Suicide Bomber Hit St. Petersburg Metro: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Deadly blast rocks St. Petersburg metro

“Russian authorities are hunting for two people suspected of organising and carrying out a bomb blast on a St Petersburg metro train, which killed 11 people and wounded dozens more, and leaving a second explosive device at a metro station.

“The explosion occurred at around 2.30pm local time on Monday, after the train had left Sennaya Ploshchad station in the centre of St Petersburg. The driver made the decision to continue to the next station, Tekhnologicheskii Institut, in order to make evacuation easier.”

– The Guardian

+1: Anti-corruption protests continue across Russia – CNN

+1: Chechen leader denies gay men are being arrested because “gay men do not exist” in Chechnya – Vice News

2. Democrats to block Trump’s Supreme Court nomination

“Democratic opposition to Gorsuch has been building for days, and four more senators announced on Monday that they would vote against him and support a filibuster of his nomination. That gave Democrats the requisite 41 votes to put up a roadblock and compel President Trump and Senate Republicans to either withdraw Gorsuch’s nomination or change Senate procedure.”

Washington Post

3. Want to Fight Climate Change? Move to a City

“People in cities like New York walk, bike, take mass transit, share infrastructure, live in smaller spaces and use less energy than their suburban counterparts, several studies show. People living closer together also don’t contribute to the suburban sprawl responsible for chopping up vast tracts of wilderness that devastate wildlife populations. The average New Yorker emits 30 percent less greenhouse gases than any other American.”


4. How Uber uses psychological tricks to push its drivers’ buttons

“Employing hundreds of social scientists and data scientists, Uber has experimented with video game techniques, graphics and noncash rewards of little value that can prod drivers into working longer and harder — and sometimes at hours and locations that are less lucrative for them.”

New York Times

5. There is no future of Baseball

“Baseball is a finished product. Having completed all primary missions, it will simply continue to exist until it doesn’t, which is probably eons from now. The median age of those watching nationally-televised baseball games is 56, so yes, it probably is retreating to the American background.”

SB Nation