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Good Morning, it’s Wednesday, 14 March 2018 and this is the Morning Edition of The Nightshift.
Dr. Stephen Hawking has died. The brilliant physicist, whose mind changed the way we view the universe, has died at the age of 76. Hawking overcome massive physical disabilities (he had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, i.e. Lou Gehrig’s disease) to become perhaps the most noted scientist of our time.
In news from other minds not so brilliant, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired yesterday by President Donald Trump (via Twitter, not face-to-face) in a move that many saw coming for months. Mike Pompeo, currently head of the CIA, will be nominated as the new Secretary of State. Tillerson and Trump did not see eye-to-eye on almost anything and Tillerson was noticeably out of the loop on big foreign policy initiatives (like the proposed talks with North Korea). Rex Tillerson was formerly the head of Exxon Mobil and his skills as an executive did not appear to translate into skills as a diplomat. It was a bad career move for Tillerson to join the Trump White House but at least it has been brought to an end. The State department suffered a large losses in experienced personnel under Tillerson and many jobs there remain unfilled. Pompeo and Trump agree on many areas of foreign policy, although Pompeo–a West Point graduate–is a hawk on Russia. Be interesting to see how that works out.
The first two games of the NCAA tournament were played yesterday, Radford surprised LIU Brooklyn and St. Bonaventure took down UCLA. There are two more play-in games today, with Texas Southern vs. North Carolina Central and Syracuse playing Arizona State. Tomorrow, the full field goes into action.
Today is National Potato Chip Day. Grab a bag and celebrate. And, if you’re on a no-carb diet, it’s also National Write Down Your Story Day. There’s a pen and paper on top of the desk.
What We’re Listening to in the Media Bunker: The March Playlist, compiled by music editor/music correspondent DJ Tschugge. The Nightshift is the only news site that provides you with music to get and keep you moving. And remember–we add new music every day.
The front pages (and sometimes more) of the world’s great English language newspapers are linked below. The International Headlines are all at your fingertips, below. As always, thanks for dropping by. We have added the English language feed of Agence France-Presse to the news index along with the McClatchy DC News Bureau.
The Times (London
Financial Times (UK)
The Irish Times (Dublin, Ireland)
The Wall Street Journal (European edition)
Washington Post (Washington, D.C.)
New York Times (New York)
The Boston Globe (Boston)
The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles)
Daily News Egypt (Cairo)
South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
The Moscow Times (Moscow)
Le Figaro (Paris)
Bloomberg.com (New York)
The Jerusalem Post (Jerusalem)
The Japanese Times (Tokyo)
The Local (Oslo)
The Buenas Aires Herald (Buenas Aires)
The Sidney Morning Herald (Sidney)
Deadline Hollywood (Hollywood)
FiveThirtyEight (New York City)
Politico (Washington, DC)
Lawfareblog (Washington, DC)
Wired (San Francisco, CA)
The Weather Channel
CNN News Text Site
McClatchy DC Bureau
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