1.28.2023

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Good morning. It's Saturday, Jan. 28, and in this weekend edition, we're covering the police footage from Tyre Nichols' arrest, the identification of a mysterious shipwreck, and much more. First time reading? Sign up here.

 

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Tyre Nichols Arrest Video

The city of Memphis, Tennessee, yesterday evening released four videos capturing an encounter earlier this month between Tyre Nichols and five ex-police officers who have been charged with murder, assault, and kidnapping. The release of the videos—from police body cameras and a camera mounted on a utility pole—spurred protests across parts of the country, including in Memphis. View the video footage here and here (warning—very sensitive content). 

 

The incident arose from a traffic stop Jan. 7, when 29-year-old Nichols, a Black man, was pulled over on suspicion of reckless driving. Video footage shows officers pulling Nichols out of the car after which Nichols fled the scene and was ultimately apprehended again.

 

The officers beat Nichols with a baton, punch him, and kick him multiple times until he collapses. An ambulance is called and Nichols is taken to a hospital roughly 30 minutes after the encounter. He died from his injuries three days later. 

 

The former officers, all of whom are Black, were fired last week after an internal investigation and arrested Thursday. All five officers were released on bond by Friday morning. 

Quick Hits
 

Police body camera footage of Paul Pelosi attack released.

The husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D, CA-11) was attacked with a hammer by a home intruder in October. The footage shows Paul Pelosi and the assailant standing, each with a hand on the hammer. The assailant wrestles for control, strikes Pelosi, and the two men fall to the ground. The assailant faces state and federal felony charges. See the footage here (warning—sensitive content). 

 

Seven killed in shooting outside synagogue in east Jerusalem.

A Palestinian gunman opened fire outside of the synagogue during Friday night prayers, killing at least seven and wounding at least three others. The gunman was later shot and killed by police. The shooting took place a day after Israeli troops killed nine Palestinians during a military raid in the West Bank town of Jenin. 

 

FDA to relax blood donation guidelines for gay and bisexual men.

The Food and Drug Administration proposed a rule that would make a blood donation screening questionnaire gender-inclusive. The new guidance would remove previous language targeting gay men specifically after years of singling them out in the questionnaire. See the proposed rule here.

 

Key Federal Reserve inflation measure eased in December.

The core US personal consumption expenditures index—a key inflation metric monitored by the Federal Reserve (see 101)—increased 4.4% from a year ago in December. The figure is down from the 4.7% reading in November and is the slowest annual rate of increase since October 2021. 

 

Mysterious shipwreck identified as Dutch warship that sank in 1672.

The shipwreck was first discovered 105 feet underwater off the coast of England by a local diver in 2019. Material found on the seabed included the ship's wooden hull, cannons, Italian marble tiles, and pieces of Italian pottery. 

 

Billy Packer, longtime NCAA basketball analyst, dies at 82

Packer was the voice of the NCAA tournament for more than 30 years and won a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio, and Sports Analyst in 1993. He died Thursday from kidney failure.

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Alabama farmer donates $100 a month toward people's pharmacy bills. (More)

 

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Delta flight attendant captures hearts as he comforts a nervous passenger. (More)

 

Six-year-old boy to climb 12 UK mountains in bid to raise money for charity. (More

 

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Today, we're sharing a story from reader Elena L. in Aptos, California.

 

"Two friends and I were coming home from a ski trip in Lake Tahoe. Stopped for gas when it was almost dark, super windy, and raining. Unfortunately, one of our group accidentally locked the keys in the car, along with our coats, cell phones, wallets, food, everything! Amazingly, a guy named Jake heard our plight and said, 'hey, I think I can help you.' He went to his car and got two tools and within minutes he retrieved our car keys! We were so relieved and grateful! He didn’t want to take any money, was just really happy to help out, said he had helped a lot of people get into their cars! He was our angel that night!"

 

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

Etcetera
 

Bookkeeping
> Chipotle wants to hire 15,000 people ahead of its busy spring season

> Over 7,600 fake nursing diplomas issued in Florida in an alleged fraud scheme

 

Browse 

> Mapping the world's most loving countries and cities

> ... and the dirtiest cities in America. 

> Incredible photos from the California Gold Rush

> The foods and drinks topping Trader Joe's customer choice awards.

 

Listen 

> Why do we cry? And what do sauerkraut and sadness have in common?


Watch 

> Peek inside some of the scariest prisons in history.

> Why we all need subtitles now.

> Mesmerizing stop-motion video captures 2,400 leaves.

> Penguins crowd surf over a herd of sea lions.

 

Long Read 

> The forgotten history of a Holocaust safe house

How our saliva changes the flavor of food

> Where do the world's abandoned bicycles go? In some cases, Madagascar

 

Best of the Week: How to defog your car windows the right way.

 

Historybook: Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” published (1813); Painter Jackson Pollock born (1912); Modern US Coast Guard is founded (1915); Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after launch, killing all seven astronauts on board (1986); Actress Cicely Tyson dies (2021).

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- Cicely Tyson

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