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On Saturday afternoon, a gunman in military gear attacked shoppers and employees at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 10 people and wounding three others. The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Payton Gendron. Police said 11 of the 13 people shot at the Tops Friendly Market are Black, and officials are investigating the shooting as a racially motivated hate crime after discovering the gunman, who is white, wrote a manifesto which laid out elaborate plans to attack Black people. Gendron, of Conklin, N.Y., which is hours away from Buffalo, was held without bail and faces one count of murder in the first degree, so far. As a felony hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning, reports continue to emerge about Gendron’s erratic behavoior prior to the massacre. NY TIMES
Finland and Sweden announced they will apply for NATO membership, signaling another strategic blow to Russia in a weekend where its forces also faced setbacks on the battlefield. A Ukrainian counterattack in the northern region of Kharkiv forced a Russian retreat, but despite growing optimism about Russia's military struggles, some destruction continued; Russian forces killed two people in an attack on a chemical plant and multiple high-rise buildings in the Donbas region. Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and a group of GOP lawmakers paid a surprise visit to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who asked that Russia be officially designated as a terrorist state, an idea that McConnell said he supported. NY TIMES
MUSK, TWITTER HIT SPEED BUMPS
Where are we in the Elon Musk-Twitter saga? On Friday, Musk said his deal to buy Twitter was on hold because he was awaiting more details on Twitter’s new estimate that fake accounts make up less than 5% of users. Musk reported his team would test "a random sample of 100 followers" on Twitter to identify the bots. Then, the Tesla CEO said Twitter’s legal team is accusing him of violating a non-disclosure agreement by revealing the sample size. Despite this speed bump, Twitter’s falling stock, and multiple executives leaving the company — all in the last week — Musk tweeted he is “still committed to acquisition.” REUTERS
ROE V. WADE LEAK FALLOUT
The fallout from the leaked draft overturning Roe v. Wade continues, both inside and outside the Supreme Court. Inside the court, the dynamic among justices has been altered in a major way, according to Justice Clarence Thomas. “When you lose that trust, especially in the institution that I’m in, it changes the institution fundamentally,” he said. “You begin to look over your shoulder.” Outside the court, the uproar hasn’t lost traction since the May 3 leak, as hundreds of pro-choice protests — dubbed “Ban Off Our Bodies” rallies — crowded streets nationwide over the weekend. Some protesters were seen outside the homes of Supreme Court justices, sparking a debate about the lengths to which protests can, or should, go. AP
SENATE CANDIDATE SUFFERS STROKE
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic frontrunner in the state’s high-profile Senate contest, suffered a stroke days before the primary. After canceling weekend events due to previously undisclosed health reasons, Fetterman, 52, said he “had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long.” The lieutenant governor, a former mayor known for his imposing physical stature and colorful language on social media, says he is on his way to a full recovery and will stay in the race. The Pennsylvania Senate opening is seen as one of the best opportunities for Democrats to gain a seat in the 2022 midterms. Coincidently, Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen also announced he suffered from a minor stroke over the weekend, but does not expect to suffer any long-term effects. NY TIMES
JETBLUE EYES HOSTILE TAKEOVER OF SPIRIT
JetBlue Airways Corp. announced it will pursue a hostile takeover of discount carrier Spirit Airlines Inc. after Spirit rejected JetBlue’s $3.6 billion offer in favor of a deal with Frontier Airlines. JetBlue, which is offering $30 per share but could raise that to $33, is asking Spirit shareholders to vote against Spirit’s planned merger with Frontier. WSJ
RECORD OIL PROFITS
Last week, Apple lost its title as the world’s most valuable company to Saudi Aramco, an oil giant with a market value of around $2.4 trillion. In its latest earnings report, Aramco said its net income surged 82% to $39.5 billion in the first three months of 2022. That’s $21.7 billion more than what it posted during last year’s Q1. This soaring growth is a direct result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which has driven up prices due to a fear of less oil in the market as Western countries implement sanctions on Russian oil. Thus, Saudi Arabia is experiencing its fastest economic growth in a decade. WSJ
Profiting off of a war — not great for PR.
Profiting off of a war — not great for PR.
BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS
Drake and Olivia Rodrigo were among the big winners at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The industry’s familiar faces took home the most prestigious awards: Drake won Top Artist (again), Rodrigo won Top New Artist, and BTS won Top Group/Duo — all were multiple winners, as were Doja Cat, Taylor Swift, Bad Bunny, The Rolling Stones and Ye. Last night’s ceremony at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was hosted by Sean “Diddy” Combs and featured performances from Travis Scott, Ed Sheeran, Becky G and other artists who have enjoyed chart-topping success. THE WINNERS
No, nobody was slapped.
No, nobody was slapped.
WILD SPORTS WEEKEND
It’s playoff season for hockey and basketball, and between the NHL and NBA, this weekend featured seven Game 7s for winner-take-all matchups. In the NHL, among the teams moving on to the second round are Carolina, Tampa Bay, Edmonton, Calgary and the New York Rangers. In the NBA’s decisive Game 7s, Boston bested Milwaukee and in an upset, Dallas defeated Phoenix. Meanwhile, overseas, the soccer world saw Liverpool beat Chelsea in dramatic fashion to become FA Cup champions. ESPN
‘STRANGER THINGS: THE EXPERIENCE’
Ever wondered what it’s really like in the Upside Down? Here’s your chance to find out. At New York City’s “Stranger Things: The Experience,” visitors can immerse themselves in the “Stranger Things” universe by visiting the Hawkins Lab, where superpowers are created, or hanging out in an ’80s-style makeshift mall complete with fast-food eateries, VHS stores and other retail shops. As Netflix plans to roll out more “Stranger Things” immersive experiences in London and San Francisco, Cheddar’s Michelle Castillo provides an inside look into New York’s “Experience.” The final season premieres May 27. CHEDDAR
YOU DON'T SEE THAT EVERY DAY
@cheddar: A dump truck struck an Ohio Department of Transportation vehicle while a highway technician was working alongside an interstate. INSTAGRAM