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Local Area Network: “Two men have been arrested on charges that they helped establish a secret police outpost in New York City on behalf of the Chinese government, and more than three dozen officers with China’s national police force have been charged with using social media to harass dissidents inside the United States, the Justice Department said Monday. The cases, taken together, are part of a series of Justice Department prosecutions in recent years aimed at disrupting Chinese government efforts to locate in America pro-democracy activists and others who are openly critical of Beijing’s policies.”

+ Forgotten Coup: “In the early days of a brutal 2021 military crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar, members of the nascent resistance movement began asking ‘how many dead bodies’ it would take for the world community to act. More than two years on from a coup that installed military rule in the Southeast Asian country, pro-democracy protesters say they have yet to receive an adequate answer.” Military violence in Myanmar is worsening amid fierce resistance and international ambivalence.

+ Wrong Block: “He was shot Thursday night when he drove to a home a few blocks away from his own to pick up his twin younger brothers. He didn’t have a phone with him and went to the wrong block.” Homeowner shoots, injures Black teen who went to wrong house. More from CNN.

+ Dissent Away: “I do not ask this court for anything. I know the verdict. I knew it a year ago when I saw people in black uniforms and black masks running after my car in the rearview mirror. Such is the price for speaking up in Russia today.” Russia sentences opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza to 25 years in prison. Meanwhile, the U.S. ambassador has visited Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich in Russian prison. “He is in good health and remains strong.”

+ Mob Family: “At stake were more than two dozen residential and commercial properties worth millions of dollars. Anthony Zottola wanted to control them, prosecutors said, and saw his father, Sylvester Zottola, and his older brother, Salvatore, as obstacles.” Mobster’s son gets life sentence for orchestrating dad’s murder.

+ Control (Cob)alt Delete: “Only 25 percent of the cobalt Apple used last year was recycled. While thats’s up from 13 percent in 2021, that makes the new target more ambitious than others.” Apple’s batteries will use 100 percent recycled cobalt by 2025.

+ Old Man and the C: “Italian police scooped up two tons of cocaine, wrapped in protective plastic and bobbing in the sea off eastern Sicily.”

+ Masked Singer: It “has played almost 14,000 performances to audiences of over 20 million, grossing over $1.3 billion. An estimated 6,500 people have been employed by the production – including over 400 actors – and it takes a cast, orchestra and crew of 125 to put on the show. On Monday, it will all be over.” ‘Phantom of the Opera’ takes a final Broadway bow.

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