Wednesday, July 24, 2019 View this email in your browser

Sound bites: Two Canadian teen boys are wanted for murder • Robert Mueller is facing Congress today • Boris Johnson is Britain’s new prime minister • the U.S. has extended its 9/11 compensation fund • Coca-Cola is launching an alcoholic drink in Japan.



Two Canadian teens are wanted for the murder of three people. Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 - who were originally reported missing - are now suspected of murdering one couple and one unidentified man.

What’s this about?
On July 15th, a young couple on a road trip to Alaska was found shot dead on the Alaska highway. Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese were just a few days into a three-week vacation. A few days after their bodies were found, the truck of McLeod and Schmegelsky (the teen boys) was found in the Dease Lake, B.C. area. A few days after that, a third dead body was found just 2km away from that truck. The boys are on the loose and thought to be in northern Saskatchewan.


Former FBI special counsel Robert Mueller is reluctantly facing Congress today to talk about his investigation, and conclusion, into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. election.
Remind me.
Last month, Mueller finally revealed his 400-page report. He concluded that Russia definitely meddled in the election, but couldn’t say that President Trump or his team were involved. Following the disputed contents of the report, Mueller spoke out publicly, saying he didn’t find any collusion between Russia and Trump’s team but couldn’t clear the president of wrongdoing either. Meaning, there’s still a legal grey area in Trump’s shady dealings (see: Stormy Daniels and the Moscow Tower). Despite saying he no longer wants to talk about it, today, Mueller will answer questions from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committee in two different sessions. 
That’s a long day. 
He’ll start by talking about the times Trump tried to get in the way of his investigation and tried to obstruct justice. Then, he’ll move on to discuss Russia’s interference in the election.


Boris Johnson is Britain’s new prime minister. In May, former PM Theresa May stepped down after failing to secure a deal for Britain’s successful exit from the European Union (aka Brexit). Her last day is today. Johnson received over 92,000 votes to become Britain’s new leader. The 55-year-old spent two years as foreign secretary and was the former mayor of London. He sided with Brexit in 2016 and says he wants to get Britain out of the E.U. by Oct. 31, no matter what. Johnson has been described as the Donald Trump of Britain and is known for his dishevelled look and clumsy antics.


The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund was extended to 2090, effectively helping people who were injured in the 2001 terrorist attacks for the rest of their lives. The fund has already distributed over $10 billion to the families of the thousands of people killed and to over 2,000 others who were injured. But the fund was going to run out of money by next year. Championed by former The Daily Show host Jon Stewart, the House passed the bill earlier this month, and the U.S. Senate passed it yesterday 97-2.


Coca-Cola is switching things up. The company just announced that it’s launching an alcoholic drink in Japan called Lemon-do. After a successful test run last May, the drink will officially launch in October. The lemon-flavoured beverage, available with 3% and 7% alcohol, is Coca-Cola’s take on a Japanese canned drink called Chūhai, a popular (and cheaper) alternative to beer in the country. But, if any of this sounds tasty, you’ll have to take the 13-hour flight to Japan to get a sip; Coca-Cola said it’s likely launching exclusively in Japan. But don’t worry, Coca-Cola with Coffee will be available by 2020 – #blessed.


The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) recently announced that it opened a second solar-powered hospital in Syria. The hospital will now be able to use energy from the sun to stay open and running during diesel shortages that are common in the war-torn region. The war in Syria has left power grids damaged and forced hospitals to rely on diesel for power. But with a facility run by solar energy, there’s hope that those who need help can get it – no matter what.


• Taylor Swift just dropped a new song off her upcoming album, Lover. Listen to The Archer.

• Canadian Lennon Stella is releasing a new track with The Chainsmokers today.

• Watch the first trailer for Harriet, the incredible true story of Harriet Tubman.

• Sometimes one emoji just isn’t enough. The Emoji Mashup Bot does something we didn’t know we needed - combine two emojis into one. 

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