanut-pusher prevails

 

Historybook: Inventor and businessman Samuel Colt born (1814); First US women’s rights convention held (1848); Maurice Garin becomes first winner of Tour de France (1903); Sports journalist Stuart Scott born (1965); First GPS signal transmitted (1977).

 

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