5.5.2023

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Coronation Weekend

King Charles III will be crowned as the UK's new monarch Saturday, in the country's first coronation ceremony to take place in nearly 70 years and marking the 40th coronation since 1066.

 

Charles and Queen Camilla will travel 1.3 miles from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and return to Buckingham Palace in the Gold State Coach, which has been used for every coronation since 1831.

 

During the service conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the king will be anointed with oil and receive the traditional symbols of the orb and scepter, before being crowned with the 360-year-old St. Edward’s Crown—made of 22-carat gold and 444 precious and semiprecious stones and weighing nearly 5 pounds. Camilla will be crowned with Queen Mary’s Crown and hold an ivory scepter. See the Crown Jewels here and details of the ceremony here.

 

More than 2,000 guests will be in attendance at the ceremony, including Princes William and Harry, US first lady Jill Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, charity representatives, and more. See how to watch in the US here

 

Sedition Conviction

Four members of the "alt-right" Proud Boys group, including its former leader Enrique Tarrio, were convicted of seditious conspiracy yesterday for their role in the Jan. 6 storming of the US Capitol following the 2020 presidential election. The case was the second sedition trial in the past year and followed a guilty verdict for Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes last year on similar charges.

 

More than 1,000 people have been arrested in connection with the events of Jan. 6, 2021, with the majority facing lower-level charges such as entering a restricted federal building. Prosecutors argued Tarrio and the Proud Boys planned in advance to encourage the larger crowd to force their way into the Capitol, with the specific goal of disrupting the certification of the election.  

 

Tarrio himself was not present Jan. 6, having been arrested two days beforehand by Washington, DC, police on an outstanding warrant. The charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison; sentencing is expected in the coming months.

 

Sheeran Wins Copyright Case

British singer Ed Sheeran prevailed in a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement, with a jury deciding yesterday his song "Thinking Out Loud" did not steal from R&B artist Marvin Gaye's 1973 hit "Let's Get It On." Sheeran's 2014 song hit No. 1 on the UK charts and No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100. 

 

At issue was a chord progression in Sheeran's song that heirs to the estate of Ed Townsend, who cowrote "Let's Get It On" with Gaye, argued were similar enough to have essentially been lifted from the hit (watch breakdown). Sheeran's defense argued the lawsuit was effectively attempting to monopolize a series of chords that have been widely used in various musical genres, including before Gaye's hit song five decades ago. 

 

The case came amid an increase in musical copyright lawsuits in recent years; read an overview here

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> Forte is Vegas favorite for tomorrow's 149th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs; see full preview and predictions (More) | Four horses have died in the last week after racing at Churchill Downs (More)

> Actors Brie Larson, Paul Dano, and filmmaker Rungano Nyoni tapped for competition jury at 2023 Cannes Film Festival (May 16-27); Disney Pixar animated feature "Elemental" to close festival (More)

> NFL under investigation by New York and California attorneys general over allegations of gender discrimination and harassment (More)

 

Science & Technology

> White House announces $140M to establish seven new AI research centers, to meet with industry leaders on potential policy guidelines (More) | Microsoft opens its ChatGPT-based Bing search engine for public use (More)

> Engineers develop wearable 3D-printed sensor that collects sweat; opens path to real-time monitoring of various health indicators, including dehydration, blood sugar levels, and more (More)

> Scientists recreate byproducts from a previously unknown bacteria thought to have last been present on Earth during the Stone Age (More)

 

Business & Markets

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> US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.7%, Dow -0.9%, Nasdaq -0.5%); Regional Banking ETF falls over 5% (More)

> Apple posts second consecutive quarterly revenue decline, but beats revenue and earnings expectations; shares up in after-hours trading (More) | E-commerce software giant Shopify to lay off 20% of workforce, to sell logistics unit to Flexport; shares up 24% (More

> Kenvue—spinoff of Johnson & Johnson’s consumer-health business—up 22% on first day of trading to roughly $50B valuation (More)

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Politics & World Affairs

> Russia accuses the US of helping Ukraine coordinate failed drone strike on the Kremlin; White House denies charges (More) | Analysts say several factors suggest Russia likely staged the attack (More)

> North Carolina lawmakers pass 12 week abortion ban; Gov. Roy Cooper (D) expected to veto the bill, setting up the first potential veto override for the state's new Republican supermajority (More)

> At least eight people killed, ten others wounded in an attack near the Serbian capital of Belgrade; attack marks the country's second mass shooting in two days (More)

 

In-Depth

> Russia's Trenches

Reuters | Staff. Maps, satellite photos, and diagrams show the extent of Russia's fortifications in Ukraine ahead of a highly anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive. (Read)

 

> Museum Loot

Freakonomics | Stephen Dubner. (Podcast) How a viral snapshot of Kim Kardashian revealed a $4M golden coffin at the Met was stolen from Egypt, highlighting the dubious origins of many antiquities. (Listen)

> The Other Rapinoe

GQ | David Alm. The story of Rachel Rapinoe—twin sister of World Cup champion Megan—through her struggles with injuries and addiction. (Read)

 

> Food Packaging, Explained

Weird History Food | Staff. A fun deep dive into the logic of two-liter bottles, potato chip bags, and those liquid-absorbing mats at the bottom of your chicken. (Watch)

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Etcetera
 

The history of Cinco de Mayo.

 

Mobile data reveal which US downtowns are thriving.

 

NBA's hovering drone cameras are not well received.

 

Explaining Bluesky, the hottest new social network.

 

Why peanut butter is considered a liquid.

 

Scientists spot a star gobbling up a planet.

 

Elephant seal takes a nap in an oceanside park (w/video).

 

Massive bee swarm delays a Delta flight.

 

Clickbait: "Mona Lisa's" bridge located.

 

Historybook: Napoleon Bonaparte dies while in exile (1821); Cinco de Mayo commemorates Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla (1862); Alan Shepard becomes first American in outer space (1961); Singer-songwriter Adele born (1988).

"I realized up there that our planet is not infinite. It's fragile."

- Alan Shepard

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