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Dorian Lashes the Bahamas.
Hurricane Dorian slammed the Bahamas yesterday, arriving as a Category 5 storm with sustained peak winds of 185 mph. With gusts up to 220mph, the storm tied a 1935 system as the most powerful Atlantic hurricane to make landfall since records began. By midday, the storm had decreased to a Category 4 but had stalled out over the islands - at times moving westward at less than 1 mph. The sluggish pace prolonged the island's exposure to wind and rain, with over 30 inches falling in some places on Monday alone. Storm surges were measured at 23 feet above average tide levels, and an estimated 13,000 homes had been destroyed (see photos). 5 deaths have been reported, though officials believe it won't be until mid-week that the extent of the damage and fatalities can be assessed. The storm is currently projected to veer back northeast, clipping the entire US Atlantic Coast through the week (up-to-date trajectories can be found here). The storm has been unpredictable - early forecasts predicted a Category 1 hitting Puerto Rico - mostly due to weakening surrounding weather patterns that would otherwise act as a "steering wheel".
Seven people were killed and 22 others injured after a gunman went on a shooting spree across the neighboring Texas cities of Midland and Odessa on Saturday. The attack is the eighth in the US this year injuring or killing over ten people and comes just four weeks after a gunman opened fire in an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 and injuring 24. Unlike the previous shooting, being probed as an anti-immigrant domestic terror attack, Saturday's attack appeared unplanned. According to officials the shooter, identified as a 36-year-old white male, began firing at police after being pulled over for failure to signal a turn - the suspect then fled, hijacking a postal truck in the process while firing at civilians along Interstate 20. By Sunday officials revealed the suspect - who was killed in a shootout with police - had just been fired from his job and made incoherent calls to 911 and the FBI before the shooting began.
The youngest of the victims, a 17-month-old girl, was flown to a nearby hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.
Hong Kong Blues.
Tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators defied a protest ban in Hong Kong, marching through downtown and clogging the city's airport over the weekend. It was the 13th straight weekend of unrest and the third time in four weeks one of the world's busiest airports had been effectively shut down. Sparked by an extradition bill, the marches have evolved into a broader, youth-driven movement against increasingly cozy ties between the semi-autonomous region and mainland China. During Saturday's march, police doused demonstrators with water cannons dyed with blue ink, which many presumed was for later identification and arrest (see photos). News also surfaced that Beijing ordered city Chief Executive Carrie Lam to reject all demands made by the protesters. Protests continued Monday as students boycotted the first day of classes to return to the demonstrations.
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Science & Technology.
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Business & Markets.
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Politics & World Affairs.
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> Trial date for five men charged with planning September 11th attacks, including mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, scheduled for Jan. 11th, 2021, in Guantanamo Bay (More)
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My Life With Face Blindness.
Washington Post | Sadie Dingfelder. Doctors think up to 2.5% of the US population suffers from prosopagnosia, or the inability to process familiar faces, and many simply think they are just absent-minded. How can you navigate a world when your brain won't let you recognize people you know? (Read, paywall)
A Hole in the Head.
MIT Reader | Charles Gross. Modern medicine now understands many neurological issues at the cellular and sometimes even genomic level, but that wasn't always the case. Here's a look at the world's oldest surgical procedure, trephination, in which doctors peered through a patient's skull using rather simple tools. (Read)
Historybook: Treaty of Paris signed, ending American Revolutionary War (1783); Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Marguerite Higgins born (1920); HBD author Malcolm Gladwell (1963); RIP football coaching legend Vince Lombardi (1970).
"If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires." - Malcolm Gladwell
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