Wednesday, October 18th, 2023


The bombing of a hospital in Gaza has become the newest flashpoint of Mideast tension. Palestinian supporters blamed Israel, but the Israeli military says it has proof the rocket was a failed launch by Hamas. (More)

Meanwhile, President Biden arrives in Israel today for meetings with Israeli and Arab leaders, even as representatives from Jordan and the Palestinian Authority canceled their appearances over the hospital bombing. Jordan said the war was “pushing the region to the brink.” (More)

Harvard suffered a financial loss as the Wexner Foundation pulled over $2 million in funding over the school’s tepid response to the Hamas attacks. “We are stunned and sickened at the dismal failure of Harvard’s leadership,” the Foundation wrote. (More)

 New York City Mayor Eric Adams is using AI to make thousands of robocalls to residents in languages he doesn’t speak. Spanish is the main one, but he’s also using Yiddish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Haitian Creole. (More)

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➤ NBC is launching a new streaming service to carry live games from high schools and other amateur teams. The network encourages coaches and parents to stream any of their games to the service via their smartphones. (More)

The 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles is adding six new sports to the Games, including baseball, softball, flag football, lacrosse, squash, and cricket. Flag football is the one raising the most eyebrows. (More)

Reebok announced its first major Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) endorsement deal, signing LSU women’s basketball star Angel Reese. She’s the first athlete signed by Shaquille O’Neal, Reebok’s new president of basketball. (More)

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➤ Big Stock Move: Lonza Group shares dropped 17% Tuesday after the Swiss life-sciences company warned that profits would miss expectations due partly to lower demand for Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine. (More)

Defense contractor Lockheed Martin reported better-than-expected revenue and profit Tuesday as wars around the globe fueled growing demand for its military equipment. Its shares rose 2%. (More)

Retail sales rose 0.7% in September, more than expected, as Americans spent more going out and buying cars, indicating the U.S. economy is continuing to grow despite inflation and high interest rates. (More) 

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Science & Technology

Benjamin Moore unveiled its 2024 Color of the Year: It’s Blue Nova 825, a shade of blue chosen in partnership with spaceflight company Blue Origin. “It’s inspired by the brilliance of a new star formed in space,” the company said. (See Blue Nova)

The world’s oldest drinkable champagne, bottles of Juglar and Veuve Clicquot from 1840, were found in a Baltic Sea shipwreck. Scientists plan to analyze the champagne’s molecular changes over the next 40 years. (See Video)

The new Threads social media platform is temporarily blocking searches for “covid” and “long covid,” but CEO Adam Mosseri says they’re working on it. He blamed the delay on the workload of monitoring posts about Gaza. (More)

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Colorado University Coach Deion Sanders gave a surprisingly severe speech to his players about how they would manage as men and not children in the real world after football. “What’s the game plan?” he asked. (See Video)

Verizon CEO Hans Vestburg kicks off every day with a self-assessment consisting of a one-question morning routine that ranks his mood from 1-10. The answer determines how he manages his day. (See Details)

➤ Many psychologists see wisdom as a human strength that leads to well-being and growth. Here’s a checklist of ten traits of the mind of a wise person. (See List)

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➤ The National Toy Hall of Fame announced the 12 finalists battling for induction this year, including Barbie’s sidekick Ken, the Battleship game, baseball cards, and others. Only three can win. (See Finalists)

➤  Speaking of toys, a miniature Star Wars X-wing Starfighter model from the original 1977 movie sold for $3.1 million this weekend at an auction of the collection owned by Hollywood model-maker Greg Jein. (See Photo)

➤ A London photographer was awarded for a series of staged photos recreating historic Thames River scenes from the past, including the 1814 “Frost Fair” and the 1928 flooding of the Tate Museum. (See Photos)

Poll Position

What industry do you/did you work in?

  1. Service
  2. Technology
  3. Construction
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Retail
  6. Healthcare
  7. Other

Tuesday’s Results:

What was your favorite subject in school?

  1. English: 13%
  2. Math: 17%
  3. Science: 20%
  4. History: 31%
  5. Phys Ed: 8%
  6. Other: 11%

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“People stop me on the street all the time, and they say, ‘I didn’t know you speak Mandarin.” 

— New York Mayor Eric Adams on using an AI bot to make robocalls in foreign languages. 

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