Two Americans infected by the deadly Ebola virus are being evacuated from West Africa. Aid workers Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol are said to be in grave condition. Hundreds of people have already died from this Ebola outbreak, and many are expressing concern about the possibility of an Ebola coming to the US. But officials are reassuring that such worry isn’t necessary. By the way, Dr. Brantly reportedly “took a slight turn for the worse overnight” and was in “stable but grave condition.” And in an amazing act, when he was offered an experimental drug to treat his illness, he requested that the serum be given to fellow aid worker Nancy Writebol instead.
There’s a tropical storm headed toward the Caribbean. Her name is Bertha. Warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, the US, and British Virgin Islands.
A measure that would have pumped emergency funds into the border crisis is stalled in the Senate. During a night session, Republicans blocked a bill that would have given President Obama two-point-seven billion dollars to deal with the influx of unaccompanied migrant children across the southern border. House Republicans will meet this morning for a final try at hammering out a bill before their August recess.
President Bill Clinton says he could have gotten Osama bin Laden. While at a speaking engagement in Australia, Clinton admitted that he had missed chance to get Osama bin Laden just hours before the horrific September 11th attacks. He said, quote, "I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him. I nearly got him once. I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.”
A 24-year-old single mom from Michigan is now a multi-millionaire! Kelsey Zachow came forward as the winner of the $66-million Mega Million jackpot. She’s a single mom and WAS working as a medical assistant and bartender for extra cash. Now she'll take the lump sum of $26-million after taxes, and use some of the money to set up college funds for her kids and baby brother.
And it just got easier for young girls to be fashionable and smart. Last month, New Jersey mom Lisa Rider was looking through the Land’s End catalog when she noticed that boy’s shirts had science themes but girls’ did not. She posted a letter to the company on Facebook explaining that her nine-year-old daughter and many of her friends loved science, and was excited when she saw the boys’ shirts, only to realize that the only girls options were “sparkly tees with rhinestones, non-realistic looking stars, and a design featuring a dog dressed like a princess and wearing a tutu.” The letter went viral and Lands End announced this week that they’ve now added a line of science-themed T-shirts for girls. They even said, quote, “Based on your response to the tees, we will continue to add new styles moving forward.”
And long-lost Dr. Seuss stories are going to be published. On September 9th, Random House is going to print four Dr. Seuss stories that haven’t been seen since the ‘50s. The new collection will be called Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories. They’re early works, so Dr. Seuss was still perfecting his craft. A slightly different version of the Grinch character makes an appearance.
And North Korea has a new enemy: “Choco Pies.” They’re a South Korean snack made of chocolate and marshmallow. They were given to North Koreans working in South Korea as overtime payment, because North Korea doesn’t allow employees to be paid in cash bonuses. Workers brought the desserts home, their families started craving them. Soon, a black market developed and the candy bars were sold for up to $10 a piece. The North Korean government didn’t like this symbol of capitalism, so they banned the Choco Pies. So South Korean activists are sending the candy to their fellow chocolate lovers across the border via helium balloons.