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What one man's life and death can teach us about the fight for the Black vote
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Start your week smart: Voting rights, Ukraine, Car bomb, Wendy’s, Mogadishu

phillip voting rights 5 history refocused
What one man's life and death can teach us about the fight for the Black vote
12:18 - Source: CNN

Air travel this summer has been challenging to say the least. About 55,000 flights have been canceled in the US since the Friday before Memorial Day, according to data from flight tracking site FlightAware, and nearly a quarter of all flights have been delayed. But some industry experts are cautiously optimistic about air travel this Labor Day weekend, with predictions for a smoother fall travel season.

Here’s what else you need to know to Start Your Week Smart.

The weekend that was

• NASA will not pursue a launch of Artemis I for the remainder of the launch period, which ends on Tuesday, according to an update from the agency Saturday after a second scrubbed launch attempt.

• As a prolonged record-setting heat wave tightens its grip on the West, millions in California are again being asked to reduce their energy consumption amid worries about a strained power grid.

• Ukraine’s largest nuclear plant lost its main connection to the power grid again Saturday amid sustained shelling, despite the presence of international inspectors.  

• The death toll in Pakistan due to catastrophic flooding has surpassed 1,200, and almost a third of the victims are children.

• A worker at an airport who stole a twin-engine plane Saturday morning and threatened to crash it into a Mississippi Walmart was arrested after he eventually landed in a field, police said.

The week ahead


Happy Labor Day! It’s the unofficial end of summer in the US and the last big beach or barbecue day of the year. And for many, it’s going to be a scorcher: A dangerous heat wave is expected to continue to impact much of the West into the middle of the week. Temperatures will range 15 to 20 degrees above normal with highs over 100 degrees.


It’s primary day in Massachusetts, and Bay Staters will cast votes to narrow the Democratic and Republican fields ahead of the November midterms. There are five competitive statewide races on the ballot this year: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state and state auditor.

It’s also primary day in Florida and New York, and there will be primary runoffs in Oklahoma.


Apple is widely expected to unveil its new iPhone 14 lineup at an event on September 7. The company’s invite, which is always closely scrutinized for hidden meanings, features the night sky in the shape of the Apple logo and the tag line: “Far out.”

September 8 is International Literacy Day. According to UNESCO, at least 771 million young people and adults worldwide currently lack basic literacy skills.


Want to hear more CNN reporting?

In this week’s One Thing podcast, CNN Investigates producer Curt Devine explains how a small piece of plastic is fueling a rise in machine gun fire across the US. Listen here.

Photos of the week

Check out more moving, fascinating and thought-provoking images from the week that was, curated by CNN Photos.

What’s happening in entertainment

Party at the House of Mouse

The highly anticipated prequel to HBO’s blockbuster series “Game of Thrones” premieres tonight at 9 p.m. ET. CNN’s Brian Lowry says “House of the Dragon” is a series “whose epic visual grandeur belies a smaller and less addictive power struggle, more narrowly focused on the Targaryen line.” It also has dragons aplenty. HBO, like CNN, is part of Warner Bros. Discovery.

What’s happening in sports

US Open

College football season begins with games scheduled throughout the day on Saturday – including the overseas matchup of Nebraska and Northwestern in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin, Ireland. 

Quiz time!

Take CNN’s weekly news quiz to see how much you remember from the week that was! So far, 65% of fellow quiz fans have gotten eight or more questions right. How will you fare?

Play me off

Rock your way into Monday!

To put all of you “GoT” fans out there in the mood for “House of the Dragon” tonight, here’s a little reminder of the melody you hummed for eight straight seasons. And if you’re not a fan, this is still worth a listen. (Click here to view)