He Made Putin Look Weak. Now He's Dead.
Yevgeny Prigozhin, the notorious Russian mercenary leader who attempted a military coup against Vladimir Putin, is among 10 people killed when their plane crashed. Gee, ya think it was an accident?
Good day to all on this Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023, 08/23/23! Here’s a quick look back before diving into today’s news:
On This Day
Eunice Foote, the first scientist to bring attention to the problem of global warming, presented her evidence on this day in 1856.
The FDA fully approved the first vaccine for COVID-19, made by Pfizer, on this day in 2021.
And on this day in 2000, the first-ever season finale of the CBS reality show Survivor premiered. Richard Hatch was the winner.
Here Now the News
RUSSIAN MERCENARY DEAD IN PLANE CRASH: Russian authorities say an aircraft carrying notorious Wagner Chief Yevgeny Prigozhin, the former chef who launched a failed mutiny in June, has crashed on a flight from Moscow to St Petersburg. The plane carried nine others including the crew, There were no survivors.
WAS IT SHOT DOWN? A post by Grey Zone, a Wagner-connected social media channel, claimed that Russian anti-aircraft defences had shot down the plane in the Tver region near the village of Kuzhenkino. It said that residents heard “two bursts of characteristic air defence fire” before the fall of the plane, “and this is confirmed by inversion traces in the sky in one of the videos”, it said, adding that the information was preliminary. —Financial Times
VIDEO SHOWS FLIGHT’S FINAL MOMENTS AND PLANE’S PLUMMET TO EARTH: Instagram
MAUI WILDFIRES INVESTIGATION BY ASSOCIATED PRESS REVEALS THOSE WHO FOLLOWED ORDERS PERISHED; THOSE WHO DISOBEYED SURVIVED —The Associated Press
HUNDREDS REMAIN MISSING: NYT
INDIA LANDS PROBE ON MOON: Just days after Russia’s moon mission ended in disaster, India’s space scientists successfully sent the first unmanned rocket to the moon’s south pole. —Reuters
HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS RELEASE THEIR LATEST PROPOSAL TO STRIKING WRITERS: The New York Times
RUDY GIULIANI SURRENDERS IN GEORGIA: The former NYC mayor and federal prosecutor who made a name for himself putting mobsters in prison is being charged at the Fulton County Jail in connection with the racketeering case against former president Donald Trump. —CNBC
6 THINGS TO WATCH FOR IN TONIGHT’S GOP PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATE: CNN thinks you’re going to watch this. One thing you won’t see? Donald Trump.
“LEAKED” DEBATE MEMOS: Biting political satire from JoJoFromJerz
SPEAKER KEVIN McCARTHY: HOUSE GOP MAY SOON LAUNCH BIDEN IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: NBC News
GEORGIA SCHOOLS BANNING BOOKS: “Flamer” by Mike Curato and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews. —ABC News
OKLAHOMA SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT’S PUSH TO TEACH CHRISTIANITY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS: NBC News
THAT KISS WAS NOT JUST A KISS, SAYS MEGAN RAPINOE: CNN
CONGRATULATIONS, SHA’CARRI RICHARDSON, THE FASTEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD! —Los Angeles Blade
NEW ANTI-ABORTION LAW IN TEXAS DOESN’T INCLUDE THE WORD “ABORTION:” Also, The Ohio Ballot Board is meeting tomorrow to determine what language voters will see in their upcoming November ballot measure. Abortion rights advocates are battling to make sure that the full text of the measure is on the ballot—which is vital considering that anti-abortion groups have launched a multimillion dollar ad campaign that lies to voters about what the measure actually does. — Abortion, Every Day
CONNECTICUT SYNAGOGUE DEMOLISHES HISTORIC BUILDING: “The Deborah Chapel, nearly 137 years of age, passed after a long battle with neglect by her own family. Her strained relationship with kin had not always been her story.” So reads the obituary for a historic Hartford building demolished Wednesday by Congregation Beth Israel. —Hartford Courant
FLORIDA CONSIDERS CRACKDOWN ON TRANS BATHROOM USAGE: NYT
FEDERAL APPEALS COURT RULED ALABAMA CAN ENFORCE BAN ON GENDER-AFFIRMING HEALTHCARE FOR TRANS KIDS: A.P.
“THIS IS WHAT TRANS ERADICATION LOOKS LIKE:” Erin Reed’s Substack, Erin In The Morning
Star Trek Corner
LOWER DECKS CAST TALKS ABOUT “BIG CHANGE” FOR SEASON 4: TrekMovie
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 tomorrow with more stories to help you rise up and start your day. Until then… May your news be good news!
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