Grain Exports, US Heat Wave, and Florida's Snail Problem 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, July 23, and in this weekend edition, we're covering an agreement between Russia and Ukraine over grain exports, a record-breaking heat wave in the US, and much more. Have feedback? We'd love to hear it. Let us know at [email protected]

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Grain Exports Resume

Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements with Turkey and the United Nations yesterday to resume exports of millions of tons of Ukrainian grain, which had been trapped due to Russia's blockade as part of its broader invasion of the country. The deal, led by Turkey and the UN, culminates a monthslong effort to establish a safe passage for grain shipments, helping to boost global food supplies. It also marks the first time the two warring nations have publicly signed an agreement. 


Ukraine is one of the world's biggest grain exporters, with Russia being the largest (see breakdown). Under the deal, Ukraine will export its grain through Turkey, and Russia will be able to revive its own grain and fertilizer exports via the Black Sea. Ukrainian vessels will guide commercial ships in its territorial waters to help avoid mines—underwater explosives part of Ukraine's military defense. Russia will not target Ukrainian ports while shipments are in transit.


Additionally, a joint coordination center in Istanbul, staffed by officials from all parties, will inspect ships for weapons smuggling. The deal will last 120 days, but may be renewed. 


See updates on Russia's invasion here.



Record-breaking heat wave continues in the US.

Temperatures broke triple digits in parts of the Southwest, the Plains, and the Mississippi River Valley Friday as a band of heat moved over much of the country. The heat is expected to move along the East Coast this weekend, with emergencies declared in several cities, including Boston, Washington, DC, and Philadelphia.


Steve Bannon convicted of contempt of Congress charges.

The former Trump adviser was found guilty Friday of two counts of contempt for failing to comply with subpoenas issued by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the US Capitol. Each count carries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail, with a maximum sentence of one year.


Brazil prosecutors charge three suspects in Amazon murder.

Federal prosecutors charged three men for the murders of British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who were killed in June in the remote western reaches of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. Officials say the suspects were illegally fishing in the area and decided to kill the men after Phillips took their photo.


Japan regulators approve plan to release Fukushima water.

Under the plan, more than a million tons of treated wastewater from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will be released into the sea over several decades. The plant was destroyed in 2011 by a tsunami triggered by an underwater quake—the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. 


Sydney McLaughlin breaks own world record in 400-meter hurdles.

The 22-year-old Olympic champion won the women’s 400-meter hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships in 50.68 seconds—setting a new world record for the fourth time in the last 13 months.


NASA satellite images show drop in water levels at Lake Mead.

Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the US, supplying water to millions of people across seven states, tribal lands, and northern Mexico. NASA said the water levels have continued a downward trend, reaching the lowest point since 1937.

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British man returns photos to family after finding a memory card in the sea. (More


A 7-year-old saves his choking friend thanks to a technique he saw on TV. (More)


Indiana man saves five people, including a 6-year-old, from a burning home. (More


A border collie helps rescue owner who fell 70 feet in a California forest. (More)


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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Sammy G. in Austin, Texas.


"Late at night, while visiting New York, I stood with at least 10 people waiting for a subway train. Unbeknownst to us, the platform had changed at midnight and we were in the wrong location. When the train arrived at the other platform, people began to run to get to it, which was down stairs, across the hall and back up the stairs. Someone saw my luggage and that I’d never make it in time, and they grabbed my luggage and ran along side me to catch the train. I yelled thank you and they disappeared into the crowd. I’ll never forget that."


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



> Texas power grid briefly crosses 80,000 megawatts for the first time this week.

> New York returns 142 stolen artifacts to Italy after a criminal investigation

> More colleges are merging now than before, with 95 mergers in the past four years, compared to 78 over the prior 18 years.



> Large, destructive snails have invaded Florida.

> Jimmy Fallon unveils shoe collab inspired by Gobstopper candy.

> ... and now some silly cat portraits



> Playwright Zayd Dohrn looks back on his childhood spent on the run from the FBI, thanks to his parents who were part of the terror group Weather Underground.


> Rare outtakes of Robin Williams as Genie in "Aladdin."

Paramount releases the first trailer for "Dungeons & Dragons."

> Two Italians break world record for changing a tire on a moving car.


Long Read 

> Are insects the superfood of the future?
> How a 30-year-old conned a high school into believing he was 16.


Best of the Week: The US states where you pay the most (and least) in taxes.

Historybook: RIP Ulysses S. Grant (1885); 43 killed, more than 1,000 injured in Detroit Riot (1967); HBD British actor Daniel Radcliffe (1989); Hale-Bopp comet is discovered (1995); RIP Amy Winehouse (2011); RIP Sally Ride, the first American woman in space (2012). 


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- Sally Ride

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