Florida charter school holds graduation ceremony on jet skis
Forced to get creative with the coronavirus pandemic limiting large social gatherings, one Florida charter school made sure its seniors still graduated in style.
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Work out your core muscles in just minutes with this great deal
Raise your hand if you miss going to the gym. With lockdown orders still active in some areas, gyms across the country are staying closed. Thus, many individuals are trading a floor filled with various exercise machines for a yoga mat in their backyard or on their apartment floor. Unfortunately, if building muscle is part...
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Minneapolis' top cop sued the department in 2007. Here's why it matters today
The lawsuit alleged that city leadership tolerated discriminatory conduct against people of color, including African American police officers within the police department.
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Supreme Court upholds constitutionality of board charged with reorganizing Puerto Rican debt
A board charged with reorganizing Puerto Rico's debt in the wake of financial crisis can continue its work, the Supreme Court held unanimously Monday, rejecting a constitutional challenge that threatened the restructuring of billions of dollars of debt.
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After weekend of protests, independent George Floyd autopsy results to be released Monday
The attorney for George Floyd's family, Benjamin Crump, will announce the findings of an independent autopsy Monday afternoon.        
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The Hartford CEO: Insurance companies can't be expected to cover a business' pandemic losses
Unfortunately, viruses are generally outside the scope of business interruption coverage due to the absence of any physical damage, writes Christopher Swift, chairman and CEO of The Hartford.
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Nikki Bella almost ruined her own engagement proposal
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev's engagement didn't go off without any hitches.
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'We lost everything in 10 minutes': Santa Monica merchants survey what's left after looting
The looting hit large chain businesses like Vans, Vons, banks and other retailers in and around the Santa Monica Place mall. But small business owners also were targeted.
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MLB, union know they can’t cancel season over money, but they can’t agree on money
The MLB Players Association's proposal has intriguing ideas, but the economic breakthrough remains elusive.
The Westing Game is a kid’s book that respects you enough to tell you Uncle Sam is a liar
Puffin Books Ellen Raskin’s 1978 novel is a technically perfect mystery. It’s also ideal reading for when you need an escape. Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could experience Knives Outfor the first time all over again, but this time I would like it to also be an extremely charming children’s book”? Then friend, you are in luck, for such a book does indeed exist. It is called The Westing Game, written by Ellen Raskin in 1978, and it is the perfect antidote to the quarantine anxiety blahs for readers of any age. Like Knives Out, The Westing Game revolves around the will of a mysterious billionaire. Paper products tycoon Sam Westing — who would certainly have cleaned up in this, the era of toilet paper scarcity — has been found dead in his mansion. And 16 strangers have been named Westing’s joint beneficiaries, much to their bewilderment. Adding to the mystery: All 16 of them have also recently moved into Sunset Towers, a glittery new apartment building on the shores of Lake Michigan that faces (the narrator points out helpfully) east rather than west, and has no towers. They were all rented their new units by one Barney Northrup, who, the narrator interjects, does not actually exist. “Who were these people, these specially selected tenants?” Raskin writes. “They were mothers and fathers and children. A dressmaker, a secretary, an inventor, a doctor, a judge. And, oh yes, one was a bookie, one was a burglar, one was a bomber, and one was a mistake. Barney Northrup had rented one of the apartments to the wrong person.” As the body of Sam Westing holds state in the hall of his mansion, dressed as Uncle Sam, his lawyer divides the 16 heirs are divided into eight teams of two. (No two family members canbe on the same team.) Each team gets a set of “clues,” a collection of apparently random words written on slips of paper. The aim of the game, they are told, is simple: “to win.” Baffled, the heirs retire in their teams back to Sunset Towers and try their best to work their clues out, each working through the lens of their own expertise. Perhaps the words are code for a chemical notation, suggests one heir. No, they’re stock market symbols, says Turtle, who is 11 years old and determined to be a businesswoman. What ensues is a technically perfect puzzle-box mystery, one that baffled me when I was 9 and probably would baffle me today if I picked up The Westing Game without already knowing the plot. But it’s also a rich, paranoid allegory of American capitalism. There’s Sam Westing, the domineering and all-seeing Uncle Sam, dangling the opportunity for wealth over the heads of his resentful heirs. And there are the tenants of Sunset Towers, each one from a different social group, competing against their closest family members for the chance at $200 million. Each of the heirs believes that to win, they have to work against one another. But the solution to the puzzle they finally reach suggests that to get their hands on the money, they’ll need to work together. And in the end, it’s only precocious Turtle who grasps the true solution: to win the Westing Game, you have to understand that the point of the game was never to do what Uncle Sam told you to do in the first place. It’s to understand that the game is rigged and played by liars, and pass it by entirely. But Ruskin, who trusts her child readers with hard truths, would never lie to us, and even though capitalism is a cheater’s game, she never cheats, either. That’s why this book endures: Ruskin tells us the truth when she builds her mystery, and she tells us the truth in her allegory, too. So whether you’re reading The Westing Game as a child or as an adult, you’ll always walk away feeling that you’ve been reading a book that respects you. One Good Thing is Vox’s recommendations feature. In each edition, find one more thing from the world of culture that we highly recommend. Support Vox’s explanatory journalism Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that has the power to save lives. Our mission has never been more vital than it is in this moment: to empower you through understanding. Vox’s work is reaching more people than ever, but our distinctive brand of explanatory journalism takes resources — particularly during a pandemic and an economic downturn. Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts at the quality and volume that this moment requires. Please consider making a contribution to Vox today.
Jay-Z speaks out after calling Minnesota Governor to discuss justice for George Floyd
Governor Tim Walz of Minnesota and Jay-Z are speaking out about a phone call they had over the weekend to discuss the death of George Floyd and where to go from here.
Majority of Americans Support Extending $600 Unemployment Payments Past July—but Here's Where It Stands
A new poll shows 58 percent of Americans support extending $600 weekly unemployment payments past July, but top Republicans have said an extension is unlikely.
Brighten your smile at home with the help of this teeth whitening kit
The simple act of smiling is said to boost moods and make people instantly feel happier. Even so, many of us still hide our smiles for fear of showing off pearly whites that … well, aren’t so white. We can thank the daily wear and tear caused by coffee, red wine, soda, and other stain-inducing...
De Blasio calls for firing of NYPD cop who pulled gun on protesters
An NYPD cop pulled his gun on protestors over the weekend — a threat of deadly force that mayor said should have him stripped of his gun and badge.
Halsey says she was shot with a rubber bullet while at a George Floyd protest
Halsey said she was hit by a rubber bullet while joining a protest for George Floyd in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Trump backpedals after 'shooting' threat to Minneapolis protesters
(In May 29 story, corrects wording of Trump tweet in second paragraph; changes headline)
LAPD officers shoot woman after fatal stabbing in Hollywood
Authorities said the woman who was shot in Hollywood was stabbing another woman, who ultimately died in the attack.
AMD's Lisa Su was the highest-paid CEO in the S&P 500 last year
AMD's Lisa Su was the highest-paid CEO of a company in the S&P 500 last year.
Derek Chauvin: What we know about the former officer charged for George Floyd's death
Chauvin had worked for the department for over 18 years at the time of his firing -- and throughout that time, he'd received at least 18 complaints. Here's what we know about the ex-police officer.
Score a Ring Video Doorbell Pro and an Echo Show 5 for less with this refurb bundle
Right now, you can add both a refurbished Ring Video Doorbell Pro and a refurbished Echo Show 5 to your home for an all-time low price with this Amazon bundle.
Impossible Foods forces Nestlé to stop selling 'Incredible Burgers' in Europe
Nestlé will have to lose the adjective "Incredible" to describe its plant-based burgers in Europe, after a Dutch court found that the word infringes on an Impossible Foods trademark.
Stephanie Pratt slammed for tweeting ‘shoot the looters’ amid protests
Twitter users rehashed the reality star's criminal past after she sent the tweet.
NYC mayor reacts to daughter's arrest with pride, praise
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio praised his daughter Chiara after her arrest while participating in a protest over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
2 Dead After Shooting at North Dakota Air Base: Military Officials
Additional details about the circumstances of the shooting weren't immediately released
Michigan sheriff removes riot gear to join George Floyd protesters
A Michigan sheriff removed his helmet and tossed his batons aside to join George Floyd protesters in a moment of solidarity, video shows. “We want to be with y’all for real so I took the helmet off and laid the batons down,” Genesee County Sheriff Christopher Swanson said Saturday at demonstrations in Flint Township, according...
How Amanda Peet, Christian Slater became true-crime couple in 'Dirty John: Betty Broderick Story'
In "Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story," Amanda Peet embodies the titular character who fatally shot her ex-husband and his new wife.
Woman carrying entire Cheesecake Factory cheesecake during Seattle protests becomes Internet sensation
'Looting is disgusting," one Twitter user wrote, before adding, "This is HILARIOUS."
