Here’s what’s happening today:
1. What we’re reading about Nice
“French officials identified Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, as the driver of the truck that slammed into a crowd of revelers gathered for a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, France, killing at least 84 people.”
+1: France’s Far-Right slams Bastille Day security.
+1: Follow the Guardian’s live updates.
2. Talk to the hand
“Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said Friday the city does not need permission from the province to pass a municipal bylaw banning texting while walking.
“‘Road safety is our priority, but it is a shared responsibility amongst all road users. Keep your head up when crossing the road and always be aware of your surroundings!’ said Del Duca, whose government is currently doing an advertising blitz warning about the dangers of texting and driving.”
3. Your therapist is typing ….
“Between guided mindfulness and text-based therapy, the world of mental health apps ranges from benevolently innocuous to a big, unregulated question mark.”
4. Trump Pence 2016
“Trump’s elevation of Pence, a former House leader who is has built a deep well of relationships across the conservative movement, was received enthusiastically in some quarters of the GOP — at least initially having Trump’s intended effect of bringing together Republican factions that had been cool to his candidacy.”
5. Enjoy that cheap airfare while it lasts
“During the summer vacation season, think of a commercial airplane as a flying, broken cash machine: It spits out profit from June to September, but come autumn, the money slows.
“That’s when the seat harvesting begins. This year, that annual airline ritual will likely feature deeper pruning than usual because U.S. carriers are desperate to stop the steady decline in revenues. To do so, they need to boost fares, which have sagged as seat supply outpaces demand.”