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Saturday October 1st, 2022 day edition

image for Cuban government asks US for aid in rare request following Hurricane Ian damage despite chilly relationship between the two nations, per WSJ

Cuba's appeal for US aid is notable given the countries' longstanding, chilly relationship.

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The Cuban government in a rare petition is asking the Biden administration for US aid to deal with the damage of Hurricane Ian, which pummeled the island nation earlier this week, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The outlet obtained communications between the two governments detailing Cuba's request for emergency assistance in the aftermath of Ian's rampage.

Washington reportedly confirmed that Cuban authorities would prioritize hospitals, water pumping facilities, and other crucial infrastructure should the US send assistance.

Cuba's emergency assistance request comes as one of its key economic allies — Russia — wages a months-long war in Ukraine, The Journal noted. »

Obama Privately Warned Reporters Trump Would Destroy America in 8 Years in Last Days in Office

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Bloomberg News reports that in his final days as president, Obama warned reporters, in an off-the-record conversation, that while America would be “okay” from four years of Trump, “eight years would be a problem.

Trump has, of course, been threatening to make another bid for office for some time now, which, if successful, would give him those eight years Obama warned against.

Trump, of course, spent much of his time in office demanding the DOJ investigate his political rivals, including Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton. »

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott donates $20M to Houston nonprofit

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Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has donated $20 million to Episcopal Health Foundation to help the Houston nonprofit in its mission to improve health and health care in Texas, the foundation announced Tuesday.

MORE PHILANTHROPY NEWS: Houston charities say city's generous spirit shines in times of need.

Scott, the billionaire philanthropist who is the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has announced more than $12 billion in grants over the past three years, according to The New York Times. »

Source: Stadia turned down an exclusive Death Stranding follow-up from Kojima

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Before Google closed down the division in 2021, Stadia Games and Entertainment turned down the opportunity to have an exclusive follow-up to Hideo Kojima’s Death Stranding.

Before that shutdown, Google was working with quite a few well known developers in the gaming industry to craft Stadia exclusive titles.

A source has told 9to5Google that the game Kojima was working on was meant to be a Stadia-exclusive follow-up to Death Stranding, a game which initially launched as a PlayStation exclusive in 2019. »

Russian men break arms and legs to avoid being sent to Ukraine frontline

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Young Russian men are breaking their limbs and posting footage of the bone-shattering blows online as they seek to avoid going to war in Ukraine.

Footage shared on social media showed one friend attempting to break the arm of a Russian reservist with a sledgehammer.

It is unclear whether the blow was sufficient enough to break the reservist’s arm and perhaps prevent him from being sent to Ukraine. »