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  • A year and a half after the killing of George Floyd, Minneapolis residents will vote next week on a ballot measure to abolish the police department and replace it with a vaguely defined "Public Safety Department" (there will still be officers with guns however).
  • It turns out that the skateboarding vandal who threw paint on a George Floyd bust in Union Square earlier this month is a middling actor who was previously arrested for breaking curfew after the Capitol riot and, before that, once had a small role on Parks and Recreation.
  • Bloomberg has a detailed look at how the federal government and rich homeowners are going to spend billions of dollars in the coming years to dredge up sand and build seawalls to protect Fire Island and the Hamptons from some of the effects of global warming.
  • For no real reason, cryptocurrency fans have gotten into buying cubes of tungsten, which are really expensive and really heavy.
  • Elementary schools around the country are banning Squid Game Halloween costumes because they don't want kids emulating the show's death matches or whatever exactly happens in the Squid Game.
  • The BBC has released a 10-point plan to ensure "fair, accurate, and unbiased content," an initiative launched in response to the scandal around Martin Bashir's weaselly 1995 Princess Diana interview.
  • The Madison Avenue ad people who invented Count Chocula and Franken Berry recount what it was like coming up with such awesome cereal characters.
  • At the San Diego Zoo, two California condor chicks managed to hatch from eggs that were never fertilized, giving new hope for the beleaguered species and the mysterious process of asexual reproduction.
  • Sweet kick dude.
  • And finally, cat and mouse 2.0: