[@the_dwc] Notre Dame wins women's college basketball title

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[@the_dwc] Notre Dame wins women's college basketball title ☘️🏀; China's Tiangong-1 space lab plummets into Pacific 🛰🌏
Monday | 4.2.18
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BUSINESS


  • Another week begins, another company revealed to have exposed customer personal data... Hudson's Bay Co., which owns retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, confirmed that a security breach by hackers involved credit card information of millions of shoppers. The investigation is ongoing and a spokesperson says that the security issue has been identified. Wall Street Journal
                             

  • China has followed through on its promise to retaliate against the Trump administration's penalties on imports of steel and aluminum, enacting tariffs affecting some $3 billion of U.S. goods. Taking effect today, the tariffs go up to 25% on 128 U.S. imports, including pork, wine, nuts, and fruits. Still waiting to see how "trade wars are good, and easy to win"... BBC
                             


POLITICS


  • Congress is still on break this week, but keep an eye out for rumblings regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after President Donald Trump spent yesterday morning tweeting out escalating rhetoric around the issue and dashing hopes of a deal to protect undocumented migrants who arrived in the U.S. as children. Vox
                             

  • 16 Palestinians are dead and hundreds more injured after Israeli troops fired on protesters during demonstrations on the Gaza frontier on Friday. It's the deadliest day for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in years. Although most of the demonstrators protested peacefully at a distance from the border, large crowds of mostly young men ventured closer, resulting in violent clashes. In the aftermath, both sides have engaged in a battle of public relations and calls for investigations have been made. The Israeli government claims that most of the dead were fighters from Hamas or other militant groups, while Hamas says that five members of its armed wing were killed in the protests. The Guardian
                             


SPORTS


  • [College Basketball] The Loyola Ramblers have lost in the Final Four, which means the NCAA tournament is over as far as I'm concerned. For those few still interested, the men's tournament concludes tonight at 9:20 p.m. ET between Villanova and Michigan. With a win, Villanova would earn their second championship in three years. Meanwhile, Michigan was last seen in the championship in 2013. ESPN
                             
    Over in the women's tournament, Notre Dame nailed a buzzer beater to win the national championship over Mississippi State, 61-58. The comeback victory is Notre Dame's second women's basketball title, with the only other championship occurring 17 years ago to the day. ESPN
                             

  • [Golf] A field of 87 players has been set for this week's Masters tournament at Augusta National — the smallest amount of entrants since 1997. Pre-tournament practice begins today, while the elusive chase for the iconic green jacket begins on Thursday with the first round. SB Nation
                             


CULTURE


  • China's Tiangong-1 space station crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Sunday evening, ending weeks of speculation about when and where the bus-sized spacecraft would fall out of orbit. Launched in 2011 and retired in 2015, Tiangong-1 was China's first-ever space station and meant to be more of a prototype rather than for longer use. NPR
                             

  • Steven Bocho, the groundbreaking producer behind television series such as Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, and L.A. Law, passed away on Sunday at the age of 74. Renowned for pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo on the content restrictions of traditional television, Bocho helped usher in the contemporary Golden Age of television dramas. Variety
                             


TO SHARE


  • Why Chinese feminists are using emoji combinations like "rice bunny" to evade detection and censorship from the government and social media platforms Wired
                             

  • In more controversial social media stories, prepare yourself to get enraptured by the Twitter true-crime tale of a stolen office lunch Eater
                             

  • Although the stolen lunch was shrimp fried rice, we're going to pivot to Thai cuisine and ponder the question, why are there so many Thai restaurants in the U.S. in proportion to the number of Thai-Americans? Munchies (h/t slackingoff)
                             

  • A wrap-up of April Fool's Day pranks by brands, some good, some not so good BuzzFeed
                             

  • Finally, what I wish was an April Fool's Day prank... an argument for analog clocks in cars Jalopnik
                             

 

The alignment of Easter and April Fool's Day gave me the opportunity to feature two of my favorite Simpsons GIFs (and I have many)... Giphy
                         


Happy Monday. Let's all be thankful that April Fool's Day didn't happen during a work day this year. Giphy
                         
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