Saudi Journalist, Midterms, DNA: Your Wednesday Evening Briefing
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Great evening. Here&rsquos the latest.
1. Gruesome specifics of Jamal Khashoggi&rsquos death have been described by a senior Turkish official. Brace yourself.
According to the official&rsquos account of audio recordings, killers had been waiting for the dissident Saudi journalist inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago. They severed his fingers for the duration of an interrogation. Then they beheaded and dismembered him.
The new account came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Turkey. It increases pressure on Saudi Arabia and the U.S. to clarify Mr. Khashoggi&rsquos disappearance.
Our reporting shows that some of the guys Turkey has named as suspects have direct hyperlinks to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.
And our Interpreter column examines why Mr. Khashoggi&rsquos case has drawn the planet&rsquos focus, when the thousands of deaths in the Saudi-led war in Yemen have not.
2. Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, now a candidate in a tight Senate race, is discovering the complexities of campaigning while wealthy.
He and his wife, above, together have reported a net worth of as significantly as $510 million, and that could make him the richest member of Congress if he&rsquos elected.
To shield himself from accusations of conflicts of interest, he designed a $73.8 million investment account that he called a blind trust following he was elected governor. But our reporters discovered many approaches for Governor Scott to have information about his holdings.
And his huge wealth also underlines a growing trend: candidates spending their own cash on their campaigns. The Florida Senate race is one of the nation&rsquos most costly.
three. Men and women gathered in Toronto to watch a &ldquobud drop&rdquo at the stroke of midnight, signifying the legalization of marijuana across Canada. It&rsquos a very first for a key world economy, and the new laws are most likely to have profound effects. Above, Toronto.
&ldquoIt&rsquos an octopus with numerous tentacles,&rdquo a single official said, &ldquoand there are several unknowns.&rdquo
Legalization is fueling a multibillion-dollar market, and businesses are rushing to cash in.
Want to know far more about Canada&rsquos new rules? We have a valuable Q. and A.
four. DNA is difficult.
Scientists who study the human genome have been dismayed to find their analysis misinterpreted and distorted by groups with racist agendas.
They be concerned about how new tools permitting them to home in on the genetic basis of traits like intelligence will be misconstrued to fit racist ideologies, or misused to fuel arguments over school achievement gaps, immigration and policing.
Scientists need to have to be a lot more conscious of the racial lens by way of which some of their findings are getting filtered, one particular researcher mentioned, and do a much better job of pointing out how they can be twisted.
5. No one desires to think about getting seriously ill, much less what the medical bills may well look like. Deductibles. Co-payments. Therapies that aren&rsquot covered. Lost function.
Those fears are nicely-founded, according to a survey of nearly 1,500 seriously ill folks. Even with overall health insurance coverage, much more than a third of the respondents had to commit all or most of their savings even though they have been sick.
And most did not have a clear picture of what their insurance coverage was supposed to cover. &ldquoWhat&rsquos staggering here is there&rsquos no way people could know what they would be in for,&rdquo stated a researcher behind the survey.
Americans are also wrestling with school loans. Tens of thousands of borrowers have applied for federal education loan forgiveness for men and women in public service jobs &mdash but most have been rejected and no balances have been wiped out, our private finance columnist writes.
6. Fear and despair are gripping Afghans soon after 17 years of war and unending political crises.
Bombings seem inevitable. Sectarian divisions are deeper. Casualties fighting the Taliban have turn out to be unsustainable. A parliamentary election will be held on Saturday, but at least a third of the nation&rsquos polling stations will not be open since of the war.
Officials acknowledge the only hope is a political reconciliation via peace talks &mdash but there&rsquos no indication the Taliban will accept a version of Afghanistan that maintains any tenets of democracy, which includes elections or hard-earned rights for women.
A single Afghan poet reflected on his nation&rsquos hopelessness: &ldquoEvery time some thing poor happened, I would turn to poetry &mdash it would give me calm,&rdquo he said. &ldquoIt&rsquos been seven months that I can&rsquot write. It no longer offers me calm.&rdquo
7. &ldquoA trustworthy press is the immune technique of democracy.&rdquo
In what some contact a reversal, he&rsquos now on a media providing spree.
Mr. Newmark&rsquos most current present &mdash $two.five million &mdash went to New York Public Radio to expand its newsroom. And since June he has offered $50 million to journalism education, a new investigative journalism internet site and other ventures, all in New York City.
8. The world&rsquos largest organism is shrinking.
Pando is a forest of a single: a grove of some 47,000 quivering aspen trees in Utah, all connected by a single root method &mdash and all with the same DNA. Above, Pando&rsquos fall foliage.
Now, it&rsquos fighting a losing battle, nibbled by hungry mule deer and cattle and threatened by human encroachment.
&ldquoIt&rsquos been thriving for thousands of years, and now it&rsquos coming apart on our watch,&rdquo said one scientist.
And in the latest installation of our Climate Fwd: newsletter, our climate group explains how droughts and heat may possibly imperil the supply of &ldquoluxury essentials&rdquo &mdash namely beer. And the team tends to make a case that taking the bus to school is great for the atmosphere.
9. Pets in tuxedos and chiffon are becoming increasingly common at weddings, as couples look to contain their furry friends in the ceremony.
&ldquoHe has this large, broad-shouldered look,&rdquo mentioned 1 bride, the owner of an English bulldog, above. &ldquoI believed he would appear genuinely cute in a tuxedo.&rdquo
We&rsquore collecting photographs of pets that walked down the aisle in fancy attire. Share yours right here.
ten. Ultimately, does evil ever die?
Just before the release of an updated &ldquoHalloween,&rdquo we took a fresh look at the 1978 original &mdash a founding father of the slasher film genre. Above, Jamie Lee Curtiss as Laurie Strode.
Some critiques at the time had been dismissive of the easy plot revolving about a serial killer stalking scantily clad ladies.
But part of the explanation &ldquoHalloween&rdquo has aged so well, our critic writes, is that it &ldquowastes little time on character development, plot, theme or any other elements extraneous to the essential business of sending shudders down your spine.&rdquo
To see what we imply, just watch the trailer &mdash if you dare.
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Published at Wed, 17 Oct 2018 22:32:38 +0000