There’s no end to the pain. Last Sunday’s killing of 49 people at a gay nightclub was America’s worst mass shooting by a single gunman, and possibly the most divisive. For President Obama and others, it shows the urgency of enacting gun control and protection for the LGBT community. For Donald Trump and his supporters, the shooter being the son of Afghan immigrants justifies curbing Muslim immigration and racial profiling. As investigators probe Omar Mateen’s motives, they’re weighing charges against his wife, Noor Salman, for failing to alert authorities to his deadly intentions.
The Presidential Daily Brief
The nation was moved. After last week’s polling favoring Brexit and MP Jo Cox’s Thursday assassination, British opinion has seemingly reversed, with two new polls indicating continued EU membership should prevail in next Thursday’s vote — perhaps more from fear of economic impact than outrage over the killing. Plus, the conservative Daily Mail endorsed a Remain vote. Cox, a pro-EU campaigner, was laid to rest today, after police charged Thomas Mair, 52, with her murder and he identified himself in court as “death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”
Getting Trumped still stings. Top aides for Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush first discovered the size of the billionaire’s phenomenon around Labor Day. It took Marco Rubio’s team until February to realize the air wasn’t coming out of the bubble. In a joint interview, Jeff Roe (Cruz’s campaign manager), Danny Diaz (Bush’s campaign manager) and Alex Conant (Rubio’s communications director) blamed the media and the Republicans’ lack of unity for Trump’s rise. Despite his rivals’ defeatism, the presumptive nominee yesterday accused Bush of plotting to purloin delegates at next month’s GOP convention.
It’s a vicious circle. In 18 months, machete-wielding attackers have killed dozens in Bangladesh, most of them religious minorities, atheists, political bloggers and LGBT activists. Last week, assailants killed the Muslim wife of a counter-terrorism police official, prompting authorities to detain nearly 11,000 in an anti-terror crackdown shoot and kill a suspect today. The growth of such violence in a country founded on secular principles has alarmed many, while the government’s response — blaming local political opposition rather than international militants — has raised fears that it may bolster extremist recruitment.
‘Star Trek’ Actor in Fatal Car Wreck, Link Between Local Murder and U.S. GI Sparks Huge Okinawa Protest
‘Star Trek’ actor Anton Yelchin dies at 27 (AP)
65,000 Okinawans demand U.S. military’s ouster after murder. (AP)
Jury convicts Vanderbilt football player in dorm gang-rape. (AP)
First family hikes Yosemite, Obama extols wilderness protection. (Fresno Bee)
Another singer from ‘The Voice’ dies after Chicago shooting. (Chicago Tribune)
Rights monitors say Turkish border guards killed four Syrian children. (BBC)
Egyptian court condemns two Al Jazeera employees to death. (NBC)
“Cleveland, this is for you,” declared Ohio native LeBron James, who notched another triple-double and delivered a spectacular late-game block to help give the city its first major professional sports title since before many fans were even born. The 93-89 Game 7 win completed a stunning comeback: Trailing 3-1 in the series, the Cavaliers returned to Oakland to knock out Golden State, once considered unbeatable after their record-setting season. Now long-cursed Northeast Ohio prepares for a championship parade and King James’ coronation.
“Jesus said to them, my wife.” When these words in Coptic surfaced on a business card-sized papyrus scrap in 2012, the relic was dismissed as fake by theologians and many scientists. But carbon-dating confirmed it was ancient, bolstering those seeking more diverse viewpoints in early Christianity. Journalist Ariel Sabar has followed the papyrus’s mysterious trail from East German secret police archives to Florida’s amateur porn scene to discover the text’s origins, prompting its most steadfast academic advocate to admit the document might be divorced from reality.
This is way past selfies. Digital gurus are hard at work making it easier for you to create your very own 3D avatar. For $5,000, you can buy a set of 100 Raspberry Pi-linked cameras to capture the virtual you from all angles, but it’s possible that avatars might soon be as cheap as passport photos in the local mall. And they just might change us: Psychologists say seeing our enhanced virtual selves — fitter or kinder, perhaps — could inspire us to improve in real life.
They’re getting clued in. In 2009, widely used forensic techniques — like analysis of fingerprints, blood spatters and bite marks — were deemed unreliable by a National Academy of Sciences report. But science is back in the game with techniques like DNA phenotyping, believed to accurately narrow down the hair, skin and eye color of someone who left trace genetic material at a crime scene. Some worry that these techniques, in turn, will also be debunked — but for now they’re helping investigators breathe new life into cold cases.
There’s no time to chill. Netflix once monopolized the on-demand streaming market, changing how viewers consume movies and television series. But today its domestic growth is flattening, it’s raising fees, and it’s dealing with the uncertainties of going global. While original content like House of Cards is getting rave reviews, Netflix finds itself spending more than its annual $6.8 billion in revenue can cover. And now it faces competition from deeper-pocketed Amazon, while traditional entertainment giants are launching their own streaming platforms to avoid being frozen out.
It’s FIFA’s forgotten cousin. Thanks to ConIFA, the disputed East African territory of Somaliland can compete in a world cup, despite not being an actual country. Its squad, mostly second-generation refugees in Europe, isn’t very good — or recognized by its own territorial government. But it gives fans back home a thrill by competing with dozens of other semi-national teams. That includes ConIFA tournament host, Georgia’s breakaway Abkhazia, along with Classical Roman Raetia and a Punjabi diaspora squad, each trying to score some recognition among the family of nations.