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No Middle Ground: “We’ve provided Israel advice that only the best of friends can offer on how to minimize civilian deaths, while still achieving its objectives of finding and finishing Hamas terrorists and their infrastructure of violence.” Antony Blinken is back in the Middle East, Netanyahu says Israel opposes temporary ceasefire unless all hostages are freed, US drones searching for hostages, IDF targets ambulance in Gaza, saying Hamas is using them for transport, Israeli officials recommend those traveling abroad to avoid ‘openly displaying Israeli and Jewish symbols,’ Hezbollah chief breaks his silence. Here’s the latest from CNN, BBC, and NBC.

+ Contain Yourself: “When I was homeless, people just didn’t think I was real, they wouldn’t even acknowledge me. This place, it’s a blessing. It gives me hope and motivation to do something different with my life.” Silicon Valley City Wants to Ease Housing Crisis With $150,000 Cargo Containers.

+ Rubbing Salk in the Wound: “This may be difficult to believe in our increasingly contentious era, but America in the ’50s and ’60s had no widespread anti-vaccine movement. Vaccines were viewed as a remarkable innovation that could save millions of lives by preventing potentially deadly diseases.” Jonas Salk, the man who cured polio, ‘would be shocked’ by anti-vaxxers, experts say. (I didn’t cure polio and I’m shocked too.)

+ Death by a Salesman: “After Kenneth Law lost his job as a low-level cook at the Royal York hotel, he found another way to make money: peddling suicide kits on the internet. Now, he’s been linked to the deaths of over 100 people around the world—and their grieving families want justice.” Toronto Life: Merchant of Death.

+ Retirement Plan: “Moving to Florida for early retirement, a native New Jerseyan in her 50s is finding her third act to be the most fun in a community where the average age is 79.” NYT: The Youngest Senior. “One of her favorite activities these days is tech support.”

+ Michugas: “Parsing another team’s signals is allowed in the NCAA if you get them off a TV recording … but ‘in-person scouting’ is prohibited; Stalions seems to have tried to work around this by recruiting random people who lived in the area of other stadiums to do the job, then paying them back on Venmo—a gig economy, if you will, for football crimes.” Michigan Football’s Ridiculous, Dumb, and Unfortunately Altogether Perfect Scandal.

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