Sunday, May 19, 2019

Disney put more than $400 million into Vice Media. Now it...

Just a few years ago, big media companies were falling over themselves to bet on Vice Media. Disney made the biggest bet, by putting more than $400 million into the swashbuckling digital publisher. Now, Disney says all of the money it put into Vice has been incinerated: In investor filings Wednesday, Disney said it no longer thinks it will ever get any return on the investment it made in Vice — a company that at one point was supposedly worth $5.7 billion. Vice is still worth something, in some investors’ eyes. Last week, a group of lenders said they put a...

A mysterious gut doctor is begging Americans to throw out “this...

There is a gut doctor, and he begs Americans: “Throw out this vegetable now.” This news is accompanied by a different image nearly every time. This morning the plea appeared at the bottom of an article on Vox next to a photo of a hand chopping up what appears to be a pile of green apples. At other times, it has been paired with a picture of a petri dish with a worm in it. Other times, a gut bacteria giving off electricity. The inside of a lotus root. An illustrated rendering of roundworms. The gut doctor’s desperation pops...

School shooting in suburban Denver, Colorado: what we know

At least one person was killed and seven more were injured in a shooting at the STEM school in Highlands Ranch, Colorado — about 20 miles south of Denver — on Tuesday, according to local officials and news reports. “We have multiple students that have been injured,” Douglas County Undersheriff Holly Nicholson-Kluth said. The sheriff’s office later said in a statement that an 18-year-old man had died, according to the New York Times. The shooting reportedly began in the afternoon. When officers arrived on the scene, gunshots were still going off, officials said. Police then took two suspects into custody. The story...

Thousands of Americans are jailed before trial. A new report shows...

Pretrial detention, or keeping a person who has been accused of a crime in jail until their trial, is a common practice. It’s been touted as a way to both ensure public safety and get people to appear in court. But a growing body of research suggests that its effectiveness has been overstated — and that this practice is causing serious harm to the hundreds of thousands of unconvicted people pushed into jails largely because they can’t afford to pay the bail money required to remain free. A new report on pretrial detention released by the Vera Institute of Justice shows...

Who nailed “camp” on the Met Gala red carpet?

Even if you don’t care about fashion, you should still care about the Met Gala. Unlike how, say, the Grammy Awards loves to refer to itself as “music’s biggest night,” the Met Gala actually is fashion’s biggest night. It’s the one event wherein the most famous people in the world — reclusive pop stars, Oscar-winning actors, and literal royalty, all personally invited by Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour — gather at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York in the most extravagant, most intensely planned outfits we’ll see them in all year. Here, celebrities receive no points...

After a weekend of violence, Israel and Gaza reach a tentative...

An apparent ceasefire has halted a weekend of deadly fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. The Associated Press reports that least 25 Palestinians were killed, including militants and civilians, and at least four Israeli civilians died in this weekend’s violent outburst. Palestinian militant groups — specifically Hamas and Islamic Jihad — launched nearly 700 rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Israel responded with a barrage of air and tank strikes, totaling about 350 by Monday morning, reports the Guardian. Israel also used targeted airstrikes, and reportedly...

Game of Thrones’ Missandei controversy, explained

Hardly anyone expected that episode four of Game of Thrones’ final season, “The Last of the Starks,” would hold more twists and turns than the dramatic episode that preceded it. But after the Battle of Winterfell, the series’ shift to King’s Landing proved to hold a number of shocking moments that no one saw coming. One of the biggest was the gruesome death of a significant character, news of which leaked online before the episode aired. A short clip that circulated from the episode included the death without any context, sparking confusion and outrage from many Game of Thrones...

Trump picks former Border Patrol chief to lead ICE

Mark Morgan, a veteran FBI agent who was in charge of the US Border Patrol during the final days of the Obama administration, has been chosen by President Trump to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). “Mark is a true believer and American patriot,” Trump tweeted on Sunday. “He will do a great job!” I am pleased to inform all of those that believe in a strong, fair and sound Immigration Policy that Mark Morgan will be joining the Trump Administration as the head of our hard working men and women of ICE. Mark is a true believer and American Patriot....

Donald Trump spent Saturday retweeting far-right personalities. Then he told them...

President Donald Trump seemed to spend a lot of time Saturday morning on Twitter, retweeting Islamophobic content, as well as sharing tweets defending far-right activists recently banned from Facebook. The president retweeted a video from Deep State Exposed, an alt-right account that contains numerous Islamophobic tweets and conspiracy theories, including some linked to QAnon. The account’s author, Jeremy Stone, mentions in his Twitter bio that the president has retweeted him nine times. As Vox’s Jane Coaston explained, QAnon is a tangled group of conspiracy theories that include claims prominent Democrats are secretly being monitored, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is...

Cyclone Fani: what we know

An enormous tropical cyclone made landfall in eastern India Friday near the coastal city of Puri, impacting an area that’s home to tens of millions of people. It’s believed the storm, called Cyclone Fani (pronounced “Foni”), struck the coast with winds in excess of 115 miles per hour (equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane). That makes it the strongest storm to hit India in 20 years. The storm has since weakened but will remain a dangerous system as it moves up India’s east coast toward Bangladesh, where 2.1 million people are expected to be evacuated, according to CNN. Flash...