Hi, folks, and happy Friday! Yes, this is a real one: Don’t Put all Your Eggs in One Omelet Day, a play (of course) on the phrase, “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” If I were celebrating, I’d have eaten an omelet for breakfast, leaving at least one egg in the carton. But, alas, I grabbed an Rxbar on the way to work. Such is life!
Let’s get on to the news.
- Zalia Avant-garde from Louisiana made history by being the first Black American to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (Alternate link.)
- The end date for military operations in Afghanistan has moved up to August 31st.
- In the discovery process of a wrongful death trial against Remington brought by Sandy Hook parents, the gunmaker has filed more than 18,000 files depicting cartoons and emoji unrelated to the case.
- A judge has ruled that the victims of the 2019 synagogue shooting in San Diego can sue Smith & Wesson.
- Yes, the Supreme Court swerved to the right during this term.
- A new report from the U.S. Energy Information Agency states that American can cut 40% of methane emissions from oil and gas production without spending additional money.
- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will no longer detain most pregnant and postpartum migrant women. (Alternate link.)
- A study by the Mozilla Foundation has found that most of YouTube’s problematic content is recommended by the platform’s own algorithm.
- The Wall Street Journal has looked into the mismatch between available workers and jobs available. (Alternate link.)
- QAnon has receded from major social media platforms, but it’s still lurking around.
- Pfizer and the Centers for Disease Control disagree on the need for COVID booster shots.
- Research out of China shows that the delta variant of COVID grows more rapidly inside people’s respiratory tracts and to much higher levels.
- Two American citizens and ex-Colombian military members are responsible for the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse.
- A factory fire in Bangladesh has killed 52 people.
- Japan has banned spectators from the Tokyo Olympics.