R.I.P. Legend

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R.I.P. Legend
May 17th, 2019 View in browser
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Today on the month, Jessica Lawlor rounded up a whole month's worth of bad PR pitches and you don't want to miss it. There are genuinely funny ones in there, and a lot that we can all learn from. 


Breaking news

Jennifer Smola at Dispatch.com reported that Richard Strauss abused at least 177 Ohio State students, according to a report. Strauss was the Ohio State University physician and spent 20 years with the university. A long-awaited report released Friday morning revealed that “university officials repeatedly failed to investigate or act on complaints about his conduct from as early as 1979.”

AP also reported on the story with Investigators: Late Ohio State team doctor abused 177 men. The doctor died in 2005.

R.I.P. Grumpy Cat

Grumpy Cat, Whose Frown Inspired an Internet Meme, Is Dead at 7. We learned the news from the New York Times’ Daniel Victor, who covered the story from Hong Kong. “RIP legend. Unearthed by @bydanielvictor, who wrote a somber obituary for this surly soul,”  Tiffany May tweeted.

Gianluca Mezzofiore also covered “the internet's most famous cat’s” death for CNN.

The climate crisis

The Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment and Damian Carrington there explained why. It includes the update that from now, the house style guide recommends terms such as “climate crisis” and “global heating.”

Also at The Guardian, news that air pollution may be damaging every organ and cell in the body, based on findings from a global review and reported on by Johanna Murphy. “Some brilliant visual journalism here,” Caspar Smith hailed. Gareth Simkins chimed in: “Well deserved ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ to @dpcarrington & @guardian for a barnstorming story on the health impacts of #AirPollution. ‘I wouldn’t be surprised if almost every organ was affected. If something is missing... it is probably because there was no research yet.’”

A detailed abortion rights platform

Continuing to be the most active Democratic candidate when it comes to policy, Elizabeth Warren released her Congressional Action to Protect Choice via Medium. “Just days after Alabama votes to effectively ban abortion, @ewarren is out with a detailed abortion rights platform,” Adam Cancryn wrote. Astead Herndon tweeted, “Elizabeth Warren's latest Medium post is about abortion. Says Republican attacks on Roe v Wade "just might work." Calls for Congress to codify Right to Choose in law and ‘guarantee reproductive health coverage as part of all health coverage.’” Gideon Resnick summed it up: “Warren proposes here: —Federal law to parallel Roe v. Wade —Blocking Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers (TRAP) laws —Repealing Hyde —Ending Trump gag rule.”

Love won

BBC reported that Taiwan legalized same-sex marriage.

Citing Austin Ramzy’s reporting at the New York Times, Shubhankar Chakravorty pointed out that “Taiwan's parliament is the first in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage.”

Trump, walls, and the obstruction inquiry

Trump apparently wants his border barrier to be painted black with spikes. He has other ideas, too, Nick Miroff and Josh Dawsey threaten in their headline for the Washington Post. “The barrier that Trump wants to build along the Mexico border will be a steel bollard fence, not a concrete wall as he long promised, and the president is fine with that. He has a few other things he would like to change, though,” Toluse Olorunnipa added.

A judge ordered the public release of what Michael Flynn said in that call to the Russian ambassador, according to Carol Leonnig and Rosalind Helderman at the Washington Post. Matea Gold added that the paper originally sought to unseal the documents in that case.

Meanwhile, former national security adviser Michael Flynn told Mueller that people tied to Trump and Congress tried to obstruct the probe, according to reporting by Adiel Kaplan, Rich Schapiro, Tom Winter. and Tom Winter at NBC News. Winter tweeted, “A newly un-redacted Special Counsel filing sheds insight onto Flynn's role in the obstruction inquiry.”

William Barr is insisting on a review of the origins of the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe and says it could lead to rule changes, Sadie Gurman and Aruna Viswanatha reported at the Wall Street Journal. The rule changes would impact “counterintelligence in­ves­ti­ga­tions of po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns,” Gurman wrote.

International updates

We lost world-renowned architect I.M. Pei, who died at 102. Paul Goldberger filed the obit for the New York Times. Zac Crain urged: “Go walk by the Meyerson or city hall and pour one out.”

Eva Dou and Chao Deng at the Wall Street Journal explained how Western Companies Get Tangled in China’s Muslim Clampdown. Bradley Hope tweeted this quote from the piece: “‘They say it’s secret. Even speaking of it is not allowed.’ China forces Muslims into training for factories that ultimately supply Adidas, H&M, Esprit, and others.”

For more on what’s happening in places that aren’t America, read Andrew Rosati’s new piece in Bloomberg, Tear Gas and Condom Shortages: What Dating Is Like in Chaotic Caracas. “Dating’s not for the faint of heart anywhere. In Caracas, the road to true love is paved with potholes—hyperinflation, condom shortages, rolling blackouts, tear-gas smoke—that can make you want to give up. Almost,” he tweeted.

More weekend reads


Question of the Day

Yesterday, we asked: The drag singer who performed under the pseudonym Madam Pattirini in the late 1880s was the son of what religious leader and politician?

Answer: Brigham Morris Young was the son of Brigham Young, second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, founder of Salt Lake City and first governor of the Utah Territory. (And now there’s a gin named for him!)

Craig Pittman‏ was the first to tweet the correct answer. Congratulations to him!

Your question of the day for today is…The CIA recently set up a recruiting game at Awesome Con that involved players trying to get who out of Germany, without risking his arrest of death?

As always, click here to tweet your answer to @MuckRack. We’ll announce the winners on Monday!

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