5.13.2023

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Good morning. It's Saturday, May 13, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the new head of Twitter, a tropical cyclone headed for Bangladesh and Myanmar, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

PS—We wish all moms a happy Mother's Day tomorrow! Read about the history of Mother's Day here.

 

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One Big Headline
 

Twitter's New Chief 

NBCUniversal's former head of advertising, Linda Yaccarino, has been named the new chief executive officer of Twitter. Yaccarino, 60, will focus on running the social network's business operations as Elon Musk steps down to become an executive chair and chief technology officer, focusing on product design and new technology. NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News, announced Yaccarino's departure Friday, effective immediately. Read more about Yaccarino here.

 

Musk, who bought Twitter for $44B in October, said last year he would step down as the company's head, following an informal Twitter poll that saw nearly 58% of users voting in favor of Musk resigning from the role. Yaccarino joins Twitter as the company reportedly struggles to retain advertisers, having lost an estimated 40% of its year-over-year revenue in December since Musk's takeover. Musk, in April, said advertisers had returned to the platform, but didn't elaborate further

 

See how Twitter has changed under Musk here.

Quick Hits
 

Man facing charges for fatally choking subway rider released on bail.

Daniel Penny was released on a $100K bond after turning himself in Friday. The former Marine was charged with second-degree manslaughter for fatally subduing Jordan Neely, who was acting erratically on a subway train, according to witnesses. Penny is next set to appear in court July 17.

 

Tropical cyclone prompts evacuations in Bangladesh, Myanmar.

Cyclone Mocha is forecast to make landfall Sunday between Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, and Kyaukpyu, Myanmar, with wind speeds of up to 100 mph and gusts of up to 110 mph. Hundreds of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate. Cox's Bazar is considered the site of the world's largest refugee camp of mostly Rohingya refugees who fled from persecution in Myanmar, also known as Burma. 

 

Turkey prepares for presidential, parliamentary elections Sunday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has won the last five elections and has been in office for two decades, currently trails politician Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, who is seen as the second front-runner in the presidential race. If neither candidate wins more than 50% of the votes, a runoff election will be held May 28. 

 

Ex-Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan released on bail.

Islamabad's high court granted two weeks of bail to Khan, a day after Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled Khan's arrest this week on corruption charges was illegal. However, the corruption charges still stand. Read our previous write-up here

 

Congressional Budget Office warns of US debt default in early June.

The nonpartisan federal agency in a report Friday said there is significant risk the US will default on its debt in the first two weeks of June unless lawmakers raise the federal debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen previously warned a default could happen as soon as June 1. The CBO also hiked its estimate for the US budget deficit by $130B for 2023, bringing the shortfall to $1.54T. 

 

Astronomers discover 62 new moons orbiting Saturn. 

The new discovery brings Saturn's total moon count to 145 moons, surpassing Jupiter, which has 95 moons. Separately, a new study found the age of Saturn's rings are younger than the planet itself. Scientists say its rings are no more than 400 million years old, making them much younger than Saturn, which is roughly 4.5 billion years old.

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Humankind
 

Meet David Bishop, a custodian who leads chess teams in Maine. (More)

 

London marathon runners assist fellow struggling racer to the finish line. (More

 

Elementary school helps a teacher propose to another teacher at the school. (More)

 

Woman catches 2-year-old boy who falls from a second-story window. (More

 

Rescuers return nine dolphins to the ocean after finding them in shallow water. (More)

 

Man experiencing homelessness who saved baby in stroller from oncoming traffic lands a job at Applebee's. (More

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Humankind(ness)
 

Today, we're sharing a story from reader Bob S. in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

 

"My wife and I took our one-year-old grandson to a local park yesterday. He is normally a very cheerful fellow, but gets really fussy when having his diaper changed. We were on a blanket on the grass, and he began his predicable response as my wife proceeded to change him. I was trying to soothe him, stroking his hair. Unsuccessful! Then, behind me, I heard a lady singing a children’s song. Our grandson, looked up at her, stopped his crying, and was calm for the rest of the change process. She was our angel from above! A minute later, two women asked, 'Can we take a photo of the three of you for you?' More angels!" 

 

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

Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping

Analysis finds 50% of mothers in the US have no retirement savings.

> Americans are estimated to spend a record total of $35.7B on Mother's Day.

> Job satisfaction hit a 36-year high in 2022, with 62.3% of US workers saying they were satisfied

 

Browse 

> The most popular baby names of 2022

Ranking US states with the worst drivers.

> Visualizing the 25 largest urban parks in the world.

> The cities where international tourists spend the most. 

> The magnificence of Iceland's ancient glacial caves.

 

Listen 

> Strange stories of foreign enemies landing on the US shore. (From 2017)


Watch 

> How Mars went from Earth-like to an inhospitable planet.

> The steakhouse serving 3D-printed vegan meat.

> Footage of a tornado forming over a mountain in Montana.

 

Long Read 

> Mothers' lives in ancient Greece weren't easy.

The most dangerous computer virus writer in the world.

> Food innovations that came from war

 

Best of the Week: Europe's new satellite snaps stunning photo of Earth.

 

Historybook: The US declares war against Mexico in dispute over Texas (1846); "Golden Girls" actress Bea Arthur born (1922); Stevie Wonder born (1950); Pope John Paul II is shot, survives assassination attempt (1981); Actress and singer Doris Day dies (2019).

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