Good morning. It was a rather eventful weekend (to say the least). Today we’re covering:
Protests from around the globe
SpaceX and NASA’s successful launch
The U.S. reaction to China’s Hong Kong moves
Let’s get you up to speed.
“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
This Week at a Glance
Monday: The EU & UK resume post-Brexit negotiations, start of Pride Month
Tuesday: Seven states (plus D.C.) hold primaries
Wednesday: ADP national employment report
Thursday: Nevada casinos reopen their doors
Friday: May jobs report, National Donut Day 🍩
Protests Erupt Across America
Mass protests broke out in cities across America over the weekend, with many starting out peaceful in the afternoon but descending into violence as the night progressed.
At least 75 major U.S. cities have seen demonstrations in recent days after a black man named George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody Monday night.
Bystander videos were later released showing a Minneapolis Police Department officer, who was detaining Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill, forcefully pinning him to the ground for several minutes as he struggled to breathe. Floyd passed away soon afterward.
The officer in question was fired Tuesday, then arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. Three other onlooking officers were also fired, but have not yet been charged with a crime.
All Hands On Deck State and local governments have taken steps to prevent or reduce violent outbreaks in their areas:
Protests Lead To Arrests More than 1,300 people were arrested in protests across the country from Thursday to Saturday.
At least 255 businesses in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area were vandalized, looted, or had doors or windows smashed, as of Sunday.
In Chicago, shops along State St. and Michigan Ave. were broken into and looted overnight Saturday – despite a citywide curfew that began at 9 PM.
Los Angeles policedetained 533 demonstrators Saturday night, mainly for violating the city’s 8 PM curfew. Eighteen people remained in custody Sunday on suspicion of charges ranging from looting to attempted murder.
On Sunday morning, thousands of people volunteered to wash-off graffiti, sweep up broken glass, and otherwise contribute to clean-up efforts across dozens of cities affected by the violence.
What’s Next? Hundreds of protesters gathered in London and Berlin to show support for their American counterparts on Sunday, while thousands marched in a similar rally in Toronto on Saturday. Protests across the U.S. continued through Sunday night.
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Global cases rose to nearly 6.26 million yesterday, with more than 373,700 deaths. The number of confirmed U.S. cases rose to nearly 1.84 million, with 106,187 confirmed deaths.
Indian officialsconfirmed blood samples of four patients with COVID-19 were stolen from a lab technician by monkeys last week near Lucknow, the capital of Upper Pradesh state.
Los Angeles Countyreopened in-person dining and other personal care services on Friday. See how your state is reopening here.
India is extending its lockdown until June 30 in high-risk areas. The country will ease restrictions on retail, hospitality, and places of worship everywhere else starting June 8. In Europe, Spain’s prime minister asked parliament to extend the country’s lockdown until June 21.
Mosques in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalemreopened with restrictions on Sunday.
The CDCsaid in a press conference that COVID-19 made its way to the U.S. as early as late January – first from China, then Europe.
Venezuela To Offer Gas At Market Prices
Venezuelans will be able to buy gasoline at international market prices starting Monday for the first time in over two decades, according to President Nicolás Maduro. Venezuelan consumers were previously allowed to buy a limited amount of gasoline each month – paying $0.025 per gallon – but with this change can now purchase additional fuel at the equivalent of $1.90 per gallon.
More: Maduro’s move comes after the last of five Iranian fuel tankers, sent to circumvent U.S. sanctions, arrived in Venezuela over the weekend. It remains unclear if the two governments can supply enough gasoline to meet Venezuelan consumers’ demands.
President Trump in a press conference on Friday said the U.S. will end special trade relations with Hong Kong, eliminate funding to the WHO, and suspend entry to Chinese nationals seen as security risks. The announcement comes after the National People’s Congress of China passed national security laws for Hong Kong on Thursday, which ban “any acts or activities” that threaten China’s national security.
