8.27.2018

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Need To Know.
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John McCain.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) passed away over the weekend, succumbing to a year-long battle with brain cancer. McCain received the diagnosis last July, after a standard procedure to remove a blood clot from his eye revealed glioblastoma - an aggressive and complex cancer that forms in the brain and along the spinal cord. He was known as a respected and well-liked Senator with an independent streak that earned him the nickname "Maverick" - in 2017 after his diagnosis, he cast a decisive no vote on a GOP overhaul of the Affordable Care Act, ultimately sinking the bill. Before his 30-year tenure in the Senate he was a prisoner of war, having been captured by the North Vietnamese after his Navy fighter jet crashed. He was held and tortured in a Hanoi prison for five-and-a-half years (read McCain describe the harrowing account). McCain will lie in state in the Arizona Capitol early in the week before lying in the US Capitol rotunda on Friday. 

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Pope Francis Accused of Cover Up.
A former top Vatican official accused Pope Francis of knowingly covering up a sex abuse scandal by a high ranking church official for years. In a letter, former Vatican ambassador to the US Carlo Maria Viganò alleged that he made Francis aware of misconduct by Washington, DC Archbishop and Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013, but Francis took no action (see full letter). McCarrick was suspended from service in late June after a church panel found sufficient evidence to support accusations that he had molested an altar boy nearly 50 years ago - a subsequent investigation (paywall) revealed widespread accusations that McCarrick preyed on aspiring priests. Two local New Jersey dioceses were found to have settled lawsuits in 2005 and 2007 that arose from his misconduct. Viganò, a frequent critic of Francis, called for the Pope's resignation - Francis, currently facing protests during his trip to Ireland, has so far refused to comment on the story. 
Mass Shooting in Jacksonville.
A gunman killed two and injured at least nine before shooting himself at a livestreamed video game tournament in downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Officials say the suspect,  24-year-old David Katz, had traveled to the event from Baltimore and used at least one handgun in the attack. The tournament pitted contestants against each other in the popular Madden NFL video game franchise - Katz reportedly won the tournament in 2017. A motive had not been determined, however reports say that Katz had lost a match prior to the rampage. Livestreamed video game tournaments with cash prizes are part of the larger growing trend around e-sports, which viewers watch others compete in various games over internet television channels like Twitch (a company which Amazon bought for close to $1B in 2014). An estimated 380 million people will watch e-sports in 2018. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Neil Simon, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, dies at 91 (More)
> Crazy Rich Asians tops US box office for 2nd weekend in a row; its 6% drop from last weekend is one of the lowest in history (More)
> Hawaii defeats South Korea 3-0 to win Little League World Series (More) | See professional athletes who played in Little League World Series as children (More)
Science & Technology.
> Study says weight gain desensitizes the brain to a hormone called leptin, which regulates appetite (More)
> UC-Boulder scientists create materials using liquid crystal polymers that fold into complex shapes when hit with light (More)
> University of Washington study concludes there is no "safe" level of alcohol consumption; alcohol was responsible for 12% of deaths in males aged 15-49 globally (More)
Business & Markets.
> Tesla Board drops Elon Musk's plan to take the company private, will focus on life as a public company; shareholder lawsuits and potential SEC action remain to be seen (More)
> Fed Chairman Powell reiterates expectations for rate hike in September at annual Jackson Hole, WY Economic Policy Symposium (More)
> Ticketing website EventBrite files for IPO with $202M in revenues, grew 51% last year (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> Democratic National Committee changes party nomination process; formerly powerful superdelegates will now only vote in exceptional circumstances like a tie (More)
> Seven arrested during University of North Carolina protests sparked by last weekend's toppling of "Silent Sam"; statue to be reinstalled within 90 days, per state law (More)
> Hurricane Lane drops 46 inches of rain on Hawaiian Islands (More)
Etcetera.
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(Rerun from July '17) A moving letter from a glioblastoma patient to John McCain
Ugh Millennials: You are so much less frivolous than previous generations.  
Children and parents are increasingly worried about safety at school
This amazing image from NASA shows the amount of particles swirling through the Earth's atmosphere
Speaking of swirling, here's why swirling your wine isn't pretentious - it's just good science
Kids are so over-scheduled, doctors are now prescribing play.
The drought in central Europe is so bad, hunger stones with ominous messages have appeared in the Elbe River.
The 21 best beer gardens across the country (via Thrillist). 
Clickbait: Florida town changes its name from Mayo to Miracle Whip
Historybook: Krakatoa volcano eruption is largest in recorded history, kills ~40,000 (1883); HBD Lyndon B. Johnson (1908); Guinness Book of World Records first published (1955); RIP W.E.B. Du Bois (1963); RIP American vaudevillian Gracie Allen (1964).
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