Eli Manning Super Bowl lessons that Peyton is spreading around NFL now
Follow Eli Manning’s lead. Not just the script for his successor with the Giants, Daniel Jones. That’s also the advice quarterbacks across the NFL are getting during the coronavirus pandemic, courtesy of older brother Peyton Manning. Peyton told NBC Sports’ Peter King he is relaying a story of how Eli led the Giants through the...
Obama Says Small Minority of Violent George Floyd Protesters Are 'Detracting From the Larger Cause'
The former president said violent demonstrators were putting innocent people at risk after a sixth night of unrest.
Senator Tim Scott on systemic racism, his talks with President Trump amid protests
Republican Senator Tim Scott appeared on "CBS This Morning" to talk about his "constructive conversation" with President Trump about the president's rhetoric on the George Floyd protests. He also weighed in on systemic racism in America and steps for moving forward.
Ashley Graham’s husband shot her Harper’s Bazaar UK cover on family farm
The results are stunning.
Herbert Stempel, whistleblower in quiz show scandals, dies at 93
Stempel was portrayed by John Turturro in the 1994 drama “Quiz Show,” directed by Robert Redford.
SpaceX's Crew Dragon took flight in historic mission. What's next?
A prayer book inscribed by Mary, Queen of Scots is expected to sell for up to $434,000
A prayer book that once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots and contains an inscription by the tragic monarch is to go on sale, with an expected price of up to £350,000 ($432,000).
The Story Behind Your Favorite 'Lord of The Rings' Meme Is Actually Funnier Than You Think
Boromir's 'One does not simply walk into Mordor' has found a life far beyond 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,' but few know the behind-the-scenes origin story of the iconic meme and movie moment.
Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jades faces backlash after 'white privilege' post: 'Clueless and tone deaf'
Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade believes in speaking out against racism.
'Pokémon Sword and Shield' Expansion News Coming June 2: Everything We Know So Far
Expect a release date for The Isle of Armor portion of the DLC.
Mass protests ‘ripped the mask off’ liberal media’s politicized coronavirus coverage, critics say
The coronavirus pandemic received wall-to-wall coverage by the mainstream media until it was overtaken by the mass protests of the in-custody death of George Floyd that have sparked chaos across America. But critics say that by largely dismissing social distancing concerns when it comes to the mass demonstrations, after highlighting those concerns when it came to demonstrations against the restrictions associated with the nationwide economic shutdown, the mainstream media are exhibiting a double-standard in their coverage.
Obama condemns violence and calls for change in wake of George Floyd protests
Former President Barack Obama on Monday condemned violence amid protests over the death of George Floyd and police brutality and called for political solutions to address protesters' grievances about criminal justice.
Virgin Galactic stock soars following SpaceX success
Elon Musk's SpaceX isn't publicly traded. But investors found another way to celebrate this weekend's successful Dragon launch and docking at the International Space Station.
Donna Brazile: George Floyd aftermath – When will this end?
There is another invisible disease afflicting our country, and that disproportionally impacts African-Americans. This disease is the insidious systemic racism that killed George Floyd on Memorial Day.
Curfews Imposed in 42 Cities Across 24 States as Protesters Clash With Police
Protesters took to the streets demanding justice for George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis a week ago.
Anti-Trump GOP group slams president over race relations in new TV ad
A Republican group that opposes President Trump’s re-election is going up with a scathing new TV commercial on Monday that targets the president over his comments and record on race relations.
NYPD Officer Accused of Flashing White Power Symbol During George Floyd Protest Investigated by Attorney General
A clip of the officer flashing an 'OK' hand gesture has been viewed eight million times on social media.
Twitter well positioned to fend off Trump challenge in court, experts say
Twitter may be taking a public beating from President Trump, but experts tell The Post that the social network is in a strong position to weather the storm. Despite a Thursday executive order calling for more regulation on social media companies and a Friday tweet from the president that he wants to revoke Section 230...
2 killed in Iowa unrest, city's mayor asks for National Guard support
Two people were killed and two others-- including a Davenport police officer-- were injured during overnight unrest in Iowa and the city's mayor is asking for the support of the National Guard to keep protests stemming from the death of George Floyd under control.
Helpers pick up trash left behind by protests
Supreme Court lets Puerto Rico, after debt and disaster, avoid further upheaval
The high court ruled unanimously that Puerto Rico's management board has local functions and, therefore, the appoint of its members is constitutional.