More: Beijing’s move effectively overturns the “one country, two systems” principle that has governed Hong Kong since it was handed over to China by the UK in 1997.
Brex will restructure its credit card for startups business and lay off 62 employees (~13% of its workforce) due to COVID-19 disruptions.
United Airlinesannounced plans to lay off 13 of its 67 executive officers effective Oct. 1.
CVSclosed some stores across 20 states over the weekend due to mass protests, though it did not provide a comprehensive list of closures due to the ongoing nature of the situation.
Several major retailers – including Target, Apple, Whole Foods, and Walmart – have temporarily closed hundreds of stores across the country due to protests.
Where No Company Has Gone Before
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken became the first to enter the ISS via commercial spacecraft yesterday, following the successful launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule on Saturday. The capsule’s process of docking with the ISS – handled completely autonomously by the Crew Dragon itself – went off without a hitch Sunday morning.
Forbes Magazine on Friday revoked its declaration of Kylie Jenner’s billionaire status, releasing an investigative report that accuses the celebrity of inflating the supposed income from her business, Kylie Cosmetics (among other things). Jenner sold 51% of her brand to beauty company Coty last November in a deal valuing the company at $1.2 billion.
More: Regulatory filings from Coty since the purchase shed light on underwhelming 2018 sales for Kylie Cosmetics, leading Forbes to call previous earnings statements into question and revoke Jenner’s billionaire status.
The Dad Grad’s Fad For Non-Dad Lads
Rob Kenney had a fractured childhood – when he was 12 years old, his father walked out on his family. Lacking a strong paternal influence, Rob relied on his brother and his own intuition to develop self-sufficiency.
Now a father of two adult children, Rob launched the YouTube channel “Dad, How Do I?” in April to teach practical tasks – such as checking tire pressure, ironing a shirt, and unclogging a drain – to young adults on the Internet who are growing up without dads. Rob initially expected to help 30 to 40 teenagers, but his channel quickly grew to more than two million subscribers.
Some Heroes Do Wear Capes
With the transition of workplaces across the country to online platforms during the COVID-19 shutdown, many working parents have experienced the stress that results from combining professional world challenges with the distractions of being home. Such has been the experience of Cara Fields, a Director and Marketing Chief of Staff in Indiana, who has also been supporting her children’s digital education.
Determined to provide some laughs for the hardworking Cara, her husband Matt has made a hobby of ‘Zoom bombing’ her by wearing silly costumes in the background of her work conference calls. Appearing as a range of characters – from Where’s Waldo to Batman – Matt sneaks into view of the camera and waits for Cara’s coworkers to point him out.
Hugs, Not Bugs
Family members around the world have felt increasingly isolated as social-distancing guidelines encourage people to remain six feet apart – especially from elderly relatives. After three months of such measures, the children of a family in Rockford, Illinois found themselves missing hugs from their great-grandmother.
Using supplies easily found at the hardware store – including PVC pipes, a window installation kit, and disposable plastic gloves – the Marinaro family crafted a “Hug Time” device allowing the great-grand-children to safely embrace their Nana.
⛏️ Coal Losing Control… the U.S. consumed more renewable energy than coal in 2019 for the first time since 1885, when wood-burning was America’s largest source of fuel.
📅 On This Day In Tulsa… 99 years ago yesterday, one of the worst acts of racial violence in American history – the Tulsa race massacre – took place.
🏦 Breaking The Bank… two single mothers for a long time were told their sons were half-brothers from the same sperm donor – until a DNA test said otherwise. Read the full story here. (~20 min read)
🚭 Up In Smoke… learn how marijuana startup MedMen went from being considered the ‘Google’ of ganja – with a valuation of $1.6B – to the ‘WeWork’ of weed.
Take Down, Mr. President
Which former U.S. President is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame?
A) Theodore Roosevelt B) Abraham Lincoln C) Gerald Ford D) Ronald Reagan
(keep scrolling for the answer)
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