2018 Current Events Study Guide

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Tue May 15, 2018 12:18 pm

alietr wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 11:32 am
Dapper Tom Wolfe, novelist ("The Right Stuff", "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test") and journalist is dead at 88.
Also Bonfire of the Vanities
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44130788

Margot Kidder, Lois Lane alongside Christopher Reeve's Superman, died as well at 69
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44115166

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Blue Lion » Tue May 15, 2018 12:36 pm

9021amyers wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 11:16 am
In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 unconditional. The law, which placed a federal ban on sports betting in states where it was not already established (namely, Nevada), was challenged by the state of New Jersey. It, along with all other states, are now free to regulate gambling on sports in the manner they wish.
Somewhat ironically, PAPSA was sponsored by a senator from New Jersey (Bill Bradley); and the majority opinion in Murphy v. NCAA was written by Samuel Alito, a native of New Jersey.

By the way, Delaware was one of the states "grandfathered" by PAPSA. That state never offered single-game sports betting, but it does offer parley card betting on NFL games.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Volante » Tue May 15, 2018 10:37 pm

There's a clue in here somewhere, and I'm just going to quote the whole thing, but it'll probably be either a top or second row clue asking for 'diamond' so it kinda seems redundant...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44134010
A rare blue diamond that has spent the past 300 years in Europe's royal houses has been sold at auction in Geneva for $6.7m (£5m).

The Farnese Blue was given as a wedding present to Elizabeth Farnese, daughter of the Duke of Parma, when she married Philip V of Spain in 1715.

It then passed down through the generations, moving from Spain to France, Italy and Austria.

The 6.1 carat diamond comes from the famous Golconda mine of India.

It sold after just four minutes of bidding at Sotheby's, easily passing the auction house's estimate of $3.5m-$5m.

"We were expecting a good result but we started from $3.5m and we ended up with $6.7m, so we exceeded our expectation," said Sotheby's jewellery specialist, Daniela Mascetti.

"Good jewels, well-designed, well-made, with a signature, with a perfect... slot in time, in age, do very well."

According to the auctioneers' website, the pear-shaped diamond once formed part of a tiara owned by the ill-fated French Queen Marie Antoinette.

The identity of the new owner has not been revealed.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by 9021amyers » Tue May 15, 2018 11:22 pm

The Phoenix Suns, owners of the worst record in the NBA during the 2017-18 season, won the NBA Draft Lottery, thus being awarded the first pick in next month’s draft. This is not newsworthy in itself, except for two things:
  • 2018 is the last year for the NBA Draft Lottery as currently devised, as the league is attempting to de-emphasize tanking: teams not in playoff contention deliberately play to lose in order to finish with the worst record (and the best lottery odds).
  • The Atlanta Hawks were awarded the third pick in the draft: they were represented at the draft lottery by ’80s teen actress Jami Gertz, who alongside her husband is the team’s majority shareholder.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by alietr » Wed May 16, 2018 8:11 am

And speaking of sports ... the guy who used to sit next to me in Finance class in business school is purchasing the Carolina Panthers for $2.2 billion.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by davey » Wed May 16, 2018 2:33 pm

Volante wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 12:18 pm
alietr wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 11:32 am
Dapper Tom Wolfe, novelist ("The Right Stuff", "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test") and journalist is dead at 88.
Also Bonfire of the Vanities
The Right Stuff" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" are nonfiction. "Bonfire of the Vanities" - definitely a novel

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by MarkBarrett » Wed May 16, 2018 4:00 pm

More LL than J!, but Yanny vs. Laurel

If you don't know what this is, you will.

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Post by alietr » Wed May 16, 2018 4:14 pm

MarkBarrett wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 4:00 pm
More LL than J!, but Yanny vs. Laurel

If you don't know what this is, you will.
Make. It. Stop.
davey wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 2:33 pm
Volante wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 12:18 pm
alietr wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 11:32 am
Dapper Tom Wolfe, novelist ("The Right Stuff", "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test") and journalist is dead at 88.
Also Bonfire of the Vanities
The Right Stuff" and "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" are nonfiction. "Bonfire of the Vanities" - definitely a novel
You are correct, sir. I should have called him an author to be more accurate.

