Today the former president of the United States will be arrested on charges of organizing a criminal enterprise, conspiring to overturn the 2020 election. Plus: details on next month's STAR TREK DAY!
Good day on this Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023. So much to tell you about! But first, let’s look back:
On This Day:
Mount Vesuvius erupted at noon on this day in the year 76. The eruption of the long-dormant volcano devastated southern Italy, particularly the prosperous Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, and killed thousands. It wasn’t just the lava or storm of volcanic ash but a toxic cloud of asphyxiating gas that wiped them out. We know because a survivor, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundu — aka Pliny the Younger — wrote about it. His uncle, Pliny the elder, was killed.
British troops torched The White House on this day in 1814, in retaliation for the U.S. attack on York in Ontario, Canada, in 1813. It would take until 1817 and a new president was in office —James Monroe — before it would once again stand as The People’s House. Learn 10 things about the War of 1812 here.
And on this day in 2006, Pluto was demoted from the status of “planet” in our solar system. Once there were nine, now there were eight with dozens of dwarf planets, of which Pluto was just one. Poor Pluto.
Here Now the News:
FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BE ARRESTED TODAY: The amazing thing about this headline is that it isn’t even the first time this is happening! Trump is expected to depart his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J. for the Fulton County Jail in Georgia, to respond to his fourth criminal indictment. What will be different this time is that authorities will reportedly fingerprint him and take his mugshot and his lawyers will post $200,000 bond. —CNN and NBC News
TRUMP FIRES LATEST LAWYER BEFORE SURRENDERING: CNN
RUDY GIULIANI AND 8 OTHERS SURRENDERED YESTERDAY; 10 OTHER CO-DEFENDANTS HAVE 24 HOURS, UNTIL NOON FRIDAY: Axios
WHAT TRUMP IS DOING TO KEEP GIULIANI FROM FLIPPING: Newsweek
“THERE ARE TWO GENDERS:” Read how phrases like that, and “God is real” and “Reverse Racism” helped Vivek Ramaswamy stand out at last night’s Republican debate. —Mint
CNN FACT-CHECK EXPOSES RAMASWAMY LIE ABOUT HIS 9/11 COMMENTS: CNN
TRUMP’S COUNTERPROGRAMMING WITH TUCKER CARLSON GOT WEIRD: NBC News
RUSSIAN MERCENARY’S PLANE WAS FINE UNTIL 30 SECONDS BEFORE CRASH: Reuters
MOSCOW EXTENDS SENTENCE FOR WSJ REPORTER EVAN GERSHKOVICH: New York Post
CHINA BANS JAPANESE SEAFOOD AFTER NUCLEAR WASTEWATER RELEASE: The Associated Press
FIRST PHOTO FROM INDIAN ROVER ON THE MOON: Kyodo News
WHY ARE INDIA AND OTHER NATIONS RACING TO THE MOON’S SOUTH POLE? —Reuters
SUBWAY CHAIN SOLD TO PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM: The Wall Street Journal
WRITERS GUILD SHUTS DOWN STUDIOS’ LATEST PROPOSAL: KTLA-TV
STUDIO OFFER COULD LEAD TO COPYRIGHTABLE A.I. SCRIPTS: The Hollywood Reporter
“UNFORCED ERROR” BY STUDIOS: The Hollywood Reporter
NEW YORK TIMES REPORTER EXPOSES ANTI-TRANS LIES, THEN TREATS THEM AS AN ASIDE: Assigned Media
LANDMARK SETTLEMENT FOR BLACK TRANS WOMAN: Broome County, N.Y. settled a lawsuit following violence, denial of medical care, and discrimination inflicted on Makyyla Holland at the Broome County Jail, which happened because she is transgender. —New York Civil Liberties Union
CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN GROUP JOINS OPPOSITION TO FLORIDA’S NEW BOOK BAN CHALLENGE RULE: Politico
SCHOOLS THAT ONCE BANNED CHAT GPT NOW EMBRACE A.I.: NYT
Star Trek Corner
STAR TREK DAY ANNOUNCEMENT: Paramount+, the CBS Television Network, CBS Studios and fans from around the world will celebrate the annual “Star Trek Day” global celebration on Friday, September 8.
This year’s special program is hosted by Star Trek: Lower Decks star Jerry O’Connell on Paramount+ and will feature special screenings of the animated show across the U.S., the U.K. and Canada in anticipation of the upcoming fourth season, special airings of the first two episodes of season one of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds on CBS, and more!
O’Connell will host the Sept. 8th salute to the franchise, which premiered on that date in 1966. The special program will include segments that look back at memorable moments over the past 57 years; commemorate 50 years of Star Trek animation; pay tribute to Star Trek: Discovery ahead of its fifth and final season; provide an exclusive sneak-peek clip from the upcoming fourth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks; and commemorate many other moments that highlight Star Trek’s legacy.
The “Star Trek Day” special will be available to watch for free globally on StarTrek.com/Day, YouTube (Paramount+ and STAR TREK Official pages), Twitch (ParamountPlus) and Facebook (@StarTrekOnPPlus and @StarTrek). In the U.S., the special will be available to stream on Paramount+, Pluto TV (Paramount+ Picks, STAR TREK, More STAR TREK and Pluto TV Sci-Fi channels) and Mixable and will air on select local CBS affiliates, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Pop TV, Fave TV and Smithsonian.com.
The CBS Television Network will broadcast the first two episodes of the hit Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds with back-to-back special airings, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Episode 101, Series Premiere: “Strange New Worlds” – When one of Pike’s officers goes missing while on a secret mission for Starfleet, Pike (Anson Mount) has to come out of self-imposed exile. He must navigate how to rescue his officer, while struggling with what to do with the vision of the future he’s been given. Teleplay by Akiva Goldsman; story by Akiva Goldsman, Alex Kurtzman & Jenny Lumet; directed by Akiva Goldsman.
Episode 102: “Children of the Comet” – While on a survey mission, the U.S.S. Enterprise discovers a comet is going to strike an inhabited planet. The crew tries to re-route the comet, only to find that an ancient alien relic buried on the comet’s icy surface is somehow stopping them. As the away team tries to unlock the relic’s secrets, Pike (Anson Mount) and Number One (Rebecca Romijn) deal with a group of zealots who want to prevent the U.S.S. Enterprise from interfering. Written by Henry Alonso Myers & Sarah Tarkoff; directed by Maja Vrvilo.
The animated universe of STAR TREK began 50 years ago on September 8, with Star Trek: The Animated Series. This “Star Trek Day” commemorates the 50th anniversary with an evening of cartoon comedy, including four specially selected episodes of the hit animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Fans can attend these exclusive, free promotional screenings and experience the brand-new season of Star Trek: Lower Decks on the big screen. The day is jam-packed with sneak peeks and surprises, free concessions, giveaways and more! This is a can’t-miss event for long-time fans of Star Trek and adult animation across the U.S., Canada and the UK.
All screenings are free to attend, and fans can register at STAR TREK ANIMATED CELEBRATION SCREENINGS on Thursday, August 24, at 9 a.m. PT / 12 p.m. ET. The special STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS fan screenings will take place in Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, St. Louis, Washington D.C., Vancouver, Calgary and London
On September 8, fans can use the code STARTREKDAY for 25% off sitewide at startrek.com, which includes curated “Star Trek Day” and Star Trek: The Animated Series collections.
HOW TO VIEW EVERY SEASON OF EVERY STAR TREK SERIES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for today! I’ll be back Monday with more stories to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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