Morning Reads for Asteroid Day (June 30)

Good morning! It’s Asteroid Day, which is to raise awareness of potential asteroid impacts, and coincidentally, we have an asteroid zooming past Earth this week. See, there’s a reason I highlight these days and weeks for y’all. One of these days, it could be life changing!

But, without further ado, let’s get to the news… because there’s a lot.

Pat Conroy

  • The Washington Post released a story on former Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue yesterday afternoon detailing a 2017 land deal that’s raising some eyebrows. (Alternate link.)
  • A grand jury in Screven County has declined to indict a former Georgia state trooper who shot and killed a Black man last year during a traffic stop over a broken taillight. (Alternate link.)
  • The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to return our ghastly statue of Alexander Stephens to us so that we can send them a far better representation of our state.
  • When the federal government ordered states to inspect the facilities for measures that would curtail spread of infection at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, state health officials couldn’t be bothered to comply. (Alternate link.)
  • State health officials are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay implementation of our state-specific limited Medicaid expansion, too.
  • Texas resident Herschel Walker will run for U.S. Senate in Georgia, facing a real Georgian, Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, in the Republican primary. (Alternate link.)
  • State Senator Tyler Harper will run for the seat Gary Black is vacating.

Alice Walker

Flannery O’Connor

  • For the first time, astronomers have detected two separate instances of black holes swallowing dense neutron stars, calling it “Pac-Man in space.”
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