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Post by Volante » Thu May 17, 2018 12:17 pm

Sweden, through it's official Twitter account, calls Swedish meatballs Turkish in origin.

https://twitter.com/swedense/status/990223361648275456
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/02/worl ... urkey.html
Turks rejoiced. Some Swedes were dismayed. And the revelation set off some good-natured ribbing between the two countries.

“My whole life has been a lie,” one Swede lamented on Twitter.

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Post by opusthepenguin » Thu May 17, 2018 6:21 pm

Hijacker D. B. Cooper has been identified (once again). This time it turns out he was former military paratrooper and intelligence operative Walter R. Reca of Michigan. You'll never have to know the name, of course, but there could be a clue about a former military paratrooper being identified as this long sought criminal.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/17/db ... laims.html

Personally, I disagree. I identified Cooper years ago as a fairly well known public figure. Right after the hijacking he grew a beard to disguise himself. But nobody listens to Opus. Take a look at a side by side comparison and tell me I'm wrong.
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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by Blue Lion » Sat May 19, 2018 11:27 am

Plenty of trivia surrounding today's wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Most likely to come up: They are now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex:

https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/19/europe/r ... index.html

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Post by Volante » Sat May 19, 2018 7:37 pm

Justify is now 2 for 2 in Triple Crown races, winning the Preakness
https://screengrabber.deadspin.com/just ... 1826171271

That is, if you could see through the fog. :lol:

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Post by MarkBarrett » Mon May 21, 2018 12:03 pm

The Outsider by Stephen King - 11-year-old boy killed and Little League coach arrested (out tomorrow - the book not the coach)

The Reckoning by John Grisham - local war hero (Clanton, MS) kills reverend in 1946 (being published in October)

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Post by Volante » Mon May 21, 2018 11:20 pm

Not sure if this will last long enough to be clue worthy, but pocket it just in case.

Elon Musk, a.k.a. Tesla CEO and real life Tony Stark, is dating singer c, nee Grimes (this is fair game), nee Claire Boucher (this not so much).
https://news.avclub.com/grimes-gives-he ... 1826214800

Yes, c. The constant for the speed of light, as seen in E=mc^2

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by IronNeck » Tue May 22, 2018 12:17 am

Volante wrote:
Mon May 21, 2018 11:20 pm
Elon Musk, a.k.a. Tesla CEO and real life Tony Stark,
His superpower is convincing governments to give him billions of dollars in taxpayer money without producing any tangible results!

In terms of trivia, Musk is twice married and twice divorced, with his first ex being a Canadian YA author.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by cf1140 » Tue May 22, 2018 9:44 am

Can someone link the five biggest stories in space news from the last 14 months. A certain upcoming trivia competition likes questions about recent space news.

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by econgator » Tue May 22, 2018 9:48 am

cf1140 wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:44 am
Can someone link the five biggest stories in space news from the last 14 months.

Or ...

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by cf1140 » Tue May 22, 2018 9:52 am

econgator wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:48 am
cf1140 wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:44 am
Can someone link the five biggest stories in space news from the last 14 months.

Or ...
There's this... https://www.space.com/news


.but it's got way too many stories to sift thru

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Post by Peachbox » Tue May 22, 2018 7:20 pm

Attorney and presidential adviser Richard Goodwin, husband of author Doris Kearns Goodwin, has died at 86.

Not sure if his name's well-known, but may come up in regard to his writing LBJ's "Great Society" and "We Shall Overcome" speeches, Al Gore's concession speech in 2000, and his investigating the scandal of quiz program Twenty One (part of his memoir being a basis for the 1994 movie Quiz Show).

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Re: 2018 Current Events Study Guide

Post by cinemaniax7 » Wed May 23, 2018 12:04 am

Key literary figures of the 1960s and beyond, both Philip Roth and Tom Wolfe died within the past seven days.

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