"Jimmy Carter: ‘I have cancer’," shares Jim Galloway at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shortly after a statement from the Carter Center in which the former president said, "Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body." President Barack Obama issued a statement of his own saying "Jimmy, you're as resilient as they come, and along with the rest of America, we are rooting for you." At Bloomberg News, Michelle Cortez reacts, "So sorry to hear the Jimmy Carter cancer news. Glad we'll get a chance to say goodbye, but treatment? At 90? Sigh." "I have one life and one chance to make it count for something." More details reportedly will be released next week. Fast Company's Jeff Chu shares an older quote that's apropos: "'I have one life and one chance to make it count for something.' —Jimmy Carter. Praying for him as he fights cancer."
In other startling news, a massive explosion rocked Tianjin, China and has left at least 17 dead and hundreds of others injured. Exact cause has yet to be determined. "This footage is incredible. Multiple explosions, people yelling 'Run! Run!'" reportedly tweets. Meanwhile, a poignant piece from Julia Ioffe demonstrates how mothers of ISIS recruits are fighting their own battles back home. "Sometimes you read a story that makes everything you've ever written seem insignificant. This is that story," praises Southwest Magazine's Bradford Pearson. The Tampa Bay Times is touting a powerful post, too; take a gander at their look into the worst places in Florida to be black and go to public school. "What happens when a school board abandons racial integration? Helluva teaser," reflects Ben Montgomery there.
Also, we have to point out that Comcast invested $200 million in Vox Media, valuing the digital media firm at $1 billion. And while we're on the subject of media, let's discuss whether Tinder really has sparked a dating apocalypse.