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[@the_dwc] Good Friday, Passover, Final Four, Easter, April Fool's Day; Dow Jones ends quarterly win streak
Friday | 3.30.18
Sushi made from a single grain of rice. Hope it's all-you-can-eat.


BUSINESS


  • Major U.S. markets are closed today in observance of Good Friday. The three-day break will give investors a moment to breathe after recent weeks of trade war and technology sector turmoil and before quarterly earnings kick off next month. MarketWatch
                             
    Related: Despite a strong finish yesterday, the Dow Jones lost more than 2% over the first quarter of the year. The downward performance snaps a nine-quarter win streak that had been the longest in 20 years. CNN
                             

  • Walmart is reportedly in preliminary discussions to acquire insurer Humana, furthering my belief that healthcare investment bankers are literally just pulling two names out of a hat and telling lowly analysts to jam something mildly plausible together in a PowerPoint. But such a deal wouldn't be entirely without precedent... Aetna, a rival of Humana's, was recently acquired by CVS. Walmart operates thousands of pharmacies across the U.S. and could help the retailer deepen relationships with older clients and grant access to new troves of data.

    Although details are unclear, the acquisition would be Walmart's largest yet and contribute to the flurry of industry-changing deals in the healthcare services sector. Wall Street Journal
                             


POLITICS


  • Russia has taken a tit-for-tat(-for-tit?) action, expelling 60 American diplomats and closing down the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg in retaliation to the U.S. decision to expel 60 Russian diplomats and close the Russian consulate in Seattle earlier this week, itself a response to a chemical attack conducted on British soil allegedly by Russia. The same approach will be applied to other nations that expelled Russian diplomats in solidarity with the U.K. Boy, the World Cup being held in Russia this year will be a hoot. The Guardian
                             

  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions has declined to appoint a second special counsel to investigate alleged wrongdoing by the FBI and Justice Department in 2016 and 2017, citing the need for extraordinary circumstances. Republican lawmakers had been calling for the appointment of one, which Democrats have countered as a ploy to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. NPR
                             


SPORTS


  • [College Basketball] The Final Four for the men's NCAA Tournament is tomorrow at 6:09 p.m. ET (No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 11 Loyola Chicago) and ~8:49 p.m. ET (No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 1 Kansas). CBS
                             

  • [Baseball] The very first pitch of Opening Day, to the Chicago Cubs' Ian Happ, resulted in a home run. Going to be a fun season. Digg
                             

  • [Hockey] Now that's a busy season... the Chicago Blackhawks needed an emergency goalie last night, so they called upon a 36-year-old local accountant who had last played competitive hockey at Western Michigan University in 2005. He ended up saving 7 on 7 shots faced. SB Nation
                             


CULTURE


  • Today is Good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is traditionally observed through fasting and penance. Tonight is also the beginning of Passover, the eight-day Jewish holiday celebrating the Israelites' deliverance from slavery in Egypt. Later this weekend, Sunday will be Easter and also April Fool's Day (i.e., the day brands try too hard). USA Today
                             

  • Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction served as the subject for the hit podcast Serial, has been granted a new trial by Maryland's second-highest court — providing prosecutors don't successfully appeal within the next 30 days. The decision upheld a lower-court ruling that argued Syed's counsel in his original murder trial over 15 years ago was deficient and ineffective. NPR
                             


TO SHARE


  • The world's smallest sushi is made using a single grain of rice Kottke
                             

  • "You don’t catch a ride with your thumb. You catch it with a smile. A driver has less than three seconds to make a decision. And that decision is made in response to unconscious factors and subliminal communication."

    Profiling one of the most well-traveled hitchhikers around New York Times
                             

  • Perfect before the weekend... how to tame your epic to-do list Harvard Business Review
                             

  • How will self-driving cars change urban life? And it might happen sooner than you think: The Atlantic
                             

 

Disney's very impressive multiplane camera [VideoImgur
                         


In honor of Westworld's Season 2 trailer, enjoy this detail crafting of a miniature sculpture Imgur
                         
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