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"Breathtaking obit of Nicholas Winton, the unsung British Schindler who rescued 669 children from the Nazis," NYT's Jonathan Mahler tweets of this New York Times tribute by Robert McFadden (nearing 160,000 shares as of this moment). Michael Phillips with the Wall Street Journal calls him, "One man who just decided to do the right thing: Nicholas Winton, rescuer of 669 children from the Nazis, dies at 106." WNYC's Ilya Marritz shares that he "once intvwed one of kids Winton rescued. Now-elderly Czech woman w twinkling eyes. Still spoke beautiful english." At Wired, Emily Dreyfuss admits, "I didn't know of Nicholas Winton until now, the occasion of his death. I am bowled over that such a heart could exist." Start your day off right by perusing the entire piece.
Reports of an active shooter gave everyone a big scare this morning at the Washington Navy Yard, which was the site of a shooting rampage just two years ago--but no evidence of a gunman or any shooting was to be found. "'All clear' at Navy Yard; no sign of shooter," News Journal's Bill McMichael updates everyone. One of those rare but exquisite days when no news equals good news, eh? Also important for you to know: BP has just agreed to pay $18.7 Billion to settle its Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims. "New settlement brings BP’s oil-spill tab to $53B—more than its combined profits since 2012," elaborates WSJ's Rani Molla.
Checking in on the saga of Greece, finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has just vowed he’ll quit if Greeks endorse austerity. At Bloomberg News, Sandrine Rastello shares, "@YanisVaroufakis tells Bloomberg: 'I'd rather cut my arm off' than sign a bad deal for Greece." Not enough melodrama in that statement, we think--but it does come as the cash crunch hits everyday life in Greece. "Greece's banking system has about 1 billion euros left. Even with withdrawal limits, it'll last only a few more days," details Jeanne Whalen with WSJ. And lest we overlook the human cost of this complex chronicle, an anguished letter to the Financial Times from a 21-year-old Greek woman will bring you crashing back to reality: "I am terrified of tomorrow, all I now see is black," Iliana Magra writes.