Good morning. College football is now in full swing… can’t get enough? Neither can this moose, who wandered onto a college campus and spent his entire day at the football field.
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
― Walt Disney
Guns & Walmart
Yesterday, Walmart announced it would discontinue the sale of handgun and short barrel rifle ammunition. It will also be ending the sale of handguns, which were previously sold only in Alaska stores.
This comes just three days after a shooting in West Texas that killed seven and injured more than 20, and less than a month after a gunman killed 22 inside a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas.
A deep dive… To dig further into the numbers on gun violence, check out this recent guide from the Pew Research Center. And to get a closer look on where public opinion lies on the issue, take a peek at Gallup’s guide to its recent polls on gun control and policy.
So what are people saying?
Texas Is a Leader in Mass Shootings. Why Is the Governor Silent?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson lost a vote on Tuesday night to a cross-party alliance opposed to a “no-deal” Brexit. The alliance plans to propose a law today that would require the PM to ask the European Union for another delay if a deal is not reached by the October 31 deadline.
After moving slowly through the Bahamas over the course of two days and killing at least seven, Hurricane Dorian weakened and headed away from the islands to the northwest. The storm, a Category 2 as of Tuesday, is expected to make its way up the coast throughout the week.
Singer Ariana Grande filed a lawsuit yesterday against Forever 21, alleging the clothing company used a look alike model to impersonate her for an ad campaign. The two parties were in talks to partner earlier this year but no agreement was reached – the suit also comes at a time Forever 21 is reportedly preparing for bankruptcy.
AT&T promoted WarnerMedia – a subsidiary of AT&T that owns HBO, Warner Bros, CNN, etc. – chief executive John Stankey to President and COO. The role was newly created, prompting many to declare Stankey as the heir apparent to CEO Randall Stephenson.
Social video app TikTok and the NFL announced a two-year partnership. As part of the agreement, the NFL will create content to distribute on the platform in an attempt to reach the app’s mainly Gen Z audience.
Both Uber and Lyft stock reached fresh lows in intraday trading yesterday, and closed at their lowest points ever. Analysts point to concerns regarding future profitability, and a proposed California bill concerning the employment status of rideshare drivers.
Michael Evans was in line at the county treasurer’s office in Detroit to pay his property taxes, when an elderly woman nearby was met with devastating news: her house had been foreclosed on, and without $5,000 to cover owed taxes, it would be put up for auction.
In tears, from her wheelchair, the woman told the cashier she didn’t have the money –– she was dealing with health issues, she said, and had recently lost her daughter in a tragic fire. Before the woman was finished talking the cashier was also in tears.
That’s when Michael Evans decided to intervene. After having lost his father just a few months prior, he couldn’t bear to see this woman lose her home. Evans ran to the bank, got the money she needed, and hurried back to the treasurer’s office, where he covered the woman’s bill in full.
Cillian Jackson, a two-year-old from Minnesota, was born with a genetic condition that slows physical and cognitive development. So at an age when toddlers tend to keep their parents on their toes, Cillian was frustratingly stuck in place.
Because Cillian was so young, insurance was unlikely to cover the cost of an electric wheelchair. And the cost without insurance –– tens of thousands of dollars –– was out of reach for his parents. So his dad enlisted the help of some teenagers at his old high school: the robotics team.
The teens, with guidance from GoBabyGo! (a university research team focused on developing mobility devices for disabled kids) went straight to work. Using an off-the-shelf toddler’s toy and the knowledge gained from building robots for competition, they set out to get Cillian moving.
When they were finished, the highschoolers had transformed the toy into a new set of wheels for Cillian, complete with a custom joystick that had his name engraved on the top. Instead of working to win a competition, they changed Cillian’s life, giving a curious two-year-old the ability to move around on his own –– and that means a lot more than a high school trophy.
Swiper, no swiping… debit cards that is. According to Frank Abagnale ( ‘Catch Me If You Can’), debit cards are “the worst financial tool ever given to the American consumer.”
Mini-brains (aka lab-grown nerve cells) have been attached to “spider-shaped robots” at the International Space Station. Not scared yet? They’re also emitting brain waves and “replicating like crazy.” (NYT or Futurism for those without a subscription)
Hong Kong protestors are using a peer-to-peer mesh broadcasting app to communicate that doesn’t require the internet. Pied Piper would be proud.
Per the AP, the Pentagon approved the allocation of $3.6 billion in funds to build a wall along the US – Mexican border.