6.19.2024

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Breaking news:  San Francisco Giants legend Willie Mays, nicknamed the "Say Hey Kid," died yesterday at 93. The center fielder was considered the greatest all-around player in baseball history and was the oldest living Hall of Famer. Read more here.

'Parole in Place' Policy

President Joe Biden unveiled a new policy yesterday granting a path to permanent residency for hundreds of thousands of immigrants without legal status in the US. The “parole in place” program applies to people with no criminal record who have lived in the US for at least 10 years and have been legally married to a US citizen as of June 17.

 

Those who qualify can live and work in the US for three years while they apply for citizenship. An estimated 500,000 spouses and 50,000 children, with a parent married to a US citizen, stand to meet the basic requirements—there are roughly 1.1 million immigrants in the US with citizen spouses. 

 

Announced on the 12th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the policy also includes faster work permit approvals for DACA applicants and follows Biden’s recent executive action to reduce migrants at the US-Mexico border. Applications are expected to open by the end of summer.

 

Boeing CEO Testifies

Boeing CEO David Calhoun appeared before a Senate investigative panel yesterday amid concerns about safety lapses in Boeing’s production line and its handling of whistleblowers. Calhoun, who has led the company since 2020, will retire at year's end. See hearing takeaways here.

 

Boeing has experienced a series of incidents that have renewed scrutiny on its manufacturing process, including fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019 that killed 346 people, as well as a midair door plug blowout on an Alaska Airlines flight in January. The aerospace company faces multiple federal investigations over its quality control and previously submitted an action plan to Congress proposing improvements to its internal audit procedures. Boeing oversees much of its own inspection oversight, particularly after the Federal Aviation Administration outsourced much of the work to Boeing in the early 2000s.

 

Ahead of Calhoun's testimony, a whistleblower came forward with allegations that Boeing used faulty parts on its planes due to improper storing and tracking practices. 

 

Club Q Shooter Sentenced

A federal judge sentenced Club Q mass shooter Anderson Lee Aldrich to 190 years and 55 concurrent life sentences in prison yesterday after the 24-year-old pleaded guilty to 74 hate crime and gun charges. The shooter is currently serving a sentence of more than 2,000 years in Colorado for murder charges related to the attack at the LGBTQ+ nightclub.

 

The shooter, who is nonbinary, opened fire in November 2022 with an AR-15 style rifle and a handgun at Club Q in Colorado Springs, killing five people and wounding 19 others. The shooter was tackled and disarmed by clubgoers before being taken into custody. The massacre came over a year after the assailant was arrested for threatening to detonate a bomb and commit a mass shooting.

 

The Justice Department defines hate crimes as harmful, and often violent, acts against individuals on the basis of specified group characteristics like religious affiliation, sexuality, or race. Nearly 14,000 hate crimes are reported in the US annually. See statistics here.

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In The Know
 

Sports, Entertainment, & Culture

> The Edmonton Oilers stave off elimination in topping the Florida Panthers 5-3; Panthers lead 3-2 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final series (More

> Justin Timberlake arrested for driving while intoxicated in the Hamptons after failing field sobriety tests; Timberlake pleaded not guilty to the charge (More) | Netflix announces "in-person experience" venues set to open in Dallas, Texas, and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in 2025; the venues would combine shopping, food, and experiences tied to Netflix's major franchises (More

> Universal Music Group partners with AI startup SoundLabs to offer up "voice-cloning" technology to its roster of artists (More) | Anouk Aimée, Oscar-nominated French actress best known for starring role in "A Man and a Woman," dies at 92 (More)

 

Science & Technology

> Astronomers witness the activation of a massive black hole roughly 300 million light-years away; nearby matter began falling inside, releasing significant amounts of radiation that reached Earth in late 2019 (More) | Zoom in on the host galaxy (More, w/video)

> Ancient earthquake repositioned India's Ganges River by an estimated 60 miles roughly 2,500 years ago, potentially largest such event on record (More

> Engineers design robot capable of jumping close to 400 feet in the air, more than 100 times its own height; current robot-jumping record is around 110 feet (More

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Business & Markets

> US stock markets close higher (S&P 500 +0.3%, Dow +0.2%, Nasdaq +0.03%)  (More) | AI chipmaker Nvidia becomes world's most valuable company with market capitalization of $3.3T (More) | Retail sales stagnate, growing 0.1% in May as April sales are revised down to a 0.2% drop (More)

> Electric vehicle maker Fisker—valued at $2.9B when it went public in 2020—files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after reportedly failing to secure investment from Nissan (More)

> Autonomous trucking solutions company Waabi raises $200M in Series B funding led by Uber and Khosla Ventures (More)

 

Politics & World Affairs

> New Mexico's South Fork Fire places at least 7,000 residents under an evacuation order as the wildfire grows to over 20,000 acres as of this writing (More) | Record-breaking heat wave sweeps through Midwest, Northeast (More)

> House Ethics Committee has issued 25 subpoenas as part of expanded probe into Rep. Matt Gaetz's (R, FL-1) alleged conduct, including sexual misconduct, drug use, accepting improper gifts, and obstruction; Gaetz denies all allegations (More)

> US federal budget deficit projected to rise 27% to $1.9T this year; jump is attributed to factors including increases in foreign military spending, student loan relief, and Medicaid (More)

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Etcetera
 

The history of Juneteenth in photos.

 

... plus, an old notebook recounts early celebrations

 

... and the meaning behind traditions like eating red food.

 

See Ralph Lauren's ceremonial uniforms for Team USA

 

Why is Ethiopia's calendar seven years behind?

 

The oldest wine is 2,000 years old.

 

Sugar and burned toast don't cause cancer. (w/video)

 

Backpacks on beetles may help conservation.

 

Clickbait: Another monolith just dropped.

 

Historybook: First recorded game of baseball (1846); Baseball great Lou Gehrig born (1903); Author Salman Rushdie born (1947); Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed for espionage (1953); Actress Zoe Saldana born (1978); Koko the gorilla dies (2018).

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