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- Hurricane Laura — described as "Katrina on fossil fuel steroids" — made landfall in Louisiana on Thursday morning as a Category 4 storm, with a 150 m.p.h. winds and a massive storm surge.
- ESPN has the inside story of how NBA players organized last night's unprecedented wildcat strike, and what might happen next.
- Trash is piling up in local parks, a portent of a "city spiraling toward decline," according to the Times. (ft. helpful death knell visuals, such as a pack of cigarettes and a single plastic bag flapping in the wind).
- Somewhat related: Suffolk County is making a play for New Yorkers vacationing on Long Island to stay there permanently.
- In case you needed something new to worry about: what if November's election is Bush v. Gore all over again?
- Before Blue Lives Matter vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse allegedly killed two protesters in Kenosha, Facebook ignored multiple warnings about his militia group's "call to arms."
- In a stunning segment, even by his standards, Tucker Carlson defended the suspected killer, saying he was trying to "maintain order."
- The city has quietly squashed plans for a busway on Fifth Avenue, Streetsblog reports, after retail owners complained of "signage clutter" and traffic fears. On the bright side, there's a bike lane.
- A Broad Channel vape shop owner began selling fishing supplies after the state cracked down on e-cig flavors. But now the owner of Vape, Bait & Tackle say he's being smoked out by his Howard Beach competition.
- And finally, the Prince estate just dropped a previously unreleased studio run-through of the late genius performing "Forever In My Dreams":
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