Friday 08.18.17

"I now inhabit a life I don't deserve, but we all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn't end soon." –David Carr


Spanish police shoot five suspects dead after driver kills 13 in Barcelona  Spanish police killed five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others. - Reuters

Cheetahs heading towards extinction as population crashes According to a new study, the cheetah is rapidly declining in numbers and heading towards extinction. The report estimates that there are just 7,100 of the world's fastest mammals now left in the wild. - BBC

Berlin Is Becoming a Sponge City  Landscape architects help a city absorb water so it can behave more like nature. Watch how Berlin is redesigning their infrastructure to keep up with accelerating climate change. (Video) - Bloomberg

Investors flee stocks for bonds, gold as U.S. tax cut hopes fade  World stocks were set for a second day of losses on Friday after an exodus of U.S. executives from presidential business councils dealt a fresh blow to hopes of tax reform, hammering Wall Street and filtering through to Asia and Europe. - Reuters

Apple's Tim Cook on track to land $90m bonus amid iPhone 8 excitement  Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, will be awarded a $44.8m bonus next week, based on the company's performance, as well as a further $44.8m he receives annually in the form of 280,000 shares. - Telegraph

How a Blue Pill Is Stopping the Spread of HIV  In less than a year, Truvada, which is a pill taken daily, has helped drive new cases of the AIDS-causing human immunodeficiency virus among gay and bisexual men to the lowest since 1985. - Bloomberg

The Home Depot Converting 50 Rooftops to Solar Farms  Today, Home Depot announced they will install mini solar farms out of unused rooftops at 50 of their locations. - Seeking Alpha

Top Two Officers on Navy Ship in Deadly Collision Off Japan Are Relieved of Duties  The ship’s captain, Cmdr. Bryce Benson; his second-in-command; and the senior enlisted sailor were relieved of their duties by the head of the Seventh Fleet in Japan, Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin. A statement from the fleet said “inadequate leadership” had contributed to the collision. - New York Times

  Top Journalists Reveal the Best Reporting Advice They Have Received

..."And in the ‘fake news’ era, that has never been more important. Leave the satire to the Onion and report the story—don’t make assumptions, don’t cut corners, and if something stinks, tell your editor."
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