8.31.2018

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Need To Know.
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German Riots.
Officials said they would investigate the beating of a Syrian immigrant living in the German city of Wismar as a hate crime yesterday, as anti-immigrant sentiment swelled across the country. The attack comes on the heels of a week of far-right protests, centered in the city of Chemnitz, sparked by an alleged attack by two Iraqi and Syrian immigrants that killed a German man last Sunday. An estimated 8,000 people mobbed the streets in the middle of the week, many carrying neo-Nazi paraphernalia and chasing people they believed to be immigrants - officials said the riots were flamed by fake reports circulated on social media. A leaked arrest warrant for one of the suspects in Sunday's stabbing left officials worried that there was a far-right mole among the police force. Germany has absorbed over one million refugees, primarily from conflicts in the Middle East, in recent years. 
College Football 2018.
The 2018 college football season kicks off this weekend, with a number of top teams squaring off in Week One. In the week's only match-up between top 10 teams, #6 Washington takes on #9 Auburn at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta (ABC, 3:30 ET) - it's a neutral site game, though Auburn (a 1.5 point favorite) fans are expected to dominate the stands. Later in the evening, #14 Michigan heads to South Bend as a 1.5 point underdog to take on #12 Notre Dame (NBC, 7:30 ET), renewing a historic rivalry that began in 1887 (lore has it that Michigan actually taught Notre Dame the game of football that year). Other notable games include #17 West Virginia (9.5 point favorite) on the road against Tennessee (CBS, 3:30 ET), #8 Miami taking on #25 LSU as 3 point favorites in a neutral site game in Arlington, TX on Sunday (ABC, 730 ET), and #20 Virginia Tech traveling to Tallahassee to face #19 Florida State on Monday (5.5 point favorite, ESPN, 8:00 ET). 

See the AP Top 25 for the opening weekend here, and the leading contenders (after Alabama) to win the championship here
Justice Department Joins Harvard Lawsuit.
The Justice Department filed a statement of interest yesterday supporting a group of Asian-American students suing Harvard for race-based discrimination in their admissions process. The lawsuit, filed by the non-profit Students for Fair Admissions, alleged that the elite University has consistently rated Asian-American applicants lower on personality tests, hurting their chances of admission. According to data revealed during the suit, an analysis of over 160,000 applicant records showed that Asian-Americans routinely scored higher on quantitative measures like test scores and GPA, but were dragged down by lower scores on 'likeability' tests (see case file here). The process may violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits race-based discrimination at institutions that receive public funds. The school does not deny the data, but says it has different views (paywall) on what constitutes a fair admissions process. 

Harvard, one of the most elite schools in the country, admitted just 5.2% of its applicants in 2017. 
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In The Know.
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Sports, Entertainment & Culture.
> Stevie Wonder, Ariana Grande among performers at Aretha Franklin's funeral today in Detroit (More)
> Paul Taylor, famed modern dance choreographer, dies at 88 (More)
> Arbitrator rules that QB Colin Kaepernick's collusion case against NFL can go to court; Kaepernick claims owners acted together to prevent his return after anthem protest (More)
Science & Technology.
> Doctors demonstrate regeneration of severed nerve fibers across completely severed spinal cord in rats (More)
> Google teams with Harvard to develop AI program that predicts earthquakes with 85% accuracy (More)
> Particle physicists demonstrate "mini-accelerator" concept by pushing electrons using plasma waves; could dramatically shrink size of particle beam lines (More) | 10 reasons why you can't live without particle accelerators (More)
Business & Markets.
> Argentina's central bank increases interest rate to 60%, currency (peso) in free fall (More)
> Microsoft will require all US vendors and suppliers with 50+ employees to offer paid parental leave (More)
> Online survey provider SurveyMonkey files for IPO; Sheryl Sandberg to donate ~10% stake to charity (More) | Gay dating app Grindr to IPO on international exchange, details still TBD (More)
Politics & World Affairs.
> President Trump moves to cancel pay raise for federal workers; decision comes down to Appropriations Committees in Congress (More)
> United Nations calls on China to free Uyghurs, a Muslim minority in central Asia, from "reeducation" camps (More) | UN and US reports estimate 1 million people detained in internment camps (More)
> Syrian government readies offensive against final rebel holdout in the city of Idlib; almost 3 million civilians live in the region (More)
Weekend Reads.
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The Man Who Was Raised by Wolves.
The Guardian | Matthew Bremner. Meet Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja, the man who lived alone in a deserted Spanish mountain range from ages 7 to 19. Claiming he was raised by wolves, Pantoja substituted human language with barks and howls - but once he left the wild, he found adjusting to civilization was harder than his past life. (Read)
The Mystery of People Who Speak Dozens of Languages.
The New Yorker | Judith Thurman. In the wide world of linguistics, it’s extremely rare to meet a hyperpolyglot - a person who knows eleven or more languages. Some believe that there are only about 20 active hyperpolyglots in all of Europe, and their unique minds can teach us about how humans learn. (Read)
 
To Kill or To Capture Bigfoot.
Gizmodo | Jennings Brown. In the wildly fascinating world of cryptozoology - a pseudoscience attempting to prove the existence of folklore - Bigfoot's existence is basically a given. The conversation has evolved into an intense debate between those who think Bigfoot should be killed and those who consider that murder. (Read)
 
The Future of Music Festivals Is … the Internet?
The Ringer | Victor Luckerson. In the US, 32 million people still go to music festivals each year. But as ticket sales decline, festivals think they have a solution - bringing bigger audiences by live-streaming the events. (Read)
Etcetera.
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(8/29) 50 movies that bombed at the box office but are actually great
(8/29) The best places to live out your golden years in each state
(8/1) Bride fires bridesmaid in painfully awkward email - and asks her to return her bridal jumpsuit (which is a thing).
(8/3) Don't Argue, It's Science: Here's the best way to make friends
(8/10) Top 10 states that consume the most alcohol.
(8/28) John McCain's final letter to Americans
 
(8/23) The most profitable industry in every state, in map form
 
(8/7) The economy is booming, but here are the industries that can't find workers
 
(8/4) Here are the oldest buildings from every state in America
 
(8/10) Touring the 50 most beautiful college campuses in America.
 
(8/27) This amazing image from NASA shows the amount of particles swirling through the Earth's atmosphere
 
(8/14) Seven charts explaining why it's so easy to become obese in America
 
(8/17) Here's how your personality affects your paycheck
 
(8/13) Got travel plans? Here are the friendliest cities in the world.
(8/2) The 100 best television episodes of the century
(8/22) Clickbait: Woman tricks dozens of men into Hunger Games-style competition in the weirdest Tinder date ever.
Historybook: HBD Richard Gere (1949); RIP boxing legend Rocky Marciano (1969); Princess Diana dies in car crash in Paris (1997); 953 die in bridge stampede in Iraq (2005).
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