Tuesday …

250 scientists sign UN warning: wireless earbuds increase cancer risk
The Daily Mail

L.A., Philly lead list of most-aggressive drivers
USA Today

Saudi plane turns around after mother forgets baby at airport
The Guardian

‘May God be with us. Can we come back?’ says pilot.

Selfie-taker who was attacked by jaguar apologizes for breaking the rules
NPR

“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar. She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed,” zoo officials said.

Feds uncover large-scale college entrance exam cheating plot
NBC News

The scheme involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, and other top colleges … ffocused on getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams, according to the indictment.

Trump’s 2020 budget: The top 10 takeaways
WaPost

  1. Big deficits
  2. No accounting for a recession
  3. More for military, veterans
  4. 10% cuts to many agencies
  5. Wall
  6. $500 billion cut to Medicare
  7. Parental leave? Not much
  8. Make states pay more
  9. Many higher fees
  10. More student loan scams

<> Big cuts to farm subsidies proposed
Reuters/Yahoo

Desperate Venezuelans swarm sewage drains in search of water
Reuters

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“I’ve never even seen this before. It’s horrible, horrible,” said Lilibeth Tejedor, preparing to carry the container on a small hand cart back to her home in the neighborhood of San Agustin.

WEB FOUNDER’S LAMENT
“Look at the 50 percent who are on the web, and it’s not so pretty for them. They are all stepping back suddenly horrified after the Trump and Brexit elections realizing that this web thing that they thought was so cool has actually not necessarily been serving humanity very well.”
— Tim Berners-Lee

AND WOULDN’T YOU KNOW IT…
Murdoch’s News Corp calls for Google breakup
Phys.Org
— It may not have occurred to the old pirate that, under the same logic, News Corp, too, should be broken up.


Residents of picturesque Paris street
plead for gate to keep out the Instagram hordes
The Independent

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Why non-conformists end up looking alike
Big Think

“… this study may have important implications in understanding synchronization of nerve cells, investment strategies in finance, or emergent dynamics in social science.”

<> New trend to limit cellphone addiction: carry a minimalist phone
Wall Street Journal

Smartphone-fatigued consumers are renegotiating their relationships with their devices. A growing contingent is embracing a new crop of minimalist phones, priced around $300 to $350, to wean themselves off premium models that keep them constantly connected.

Cecilia D’Urso uses a 4.6-inch-long phone from Swiss devicemaker Punkt, which has a small, dark screen that allows only basic phone calls and texts. The 22-year-old art student in Turin, Italy, started using it after feeling stressed out by social media and chat notifications on her Huawei smartphone.


Brooklyn doctor, responsible for “prescribing” millions of opioids, to get 5-year prison term
NY Daily News

A Brooklyn doctor who flooded the city with millions of illegal Oxycodone prescriptions pleaded guilty to 16 felony charges Monday.

Lazar Feygin, 72, sold the Oxycodone scrips from medical offices in Clinton Hill and Kensington, and also took part in schemes to defraud Medicaid and Medicare, officials said.

He encouraged his staff at Parkville Medical Health and LF Medical Services NY to perform unnecessary tests on people seeking the pills, and then bill Medicaid or Medicare or their insurance companies, said prosecutors.

The clinics illicitly prescribed 3.7 million Oxycodone pills from 2012 to 2017, said a news release from Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan. The prescriptions grossed the clinics $16 million in Medicare and Medicaid money, Brennan said.

A Russian “banker” is now London’s wealthiest man
Moscow Times

russkiebanker.jpgMikhail Fridman’s net worth of $15 billion knocked billionaire “investor” Len Blavatnik from the top of the list, Forbes reported Tuesday. Fridman is one of 55 billionaire Londoners, who have a combined net worth of $226 billion.

Forbes Russia named Fridman its businessman of the year in 2017. That year, Buzzfeed published the infamous Trump Dossier, accusing the oligarch of interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections on President Vladimir Putin’s orders.

Fridman co-founded the Luxembourg-based LetterOne “investment fund” and Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s biggest “commercial banks.”


Texas woman, 33, dies after rock thrown from overpass crashes windshield
Fox News

keila-flores-fb.jpgA Texas woman died Saturday after someone reportedly threw a large rock from a railroad overpass, hitting the car’s windshield and crushing her while her boyfriend and children sat helplessly inside the vehicle.

Keila Ruby Flores, 33, was in the car with her boyfriend, Christopher Rodriguez, and her three children when the rock came crashing through the car’s windshield about 8:40 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 35, KWTX reported. Flores was sitting in the front passenger seat at the time.

Italy bans unvaccinated children from school
 BBC

New app lists “safe” places for Trump’s MAGA snowflakes
The Hill

A new app launched this month to help conservatives find “safe” restaurants and other businesses where they won’t be harassed for supporting President Trump.

The 63red Safe app, described as “Yelp for conservatives,” was created in response to reports of Trump administration officials and Trump supporters being asked to leave restaurants.

 

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