9.30.2023

 

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Good morning. It's Saturday, Sept. 30, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the passing of a trailblazing US lawmaker, charges in the unsolved 1996 murder of an iconic rapper, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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Dianne Feinstein Dies 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a trailblazer in US politics and the oldest sitting member of Congress, has died at the age of 90. Feinstein had planned to retire from the Senate at the end of her term in 2024 amid calls to resign over concerns about her health.

 

Feinstein was a centrist Democrat known for trying to find common ground with Republicans and deviated on a number of issues from her party, including opposing the Green New Deal. Her contributions included authoring and winning passage of a 10-year ban on semi-automatic rifles and overseeing a six-year review of the CIA's detention and interrogation program, subsequently coauthoring a ban with the late Sen. John McCain (R) on the torture of detainees.

 

Feinstein shattered several glass ceilings during her decadeslong career, becoming the first woman president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and later the city's first woman mayor in 1978 following the assassinations of then-Mayor George Moscone (D) and Supervisor Harvey Milk (D). Feinstein later recalled rushing to Milk that day and finding him slain. She was also the first woman to chair the Senate Rules and Senate Intelligence committees. 

 

See her life in pictures here

Quick Hits
 

Man indicted for 1996 fatal shooting of rapper Tupac Shakur.

Duane “Keffe D” Davis, 60, was arrested yesterday and charged with murder with use of a deadly weapon. Davis has long been linked to Shakur's death; Davis previously said he was in a white Cadillac that pulled up next to the BMW that the then-25-year-old Shakur was in when the rapper was shot and killed. The indictment comes after police seized a number of items from Davis' wife's home in July.

 

House rejects temporary funding bill ahead of government shutdown.

The short-term funding measure, which would have kept the government open until Oct. 31, was rejected by a vote of 232 to 198. The federal government is set to shut down at midnight tonight if a funding bill is not approved by Congress and President Joe Biden. The Senate, which passed its own measure Thursday, is expected to vote on another amended measure today. 

 

State of emergency declared as flash flooding hits New York City.

New York City and the tri-state area were under flash flood warnings yesterday as heavy rainfall from a coastal storm that developed off the northeast coast disrupted subway service and flooded roads. Meteorologists say the rainfall could be the area's heaviest since Hurricane Ida in 2021, as it reached a rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour as of this writing. See photos here.

 

First codefendant in Georgia 2020 election interference case pleads guilty.
Scott Hall, a Georgia bail bondsman who is among the 19 defendants charged in the Fulton County, Georgia, case, pleaded guilty Friday to five misdemeanor charges as part of a plea deal. Hall is the first defendant in the case to plead guilty. He was sentenced to five years probation, with a $5,000 fine and 200 hours of community service. He also agreed to testify in upcoming trials.

 

At least 57 killed after suicide bombings near two mosques in Pakistan.

At least 70 others were injured in the attacks Friday as worshippers gathered at mosques in Pakistan's southwest Baluchistan province and in the neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings.

 

United Auto Workers union expands strike against Ford and General Motors. 

An additional 7,000 workers began striking at a Ford facility in Chicago and a General Motors facility in Lansing, Michigan, bringing the total number of striking members to 25,000. The union spared Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler), citing progress in negotiations. 

 

Judge ends Michael Oher's conservatorship with Tuohy family.

The former NFL player had filed a petition last month to terminate a 2004 agreement with Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy, which allowed the Tennessee couple to control Oher's finances while he lived with them. Their story inspired the 2009 Oscar-winning film “The Blind Side." The parties' dispute over financial issues is ongoing.

 

Scientists identify Europe's oldest shoes from bat cave in Spain. 

The 22 sandals—made from different types of woven grass, leather, and lime—are estimated to be up to 6,200 years old and were found among a haul of other ancient items, including baskets. The objects were found in the Cueva de los Murciélagos, or the Cave of the Bats, in Andalusia in southwest Spain. 

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Humankind
 

First grader goes door to door, offering to read books to the elderly. (More)

 

Meet 10 activists under 17 years old who have been honored for helping to fight food insecurity. (More)

 

IHOP server in Massachusetts surprised with $1,300 tip from group that calls itself the "$1,000 Breakfast Club." (More

 

Chicago's Lyric Opera debuts shirts allowing patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing to literally feel the music. (More)

 

Cleveland hospital throws teen a surprise homecoming dance after she missed her high school homecoming following brain surgery. (More

 

Starbucks worker raises more than $40K for fellow barista after her car was burglarized. (More)

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Humankind(ness)
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Cheryl J. in North Carolina.

 

"My husband and I were at a McDonald's drive-thru and had ordered around the same time as a fellow in Lane 2 had ordered. We were moving forward as the lines would allow and were even with the same fellow in Lane 2. I stopped and motioned for him to go ahead of us; he signaled a thanks with his hand. When we arrived at the window to pay for our order, we discovered the young fellow had paid for our order! A totally random and rare act of kindness, simply because I let him go ahead of us!

 

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

Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping

> Merriam-Webster adds 690 new words to its dictionary, including doggo, chef's kiss, and thirst trap. See them all here.
> Travis Kelce jersey sales see nearly 400% increase after Taylor Swift attends Kansas City Chiefs game.

 

Browse 

> The world's best restaurants via TripAdvisor.

> ... and Yelp unveils the best US taco spots

> See the winners of the international pet photography awards.

> Visit America's top-ranked museums.

> Find cold (or hot) springs across the world.

> Emotional support alligator denied at Phillies game.

 

Listen 

> Does your DNA determine your weight


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> How the colors got their names.

> Meet the guy who designed the most famous tongue in history.

> How the best pregnancy test was once a frog

> The locations of "Star Trek" and other sci-fi star systems in real space

 

Long Read 

> The man who thinks he can live forever.

How souvenirs, from keychains to chess sets, became irresistible to travelers.

> The plastic-eating bacteria that could solve the world's waste crisis.

 

Best of the Week: Browse 25 of the best one-hit wonders.

 

Historybook: American novelist and screenwriter Truman Capote born (1924); Babe Ruth is first player to hit 60 home runs in a season (1927); Actor James Dean dies in a car crash (1955); President John F. Kennedy authorizes federal troops to integrate University of Mississippi (1962); Oscar-winning actress Simone Signoret dies (1985).

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