THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
- A disturbing new trend-flash mob robberies, where a group of people storm into store, grab everything they can carry and run out. 60 teens gang-looted a Walgreens store in Philadelphia the other day.
- HBO Max is the new name for AT&T's streaming service. Since AT&T acquired Time Warner last year it has been working to compete with Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, as well as new services being introduced by Disney and Comcast's NBCUniversal.
- A new type of parenting coach is gaining in popularity. As reported in the New York Times, they are paid to help raise your child to be phone-free. One woman runs a network of 500 coaches that includes a training system. They charge $80 in smaller cities and up to $250 in larger cities.
- On the island of Sommaroy in Norway, the sun doesn't set for 69 days in summer, due to its location north of the Arctic Circle. Because of that, they want to become the first place in the world that doesn't observe time.
- Actor Rip Torn passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88.
- Jay-Z has been hired as a chief brand strategist for a California-based marijuana company.
- Britain's ambassador to the U.S. abruptly resigned yesterday following a dispute over the diplomat's leaked emails that were critical of President Donald Trump.
- Busy day for the U.S. Women's Soccer Team yesterday. They enjoyed a ticker-tape parade in New York, then hopped on a jet to fly out to L.A. in time for the ESPY Awards.
- New research shows consumers are increasingly comfortable self-installing smart energy devices, such as smart light bulbs, smart thermostats, and smart plugs/adapters.
- The very last Volkswagen Beetle rolled off the assembly line yesterday in Puebla, Mexico.
- The world's coffee growers are seeking to set a minimum price to help poor farmers.
- The idea is being floated out there of splitting the Tampa Ray's home games between Florida and Montreal.
- A study says the nation's pothole problem is getting worse.
- Dozens of people have been arrested recently in Copenhagen for riding scooters while drunk or on drugs.
- A Colombian bishop is planning to exorcise an entire city this weekend, sprinkling holy water from a helicopter.
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