Good morning. Hopefully the long weekend ahead doesn’t feel as elusive as the cow who led three Texas police agencies on an hours-long chase during yesterday’s morning rush hour.
“The possible is just the impossible that we’ve come to accept.” -Stewart Stafford
The Fight for Brexit
Queen Elizabeth II agreed on Wednesday to suspendParliament for several weeks in September and October after a requestto do so from Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Under the PM’s plan, parliament would return on October 14, two weeks before the October 31 deadline for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.
How did we get here again? In June 2016, the UK held a nationwidereferendumon whether to stay in or leave the EU – the “leave” votes won 52 to 48 percent. The divorce was supposed to take place in March of this year, two years after the official proceedings began, but the date has been delayed twice.
Former Prime Minister Theresa May tried to pass a Brexit deal based on negotiations with the EU, but it wasvoted down three times in Parliament. The failure led to her resignation, and Boris Johnson’s subsequent election as Prime Minister.
So what’s next? Ifno dealis agreed upon in Parliament by the end of October, the UK could break from the EU without a negotiated replacement deal, seek another extension from the EU, or cancel Brexit.
Here’s what people are saying:
Business will not forgive or forget the great Brexit betrayal of trust
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, a Republican from Georgia who chairs both the Senate Veterans’ Affairs and Ethics committees, announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the year. Isakson, 74, cited health issues including Parkinson’s disease as the reason for his resignation.
Tropical Storm Dorian gathered enough speed to be classified as a hurricane on Wednesday as it passed through Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Moving along north of the Bahamas, the storm is scheduled to make landfall in Florida over the weekend.
Two Italian political parties – the Five Star Movement and the Democratic Party – agreed to form a new government under outgoing Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte late Wednesday, pending a mandate from the president. The preliminary deal comes a week after the previous coalition collapsed.
Hudson’s Bay Company is selling luxury department store chain Lord & Taylor to clothing rental subscription service Le Tote for $100 million. Hudson’s Bay also owns Saks Fifth Avenue, and expects the move to further simplify its business moving forward.
Tesla launched its car insurance offering in California yesterday. The company announced it provides its car owners with 20-30% lower rates than are available in the marketplace, pointing to its “advanced technology, safety, and serviceability of our cars” as the reason it is able to offer the lower rates.
YouTube announced it will be launching a separate website for children to supplement its YouTube Kids mobile app, following widespread complaints it showed inappropriate videos to kids. The site and the YouTube Kids mobile app will now be split into three categories: Preschool (4 and younger), Younger (ages 5-7) and Older (8-12).
Forbes released its list of highest paid actresses. Scarlet Johansson commands the top spot ($56 million), with Sofia Vergara, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and Jennifer Aniston rounding out the top 5.
Ava Singletary is not your ordinary three year old. Like many kids, the North Carolina native started a neighborhood lemonade stand during her summer break from daycare. The business began to grow quickly and instead of filling up her piggy bank, Ava wanted to donate all of the money she made to those in need. Her cause of choice? Diapers for mothers and babies who can’t afford them. The business continues to grow, now bottling lemonade to be sold in one Durham store, with another restaurant interested in a similar arrangement. As a result of the growth, Ava is now able to give away boxes of diapers nearly as tall as she is!
Sisters Amanda Coley and Maggie Kingston have loved the Backstreet Boys since they were teenagers, so they were overjoyed after receiving two tickets to the band’s August show as a Christmas gift. All year, the sisters talked about the August 21st concert and how much fun it was going to be, but then tragedy struck – Amanda was diagnosed with leukemia two weeks before the concert. Crushed, she was admitted to the hospital and began to undergo treatment. Maggie wanted to do something special for sister, so on the night of the concert she organized a surprise party in Amanda’s room. When the nurses heard about the party, they marched in and performed three Backstreet Boys’ songs as Amanda sang along. The icing on the cake came when a video of the party was posted on Facebook and caught the eye of band member Nick Carter, who sent a message to Amanda as a result. Backstreet’s back, alright.
In love with the Coco… Cocos Island, the place that inspired “Jurassic Park” and “Treasure Island,” is rumored to contain $1 billion worth of lost Spanish treasure.
Ever wonder how ancient civilizations built such large, lasting monuments? New research suggests the Ancient Greeks used this lifting machine to transport heavy stones before cranes appeared 2,500 years ago.