Mic Check — Brazil's World Cup Woes, Bill Watterson Returns and an Apology to Millennials

Mic Check — Brazil's World Cup Woes, Bill Watterson Returns and an Apology to Millennials

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THE AGENDA 

Five dead after police ambush in Las Vegas: "Two Las Vegas police officers and a civilian were killed Sunday in an apparent ambush that ended with the two gunmen killing themselves," reports the Agence France-Presse, citing the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The French outlet goes on to cite the local news media as reporting that "one of the attackers yelled 'This is the start of a revolution' before shooting the officers and stripping them of their weapons and ammunition."

Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes, sneaks back into comics: The reclusive creator of Calvin and Hobbes provided guest art for Stephan Pastis' Pearls Before Swine for three strips this past week. It was the first time original Watterson work has appeared in newspaper comics pages since Calvin and Hobbes ended in 1995. See the strips here.

Tonalist wins at Belmont Stakes, denying California Chrome the Triple Crown: The New York Times notes that this isn't just a defeat for the famed horse: "California Chrome, the chestnut colt with an unpolished upbringing and a bargain price tag, was going to gallop horse racing back to the days when America's oldest sport mattered greatly and the last Triple Crown champion, Affirmed, and his jockey, Steve Cauthen, graced magazine covers."

Pope Francis meets with Israeli, Palestinian presidents: Pope Francis oversaw a "carefully orchestrated prayer summit” with the Israeli and Palestinian presidents on Sunday as Jews, Christians and Muslims offered invocations for peace in the Vatican gardens. PolicyMic's Matt Essert notes that it's the first time in history Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran were heard at the Vatican.

São Paulo's metro strike will continue ahead of World Cup: Metro workers in Brazil's largest city have voted to remain on strike indefinitely despite an earlier ruling by a labor court calling on them to return to work. With most metro stations closed since Thursday, São Paulo has experienced horrendous traffic jams. Metro workers are demanding a pay rise of 12.2%; the state-owned company has offered 8.7%.

Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition after fatal multi-car crash: The comedian was "more responsive" on Sunday, one day after the limousine bus he was riding in was involved in a fatal multi-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, the comedian's representative told ABC News. The crash early Saturday killed one man on the limo bus and injured four others. Morgan suffered a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs, among other injuries.

MATTERS OF DEBATE

Dear millennials, we're sorryNew York Times columnist Frank Bruni offers an apology of sorts to America's young: "We millennial bashers of course have our stock responses … We conveniently overlook how much more they've had to pay for college than we did, the loans they've racked up and the fact that nothing explains their employment difficulties better than a generally crummy economy, which certainly isn't their fault. They get our derision when they deserve our compassion and a political selflessness we've been unable to muster. While we're at it, we might even want to murmur an apology."

In defense of reading YA literature as an adultPolicyMic's Julianne Ross pushes back against Slate'viral hit piece against young adult literature: "Life is so short, and the list of truly great books for adults is so long," she laments, "as if every time we crack open Harry Potter we're missing out on the chance to read another long-winded Jonathan Franzen novel about sad, middle-class white people. A better dictum is that life is so short, so people should read whatever they damn well please."

In praise of the Tonys, the awkward stepsister of award shows: Sarah Puls sings the award show's praises in the Guardian: "Sure, the Golden Globes have drunk celebrities. The Oscars have prestige, glamor. But the Tony Awards have hope on full display. The Tonys have romance! Adventure! Andrew Jackson singing about populism! Because in the theater, as in life, anything is possible — and not just to a Theater Person, not this Sunday night. Anybody can watch the Tonys, and anybody can win. Anybody."

MARVELS

How Americans died in 1990 versus today, in one chart. [PolicyMic]

The case against binge-watching Orange Is the New Black (or any show, really). [New York magazine]

A computer has passed the Turing test for the first time in history. [Gizmodo]

Watch a political feud turn into a massive swordfight at one of India's holiest sites. [PolicyMic]

Why is everyone so obsessed with the death of the humanities? [The Atlantic]

An oral history project seeks to document some of the least-heard voices in society: those of the homeless. [CityLab]

Is it really possible to be a male feminist? [The New York Times]

A new study reveals even more potential health benefits for marijuana. [PolicyMic]

The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free. [Aeon]


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Editor's Note: Feb. 24, 2015

An earlier version of this article failed to cite or link to a passage from the Agence France-Presse in accordance with Mic editorial standards. The article has been updated to properly attribute the language to the AFP.