Thursday, July 27, 2017

FYI: We will not be publishing anything next week (July 29th – August 4th). We will return on Monday, August 7th.


CTE found in nearly 90 percent of brains donated by football players

Researchers say that nearly all former NFL players examined in a recent study showed signs of brain damage. In recent years, football has gotten scrutiny for the long-term damage it can do to players’ bodies. The game has been linked to CTE, a disease believed to be caused by repeated blows to the head that can lead to symptoms like memory loss, depression, and confusion. It can only be diagnosed after a player dies, when docs can get a look at the brain. In this recent study, doctors checked out more than 100 brains of now-deceased NFL players. And found that all except one had CTE. They also found it in people who only played football in high school or college. The research isn’t representative of all players, since most of the brains examined were donated by families who suspected CTE. But researchers say it’s clear this is a problem for the football world. The NFL – which until recently has been on the fence about the link between football and long-term brain damage – said it’s working on improving players’ health, but that there are still a lot of “unanswered questions” about what causes CTE. (ESPN)


SoftBank Reportedly Approached Uber About a ‘Multibillion-Dollar Stake’

Earlier this week, the Japanese company, SoftBank, reportedly said it’s interested in taking a major stake in Uber. One day after announcing that it’s pouring money into one of Uber’s biggest rivals. SoftBank has its hands in everyone from China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba to the US telecom network Sprint. And has a stake in Didi – the Chinese ride-hailing company that bought out Uber’s China operations last year. Didi and SoftBank announced they were teaming up to invest in Grab – Uber’s main rival in Southeast Asia. So it seemed like SoftBank was out to clip Uber’s wheels. But now it looks like the company just wants to bet on every horse in the ride-hailing race. (Fortune)


Trump announces ban on transgender individuals serving in military

President Trump touched off a firestorm Wednesday after tweeting that he wants to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military in any capacity — citing advice from his “generals” and medical costs. In a series of tweets, he wrote: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow… Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming..victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.” The president’s tweets came only a few weeks after Defense Secretary James Mattis said he would give military chiefs another six months to conduct a review to determine if allowing transgender individuals to enlist in the armed services will affect the “readiness or lethality” of the force. The deadline for that review was Dec. 1, 2017. (Fox News)


Coke Zero out, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar in due to recipe change

One of Coca-Cola’s best-known diet soft drinks is getting a tweak in name, taste and packaging. Coca-Cola said Wednesday (7/26) that it would replace Coke Zero in the U.S. market with a new diet soft drink, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, after foreign sales of the new recipe and brand showed encouraging signs. To avoid the inevitable comparisons to the New Coke brand that flopped in the 1980s as a reformulated replacement for Coca-Cola, the beverage giant says it spent more than five years on research, recipe mixing and testing of Coca-Cola Zero Sugar before starting sales. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar will get fresh packaging featuring more of Coca-Cola Classic’s trademark red wrapping, with a splash of black to reflect Coke Zero’s previous look. Now sold in more than 25 markets, the fizzy drink is set to hit the U.S. in August. After Coca-Cola Zero Sugar comes to the U.S., Coke Zero will be phased out. (USA Today)


Two Men Climb A 382-Foot Bridge To Spray-Paint Graffiti And Get Stuck

Let this be a lesson:  don’t climb up anything you can’t climb down from. Two men are under arrest after police were forced to rescue them from atop the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia. The men climbed one of the bridge’s 382-foot towers to spray paint graffiti at the top, but when they tried climbing back down, they got stuck and had to call 911. Police had to stop traffic on the bridge for 90 minutes while they used safety harnesses to rescue the men. The two men were taken into custody, but their names have not been released. (Time)


‘Flashy’ Florida Boy Caught 4 Times in 6 Weeks for Car Theft

A 10-year-old Florida boy described by police as “flashy” cut off his ankle monitor the day after being charged with stealing a car and stole another one. Police say it was his fourth arrest for car theft in six weeks. Daytona Beach police Sgt. Tim Ehrenkaufer tells investigators have noticed a brashness that’s not common in children that young. Ehrenkaufer says the boy has a “look-at-me attitude.”  In fact, Capt. Jennifer Krosschell said the boy is so small that when police seized the stolen car “the driver’s seat was pushed up to the steering wheel.” He was first arrested in June after police say he stole a car. (Daytona Beach News Journal)


Thirsty Thursday offers us:

*Barbie-in-a-blender Day 
*National Chili Dog Day  (Last Thursday)
*National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
*Take Your Houseplant For A Walk Day 

*National Intern Day  (4th Thursday)
*National Refreshment Day  (4th Thursday)
*Walk on Stilts Day 

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