THE NIGHTMARE THAT IS LIFE IN SYRIA "Every morning, at the dawn call to prayer, women and children move silently from the Damascus suburb of Douma to the surrounding farm fields, seeking safety from the day’s bombardments by the Syrian government. The walk is part of a surreal routine described by the fraction of Douma’s residents who remain: shopping on half-demolished streets, scavenging wild greens, carrying out mass burials. But not even the fields are safe; recently, medics said, bombs killed two families there -- 10 people, including seven children." As The Washington Post wrote, "Syria is emptying." And take a look at this visualization of the death toll in Syria. [NYT]
'THE BLACK FAMILY IN THE TIME OF INCARCERATION' As Ta-Nehisi Coates writes in his latest opus, the longest story The Atlantic has published in over a decade, "If generational peril is the pit in which all black people are born, incarceration is the trapdoor closing overhead." [The Atlantic]
BERNIE SANDERS’ PROPOSALS TOTAL $18 TRILLION IN NEW SPENDING His proposed program, funded by an increase in taxes, would expand government spending by a third. [WSJ]
SUSPECTED DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY SHOOTER FOUND DEAD Shannon Lamb, who is suspected of shooting dead a Delta State University professor and his domestic partner, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. [Jade Walker, HuffPost]
NORTH KOREA DECLARES RESTART TO NUCLEAR PROGRAM Just what you want. [AP]
AN IMMIGRATION PROGRAM THAT WORKS "Along the Rio Grande, a program designed to reduce cross-border wait times is shrinking the barrier between El Paso and Juarez." [Laura Barron-Lopez, HuffPost]
MOM FOUND PUSHING DEAD TODDLER ON SWING CHARGED Romechia Simms is facing manslaughter and first-degree child abuse charges after police officers found her pushing her 3-year-old on a swing for two days. [Buzzfeed]
FRATERNITY BROTHERS CHARGED IN HAZING DEATH "A grand jury has recommended charges against dozens of fraternity members in the death of a New York City college freshman during a hazing ritual in northeastern Pennsylvania, police said Monday. … Deng was blind-folded, weighted down with a backpack filled with 30 pounds of sand and forced to run a gauntlet during what police say was a brutal fraternity ritual called 'glass ceiling.'" [AP]
INSIDE THE HISTORY OF GLITTER "Like all aspects of visual culture, glitter has something to do with cave paintings and something to do with Cleopatra, Beyoncé of BCE." [Vice]
ALL YOUR '90s NICKELODEON CARTOONS ARE RETURNING The network announced a channel called "The Splat" dedicated to your "Rugrats" and “Rocko’s Modern Life” binge-watching pleasure. [MTV]
WE'RE GETTING A LIVE-ACTION 'MARY POPPINS' MOVIE There's no way to top Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, but who cares: We'll go see it anyways. [Variety]
PORSCHE UNVEILS ELECTRIC CONCEPT CAR We. Want. It. [Wired]
REMEMBER THAT TIME ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER WAS GOVERNOR OF CALIFORNIA? Now he's the host of “The Celebrity Apprentice.” [HuffPost]
A&E TO AIR SPECIAL ON COSBY ACCUSERS Many of the women who appeared on the cover of New York Magazine are slated to speak in the program, which airs Sept. 17. [Vulture]
FORMING A REFUGEE CARAVAN "'It's simple: I own a station wagon, and I'm tired of looking at sad images.' That's how Natalia Álvarez explains the initiative she started last week on Facebook to help refugees in Budapest." [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
’THE DAYS OF AWE AND SYRIA' "In this season of reflection, repentance and renewal, it is also appropriate to consider the moral and political obligations of Germany, Europe, the U.S. and the rest of the world to bring about that peace. In sum: Germany is trying to lead, Europe is going slow, the U.S. is playing for time, and wealthy Arab states are doing nothing." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ A Michigan man has tested positive for the bubonic plague.
~ The guitarist and songwriter for REO Speedwagon, Gary Richrath, has died. He was 65.
~ With this Twitter experiment, Jonathan Sun proved you shouldn't trust everything you read on the Internet (except for what you read in The Morning Email, obviously).
~ Taylor Swift calls Calvin Harris by his real name.
~ Ranking M. Night Shyamalan plot twists.
~ There are a lot of guys in this picture of late night show hosts -- oh wait, they're all guys.
~ Tom Hardy was having none of these questions about his sexuality.
~ We're all about Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade's movie trailer wedding video.
~ Defining the "grey food market" in NYC.
~ Ellen celebrated Emily Blunt's citizenship with a proper scaring.
~ What it's like to be eaten by a crocodile.
~ These grandparents sure know how to rock a wedding photo booth.
~ Your ticket for a free slurpee at 7-Eleven this week.
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