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“Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.”
― Benjamin Franklin
• Starting very soon, your Netflix and Spotify bill will include an additional 9% tax thanks to a new ruling by the city of Chicago Finance Department which they expect to bring in about $12 million each year. [CHICAGO TRIBUNE]
• Reports are coming in this morning of an active shooter at the 41-acre Navy Yard in Washington, located less than a mile south of the U.S. Capitol, which has been placed on lockdown. This began around 7:30 a.m. EST, You’ll remember there was a mass shooting, that killed 12 people, there in 2013 by Aaron Alexis. Navy security has reported two shooters on the compound. [USA TODAY]
• A train car carrying flammable and toxic gas derailed in Blount County in the Maryville area, south of Knoxville, Tenn. and caught fire late last night.
• In the Philippines, a ferry with 189 passengers and crew aboard capsized shortly after leaving the central port of Ormoc City on the island of Leyte. So far 36 people have died and least 127 passengers were rescued and the captain and some of the crew of the overturned ferry boat have been rescued and are in custody pending an investigation. [REUTERS]
• More Greece debt news…Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek Finance Minister, says he’ll quit if Greece votes to accept creditors’ bailout proposals in Sunday’s referendum, calling the crisis a political crises not a banking problem (what’s that river in Africa, that rhymes with style called?). In the event of a “yes” vote, “I will not” be finance minister on Monday evening, though he is recommending a “no” vote. He is confident there won’t be a ‘Yes’ verdict. [BLOOMBERG]
• Snapchat is making it easier for you to view those 24 hour snaps because now you don’t have to hold a finger down to view snaps and stories but rathr a tap (like IG). It’s also making it easier to add friends with an “add nearby” feature or by use images of Snapchat QR codes in your camera roll to add friend which works like this- see a Snapcode you’d like to add; screenshot it, open Snapchat, and choose “add by Snapcode.” Speaking of updates, after news broke about Whole Foods overcharging, co-CEOs of Whole Foods John Mackey and Walter Robb apologized to customer who were accidentally overcharged for sliced fruit, fresh squeezed juices and sandwiches with a “100% guarantee.” [THE VERGE]
• Rihanna’s #BBHMM (B!tch Better Have My Money) video dropped last night and it is KUH-RAZY! Blood, Blunts, Boobs, Eric Roberts and bongs all make appearances. She also set record as the first artist to surpass more than 100 million cumulative digital singles in recording industry making her the top digital singles artist coming in ahead of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry [USA TODAY]
• TOMS in an effort to quell cynics of its ‘One for One’ ethos, is letting people tag along on one of its giving trips to Peru through a virtual reality headset giving “the audience a bird’s-eye view of the dusty terrain in a remote part of Peru before plopping them next to its employees as they measure kids’ feet for shoes and play soccer with them between pastel-painted buildings in the village.” The Chicago store (1611 N Damen Ave.) will receive one of the kits. [WWD]
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