Ukraine Gravesite, US Crypto Plans, and a Lobster Nebula 1440 Weekend Edition

Good morning. It's Saturday, Sept. 17, and in this weekend edition, we're covering a mass burial site in Ukraine, proposed plans for US cryptocurrency regulation, and much more. Have feedback? Let us know at [email protected]

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Mass Gravesite in Ukraine

More than 400 graves have been discovered in a mass burial site in Ukraine's northeastern city of Izium, which sits on the Donets River in the Kharkiv Oblast and is one of the areas Ukrainian forces have liberated this month from Russian control. The gravesite appears to be the largest of its kind in Ukraine since Russia's invasion began. Investigators exhuming the site also found evidence of torture, including bodies with broken limbs and ropes around their necks, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said yesterday.


Separately, Germany's national energy regulator took control of Russian-owned oil refineries in its region, including a facility in the northeast that supplies around 90% of Berlin's fuel. The action is meant to safeguard Germany's energy supplies before Europe moves to limit Russian oil imports, starting in December. The refineries make up about 12% of Germany's total oil-processing capacity, making Russia's Rosneft one of the largest companies in Germany.


See more updates on the war here



White House releases framework on cryptocurrency regulation.

The proposal (see here) is the most comprehensive outline for the government regulation of digital assets and includes plans to explore a digital US dollar to simplify cross-border transactions. The framework follows an executive order signed in March, directing agencies to examine the pros and cons of digital assets like cryptocurrencies. 


Alaska braces for strongest sea storm in a decade.  

Flooding and strong winds are set to hit western Alaska this weekend due to former Typhoon Merbok, which formed over the Pacific Ocean in the first two weeks of September and turned into a coastal storm over the Bering Sea near western Alaska. Conditions are expected to last through the weekend, with wind gusts as high as 90 miles per hour. 


Flash floods in central Italy kill at least 10 people.

Rescuers began their search Friday for at least four missing people and survivors who took shelter on rooftops and trees after torrential overnight rains and floods swept through the central Italian region of Marche. About 15.75 inches of rain fell within two to three hours, an amount that is one-third of what is typically received in a year, officials said. See photos of the aftermath here


John Stearns, four-time MLB All-Star with New York Mets, dies.

Stearns, who was a catcher for the New York Mets for 10 seasons, died Thursday night in Denver after a battle with cancer, the team announced Friday. Stearns, a Colorado native, was 71. In 1973, he was drafted by both the NFL's Buffalo Bills and MLB's Philadelphia Phillies. He opted for baseball, playing for the Phillies in 1974 and later the Mets from 1975 through 1984.  


NASA's Perseverance rover finds organic matter in Mars rock samples.

The sedimentary rock samples containing organic molecules signal life could have thrived on Mars billions of years ago. The samples were found in a 28-mile wide crater known as Jezero Crater (see 101), and home to what scientists believe was once a river delta formed more than 3.5 billion years ago. 

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Trooper escorts family to hospital after learning they were speeding because of injured daughter. (More)


Retired nurse saves a baby who stopped breathing on a Spirit Airlines flight. (More


Amazon driver helps rescue Long Island family from their burning home. (More)


Gardener builds homes for mice families and feeds them flowers. (More, w/photos)


Philadelphia man walks more than 400 miles along the Underground Railroad to honor Harriet Tubman. (More


Canadian family travels the world before children lose their eyesight from rare genetic condition. (More)

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Darryl W. in Warren, Oregon.


"In our rural area, neighbors help one another. A couple of days ago, Cliff was dumping a load of earth behind his house, using his 13-ton truck, loaded with 12 tons of earth. His truck became stuck in the mud, and as he tried to drive it out, the truck began to tilt toward his house. Our neighbor John saw this, and drove his giant tractor (he owns several) next door to Cliff's property, and quickly pulled the big truck free. John is fighting cancer, and it isn't going well. But he didn't hesitate for even a moment to help his friend and neighbor."


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




> The US surpasses 1 million organ transplants since the first transplant in 1954.
> Adobe's 2022 US Trend Report found 73% of emoji users think people who use emojis are friendlier, funnier, and cooler than people who don't

> Germany's Oktoberfest is back, but beers now cost 15% more thanks to inflation.



> Dark energy camera captures incredible Lobster Nebula in space

Mapping the world's population of billionaires, by country.

> High school seniors dress to the nines for their creative student ID photos

> Trail of slime leads German customs to bag of snails, rotten meat, and more.



Two scientists realize the AI technology they developed to discover medicines for rare diseases can also find weapons of mass destruction. So what to they do?


> How Artemis astronauts plan to grow food on the moon

> Remastered footage of a Los Angeles freeway in the '50s and '60s.

Explore an eerie abandoned farmhouse built in 1790


Long Read 

> What nature's sounds can tell us about the health of our world.
> The past, present, and future of robotic surgery.


Best of the Week: Where retired cruise ships go to die.

Historybook: US Constitution is signed (1787); Harriet Tubman escapes from slavery for the first time (1849); Actress Anne Bancroft born (1931); Camp David Accords signed providing framework for Egypt–Israel peace treaty (1978); Vanessa Williams becomes first Black woman crowned Miss America (1983).


"There was one of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other."

- Harriet Tubman

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