11.22.2022

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Quake Shakes Indonesia

At least 162 people were killed and hundreds more injured after a 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s densely populated West Java province Monday. According to officials, many of the deaths were caused by the collapse of buildings, including many children attending an Islamic boarding school.

 

The quake hit at a depth of just over 6 miles, toppling buildings and prompting several landslides around the city of Cianjur. See why shallow earthquakes tend to be more damaging here.

 

The news comes after 25 people were killed in a February earthquake in the West Sumatra province. Indonesia frequently experiences earthquakes as it lies along the "Ring of Fire," a collection of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. In 2004, nearly 230,000 people were killed, many of them Indonesian, in a 9.1-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that hit off the coast of Sumatra.

 

See photos from yesterday's earthquake here.

 

Charges in Colorado 

The suspect in the weekend shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs that left five dead and over a dozen injured has been arrested on murder and hate crime charges, according to court records. The charges are preliminary and subject to change. The 22-year-old gunman remained hospitalized as of yesterday with unspecified injuries after being subdued by patrons following the attack at Club Q Saturday night. See our previous write-up here.

 

Officials also clarified that 18 people, including the suspect, were hurt, instead of the initial 25-person estimate. Prosecutors in Colorado Springs have asked the court to seal records related to the suspect's arrest, saying if released, the information would jeopardize the ongoing investigation. 

 

New details about the suspect also revealed he had allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb in June 2021. The Colorado Springs district attorney's office declined to bring formal charges after not finding any explosives. 

 

Rail Unions Reject Deal

The largest railroad worker union in the US announced yesterday its members had rejected the latest collective bargaining agreement brokered by the Biden administration in September. The news prompted renewed concern over a possible general strike ahead of an early December deadline. 

 

Negotiations between management and 12 rail worker unions—each of which must approve the contract—have failed to produce an agreement since 2019 (see timeline). While eight unions voted for the latest agreement, four opposed it over work-life concerns, including limited sick leave provisions amid a dwindling workforce. The current agreement would see compensation jump nearly 25% retroactive to 2020, one of the largest increases in rail worker history. Read the contract details here.

 

Estimates suggest a general strike would cost the country roughly $2B a day and likely compound historically high inflation. Observers predict Congress may intervene if a deal isn't struck in the next two weeks. 

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> Brown University freshman Olivia Pichardo becomes first woman on NCAA Division I baseball varsity roster (More) | Carlos Beltrán headlines list of new entries on 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot (More)

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Science & Technology

> Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft completes lunar flyby, comes within 81 miles of the moon's surface; uncrewed spacecraft will orbit the moon for roughly a week before returning to Earth (More) | See mission plan (More)

> Nvidia announces Magic3D, an AI-based platform capable of generating high-resolution 3D images from text prompts (More)

> Researchers grow organ in a lab dish resembling the characteristics of the human adrenal gland; approach may eventually lead to new therapies for hormonal disorders (More)

 

Business & Markets

> US stock markets close lower (S&P 500 -0.4%, Dow -0.1%, Nasdaq -1.1%) to kick off the holiday-shortened week (More)

> Zoom beats earnings expectations but reduces revenue guidance; shares fall over 5% in after-hours trading (More)

> Paramount to end proposed $2.2B deal to sell Simon & Schuster to rival book publisher Penguin Random House, after a judge rejected the merger weeks ago (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> Ukrainian authorities begin evacuating civilians from liberated areas of the country's southern Kherson and Mykolaiv regions due to lack of heat, power, and water from Russian shelling (More

> At least one person killed and 17 injured after a vehicle crashes into an Apple store in Hingham, Massachusetts, about 20 miles southeast of Boston (More) | At least eight killed after a small plane crashes in the central Colombian city of Medellín (More)

> New Zealand Supreme Court rules voting age of 18 is inconsistent with country's Bill of Rights, which gives people aged 16 and above the right to be free from age discrimination; parliament to discuss whether to lower voting age (More)

 

In-Depth

> The Importance of Playtime

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> Eighteen Years is Not Enough

Washington Post | Michael Gerson. Gerson, a former chief speechwriter for former President George W. Bush, passed away from cancer last week at age 58. Reprinted here is his widely circulated 2013 missive on the emotions of dropping his youngest son off at college. (Read)

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Etcetera
 

Marking 35 years since Chicago's TV stations were mysteriously hijacked.

 

Watch Biden pardon Thanksgiving turkeys, Chocolate and Chip

 

... and why is turkey the main Thanksgiving dish anyway

 

Black-naped pheasant-pigeon spotted after 140 years.

 

Iranian artist crafts miniature culinary arrangements

 

American foods banned in other countries. (via YouTube) 

 

When you smuggle a spider monkey in a beer box

 

Behold the Cheetos Duster.

 

Clickbait: A cordial way to settle a council race.

 

Historybook: Author Jack London dies (1916); Tennis star and social activist Billie Jean King born (1943); President John F. Kennedy assassinated (1963); Author C.S. Lewis dies (1963); British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher announces resignation after 11 years (1990).

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