Are You Lonesome Tonight?
This week, the U.S. Surgeon General will propose a national effort to address loneliness and encourage connections. Plus: The worst drinks for your health. And: Are you ready for the return of Stefon?
Thanks for checking out tonight’s edition of Bedtime Stories before turning in on this Sunday, the last day of April 2023. It was on this date in 1841 that Edgar Allan Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue, considered the world’s first detective story, was published. In 1999, two high school students killed 13 people at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. And the explosion aboard the Gulf of Mexico oil rig Deepwater Horizon killed 11 people and created the largest offshore oil spill in American history on this date in 2010.
Here Now the News:
VANISHED WITHOUT A TRACE: The gunman in a mass shooting spree in Texas remains on the run. The FBI says authorities have no leads: NBC News
WHY ARE SO MANY MEN SHOOTING STRANGERS AND NEIGHBORS? Across the country this month, at least four men have opened fire on someone who’d stumbled upon their space, resulting in one death, two injuries and a car pocked with bullet holes. The apparent acts of snap-aggression have reinvigorated the debate around the prevalence of “stand your ground” laws in the United States and a pressing question: Why are people so quick to pull the trigger on strangers? —Washington Post
BLACK VOTERS EXPRESS FRUSTRATION WITH BIDEN: New York Times
BIDEN POKES FUN OF FOX NEWS AT D.C. DINNER: NYT
THE STARS COME OUT FOR “THE NERD PROM:” Washington Post
ROY WOOD, JR.’S SET AT WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER:
THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET OF WHITE HOUSE PRESS CONFERENCES: Washington Post
UKRAINE PREPARING FOR NEW OFFENSIVE: NYT
SECOND CONVOY RESCUES AMERICANS STRANDED IN SUDAN: CNN
Health and Wealth
SURGEON GENERAL: WE HAVE BECOME A LONELY NATION. IT’S TIME TO FIX THAT — In a very personal essay, Vice Adm. Vivek H. Murthy, M.D. announced his plan to address loneliness across the nation:
“This week, for the first time, I will be proposing a national framework to rebuild social connection and community in America.
“Loneliness is more than just a bad feeling. When people are socially disconnected, their risk of anxiety and depression increases.
“So does their risk of heart disease (29%), dementia (50%), and stroke (32%).
“The increased risk of premature death associated with social disconnection is comparable to smoking daily — and may be even greater than the risk associated with obesity.” Read his plan in the NYT
MATERNAL HEALTH CRISIS: 60 Minutes correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi reported tonight that a woman in the U.S. is twice as likely to die from pregnancy complications than her mother was a generation ago. —CBS News
THE WORST DRINKS FOR YOUR HEALTH, ACCORDING TO NUTRITIONISTS: Fox News
FLORIDA TOPS LIST OF 10 STATES MOST POPULAR WITH RETIREES: CNBC
STEFON TO RETURN? Variety reports Bill Hader is open to bringing back his most famous SNL creation, one year after retiring the flamboyant gay character out of fear he was perpetuating stereotypes. Tell me what you think!
“EVERYONE DESERVES THE RIGHT TO PLAY:” BRITTNEY GRINER — My latest for the Los Angeles Blade
IN FIRST NEWS CONFERENCE, GRINER VOWS TO NEVER PLAY OVERSEAS AGAIN — EXCEPT MAYBE THE OLYMPICS: Washington Blade
MONTANA GOVERNOR SIGNS BAN ON GENDER AFFIRMING CARE: Los Angeles Blade
BANNED FROM HOUSE, OUT TRANS STATE REP. ZOOEY ZEPHYR LAUNCHES RE-ELECTION BID: Newsweek
MONTANANS RALLY IN SUPPORT OF ZEPHYR: KPAX
SHOCKING COMMENTS BY BAN SPONSOR STATE REP. KERRY SEEKINS-CROWE: She suggested she’d rather risk her child’s death by suicide then allowing her to transition. —Los Angeles Blade
Star Trek Corner
THAT TIME WILLIAM SHATNER AND JERI RYAN CO-STARRED IN A MOVIE: The Digital Fix calls it “one of the worst movies EVER!”
FRANCHISE HONCHO ALEX KURTZMAN COMMENTS ON POTENTIAL FOR STAR TREK LEGACY SPINOFF OF STAR TREK PICARD: Fansided
HOW TO VIEW THE ENTIRE SEASON OF STAR TREK PICARD AND PAST STAR TREK EPISODES: Click here to subscribe to Paramount+
That’s all for tonight! I’ll be back tomorrow with more news to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… Good luck, and good night!
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