7.22.2019

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Need To Know.
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Heat Wave Grips US.
At least six people died as a blistering heat wave scorched much of the midwest and eastern US over the weekend. Nearly 200 million people waited out heat watches or warnings, with alerts stretching from New Mexico to Maine. At least seven cities broke record highs with New York's JFK airport and New Jersey's Atlantic City both hitting 99 degrees Fahrenheit, while overnight lows broke records across the Northeast, with many spots staying above 80 degrees on Friday and Saturday night. The heat was exacerbated by high humidity, with heat indices (what is that?) reaching above 104 degrees in Chicago and 110 degrees in New York, while Washington, DC went over 115 degrees in some places - making it feel hotter than Death Valley. See the heat captured in photos here. Cooler temps are expected to set in beginning today. 

Police in Massachusetts encouraged criminals to hold off for a day due to the heat. 
Protests Grip Hong Kong.
Police fired tear gas and used rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of anti-government protesters in Hong Kong yesterday, the latest turn in a series of demonstrations against the region's ties with the mainland Chinese government. The clashes sprung off of a pro-democracy march, for which hundreds of thousands reportedly turned out. Protests in the semi-autonomous region in South China have been held over the past two months, sparked by a now-shelved extradition bill that would allow anyone accused of a crime by the Chinese government to be sent to the mainland for trial. Hong Kong, which has the 35-largest economy in the world despite being three times smaller than Rhode Island (see stats), has had a fraught relationship with the central government since 1997 when its administration was handed over from the United Kingdom to China. Watch video of last night's protests here

Separately, China reportedly struck a secret deal (paywall, Bloomberg) with Cambodia to establish a naval base in the strategic Gulf of Thailand. 
Lion King Roars at Box Office.
Disney dominated over the weekend, with its revamped The Lion King bringing in $185M at the North American box office and landing at $531M globally during its opening weekend. It was the biggest domestic opening for a PG-rated film, beating 2011's Harry Potter finale by over $15M. The film's success gives Disney a boost as it attempts to re-introduce titles from its archive of animated classics - the photo-realistic movie comes amid remakes of classics like Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Disney made a splash with the film, leaning on a star-studded cast that includes the voices of Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Seth Rogan, and others. 

...and here's how the film gets the dynamics (paywall, NYT) of real-life lion prides all wrong. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Avengers: Endgame passes Avatar to become the highest-grossing film of all time with $2.78B at the global box office (More) | ...and Natalie Portman will take up Thor's hammer in the next phase of the Avengers (More) | ...and Blade to be resurrected with actor Mahershala Ali (More)
> Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, late Roy Halladay lead 2019 class of six inductees into the Baseball Hall of Fame (More)
> Ireland's Shane Lowry wins the Open Championship, also referred to as the British Open, by 6 strokes; win is Lowry's first major and 5th professional victory (More)
Science & Technology.
> Study links gut infection to certain types of Parkinson's disease, suggesting death of neural brain cells may be caused in part by the body's immune system (More)
> Hackers break into 62 university IT systems by exploiting vulnerability in enterprise-level software program; exploit had been flagged in May by security researchers (More)
> First-ever permanent liquid magnets created, with mechanical properties of liquid but the magnetic properties of solids; may have use in nanoscale drug delivery (More)
Business & Markets.
> Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell Australian business to Japanese beverage maker Asahi for $11B (More)
> Federal grand jury indicts top officers of pharmaceutical company that distributed opioids (More)
> PepsiCo buys South Africa’s Pioneer Foods in strong expansion across Africa (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, equivalent to the US Treasury Secretary, vows to quit if leading contender Boris Johnson is voted Prime Minister on Wednesday (More)
> Thousands protest in Puerto Rico, calling for resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after trove of text message leaks raise corruption concerns (More) | ...and read a selection of the texts here (More) | ...and Rosselló says he won't resign but won't run again (More)
> Student activists score win in Oregon, state to include mental health as recognized reasons to take sick days; organizers say decision destigmatizes issues around mental health (More)
Etcetera.
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The 33 best sandwich shops in America (via Thrillist). 
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Historybook: America the Beautiful written (1893); Infamous gangster John Dillinger killed by federal agents (1934); HBD Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek (1940); HBD singer and actress Selena Gomez (1992); Saddam Hussein’s sons Uday and Qusay are killed (2003).
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- Alex Trebek
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