Every. Kobe. Shot. Ever.

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Every. Kobe. Shot. Ever.
April 14th, 2016
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Words this Thursday

"Every. Kobe. Shot. Ever. All 30,699 of them," marvels data journalist Armand Emamdjomeh at the LA Times, sharing this fantastic feat of graphics work that visualizes precisely that (and garnered 15,000+ well deserved shares in the process). "Kudos and/or sympathies for the people who created this," remarks Ivan Lajara at The Daily Freeman. "This note on @latimes' amazing Kobe shot graphic tickles me. 'Sorry guys - we got all but 2'," notices NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben. Purple marks successful shots while yellow marks misses. "If you're wondering, there is an equivalent map of me shouting 'Kobe!' every time I shoot; it's all yellow," admits Andrea Lehr, ending with the hashtag #MambaOut.

In other trending news, UC Davis reportedly spent thousands to scrub pepper-spray references and other negative search results from the Internet. "Now would be a good time for everybody to retweet or repost their UC Davis pepper spray takes," suggests Politico's Jack Shafer. Meanwhile, in D.C., the case against former mayor Vincent Gray has stalled over claims that the key witness had a credibility issue. "Long story short: Jeff Thompson's credibility at trial would not have survived scrutiny of his secret sex life," details Washington Post's Mike DeBonis. That city's problems didn't end there, as a Metro train got stuck in a tunnel today, trapping between 100 and 200 people aboard for over an hour, because, as Washington Post's Wesley Lowery points out, "the DC metro is a national embarrassment." But hey, the District is about to declare its independence, so at least there's that? And in Silicon Valley's latest attempt to hold the privacy line, Microsoft sues the Justice Department over its secret customer data searches. "Lest we forget -- this is Obama's DOJ," Sherman Frederick at Battle Born Media reminds us. Seemingly not to be outdone, Canadian police managed to get their hands on BlackBerry’s global decryption key. "Something you suspected, and now know: the Mounties can read your BlackBerry msgs," reveals Charlie Gillis at Maclean's.

In politics, you probably could already tell that Donald Trump's favorite Bible teaching is "eye for an eye." At BuzzFeedEllie Hall wonders, "So did Donald Trump not get to the New  Testament or..." Maybe he did, maybe he didn't, but he certainly missed Leviticus 10:6's "Do not let your hair become unkempt.” At the same time, an army of pro-Donald Trump trolls appear to be taking over Reddit. "On @reddit, Trump's page got >100k clicks in November. Last month it got 52 MILLION. How? They had a plan,"explains MSNBC's Benjy Sarlin. And thanks to Gawker, we now know Ted Cruz immediately bought 100 cans of soup after his honeymoon. Huffington Post's Jason Linkins points out, "this is *pretty* Zodiac Killery tbqh." And on the other side of the aisle, the Democratic Party and Clinton campaign prep to sue Arizona over voting rights. "AZ lawsuit goes after more than long lines.It wants to stop laws having 'dramatic & disparate impact' on minorities," elaborates WaPo's Sari Horwitz.

Question of the day

Our last question asked: BuzzFeed UK just scored a very important five-question interview with which member of the Foreign Office? Palmerston, that office's new resident cat. It's "dipawmacy!"

Congrats to Ken Walker of the Tampa Bay Times for being the very first to get that right! Honorable mentions go out to Karen Elizabeth Fraser (who adds the hashtag #PawsForThought) and Ron Casalotti, who actually had a serious but no less accurate answer: "Ambassador Judith Gough describing what life is like working in the Ukraine as a lesbian in the foreign service."

As for today's question, here it is: What disturbing detail was visible in a photo taken after Prince William shook the hand of India's prime minister?

Click here to submit your answers to @MuckRack. IMPORTANT: If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you)! 

... We’ll announce the winners in the next Daily!

Career Updates
Journo job moves for Tuesday

Your career maneuvers to know for today:

  • Welcome to the team: Terrell Starr joins Fusion as national political correspondent covering the 2016 race and all things race in general. Starr has contributed to Fusion before as well as the Washington PostMashable and other publications.
  • Welcome to the news biz: Clay Russell is now a reporter for the McComb Enterprise-Journal in Mississippi. Something interesting about Russell, in case you recognized his name: he was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's body man.
  • Now on agriculture: Ian Kullgren is now agriculture reporter at Politico Pro, contributing to the Morning Agriculture brief. Kullgren previously reported on state legislative reporter for The Oregonian.
Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!
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