Good morning. Ready for a wacky start to your Wednesday? At least 60 Virginia residents have woken up to find old televisions placed outside their front door… by a stranger dressed like an old TV.
Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week
– Spanish proverb
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Regulation and the Environment
Yesterday, a coalition of 29 states and cities filed a lawsuit to block the Trump Administration’s loosening of restrictions on coal-burning power plants. The plaintiffs, made up of 21 states, 7 cities and the District of Columbia, aim to preserve the ability of the EPA to regulate hazardous air pollutants.
The lawsuit comes days after the administration announced revisions of the Endangered Species Act. Under these revisions, regulators would be allowed to conduct economic assessments when deciding whether a species warrants protection.
So, what’s next? Democrats and Republicans are split on how to navigate environmental regulation. Republicans typically favor rolling back regulation, while Democrats opt for tighter government oversight. Is there a middle ground?
Let’s see what people are saying…
Trump guts the Endangered Species Act. Polar bears and bald eagles, take notice
Rodney Smith Jr. has been on an unusual road trip to all 50 states. No, he wasn’t sightseeing, he was mowing lawns… for free. Why? Smith got the idea when he was driving home one day and witnessed an elderly man struggling to cut his lawn. He pulled over to help, and that small deed of lawn service set him on a mission – to cut a veteran’s lawn in every state and encourage people to get out and help each other along the way. After completing his first tour this past June, he’s ready to hit all 50 states for a second time, but with one major difference. He’s still cutting lawns for the elderly, disabled, single parents or veterans, but this time around he’s inviting cops to come join him to bridge the gap between police and the community. He even has a custom mower with police lights.
Some high school seniors will spend this fall applying to colleges – one thing they’ll quickly find out is those applications can get a little pricey. Not for the students in the Marietta School District in Georgia though, they’re getting a little extra help from their superintendent. Grant Rivera, who has been superintendent since 2016, received a $10,000 bonus this year as a result of his performance review, and instead of keeping the money he’s donating it to help his students pay for their applications. And if the bonus doesn’t cover them all? The rest will come from his own pocket.
When medical bills started piling up after his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, Wesley Ryan made a sacrifice – he sold his beloved Ford Mustang named “Christine” to cover the costs. His selflessness left an impact on their kids, Jake and Jeni, so 17 years later they decided to give him a special gift. After much searching, Jake finally found a Mustang online with the same VIN as his dad’s old car. The siblings pooled their money and bought it to surprise their dad. But that wasn’t the only surprise – when Ford caught wind of the story, they pampered Christine with a new engine, transmission, paint job, and modern features. The best part? Wesley’s wife, Laura – who has been cancer-free for 13 years – was there to witness the whole thing.
Yesterday, Attorney General William Barr ordered the removal of the warden at the New York federal jail where Epstein was found dead. The two guards assigned to watch the disgraced financier have also been placed on leave as the DOJ launches an investigation into Epstein’s death.
The Trump administration pushed back the start date of additional tariffs on Chinese goods from September 1st to December 15th. The delayed start date will only affect certain items such as cellphones, laptop computers, and toys.
Boeing delivered 19 planes in July (and zero 737 MAX’s for the 5th straight month), its lowest monthly count since November 2008. Its rival Airbus has shipped 200 more planes this year, and will soon surpass Boeing as the world’s largest aircraft manufacturer.
Snap unveiled Spectacles 3 yesterday, a newly designed pair of AR glasses that come with an HD camera to create depth perception. The glasses will go on sale in November for $380, a premium over the $150 the company charged for last year’s model.
Domino’s and Rad Power Bikes have partnered to use custom electric bikes to transport the restaurant’s food to your home faster. In test trials, the bikes actually improved service and delivery times, which can differentiate the chain as the food delivery space heats up (pun intended).