11.11.2023

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Good morning. It's Saturday, Nov. 11, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the 2024 Grammy nominations, a high-profile meeting in the Bay Area, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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Grammy Nominations Announced

The 2024 Grammy nominations were revealed yesterday, with R&B singer-songwriter SZA leading all artists with nine nominations. The 34-year-old musician nabbed nods for Album of the Year ("SOS") and both Song and Record of the Year for the track "Kill Bill." Yesterday's list brings her career total to 24 nominations, with one win. 

 

Pop artist Victoria Monét, indie rocker Phoebe Bridgers, and producer Serban Ghenea followed SZA with seven nominations apiece. In the nonartist categories, the soundtrack to the box-office hit "Barbie"—which brought in $1.4B in ticket sales—earned 11 nominations. The haul included four out of five in the Best Song Written for Visual Media category.

 

Overall, female acts dominated the top categories. Singer Jon Batiste was the only male act nominated for either Record or Album of the Year.

 

See a full list of nominations here.

Quick Hits
 

Israel pushes deeper into Gaza City.

Israel Defense Forces stepped up efforts to root Hamas militants out of the largest city in the Gaza Strip. Officials announced Thursday daily four-hour cease-fire windows to allow thousands of civilians to evacuate southward. At least 11,000 Palestinians have been killed during the fighting, according to the Gaza Ministry of Health, while more than 1,400 Israelis have been killed since the war began. 

 

Biden and Xi to meet next week.

President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are scheduled to meet in person Wednesday at an economic summit in San Francisco. Aides say topics will include trade, Taiwan, the Israel-Hamas and Russia-Ukraine wars, and more. 

 

Soccer stars play their final game.

Megan Rapinoe and the OL Reign face off against Ali Krieger and the NJ/NY Gotham FC face off today in the National Women's Soccer League championship (8 pm ET, CBS/Paramount+). The pair, considered two of the best players in US soccer history, won World Cup titles together in 2015 and 2019.

 

Hindu holiday of Diwali begins this weekend

Known as the festival of lights, the holiday is celebrated by more than 1 billion people worldwide, including those of the Sikh and Jain faiths. The main celebration of the five-day holiday is tomorrow. Read more about the history of Diwali here.

 

China's largest bank hit by ransomware attack.

Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, also the world's largest commercial bank by revenue, confirmed the cyberattack disrupted some trading this week. Experts said the hacking group Lockbit was behind the attack, which operates a ransomware-for-hire service. 

 

Advanced muscle regeneration technique demonstrated.

Researchers have developed a novel approach using a patient's tissue cells to grow scaffolding outside the body, which can then be implanted into wound sites to accelerate new tissue growth.

 

Big Ten suspends coach Jim Harbaugh through end of regular season

The conference suspended the Michigan coach from being on the sideline for the three remaining regular-season games as punishment over an alleged in-person scouting and sign-stealing scandal. He will be allowed to coach at practices and attend other team activities.

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Humankind
 

High school automotive tech students gift refurbished car to single mother of six children. (More)

 

Meet the 92-year-old who became the oldest person to hike the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim. (More)

 

Young boy in Florida calls 911 to give a police officer a hug in heartwarming exchange. (More, w/video)

 

Solider surprises younger brother at school after three years of being stationed overseas. (More, w/video) 

 

Meet the Canadian woman who has planted more than 370,000 trees. (More)

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Humankind(ness)
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Ellen H. in Ocala, Florida.

 

"In 1968, I was a high school senior who, due to ongoing issues in my family life, struggled to keep up with class work ... I was disengaged from school …with the exception of my English composition class. I loved the assignments but had the feeling my teacher didn’t like me much; she kept giving C's with little to no feedback. In the last quarter of the year, a student teacher was assigned to our class ... the student teacher walked down the aisle and handed the paper to me. She leaned over and said, 'You’re a great storyteller. I can’t wait to read your next assignment.'

 

I was shocked to find B+ with a smiley face on my assignment and a few suggestions for improvement. She continued to provide valuable feedback on every assignment ... Many A's followed. This student teacher’s positive attention, guidance and encouragement set me on a path that culminated in a 54-year career in journalism and corporate communications. I don’t remember her name but I’ll never forget her confidence in me when I was at my lowest point."

 

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

Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping

> Largest-ever blue diamond sells for $44M at auction, exceeding presale estimate
> This year's World Series games averaged three hours and one minute, the fastest since 1996

A 21-year-old man in Connecticut is charged after police find $8.5M worth of illegal mushrooms in his home.  

 

Browse 

> Egg-laying hedgehog-like echidna resurfaces after six decades.

Indonesia debuts floating solar panel plant.

> Nearly 200-pound Burmese python is captured in Florida. (w/photos)

A misdated 14th-century nautical chart valued at $7.5M

> Surveying Americans' knowledge about their government.

 

Listen 

> Exploring how the diminutive pistachio spurred a billion-dollar industry.


Watch 

> Mortician shows every step a body goes through at a funeral home.

The history of Olive Garden—and are the breadsticks really unlimited?

> A dog high-fives New York City marathon runners.

> ... and a cat photobombs a marriage proposal.

 

Long Read 

The human brain has different circuits to process small and large numbers.

 

Best of the Week: The bestselling vehicle in all 50 states.

 

Historybook: Nat Turner is hanged after organizing slave rebellion (1831); Armistice signed by Germany and Allies, ending World War I (1918); Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day, observed for first time in the US (1919); American novelist Kurt Vonnegut born (1922); Demi Moore born (1962); Leonardo DiCaprio born (1974).

"A step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction."

- Kurt Vonnegut

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