Hi everyone. A lot of you—maybe all of you—got three emails from me yesterday: The one that I intended to send to you, plus resends of two others from earlier in the week.
The extra emails resulted form a tech problem that I don’t pretend to understand on the part of Substack (which if you don’t know, is the platform that I use to run this newsletter).
Anyway, they say it’s fixed now and shouldn’t happen again. But, I just wanted to acknowledge it and apologize; hence this short extra Saturday edition.
Have a great weekend! (I added “7 other things below,” since I’m here.)
7 other things worth knowing today
A missile hit a train station in eastern Ukraine where thousands had gathered Friday, killing at least 52 and wounding dozens more among a crowd of mostly women and children trying to flee. Photos from the station in Kramatorsk showed the dead covered with tarps, and the remnants of a rocket painted with the words “For the children,” in Russian, implying perhaps that children were being avenged by the strike. (AP)
A federal jury acquitted two men who were accused of conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and deadlocked on charges against two other men. The charges could have carried life in prison. Defense attorneys said their clients were big talkers, often under the influence of booze and marijuana, and had no serious plans – or capability – to carry out such a crime. They also contended that it was the FBI and its informants directed the alleged planning. (MLive)
In the middle of the last century, automat restaurants like Horn & Hardart were immensely popular. Some entrepreneurs say that post-Covid, the model could make a comeback. (WashPost, $ but 🎁)
With their options rather limited, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has decided that Will Smith will not be able to attend the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock on-stage. (Deadline)
Terry Wayne Wallis, who made headlines around the world in 2003 for regaining consciousness after spending 19 years in a coma, has died. He was 57. (People)
A large worm-like cloud materialized this week over Alaska’s Lazy Mountain, igniting conspiracy theories and prompting an investigation — and explanation — from Alaska State Troopers: “Troopers believe that the photos and videos showed a contrail from [a] commercial jet combined with the rising sun which together caused the unique atmospheric sight.” (Bellingham Herald; Photo from Facebook)
It was Opening Day for Major League Baseball in the U.S. yesterday. But the best “first pitch” came from the Korean league. Just watch this one. (TSN via Twitter)
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