This broom is no match for this pack of cute German shepherd puppies. (Click to view.)
Another round of primaries, another round of drama. This time, the big upset came in Florida’s governor’s race. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum defeated former US Rep. Gwen Graham to clinch the Democratic nomination. Gillum, a progressive backed by Bernie Sanders, will face Trump-backed Republican US Rep. Ron DeSantis. If Gillum wins, he’ll be the state’s first black governor. In Arizona, US Rep. Martha McSally won the bruising Republican primary for the state’s open US Senate seat. She prevailed by sticking close to President Trump and his political leanings, but that could make the general election, in which she’ll face Democratic US Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, even more polarizing.
Another, smaller race in Florida also caught national interest: The mom of a student killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this year won a spot on the Broward County School Board. Lori Alhadeff, a former teacher whose daughter Alyssa was killed in the shooting, won the seat handily.
2. Domestic extremism
The escalating clergy sex abuse scandal that’s raging within the church prompts Pope Francis to call an unprecedented meeting. The Pope will meet the presidents of the Catholic bishops conferences from around the world in February at the Vatican. Francis has come under withering criticism for his handling of the crisis (and his poll numbers have nosedived). A meeting between the Pope and leaders of the US church on the crisis is set for today.
President Trump signed an executive order that intends to punish foreign entities for meddling in US elections. The order lets the director of national intelligence identify groups responsible for election interference and direct the Treasury Department to apply sanctions. This order aims to hit more than just the Russians. But Democrats and Republicans criticized it as insufficient and want to see mandatory sanctions instead.
4. Greece elections
5. Hong Kong
Snowfall at the bottom of the world has been increasing. Researchers analyzing ice cores on the continent say snowfall increased 10% over the past 200 years. But, wait a minute. Isn’t global warming melting Antarctic sea ice at a rapid clip? Yes, but researchers think that’s actually contributing to the higher snowfall rates because more melted sea ice means more moisture to feed snowfall. The bottom line is that the ice melt is raising the sea level, but it’s reduced somewhat by the snow falling back onto the continent.
Remarkable photo shows a baby surrounded by the 1,616 IVF injections it took to bring her into the world
Dancing with the ‘stars’
Instagram and Tinder are rolling out new features for college students
Because hooking up and looking attractive in college is just SO hard.
Thousands of bees swarm a hot dog stand in New York City
A new horror of urban fauna, from the city that brought you Pizza Rat.
French beach bans swimming because of aggressively lustful dolphin
The Lustful Dolphins: Bad vacation experience; great rock-band name.
HBO quietly removes erotic late-night programming from its lineup
Well, clearly, the dolphin noticed.
The number of cases of syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia diagnosed last year in the US. That’s a record, and some doctors think the numbers are enough for STDs to be declared a public health crisis.
“This is the first time we’ve had to confront something like this as an organization and, I believe, the first time our gaming community has dealt with a tragedy of this nature.”
EA Sports CEO Andrew Wilson. The gaming brand canceled three EA Madden tournaments to review “safety protocols” in the aftermath of this weekend’s deadly shooting in Jacksonville, Florida.
Cute with the sound off, spectacular with the sound on
Not to be dramatic, but I have watched this video of Mr. Bubz 8,465 times and firmly believe it should be beamed into space so it’s the first thing the aliens see when they find us. (Click here to watch.)