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Need To Know.
Greek Fires Kill Dozens.
Wildfires raging outside of Athens, Greece, have killed at least 49, injured over 150, and forced nearly 1,000 people to be evacuated. The death toll jumped sharply after firefighters stumbled across a horrific scene where 26 bodies - mostly families - were found burned to death in a single villa. Officials from the Red Cross say they believe the families were trying to escape when they became trapped in by a walled compound. Fires are raging on both sides of Athens - about 25 miles to the east in the coastal resort towns of Mati and Rafina, and about 35 miles to the west near the town of Megara. Fatalities have been concentrated in the eastern fires. The fires are the worst since 2007 when record-high temperatures drove blazes that killed 73 people. 

See photos of the flames here.

NY Daily News Gets Axed.
The parent company of the New York Daily News announced that it would cut the daily tabloid's editorial staff in half in a restructuring effort, the company said yesterday. Among the casualties were editor-in-chief Jim Rich and managing editor Kristen Lee. Around 45 staff are expected to be let go in total. The Daily News was still a top ten daily paper in terms of circulation as recently as 2016, with over 200,000 readers each day (see stats) - though at its peak the paper sold 2 million copies per day. Tronc, the parent company that purchased the 99-year-old publication in 2017, said it would refocus the paper's efforts on breaking news. The paper is known for balancing a somewhat flippant tone - particularly with its covers - with respected writing, having won 13 Pulitzer Prizes. 

One of the most well-known Daily News features was a five-month series on the long-term health effects of 9/11 on first responders. 

Duterte Doubles Down on Drug War. 
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte doubled down on his aggressive approach to dealing with drug dealers in his third annual State of the Nation address yesterday. Duterte has come under criticism by international groups who claim his drug policy has led to a number of extrajudicial killings by police. Estimates of those killed by police range from 4,000 (the government's estimate) to over 12,000 (estimated by international groups). In the last six months of 2017, officials said just over 1 million people surrendered to face drug charges - about 80,000 were drug traders while 940,000 were users. Despite the criticism over widespread killings, surveys as recent as last fall show broad support among the population, with almost 85% of Filipinos supporting the crackdown. 

 
In The Know.

Science & Technology.

Cell-sized robots can sense environment, store data while traveling through the body (More)
Student-led team builds hyperloop pod that breaks speed record, hitting top speeds of 290 mph (More)
Renowned geneticist Craig Venter, who helped lead the sequencing of the human genome, accused of stealing trade secrets from his own company (More)
 

Business & Markets.

Earnings Season: Alphabet (Google) revenue increases 25% over last year, stock up 3% in after-hours trading (More) | Toymaker Hasbro crushes Wall Street expectations, stock up 13% (More
US home sales fall for third consecutive month in June, as shortage of housing drives prices higher (More)
Nike announces pay increases for 7k employees after internal review of compensation equity & company culture (More)
 

Politics & World Affairs.

Judge grants immunity to five witnesses in trial of former Trump campaign adviser Paul Manafort (More)
Satellite images indicate North Korea has begun dismantling ballistic missile test site agreed to in recent summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un (More)
Reports say President Trump considering revoking security clearances of ex-Obama officials, including former FBI and CIA Directors James Comey and John Brennan (More)
 

Sports, Entertainment & Culture.

Swimmer and 12-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte suspended until July 2019 for intravenous (IV) injection (More)  
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda announces multimillion-dollar arts fund for Puerto Rico (More)
> Rapper Drake's In My Feelings breaks all-time weekly streaming record with 116M+ US streams (More) | R. Kelly releases I Admit, a 19-minute song about the singer's ongoing troubles (More
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In Depth.

The Cinematic Renaissance Of Stephen King. 

The Outline | Randall Colburn. When the reboot of It hit theaters last year, author Stephen King sprung back into the spotlight. It didn't stop there, as adaptations on Netflix and Hulu continue to pour in with 1922, Gerald's Game, and Castle Rock. See inside King’s tremendous resurfacing, and how the generation that grew up on his terrifying tales are now taking him back
 

The Jackie Robinson Of Rodeo. 

Texas Monthly | Christian Wallace. Twenty years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, Myrtis Dightman did the same for the sport of bull riding. In 1967, Dightman faced near-impossible odds to become the first black cowboy to win the world title. Bull riding may be one of the world’s most dangerous sports, but for Dightman the Jim Crow South made the sport even more treacherous
Etcetera.
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41 of the best movie trailers unveiled at last week's Comic-Con

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Religious shoppers spend less and make fewer impulse purchases


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Historybook: Jacques Cartier claims Canada for France (1534); HBD Amelia Earhart (1897); Machu Picchu is discovered (1911); Apollo 11 splashes safely in Pacific (1969); HBD Jennifer Lopez (1969).
 
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