America’s Pastime: “We had nine years for this to not happen again. And yet it did. And now these kids are going to have to go through the same exact thing. That’s just, like, heartbreaking.” The survivors who were able to walk out of Sandy Hook Elementary School nearly a decade ago want to share a message of hope with the children of Uvalde, Texas. (America, folks.)

+ Oh Hail No “Hailstones of record size are falling left and right, and hailstorm damage is growing. But there is surprisingly little research to explain why.” NYT (Gift Article): The Hunt for Big Hail.

+ Bannon Fodder: “Bannon was indicted on six counts, including two counts of money laundering and one count of conspiracy. The charges were brought by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.” Steve Bannon surrenders to N.Y. authorities on ‘Build the Wall’ money-laundering charges. From Bannon: “I have not yet begun to fight. They will have to kill me first.” (What? I’m totally smiling about something else…)

+ Alcarazmataz: Last night, when the Carlos Alcaraz v Jannik Sinner US Open match was 2-2 in the first set, I texted my sister: “This could be an epic match.” More than five hours later, when it was nearly 3am in New York, that prediction looked pretty solid. I watched it and I still can’t believe what I saw, even aside from the behind the back shot. If this is the future of men’s tennis, bring it on. Carlos Alcaraz prevails over Jannik Sinner in latest ever US Open finish.