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Trade Route: “Mechanic and repair trade programs saw an enrollment increase of 11.5% from spring 2021 to 2022, according to the National Student Clearinghouse. In construction trades, enrollment grew 19.3%, and in culinary programs, it increased 12.7%. Meanwhile, overall enrollment declined 7.8% at public two-year colleges, and 3.4% at public four-year institutions.” While some students skip college, trade programs are booming. (I was an English major at Cal, so I basically went to trade school for newsletter writers without a business model.)

+ Putin Harm’s Way: A Russian warplane accidentally bombed its own city. (Why would Putin care about a few more innocent people killed.)

+ Deep Thoughts: Google is consolidating its AI research divisions into Google DeepMind. Remember, AI is not just about search. It’s not even mostly about search. DeepMind is working on issues ranging from health to climate change. Meanwhile, AI is taking the jobs of Kenyans who write essays for U.S. college students.

+ Bad Beat: The “NFL suspends 5 players, including Lions 2022 first-round pick Jameson Williams, for gambling violations.”

+ Always Be Closing Cases: “Charges against Alec Baldwin have been dropped in the fatal on-set ‘Rust’ shooting, according to sources familiar with the matter.” (These charges were obviously stupid from the get-go. As is the relentless coverage of this story.)

+ Hyundia Hard: “Attorneys general in 17 states on Thursday urged the federal government to recall millions of Kia and Hyundai cars because they are too easy to steal, a response to a sharp increase in thefts fueled by a viral social media challenge.” (We’re at risk of raising a generation of unskilled thieves.)

+ Carbo-Loading Zone: “Pandemic pop-ups pushed the needle for bakeries. When COVID closed restaurants, pop-ups exploded as a way to fill that niche. Baked goods — a combination of take-out-friendly structures and a salve in a sad time — were ready for the taking.” How NYC’s Bakery Lines Became as Fierce as Streetwear Drops.

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