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The Play’s the Thing: “‘My work has been staged around the world — and the only place where it has been censored is in Iran,’ Cruz, 62, told me in an interview from his Miami home. Until now — when the first Hispanic to win the Pulitzer Prize in drama, a distinction that, in 2003, also brought prestige to his hometown’s booming literary and theater scenes, appears to have become the latest victim of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ culture wars.” Miami-Dade schools censor Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, won’t let students see his play. If you missed it yesterday, check out this related story on how America is overdosing on the opiate of the masses.

+ War Games: “Momentum has switched back and forth before, and Ukraine’s American allies, for one, were careful not to declare a premature victory since Russian President Vladimir Putin still has troops and resources to tap.” But things are not looking good for Putin. Ukraine piles pressure on retreating Russian troops. (Ukraine shouldn’t stop until they take Russia and Mar-a-Lago.) Meanwhile, it’s important to note just how involved the allies are in the fight. NYT: The Critical Moment Behind Ukraine’s Rapid Advance. “Together Britain, the United States and Ukraine conducted an assessment of the new plan, trying to war game it once more. This time officials from the three countries agreed it would work.”

+ Emm Dash: With shows like Succession, White Lotus, and Hacks, HBO was the big winner at the Emmys last night. Here are all the winners, and the snubs and surprises. (I watch a ton of TV. And I love many of the performances nominated for Emmys. But Jon Bernthal gave the performance of the year in We Own This City.)

+ Dirt Road I’m not sure we needed a whistleblower to tell us that Twitter is wildly mismanaged. But Peiter “Mudge” Zatko just told a Senate committee that, “Twitter leadership is misleading the public, lawmakers, regulators and even its own board of directors. The company’s cybersecurity failures make it vulnerable to exploitation, causing real harm to real people.” While Zatko is sharing dirt on Twitter, a bunch of orgs are trying to dig up dirt on Zatko. Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker: The Search for Dirt on the Twitter Whistle-Blower.

+ Seeing is Relieving: “Beyond spotting the presence of disease, the test predicts where the cancer is, allowing doctors to fast-track the follow-up work needed to locate and confirm a cancer.” Blood test spots multiple cancers without clear symptoms.

+ Learning to Ride a Bike (Through the Apocalypse): “Each of the tasks takes the form of obstacles that people volunteering relief in a disaster might encounter: rough terrain to traverse, rubble to clear, messages to deliver, water to carry. As in a real disaster, we won’t know what the route is or what we need to do until we’re handed our maps an hour before the start.” Wired: When the Big One Hits Portland, Cargo Bikers Will Save You.

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