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The Epstein Situation
Alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein (66) was found dead in his jail cell over the weekend in an apparent suicide. Two weeks previously, he was placed on suicide watch after being found in his cell with injuries on his neck, but was not on suicide watch at the time of his death.
The money manager was also accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls and previously faced trial in 2007. He served a 13 month sentence after a plea deal that also involved then US attorney for Southern Florida Alexander Acosta – who recently resigned from his position of Labor Secretary over his participation in that case.
So, is the trial over?
Not exactly. Epstein cannot stand trial himself, but his accusers can pursue civil litigation while federal prosecutors will turn their focus to co-conspirators. So what are some thoughts on the issue?
Forget the conspiracy theories. Here’s why it’s likely Jeffrey Epstein killed himself
Jeane and Paul Briggs have 38 kids… yeah, you read that correctly. 32 are adopted (from Ghana, Mexico, Ukraine, Russia and Bulgaria) and 25 still live at home. Many of their children have disabilities or special needs and were abandoned by their parents, or the orphanages overseas didn’t possess the resources to adequately care for them. How do Jeane and Paul do it? Jeane always knew she wanted kids, she just needed the right partner. So when she met Paul, she put him to the test – literally. Their first date was a babysitting gig together, which must’ve gone well given the two have raised kids together for nearly 4 decades. Without Jeanne and Paul, who knows where many of the children would’ve ended up – thankfully they found a home in the Briggs household.
For years, the Ebola virus has been a looming threat with symptoms right out of a horror movie. The sickness has been plaguing the Democratic Republic of the Congo for the past year – the current outbreak is the second biggest ever with 2,800 cases, and has been labelled a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization. Ebola is highly infectious, results in death more than 50% of the time and was classified as incurable – until now. Thanks to 2 drugs being trialled in the current outbreak, the death rate has dropped significantly – significantly enough that scientists no longer deem Ebola an incurable disease.
Does a school supply’s usefulness end when it’s in the trash? That’s what Alexandra Beharry-Yambo and her mother Michelle Beharry wondered after throwing away old school supplies and realizing it was a disservice to the community and those who could still use them. That’s when they decided to upcycle (transforming unwanted or waste products into new materials of better quality and environmental value) old school supplies. They came up with the idea to donate the used items to teachers in Guyana, one of South America’s poorest countries. The first donation was received so successfully, it led them to create the nonprofit, Used Tools 4 Kids. Since its inception, the organization has donated to 25 teachers in various schools throughout Guyana, and their last shipment to the country weighed in at 6,000 pounds. The success has led the mother-daughter combo to plan an expansion to Guatemala and Venezuela – no school supply left behind here.
Hong Kong canceled all afternoon flights (incoming and outgoing) out of its airport yesterday after thousands of protesters congregated in the main terminal. The pro-democracy protests have now continued for 10 consecutive weeks.
An accident during the now-confirmed test of a nuclear powered engine at the Nenoksa Missile Test Site in Russia killed 7 nuclear engineers. Radioactivity in the region spiked following the explosion, though later returned to normal levels.
Nike is launching Nike Adventure Club, a subscription service geared towards kids. The service will allow parents of kids (ages 2-10) to order shoes on a quarterly, bimonthly or monthly basis in order to keep up with their kids’ quickly growing feet.
Verizon is selling the social network Tumblr to Automattic Inc., the owner of online publishing tool WordPress. The deal reportedly closed for under $20 million, a far cry from the $1.1 billion Yahoo paid in 2013.
The Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Aramco for short) announced a $15 billion investment into India’s Reliance Industries, expanding its global refining footprint. The state-owned oil company is looking to revive plans for an IPO, and reported a net income in the first half more than two times Apple’s.
CBS and Viacom are in the final stages of closing a merger deal worth ~$30 billion – it was not complete at the time of our e-publish, but could be announced as early as today. This is the third time since 2016 that CBS has attempted to bring the two entertainment companies together.