In the Know: April 22, 2016

“There are no accidents. And if there are, it’s up to us to look at them as something else. And that bravery is what creates new flowers.” Prince, in Details Magazine in 1991

Nation
Flint water crisis update: Charges were filed on Wednesday against two state officials and a Flint city administrator, with MIchigan Attorney General saying they were “only the beginning.”

Abolitionist leader Harriet Tubman will grace a new $20 bill: “With this decision, our currency will now tell more of our story and reflect the contributions of women as well as men to our great democracy,” Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said.

Texas has been hit hard with floods this week, and the rain just keeps on coming.

Prince, the songwriter, singer, producer, one-man studio band, and consummate showman, died on Thursday. He was 57. President Obama said, “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”

World
On the same day that Athens lit the Olympic flame, a bike path in Rio de Janeiro built ahead of the summer games collapsed into the ocean and killed two people (the latest in a series of problems besetting preparations for the Aug. 5-21 games).

It’s the “largest resettlement effort” in the world: The United Kingdom said Wednesday it will take in 3,000 child refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.

Hundreds of people are feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean en route from Libya to Italy.

In the midst of its worst recession since the 1930s, Brazil voted to impeach its president, Dilma Rousseff.

On her 21st birthday, Queen Elizabeth II made a pledge to the British people: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.” So far so good—she turned 90 on Thursday.

Politics
The White House is downplaying suggestions that relations with Saudi Arabia are tense.

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Virginia high school discriminated against a transgender teen by forbidding him from using the boys’ restroom—a case that might have implications for a controversial North Carolina law.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Obama’s immigration policy this week. It’s looking like a tie.

Election 2016
Trump and Clinton won big in their home state of New York.

A round-by-round guide to what could be a (hotly) contested GOP convention.

Business
ESPN fired Curt Schilling after he posted a meme on his Facebook page that appeared to mock transgender people (in apparent support of HB2, the controversial North Carolina law).

John Grisham is giving his latest book away. For free.

VW is trying for a buy-back. (Of its emissions-cheating cars—that were sold in the U.S. despite not meeting pollution standards.)

Health & Science
Where Zika could spread next.

In 2015, for the first time, the acreage used for genetically modified crops declined. This is good news.

Thanks to drugs and alcohol, new data says white Americans are dying younger. This is bad news.

Women’s Affairs
Dipa Karmakar is making history as India’s first-ever woman to compete in gymnastics—she qualified for Rio earlier this week.

 

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