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South Parked: “An Indian spacecraft landed on the rugged, unexplored south pole of the moon on Wednesday in a mission seen as crucial to lunar exploration and India’s standing as a space power, just days after a similar Russian lander crashed. ‘This moment is unforgettable. It is phenomenal. This is a victory cry of a new India,’ said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”

+ Fulton County Total Landscaping: Six defendants in the Trump Georgia case have surrendered at the Fulton County Jail, so far. Rudy Giuliani has landed in Atlanta for his mugshot. Here’s the latest for CNN. Meanwhile, in a major twist in the Mar-a-Lago documents case, “a key witness against former President Donald Trump and his two co-defendants in the Mar-a-Lago documents case recanted previous false testimony and provided new information implicating the defendants after he switched lawyers.” Basically, Yuscil Taveras, the director of information technology at Mar-a-Lago, decided to tell the truth after he stopped being represented by one of Trump’s lawyers. The great flipping has begun.

+ Pregame Injury: “North Dakota governor and Republican presidential candidate Doug Burgum suffered a high-grade tear of his Achilles tendon while playing a game of pick-up basketball with his staff Tuesday.” Burgum is questionable for tonight’s debate.

+ The Wheels on the Bus: “School bus driver positions have long been hard to fill, largely because of the job’s expectations and low pay. But since COVID, the problem has reached crisis levels. Driver shortages are the rule, not the exception.” A USA Today analysis of news coverage and local statistics found at least one instance of a major school bus driver shortage in every state this year.

+ Brow Beaten: “Broward County tourism officials say that financial losses are continuing to mount as conventions once scheduled for Fort Lauderdale have opted to go someplace else … They cite Florida’s culture wars on issues that critics say attack Blacks, gays, and transgender youth, as well as policies targeting state universities as well as migrants.”

+ See Spot None: “Giraffe experts believe she is the only solid-colored reticulated giraffe living anywhere on the planet.” A rare spotless giraffe was born in a Tennessee zoo. (The Tennessee legislature wants to ban it and Florida refuses to teach kids about it.)

+ No Turtle-necking: CDC warns not to ‘kiss or cuddle your turtle‘ as salmonella outbreak spreads to 11 states. (How do you explain this to your turtle?)

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