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V.25 No.35 | 09/01/2016

The Daily Word in Unions in the South, Colin Kaepernick, and North Korean missile testing

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of a lot of media attention and a lot of jeering football fans recently. When the Niners played the Green Bay Packers on August 26th, Kaepernick outraged the crowd by remaining seated during the national anthem, later saying that he did so as a protest of racial inequality and racially motivated shootings by police in the US. The response from the public has largely been along the lines of "shut up and play football like you're paid to do." Despite public backlash, booing crowds, and local police forces threatening to stop covering 49ers' games (which, like, does nobody else see the irony in that?), Kaepernick has continued his protest. And other athletes are joining him.

Today is Labor Day. Labor unions, which have begun re-inventing themselves and are focusing on raising the minimum wage, are seeing growth in membership in the South, an area that has had little union presence in the past. But those unions are struggling, in part because there's not a single reporter dedicated to covering labor in the southern states. That's a big problem -- union organizers are less scared about employer backlash when they have the press following their fight. Read Mike Elm's call to arms for the creation of more southern labor media.

Today also would have been Freddy Mercury's 70th birthday. Astronomers have named an asteroid after him for the occasion. You're truly a shooting star now, Freddy.

The Taliban bombed the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul on Monday by way of two suicide bombers. At least 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded.

On Monday, North Korea tested three medium-range missiles that traveled 620 miles and landed in the sea near Japan. This happens during the G-20 economic summit in China. North Korea is actively developing long-range weapons capable of striking the US mainland. Yes, that is terrifying.

Make friends with somebody who has cable, because Donald Glover's show Atlanta premieres on FX tomorrow. The dramedy follows Glover as Ernest, a millennial Black man who's struggling to make ends meet and to win his ex-girlfriend back -- all while tackling issues of police brutality, gun violence, sexual identity, and mass incarceration. Everything Glover touches turns to gold, and I have no doubts that this show will follow suit.

V.25 No.31 | 08/04/2016

The Daily Word in the Rio Olympics, a new Republican candidate, and suicide bombings

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Republican Evan McMullin is throwing his hat in the presidential ring as a conservative alternative to Donald Trump. McMullin was previously a CIA operative and the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference. He is running as an independent.

The Olympics began this weekend in Rio, Brazil. Our favorite Olympian is fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first female Muslim Olympian on the US team. She told the BBC "If I can be a source of inspiration to not just Muslim youth, but to other kids who have been told they don't belong because they were different... if I can encourage women to be active, then that is a positive thing."

Another Olympics first: two male Olympic torch-bearers shared a kiss as they passed the torch in the streets of Rio. Also, Laerte Coutinho became the first openly transgender Olympic torch-bearer. I'm not crying, you're crying.

A suicide bombing in Quetta, Pakistan killed more than 60 people on Monday. The bomb was set off in the emergency ward of a hospital, killing mostly lawyers, journalists, and civilians. Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

50 protesters were shot and killed by security forces in the Oromia region of Ethiopia over the weekend. These protests came after government attempts to commandeer public land. The state-owned Ethiopian News Agency said that "illegal protests" had been quelled, but mentioned no casualties.

V.25 No.11 | 03/17/2016

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The Daily Word in terrorism, stolen UFOs and expensive ships

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A Seattle man has climbed an 80-foot tree and won't come down.

The Navy's new destroyer costs $4.4 billion.

Astronauts may find Easter eggs in newest supply shipment to the International Space Station.

Is there any logic to suicide bombings?

Las Cruces police officer gets nine years for sexual assault; City settles for $3 million.

A UFO has been stolen from a Roswell museum.

A five-year-old girl saved her mother from drowning.

The search for the Brussels attack suspects is on.

ISIS understands propaganda and how to use the media to its advantage.

Still trying to think up a decent April Fools prank?

V.24 No.26 | 6/25/2015

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The Daily Word in Martian politics, toxic moonshine and works of art by A. Hitler

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Two suicide bombers, both teenage girls, killed dozens in Nigeria.

The body of a former White House chef has been found near a hiking trail outside Taos.

In Mumbai, a bad batch of moonshine has taken the lives of 99 people and hospitalized dozens.

After an injury, a moon jellyfish rearranges its limbs.

A candid interview with Eddie Van Halen.

Works of art by Adolf Hitler sold at auction for half a million dollars.

What if Mars becomes a dictatorship?

See 66 surfers ride a wave on a single surfboard.

Local people with their arms crossed.

It could reach 104 degrees today in the Duke. Here are 27 ways to stay cool.

Happy Birthday to Kris Kristofferson, Todd Rundgren, Meryl Streep and Cyndi Lauper!