✨ Good morning! Today is Wednesday, July 24, 2019, and it’s finally the day we’ve all been waiting for.
BULLETIN: MEGA MURDER MYSTERY
• The Background
The plot has thickened in a chilling triple murder mystery in northern British Columbia. Two missing teens, 19-year-old Kam McLeod and 18-year-old Bryer Schegelsky, are now suspects in the murder of Australian Lucas Fowler and his American girlfriend Chynna Deese, who were found dead along Alaskan Highway in northern B.C. Four days later, just 20 km away, police found a Dodge pickup truck in Northern B.C. with a dead body nearby. The pickup truck belonged to the two young men, who are now also suspects in that murder. Police have confirmed that McLeod and Schegelsky have left B.C. and have been spotted in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba. It’s likely they will continue travelling until caught, and police are urging the public not to approach them. CTV News
• What Else You Need to Know
B.C. police say they’ve also received several tips regarding another person of interest in the murder of the two tourists. Derek Whisenand, a Texas man who is wanted for murder in the state, crossed over to Canada sometime in late June. The RCMP released a composite sketch of a bearded man who was seen talking to the couple before the pair was found dead. Given the resemblance, it’s possible Whisenand is the man in the sketch.
• What’s Next?
While it’s not yet clear whether the two cases are connected, officials say it’s highly unusual for investigators in the sparsely populated region to have two “complex and dynamic” cases at once.
• Rosselló Resigns?
Despite initial resistance, Puerto Rico’s Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is expected to announce his resignation sometime today after a week of active protests in Puerto Rico’s capital. Rosselló’s chief of staff resigned yesterday over concerns for his family’s welfare, and Rosselló’s office released an official statement that he was taking the people’s best interests into consideration. Protestors had previously said they would remain in the streets until Rosselló stepped down, citing government corruption, poverty, debt, and a slow recovery from the natural disaster of 2017 as reasons in addition to the recent group message media leak. (Sounds like valid reasons to us.) CNN
• U.S.: Getting Defensive
Mark Esper is officially running America’s Department of Defense. Yesterday, the former acting secretary of defense was confirmed as the next Pentagon chief following a chaotic months-long search to find a replacement for James Mattis, who resigned in December. The Senate vote comes amid lingering foreign tensions with a long list of countries, including Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. Esper’s confirmation caps off the longest period the Pentagon has gone without an official defence secretary. The Hill
• World: Boris’ Big Win
There’s a new prime minister across the pond. Former London mayor, Boris Johnson, is taking the reins from Theresa May today, after beating out his rival, Jeremy Hunt. The Tory leader and now PM has made some lofty promises, including getting Brexit done by Oct. 31. (That will be some trick.) Johnson will announce his cabinet once he is invited by the Queen to officially form a government. BBC News
• Cutting (More) Costs
North American domestic merchandise giant, Bed Bath & Beyond, has announced plans to cut its corporate staff by 7% and eliminate the role of chief operating officer in an effort to reduce costs. It’s also cutting several vice president, director, manager and professional staff positions, with the goal of resetting the company’s cost structure, refining its organizational structure, stabilizing and growing sales, and optimizing assets. The expectation is that these changes will lead to an estimated US $30.7 million in pretax net savings. CNBC
• From Meals to Wheels
In its latest endeavour, Uber is taking a page from Amazon and offering customers one, pre-paid subscription service. For a set price of US $24.99 per month, customers will get a discount on every ride, free delivery for all food ordered through Uber Eats, and free rides on Uber’s jump bikes and scooters. The company is testing varying iterations of this new all-in-one pass in Chicago and San Francisco, and will hopefully bring it to other markets in the near future. (Yes, please!) The Verge
📣 QUOTE OF THE DAY
“My heart bleeds with joy, knowing that so many people are going to get help. Everything we asked for, we got.”
– John Feal, a surviving 9/11 first responder, after Congress passed a bill (by a vote of 97–2) to fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which will permanently compensate individuals who were injured during the 2001 terrorist attacks. CNN
• Basketball: New Kids on the Block
Coming off a major high after winning the NBA Finals (and a major low after Kawhi Leonard announced that he’s leaving), the Toronto Raptors are welcoming three new players to the roster. Yesterday, the team revealed that it had signed forwards Devin Robinson and Oshae Brissett, along with centre Sagaba Konate. Brissett, who hails from Mississauga, Ont., spent the last two seasons playing with Syracuse and represented Canada in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Chile, helping the team bring home a silver medal. Robinson played with the Washington Wizards, while Konate was with West Virginia. Globe and Mail
• TIFF Tease
The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its highly anticipated 2019 lineup, and it includes a range of genres, from super-villain origin stories to star-studded biopics to comic book adaptations, along with a few crowd pleasers and indie flicks. The lineup features Joker, Abominable, Judy, Mr. Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, The Lighthouse, The Goldfinch, Blackbird and Hustlers (among others). TIFF kicks off Sept. 5, and ends Sept. 15. Variety
• Naming Nonsense
Arkansas is starting a beef (pun intended) with veggie burgers (and other harmless food items). The state is enacting a new (and frankly, ridiculous) law, set to go into effect this week, prohibiting misleading and confusing names on food items. Those in favour of the law claim veggie burgers should not be referred to as “burgers,” since it could lead people to believe the item is meat-based (though you’d think the word “veggie” right in front would be enough of a hint). The law will also forbid words like meat, sausage, and beef being printed on non-animal products, as well as labelling cauliflower rice as “rice” or almond milk as “milk.” Those who violate the law could be fined up to $1,000 for each violation 💰💰💰 . The Guardian
• Treat Yo’ Self
Today is International Self-Care Day, a holiday dedicated to focusing on what matters most: you! Today (and every day), pay more attention to your needs and well-being.
⚡️ STRAIGHT TO THE POINT
• The DOJ announced it’s opening a broad, antitrust review on whether big tech firms are unlawfully stifling competition.
• South Korean jets fired warning shots at Russian surveillance planes that entered its airspace yesterday. Russia denied violating the country’s airspace.
• Four companies are competing to supply Canada with approximately 80 new jets, to replace the decades-old CF-18s.
• Trump and Congress have agreed to a $1.4-trillion budget to avoid a second government shutdown.
• Get your guac while you still can, people. There’s a widespread avocado crisis in North America, and prices are sure to surge.
• Facebook is warning of a flaw in its Messenger Kids app, which has allowed users to enter group chats with unapproved strangers.
• Freebie F*ck Up
We really hope this was just a coincidence.