Monday, December 9, 2019

Vox Sentences: The Umbrella Movement in jail

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Boeing takes a financial hit after two plane crashes; pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong are sentenced to prison time for 2014 protests. Boeing’s PR nightmare reflected in profits Stephen Brashear/Getty Images Boeing’s 737 Max jets are still grounded after two fatal crashes, and the company’s finances are hurting amid the...

Malaria is among the world’s biggest killers of children. Now there’s...

Every year, malaria kills more than 400,000 people, most of them children. There’s been significant progress against the disease in the past few decades — death rates have fallen nearly in half — but there’s a long way to go. One child dies of malaria every two minutes. Now, for the first time, we might have a vaccine. The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that Malawi is rolling out a pilot program of the world’s first malaria vaccine. The vaccine, called RTS,S, will be available to everyone under the age of 2. After the rollout in Malawi, vaccination will begin in...

Vox Sentences: “Is this person a citizen of the United States?”

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. The Supreme Court will deliberate whether a citizenship question on the 2020 census is unconstitutional; two Reuters journalists remain in jail in Myanmar. The census’s citizenship question goes to court Win McNamee/Getty Images The Supreme Court will soon decide whether the 2020 census can ask people about their citizenship — a...

Games of Thrones season 8

At last, we’ve reached the beginning of the end. It’s been almost two years since Game of Thrones aired a new episode. When the credits rolled on the season seven finale in August 2017, Avengers: Infinity War hadn’t come out. The Mueller report was still in its infant stages. It feels like a lifetime ago. The first of the final six episodes of HBO’s blockbuster fantasy epic Game of Thrones has aired, and in a month and a half we’ll know how it all ends. In the meantime, critics and fans will engage in a flurry of speculation, picking apart...

3 winners and 3 losers from CNN’s marathon Democratic presidential town...

CNN’s five-hour Democratic 2020 town hall marathon, featuring hourlong question-and-answer sessions with five candidates, was a long night — and a telling one. Sens. Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Kamala Harris, as well as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, each took an hour’s worth of questions from college students in the audience and a rotating cast of CNN anchors. The 300-minute extravaganza covered a lot of ground. It also provided an opportunity, before the debates begin this summer, to make some head-to-head comparisons on matters of both policy and style. It’s hard to say if any candidate came...

The new Broadway musical Hadestown has all the makings of a...

Hadestown, the new musical that opened on Broadway April 17, has had one of the most public evolutions of any musical I know of. It started as a song cycle touring around Vermont in 2006, and from there became a star-studded concept album with a cult following. Then it was an off-Broadway show. Then it hit Canada. Then London. Every step of the way, it’s been under public scrutiny. But what’s most amazing about it is that every time it’s evolved, Hadestown has only gotten better. When I first fell in love with the show as a concept album...

8 winners and 4 losers from Game of Thrones’ terrific “A...

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is the sort of episode that first made me fall in love with Game of Thrones. It contains plenty of clunky scenes, and it’s remarkable how little we know about how the Jon and Dany alliance plans to fight the Night King. But the core of the episode is a bunch of beloved characters spending one last, long night together, before the White Walkers arrive to possibly turn them into ice zombies. The whole thing takes place in and around Winterfell, over what amounts to a 12-hour period, and you can almost feel...

US Navy investigates a hidden camera found on ship in a...

The US Navy is currently investigating a report from a female marine who said she found a hidden “recording device” in the women’s bathroom of the USS Arlington. The marine found the device, reportedly a hidden camera, in March NBC News reports. Speaking with Stars and Stripes, Commander Kyle Raines said the Navy takes reports of sexual harassment seriously. “The command has taken, and will continue to take, all necessary actions to ensure the safety and privacy of the victim,” Raines said. This isn’t the first time military personnel have raised the issue of hidden cameras aboard a US Navy ship...

New Mexico militia detains migrants at gunpoint in social media video

A New Mexico militia group posted a video to its Facebook page that shows members detaining dozens of people at the US-Mexico border this week. The live video was shot at night; the person behind the camera can be heard saying, “Holy hell, there are a lot of people here” and “I don’t know if we got them all.” Dozens of people can be seen on the ground, sitting quietly, sometimes breaking the silence by chatting in Spanish. The group’s page features other videos and photos in which its members detain immigrants while armed. According to CNN, authorities are...

Two arrests have been made in death of Northern Ireland journalist Lyra...

Two arrests have been made in connection to the death of journalist Lyra McKee, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said in a statement posted on their website Saturday morning. McKee was shot earlier this week while covering riots in Northern Ireland. “This morning we arrested two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, under the Terrorism Act and conducted a number of searches as part of the ongoing investigation into Lyra’s murder,” Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy told reporters, adding she was killed by indiscriminately fired shots Thursday night in Derry, also referred to as Londonderry. Just before she was...