'Serious situation' in Melbourne
The breaking news in Australia is that a number of pedestrians have been hit by a car near Flinders Street Station in Melbourne's CBD."
It started out as a serious situation unfolding at Flinders and Elizabeth Streets, according to Melissa Cunningham at The Age. “It just mowed everybody down,” is a quote Kerrie O'Brien tweeted from the story. Henrietta Cook added, “It’s a sick, sad world. Awful scenes in Melbourne a few days before Xmas.”
At BuzzFeed, Gina Rushton also filed Several People Are Injured After A Car Ploughed Through A Pedestrian Crossing In Melbourne. Josh Taylor added, “We have @ginarush updating this post with the latest we have on the Melbourne Flinders St incident.”
BBC reported that Australian police did arrest a driver in Melbourne.
The news in America
U.S. life expectancy declines for a second straight year and it’s fueled by the drug crisis, according to Leonard Bernstein and Christopher Ingraham at the Washington Post.
A headline from Josh Saul in Newsweek reads: An Inmate Had Skin Cancer and Needed Radiation. This Prison Gave Him Tylenol. And the piece is worth a read.
This piece from The Onion has been making its way around the Muck Rack circles today: Paul Ryan Slits Auto Mechanic’s Throat To Kick Off GOP Purge Of Working Class. It was written by Ryan Shattuck and shared by almost everyone.
“There’s a new leader in the sweepstakes for the zaniest name change in the crypto craze.” And it’s that Long Island Iced Tea Soared 500% After Changing Its Name to Long Blockchain, writes Arie Shapira for Bloomberg. Dashiell Bennett wondered if this counts as “Pivoting to blockchain?” While Emma Ockerman tweeted: “All one can really say is ‘LMAO.’”