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Good morning. It's Saturday, Aug. 5, and in this weekend edition, we're covering a Ukrainian strike on a Russian warship in the Black Sea, new members of the Big Ten, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.


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Russian Port Attacked 

A Russian warship in the Black Sea appeared to be damaged yesterday by Ukrainian sea drones, temporarily disrupting oil and grain exports near the Novorossiysk port, roughly 60 miles east of Crimea. The port is responsible for exporting about 2% of the world's oil supply. The attack marks the first time Ukraine struck a commercial Russian port since the two countries began fighting nearly 18 months ago. 


Tension in the Black Sea has increased in recent weeks, with Russia hitting numerous food export facilities in Ukraine after suspending its participation in the Black Sea Grain Initiative last month. Russia had warned Ukraine it would no longer guarantee the safe passage of vessels in the corridor. The Black Sea Grain Initiative previously enabled over 32 million tons of corn, wheat, and other grains to flow from the Black Sea to much of the globe in the last year. 


Separately, a Russian court sentenced opposition figure Alexei Navalny to 19 years in prison on extremism charges. Navalny was already serving a nine-year sentence for various charges, including fraud. 


Read about Ukraine's use of sea drones here. See more war updates here.

Quick Hits

US hiring growth stays steady in month of July.

The US economy added 187,000 jobs in July, below economist estimates of 200,000 and slightly above the downwardly revised 185,000 jobs in June, according to government data released yesterday. The unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, from 3.6% in June and 3.7% in May. Average hourly earnings grew 0.4% month-over-month and 4.4% year-over-year, matching June.


Gilgo Beach murder victim 'Jane Doe Seven' identified 27 years later.

Officials announced they have identified the remains of then-34-year-old Karen Vergata through genetic genealogy. Vergata's remains were first found in 1996, with additional remains found in 2011. Remains belonging to at least 11 people have been discovered in total near Gilgo Beach, New York, through the years. Read our previous write-up on the Gilgo Beach murders here.


Diana Taurasi becomes first WNBA player to reach 10,000 points.

The 41-year-old Phoenix Mercury star finished Thursday night's game against the Atlanta Dream scoring a season-high 42 points, Taurasi's most in a game since 2010. Taurasi began the night with 9,982 points and reached her 10,000th point during the 1,344th 3-point field goal of her career. Sue Bird is the only other WNBA player who has surpassed 1,000 3-point field goals. 


Big Ten clears way for Oregon, Washington to join the conference.

The addition of the University of Oregon and the University of Washington expands the Big Ten conference to 18 schools—the largest in college football history. The move means the Oregon Ducks and Washington Huskies will exit the Pac-12 conference. Three other schools have announced plans to leave the Pac-12 conference in the last 13 months. 


Mark Margolis from 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul' dies at 83.

Margolis portrayed the former drug kingpin Hector Salamanca, who oversaw Albuquerque's meth trade from his nursing home, on "Breaking Bad" and later reprised the role in the prequel series "Better Call Saul." Margolis had recurring roles in a number of other TV shows, including "American Horror Story: Asylum." He has over 70 film credits across 50 years and appeared in dozens of plays. 


NASA successfully delivers cargo ship to International Space Station.

The Cygnus spacecraft carried over 8,200 pounds of research equipment, station parts, crew supplies, and more. The supplies sent to the ISS include fresh fruits, like apples and cherries, a pizza kit, and an assortment of cheeses and ice cream. Other items on the spacecraft include a potable water dispenser and a probe that measures the plasma density of Earth's upper atmosphere. 

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Robert M. in Romania.


"I visited a friend in Zambia last week. I traveled with her family and friends to Victoria Falls in a rental car. Unfortunately, the car had not one, not two, but THREE tire blowouts on the trip. Oh, no spare, no jack either. Each time, we were able to get others to stop and take my friend into the nearest town, AND help us change the tire. In particular, a truck driver from Zimbabwe stopped for us on and took my friend and her entire family into Livingstone, so they could get settled (I stayed with the car). Overall, actually a good experience ... due to the kindness of several others."


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



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