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A university that published its annual list of “banished” words and phrases has named the ones it’d like to see less of in 2021. Among them: “unprecedented” and “uncertain times.” Sounds about right.
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1. White House transition
The rest of the soccer world might be hoping that perhaps it’s seen the last of Team USA, which won its second consecutive World Cup and fourth overall yesterday in France. They’ll probably be disappointed. With its comfortable 2-0 win over the Netherlands, the US Women’s National Team showed that it has both the youth and experience to be a force to be reckoned with in many World Cups to come.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the decision only benefits “Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime.” Nikki Haley, Trump’s former UN ambassador, says the US is leaving its Kurdish allies “to die.” South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called it a “shot in the arm to the bad guys.” Trump pushed back on all of that, saying he wasn’t on anybody’s side in the conflict and warning Turkey that he would “obliterate” its economy if it did anything he considered “off limits.”
Iran is no longer complying with the nuclear deal it signed with the US and five other countries in 2015. The deal was intended to keep the country from developing a nuclear weapon. Iran announced over the weekend it had started to increase uranium enrichment beyond the purity threshold it agreed to as part of the nuclear deal. Iran had agreed to keep its uranium enrichment threshold below 3.67% (enough to provide power to parts of the country, but not enough to build a nuke) in return for the lifting of economic sanctions. But President Trump pulled the US out of the deal last year and restarted economic sanctions against Iran. After learning of Iran’s latest move, the President warned the country to “be careful.”
4. California shooting
Almost two million people could be without power for as long as a week in Northern California, if utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric goes ahead with a plan to switch off electricity. PG&E is considering doing this tomorrow in response to strong and dry winds that pose a fire threat in the area. PG&E equipment started the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, a state investigation found, after a power line touched nearby trees. So the extreme measure of shutting off the power is being used to prevent future blazes.
RIP, T. Boone
Emily Zamourka took her talents from the subway to a stage as the homeless opera singer held her first public performance since her video went viral.
Order in the dream house?
Attention all Barbie fans and legal eagles. The Barbie Judge Doll is headed to a courtroom near you.
For the thrill of it
He became the first person to fly around the world in a gyrocopter because traveling in a regular plane obviously isn’t exciting enough.
Not ‘Game of Thrones’
Sweden’s king stripped five of his grandkids of their royal status, but their parents are apparently OK with it.
“They were talking about … how Hollywood ladies are so silly, and especially that Renée Zellweger.”
“South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, hitting back at China with a sarcastic apology after the government pulled all traces of the show from the Chinese internet
That’s how much Oprah Winfrey donated to Morehouse College. Her endowment is now the largest in the Atlanta school’s history.
It’s summer! Time to hit the beaches. But you can’t do that right now if you’re in Mississippi. All 21 of the state’s beaches along the Gulf Coast are closed because of toxic algae. The algae, called a blue-green harmful algal bloom, can cause rashes, stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting, a state agency warned. The blooms occur when colonies of algae grow out of control. This particular situation was partly caused by the opening of a spillway in Louisiana which brought “excessive” freshwater to the coastline, a Mississippi newspaper reported. Algae blooms such as this are happening with increasing frequency due to climate change and increasing nutrient pollution.
It’s time for a walk, but Henrik the dog doesn’t want to put down his fave stuffed animal. (Click to view)
BEFORE WE GO
I got a little ahead of myself in yesterday’s newsletter in the item about Canadian Thanksgiving. The holiday is next Monday (October 14). Thanks to the many readers who pointed out that mistake to me.