theNewsWorthy: Monday, June 11th, 2018
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TRUMP IN SINGAPORE
The world is watching. Tomorrow is the meeting: the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Both leaders are already in Singapore, where the meeting will happen. Today, Fox News says, President Trump will first meet with Singapore’s prime minister.
On the agenda tomorrow morning: The AP reports the two leaders are expected to first meet one-on-one with translators in a session that could last up to two hours. Then they’re expected to open it up to more of their advisers.
Reminder: President Trump hopes to convince Kim Jong-un to get rid of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, although he’s said more recently it may take more than one meeting. North Korea doesn’t like to open its doors to outsiders. Stay tuned.
Before landing in Singapore, President Trump met with other countries for the G7 summit in Canada (the Group of Seven industrialized nations that meets each year. It includes the U.S., Canada, the UK, France, Japan, Germany, and Italy).
The Wall Street Journal reports all seemed well during the actual meeting as all the countries agreed to put out a joint statement together, but it went south from there. Just hours after Trump left, he changed his mind and said he’s not endorsing that statement.
Why? He criticized Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a series of tweets. President Trump said he was blindsided by the criticism from Trudeau and called him "very dishonest and weak." Trump was reportedly reacting to the Canadian PM's news conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" and will keep retaliatory tariffs in place, if needed.
So now trade tensions between these allies are even more tense.
ANTHONY BOURDAIN'S DEATH
Celebrity chef and CNN host Anthony Bourdain has died. He hosted CNN’s Parts Unknown, and before that, the Travel Channel’s No Reservations. CNN says he was known as someone who used food to explore culture and the human condition.
He was found dead in his hotel room in France, where he was working on a CNN series.
He was 61 and died by suicide.
In fact, a new report found suicide is a growing problem in the U.S. The CDC says it’s a public health issue that’s only getting worse. Studies also show the risk of suicide goes down when people ask for help by calling the National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK.
You can officially say goodbye to net neutrality rules: today is the day they end. You might even see some online protests, like social media graphics or messages about it on certain websites.
REMINDER: Net neutrality is basically the principle that internet service providers, like Comcast and AT&T, can’t block, speed up, or slow down your access to certain online services. One example is that you would have the same access to both Netflix and a small blog, no matter how much each pays. Those rules were put in place under President Obama in 2015. The Trump administration voted to get rid of them.
The FCC says it’s just too much regulation. The chairman has said the net neutrality law actually hurts the growth and innovation surrounding the internet. Critics say the FCC’s action will give certain companies too much controlover what we, the consumers, get to access online.
So what will happen today?
Probably not much. Some state lawmakers are trying to pass their own rules, and there are lawsuits underway as well. Experts say companies will probably wait to see what happens and would likely roll out any changes gradually, anyway.
We talked more about net neutrality in last Thursday’s podcast interview segment (after the news). You’ll hear different viewpoints from two different experts.
Today's Life Lesson:
"Judgment is but a mirror reflecting the insecurities of the person who's doing the judging."
From Optimal Living Daily
YAHOO MESSENGER SHUTS DOWN
You’ll soon say good-bye to one of the first instant messaging apps on the market: Yahoo Messenger. Yahoo’s parent company, Oath, says it’s going away on July 17th.
TechCrunch reports it’s likely because of the popularity of Facebook Messengerand others, like WhatsApp and even Snapchat. Yahoo is now pushing people to the new thing it’s testing: Yahoo Squirrel. It’s a group messaging app.
By the way, if you use Yahoo Mail or Fantasy Sports – not to worry, that’s all staying the same.
Read more: TechCrunch
We have a few big weekend wins in sports to talk about:
The NBA Finals: The Golden State Warriors won it all. They beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4. It means they got their second NBA title in a row and the third one in just four years.
Triple Crown: As expected, Justify won the Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown champion. That’s when a racing horse wins all three of the main racing events of the year.
French Open: Simona Halep from Romania took home the women’s French Open title for the first time. Rafael Nadal from Spain won the men’s French Open title for the 11th time.
It’s a time to celebrate the best of Broadway: Tony Awards 2018. The awards ceremony happened last night at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
'The Band’s Visit' won big with 10 awards, including Best Musical. Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban hosted the night
Also, a teacher credited for saving lives during the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, got the 'Excellence in Theater Education' award. The students from the drama department there even performed a song from the musical Rent and got a standing ovation.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
Ocean's 8 took the top spot at the weekend box office. The movie has well-known stars like Rihanna, Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, and more.
The Hollywood Reporter says the movie brought in $41.5 million in North America on its opening weekend. That’s one of the top ten openings of the year so far.
Ocean's 8 is the fourth movie of the Ocean's franchise.
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