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1. JOHNSON RESIGNING AS TORY LEADER
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is resigning as Conservative leader today, but he still plans to remain as prime minister until autumn to allow a Tory leadership contest to take place this summer. However, some Conservative members of Parliament are calling for Johnson to step down sooner, saying it's impossible for him to stay on. Labour leader Keir Starmer applauded the development, saying the Tories have "inflicted chaos upon the country" amid a cost of living crisis. Also, it’s reported that Johnson has named a full replacement Cabinet; more than 50 government ministers and aides had quit this week. BBC
2. HIGHLAND PARK SUSPECT CONFESSES
The man accused of killing seven people at a Fourth of July parade in Highland Park, Illinois, voluntarily confessed to the shooting, revealing that he nearly carried out a second attack in Madison, Wisconsin. The suspect, 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, told authorities that he drove to Madison after fleeing Highland Park, but ultimately turned back after deciding he wasn’t prepared to pull off another attack. A judge has ordered Crimo held without bail. Questions arose whether Crimo should have been allowed to legally purchase firearms after authorities were twice called to his home in 2019 over threats of violence. AP
3. JAN. 6 PANEL NABS TRUMP COUNSEL
The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection has scheduled its next hearing for Tuesday, July 12, at 10 a.m. ET. Pat Cipollone, former White House counsel to President Donald Trump, has agreed to meet with the committee for a transcribed interview tomorrow after the panel subpoenaed him last week, citing evidence that Cipollone “repeatedly raised legal and other concerns about President Trump’s activities on January 6th and in the days that preceded.” Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are planning to delegitimize the committee by subpoenaing its records if, as expected, the GOP retakes the House majority after the 2022 elections. AP
An investigation into an investigation … Investigate-gate.
4. SWEEPING STUDENT LOAN CHANGES
The Biden administration announced plans to enact major changes to the federal student loan system. The newly proposed rules include protections for students defrauded by for-profit schools that lied or took advantage of them, an overhaul of the loan forgiveness program that affects public service workers, and the elimination of an interest capitalization that has made accrued interest balloon for borrowers. Despite the proposed regulations, tens of millions of Americans continue to wait for the delivery on a promise by President Joe Biden to clear $10,000 from all borrowers’ accounts. CNBC
5. BIDEN SPEAKS TO GRINER’S WIFE
Two days after WNBA star Brittney Griner wrote a letter to the White House pleading for help to be released from Russian detainment, President Joe Biden responded by speaking on the phone with Griner’s wife. The White House confirmed that Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris called Cherelle Griner "to reassure her that he is working to secure Brittney’s release as soon as possible." Biden also read to Griner’s wife a draft of the letter he’s sending to the basketball star, who is currently awaiting trial in a Russian prison for allegedly smuggling cannabis oil cartridges through a Russian airport. NBC NEWS
A silver lining: Could this be the start of a handwritten-note revival?
6. NIPSEY HUSSLE KILLER FOUND GUILTY
Eric Holder was found guilty of first-degree murder for fatally shooting rapper Nipsey Hussle three years ago in Los Angeles. Holder, 32, could face life in prison when he is sentenced in September. The gunman’s attorney didn’t deny Holder killed Hussle, whom he grew up with as a member of the same South Los Angeles street gang, but argued that when Hussle publicly accused Holder of being a “snitch,” Holder shot the Grammy-nominated rapper in a “heat of passion,” thus making Holder guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Instead, the jury sided with the prosecution, who argued that the nine minutes of conversation before the shooting qualified it as premeditated, which is grounds for first-degree murder. AP
A mural depicts the late rapper Nipsey Hussle near his closed clothing store. [AP Photo/Chris Pizzello]
7. APPLE ‘LOCKDOWN’ MODE
Apple introduced “lockdown” mode, a security feature intended for users who may be personally targeted by high-end hackers. When enabled, all message attachments other than images will be blocked, FaceTime calls will be blocked from any contact a user hasn’t previously called, and shared photo albums will be blocked. Apple emphasized that the lockdown mode isn’t for the average user, but for those potentially at risk of exposure to state-sponsored spyware, such as journalists, human rights activists and business executives. The new feature will be available on Macs, iPhones and iPads in a software update this fall. 9TO5MAC
Or just use the OG lockdown mode: Repeatedly typing in your password incorrectly.
8. AMAZON-GRUBHUB CROSSOVER
Amazon has agreed to take a stake in online food delivery service Grubhub in a deal that will allow Prime members to get a free one-year Grubhub+ membership. The membership — now temporarily free for Prime members — typically runs customers $9.99 per month and includes free delivery on orders over $12, as well as exclusive discounts and rewards. The free Grubhub+ membership must be activated on Amazon, and those joining may want to set a one-year reminder as the loyalty program will auto-renew at $9.99 a month once the trial ends. THE VERGE
Stop giving us more reasons not to leave the house, Amazon.
Vice President of Amazon Prime Jamil Ghani talked to Cheddar News about deals to expect and what's to come from the partnership with Grubhub.
9. HOCKEY TALK
BROKEN BARRIER: Mike Grier was named general manager of the San Jose Sharks, making him the first Black person in NHL history to hold that position. It will be a homecoming for Grier, who played three of his 14 seasons with the Sharks before retiring in 2011. He most recently served as hockey operations advisor for the New York Rangers after working as a scout for the Chicago Blackhawks. Grier will be tasked with turning around a San Jose team in a historic funk; the Sharks have missed the playoffs three straight seasons for the first time in franchise history. YAHOO
DRAFT TONIGHT: Grier will get to work quickly, as the NHL Draft kicks off tonight in Montreal. For the first time, the team hosting the draft will pick first overall, and the Canadiens are expected to take center Shane Wright, though contrary to years past, the 2022 draft lacks an obvious superstar selection. The draft kicks off at 7 p.m. ET. USA TODAY
… “Stranger Things” spinoffs in the works at Netflix. While next season will be the last of the hit series, the show's creators, The Duffer Brothers, launched their own production company, which will release a spinoff series of “Stranger Things” as well as a stage play set in the Hawkins-centric universe. VARIETY
… A two-hour “Beauty and the Beast” hybrid animated and live-action special will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original animated film. The adaptation of the Disney classic is slated for a mid-December premiere on … you guessed it … Disney+. CHEDDAR
… Billions bet on horses … $12.2 billion in 2021 alone, to be exact. The rise of online sports betting has made public interest in horse racing skyrocket, and as more states legalize sports betting, the sport is only getting bigger. Cheddar’s Michelle Castillo spoke with a New York Racing Association official about how horse racing is combining atmosphere and economy to thrive in the world of spectator sports. CHEDDAR
LimeWire Relaunches as an NFT Marketplace
Former file-sharing platform LimeWire has relaunched as a digital collectibles marketplace. COO Marcus Feistl joined Cheddar News to talk about how collecting NFTs today is like collecting vinyl in the old days. Feistl also discussed the platform’s Travis Barker NFTs that are available exclusively on LimeWire. CHEDDAR