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Migrant Transports

An estimated 100 migrants arrived near the vice presidential residence in Washington, DC, yesterday, having been bused up from Texas under the state's Operation Lone Star initiative. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said the move was an effort to highlight the ongoing surge in immigration at the US-Mexico border (see stats); critics have framed the policy a political stunt.  


To date, Texas has chartered trips for more than 10,000 migrants to DC, New York City, and Chicago. As of mid-August, the total cost of the busing program exceeded $14M. Reports suggest the migrants boarded voluntarily and remain in the country legally while awaiting adjudication of asylum claims—though advocates have argued the final destination is not always clear. Each is said to be equipped with a barcode linked to a digital copy of their processing paperwork.


The trip came one day after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) transported a group of 50 migrants to Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. 

Roger Federer Retires

Tennis star Roger Federer announced yesterday he will retire from professional tennis, citing injuries from the last three years. Federer has not played competitive tennis since losing in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon last year, after which he underwent surgery on his knee for the third time in 18 months. His final match will be at the Laver Cup in London next week.


Widely considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, the 41-year-old Swiss athlete has won 20 men's Grand Slam titles, trailing only his Big Three rivals Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21). Federer has played over 1,500 matches during his 24-year-long professional career and walks away with records for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 237 and the oldest player to rank No. 1 at 36. His career earnings total over $130M, the third-most on the ATP Tour. See career stats here.


Off the court, Federer was noted for his extensive philanthropic efforts. See reactions from the sports world here.

Mexican General Arrested

Mexican police arrested Gen. José Rodríguez Pérez, one of the country's top military officials, yesterday for his alleged role in the disappearance of 43 students in the city of Iguala in 2014. It marks the latest arrest in the high-profile case that has garnered national attention for years. 


The incident began when a group of students from a nearby rural teachers college headed to Iguala to disrupt a political event and commandeer vehicles to attend protests in Mexico City. Details vary, though reports generally agree at some point the group was fired upon by police, with most students scattering into nearby hills. Upon returning to the scene, 43 members of the group were taken into custody. Reports suggest police then turned the students over to a local drug gang, or carried out executions with the help of the military (or a combination thereof).


The arrest comes about a month after a former top prosecutor was taken into custody, charged with covering up details of the probe surfaced under his watch.

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Science & Technology

> Popular cryptocurrency Ethereum successfully completes the long-awaited "Merge," transitioning its blockchain to "proof-of-stake" consensus; shift expected to reduce energy consumption of protocol by 99.95% (More) | The Merge explained (More, w/video)


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Politics & World Affairs

> Railway officials, union leaders reach tentative agreement to avoid strike, including a 24% phased-in raise, $5K bonuses, and a modification of strict attendance policies (More) | See our previous write-up here (More)


> Federal judge denies Justice Department request to retain access to classified documents retrieved during Mar-a-Lago search, appoints New York Judge Raymond Dearie to independently review documents (More


> Mississippi officials lift boil water notice, say tap water in capital of Jackson is safe to drink; advisory had been in place since late July, and exacerbated by an August flood that shut down the city's primary water treatment facility (More



Height Surgery

GQ | Chris Gayomali. These men want to be taller, so they're undergoing a costly surgery–and a break to both femur bones–to add a few more inches. (Read)

Revisiting Adnan Syed

Serial | Sarah Koenig. (Podcast) Baltimore prosecutors asked a judge to throw out Adnan Syed's 2001 murder conviction this week. Go back to this 2014 podcast series which cast light on the gaps in the case. (Listen)


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Ball-Catching Expert

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