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China Kindergarten Massacre

Six people, including three children, are dead and one other injured after a man allegedly armed with a knife attacked a kindergarten in southeastern China's Guangdong province yesterday.

 

The 25-year-old suspect, identified as a man named Wu, was arrested in Lianjiang, a city of nearly 1.9 million people. Police have not yet identified an official motive; however, local media reports suggest the assailant may have been motivated by a vehicular incident involving his child outside the school—the other vehicle's driver is allegedly among the deceased.

 

The massacre is one of several similar incidents targeting schools—at least 17 knife attacks in schools have occurred in China since 2010—often involving knives or homemade explosives due to China's strict gun laws. Some experts have attributed the attacks to mental health issues, while others have suggested they could be driven by personal grudges stemming from broad social tensions.

 

Northeast Flash Floods

Heavy rainfall in New England has generated widespread flooding across the northeastern US, including in southwestern New Hampshire and southern Vermont, drawing comparisons to flooding from Hurricane Irene in 2011. At least one person has died in New York state, while the National Weather Service warned of life-threatening flooding in Vermont through today. 

 

The severe weather has led to road closures, transit disruptions, and power outages across the region. Some areas of New York saw as much as 8 inches of rain, while Vermont has seen up to 6 inches of rain; Vermont is expected to see an additional 6 inches by today. See photos of the damage here

 

Separately, at least 22 people are dead in India's northern Himalayan region following flash floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains. Additionally, at least two are dead and six are missing in southwest Japan following floods and mudslides. 

 

The floods come as extreme rainfall events are becoming more common worldwide. Experts say for every 1.8-degree Fahrenheit increase in global temperature, the amount of moisture in the atmosphere increases by 6%-7%, resulting in more intense and frequent precipitation. See more on the Clausius-Clapeyron equation here.

 

Tylenol Murders Suspect Dead

James Lewis, the only suspect in the 1982 Tylenol murders, was found dead

Sunday in his apartment outside Boston, according to reports yesterday. Lewis, 76, had served 12 years in prison for extortion charges related to the incident but was never charged with murder. The case remains open over 40 years later.

 

In September 1982, seven people died within a 24-hour period in the Chicago area, immediately after taking over-the-counter Extra Strength Tylenol. Investigators later discovered the Tylenol had been laced with cyanide poison, causing a scare across the nation and ultimately leading to the development of tamper-proof packaging.

 

Lewis was arrested three months later for writing a letter to Tylenol-maker Johnson & Johnson demanding a $1M payment to stop the killings, prompting the then-largest search in US history. He denied involvement in the murders, claiming the letter was a hoax on his wife's ex-boss. Read a narrative of the case here or listen to a podcast retelling here.

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Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> The New York Times shuts down its sports desk, folding its coverage into The Athletic, the sports website the Times bought last year for $550M (More)

> Disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar stabbed at least 10 times at Florida prison; Nassar is serving up to 175 years after multiple convictions for sexually assaulting gymnasts (More

> American League takes on National League in tonight's (8 pm ET, Fox) 2023 MLB All-Star Game (More) | Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. wins Home Run Derby; Guerrero Jr. and his dad become first father-son duo to both win (More)

 

Science & Technology

> HCA Healthcare reports data for tens of millions of patients were obtained by an unidentified hacker group, now for sale on the dark web; marks one of the largest health-related data hacks on record (More

> Archaeologists uncover 18,000-year-old stone tools used by Indigenous people in what is now southern Oregon, the oldest such tools found to date in the US (More)

> James Webb Space Telescope traces an intense burst of radiation back to the collision of two neutron stars; such events are believed to be the source of the universe's heaviest elements (More) | What are neutron stars? (More, w/video)

 

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +0.2%, Dow +0.6%, Nasdaq +0.2%) as investors prepare for inflation data this week (More)

> Amazon kicks off Prime Day 48-hour sale today; this year's Prime Day is Amazon's largest ever in terms of geographic footprint, spanning 24 countries (More)

> Instagram's Threads app hits 100 million users after five days, with more than 95 million posts; platform is viewed as the most significant competitor to Twitter (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Turkey agrees to advance Sweden's bid to join NATO, a reversal from the Turkish president's earlier call for the European Union to accept Turkey into the EU in exchange for Turkey's support for Sweden's bid (More)

> Russia says Wagner Group chief Yevgeny Prigozhin—along with 34 other commanders—met with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, five days after short-lived mutiny (More) | See updates on the Russia-Ukraine war (More)

> Actor Hill Harper, known for "The Good Doctor," announces run for US Senate seat in Michigan to replace retiring Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D) (More)

 

In-Depth

> Nigeria's Romance Scammers

Atavist | Carlos Barragán. A journalist dives into the world of online romance scams after his mother in Spain falls for one of Nigeria's "Yahoo Boys." (Read)

 

> Finding Closure After 50 Years

The Walrus | Angela Sterritt. Inside a decadeslong journey of a family seeking justice, and ultimately finding closure, for the unsolved murder of a teenage Indigenous girl in Canada. (Read)

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Etcetera
 

A look at America's best aquariums.

 

A record number of Americans are living alone.

 

Visualizing shark attacks in the US.

 

How to avoid mosquito bites this summer.

 

Weather forecaster sneaks song lyrics into his live forecasts (w/video).

 

When animals lock eyes with a photographer (w/photos).

 

Instructions for every Lego set ever.

 

Twix reveals the hidden meaning behind its name.

 

Clickbait: Grumpy locals sabotage robotaxis

 

Historybook: President John Quincy Adams born (1767); Vice President Aaron Burr mortally wounds Alexander Hamilton in duel (1804); "To Kill a Mockingbird" is published (1960); Iconic actor Laurence Olivier dies (1989); Former first lady Lady Bird Johnson dies (2007).

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