Thurs. June 28

5 dead, others injured in Annapolis newsroom shooting
The Baltimore Sun
(Note: The Sun owns the Capital Gazette)
— At least five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting Thursday afternoon at the Capital Gazette in Anne Arundel County, authorities said.
— A shooter is in custody, police said. Police would not name the suspect or say what type of weapon was used.
–Police said a “long gun” was used in the incident. They said officers did not exchange gunfire with the suspect, who was now being interrogated. They said officers had recovered what appeared to be an “explosive device,” and had “tactically secured” the building. About 170 people were inside at the time of the shooting, police said.

gun control

Amazon to buy PillPack in move into drug retail
… Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS lose $12 billion in value

CNBC
— Amazon said on Thursday that it would buy online pharmacy PillPack for an undisclosed amount, sending shares of drug distributors and retailers tumbling as the e-commerce giant moves deeper into healthcare sector.
— PillPack organizes and delivers prescription medications for its customers, including those with multiple chronic conditions, and is authorized to deliver in 49 states.
>>> Amazon contracted delivery vans to begin service.
AP
>>> Minnesota wants to keep details a secret in failed bid for Amazon HQ … lawsuit seeks to open records
Courthouse News Service

ICE barricades DC office to bar protesters
Washington Examiner

Opioid makers cut promo $$$ paid to doctors
ProPublica

Former NYT editor blasts Times for failure to cover Ocasio-Cortez
abramsonJill Abramson, the Harvard journalism professor who previously served as the top editor of the New York Times, blasted the paper Wednesday for failing to cover Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who staged an upset over Rep. Joe Crowley in the 14th District’s Democratic primary race.
— “Kind of pisses me off that @nytimes is still asking Who Is Ocasio-Cortez? when it should have covered her campaign,” Abramson wrote Wednesday on Twitter.

Grocery chain believes in robo-car delivery future
CNBC
— Kroger announced plans Thursday to partner with driverless car company Nuro to deliver groceries using its autonomous vehicles.
robo car kroger

The political beauty contest or … 
… a brief history of how the Supremes got there.
Sputnik
This is a Russian propaganda site, but here they’ve put together a nicely-done summary of the current actors in this Supreme Court drama.

Head of do-gooder outfit arrested on child sex charges
Red State
joel davis— The chairman of the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict has been arrested for soliciting the rape of multiple children, one as young as two-years-old.
— Twenty-two year old Joel Davis was arrested in New York for allegedly exchanging texts with an undercover FBI agent. He is accused of trying to make arrangements for sexual encounters with minors as well as requesting pornographic images of children.
— Prosecutors say Davis repeatedly asked the undercover agent to take naked and sexually explicit pictures and videos of the children and to send them to him.

ICE lawyer stole immigrants’ IDs, will do prison time
Seattle Times
— Federal prosecutors and defense attorneys have agreed to recommend a four-year prison sentence for the former chief attorney for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Seattle for stealing the identities of immigrants to defraud banks and credit-card companies.
— Raphael Sanchez “abused his position of public trust to prey on our nation’s immigrants,” according to documents filed by lawyers from the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section before his Thursday sentencing in U.S. District Court.

Private prison operators (all GOP donors) will cash in jailing immigrants
Bloomberg
— The biggest private prison operators, which have poured money into Republican coffers, stand to make a windfall from President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration that has pushed thousands of undocumented immigrants into detention.
— The Department of Homeland Security is considering adding space for 15,000 additional people in family detention centers, about five times current capacity, even as the number of border crossings declines.

Space is “greasy” scientists find, and possibly toxic to spacecraft
Gizmodo

Deepwater Horizon disaster made basic changes in ocean life
The Guardian
— The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster may have had a lasting impact upon even the smallest organisms in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists have found – amid warnings that the oceans around America are also under fresh assault as a result of environmental policies under Donald Trump.
— Lingering oil residues have altered the basic building blocks of life in the ocean by reducing biodiversity in sites closest to the spill, which occurred when a BP drilling rig exploded in April 2010, killing 11 workers and spewing about 4m barrels of oil into the Gulf.

Best evidence yet for alien life on Saturn’s moon
The Independent
— Large organic molecules blasted into space from deep-sea vents on one of Saturn’s moons, show that it contains “all of the basic requirements for life as we know it”.
— Plumes of material from cracks in Enceladus’ icy surface were sampled by NASA spacecraft Cassini, shortly before it plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere.
— A study of this data by an international team of researchers has found evidence of carbon-rich substances formed in the heart of the moon.
— The scientists said they were “blown away” by the discovery.

enceladus
A dramatic plume sprays water ice and vapor from the south polar region of Saturn’s moon Enceladus. Cassini’s fist hint of this plume came during the spacecraft’s first close flyby of the icy moon on February 17, 2005.

Feds pose as Bitcoin laundry, snag a whole lotta Dark Web drug dealers
Motherboard
— On Wednesday law enforcement agencies arrested more than 35 alleged dark web vendors, including those allegedly selling cocaine, marijuana, and LSD. Investigators also seized quantities of Xanax and the high-powered opioid fentanyl. A number of the defendants are charged with weapon possession offenses.
— But it’s the technique used to identify these suspects that makes the operation stand out.
— “Posing as a money launderer for Bitcoin seems like a great mechanism to find the dealers: There are so many paths for the dark net dealers to get drugs. There are much fewer paths for them to get cash,” Nicholas Weaver, a senior researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at UC Berkeley, told Motherboard.

Gov’t thugs interrupt CBS interview with ICE whistleblower
CBS News
— In his first television interview, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson James Schwab has opened up about why he abruptly resigned in March. But his interview with CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas on Wednesday was unexpectedly interrupted by agents identifying themselves as agents from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office.

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