Monday: Schlitterbahn Death In Kansas City, John Oliver On Journalism, Rio Olympics
Katie Ledecky & Michael Phelps Win Olympic Gold
19-year old American Katie Ledecky won the Women’s 400m Freestyle swimming event and set a World Record in the process. The previous record she broke? It belonged to her too.
Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic gold as he was part of the 4X100m freestyle relay.
Suicide Squad Tops $135 Million In Debut
Poor reviews weren’t enough to hold Suicide Squad‘s debut down as it earned an estimated $135 million over the weekend. Those reviews may affect its second weekend of release, however. Jason Bourne, also a victim of poor reviews, fell 61.6 percent in its second weekend to an estimated $22.7 million in ticket sales.
The weekend’s other debut, Nine Lives, earned an estimated $6.5 million in its debut.
Be sure to check back to RealLifeSTL on Thursday for my Weekend Movie Guide. Pete’s Dragon, Florence Foster Jenkins and Sausage Party are among the movies hitting theaters this weekend.
10-Year Old Boy Dies At Kansas City Water Park
10-year old Caleb Schwab died over the weekend at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Schwab, the son of Kansas stare representative Scott Schwab, died from a freak accident on the Verrückt water slide. The 168-foot tall slide is billed as the tallest water slide in the world. The slide has been open for about two years and is currently closed.
See what it’s like to ride down the Verruckt Waterslide.
John Oliver Talks Journalism
John Oliver took on the topic of journalism and journalists on this weekend’s episode of Last Week Tonight. Oliver talked about the importance of the newspaper industry and how the decline of the industry is terrible for everyone. He also touched on the insane demands put on some journalists at papers trying to reinvent their business and ridiculous Tribune rebranding into Tronc.
John Oliver on Journalism
The Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts were supposed to open the 2016 NFL season last night with the annual Hall of Fame preseason game. The game marks an end to the weekend spent celebrating the new inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Possibly as a result of the bad karma from editing St. Louis out of Orlando Pace’s speech, the game did not happen.
The official cancellation of the game was due to “unsafe playing conditions.” According to NFL.com’s Michael Silver, the wrong paint may have been used to paint the logo and end zone markings on the field. Someone then tried using heat to get the paint to dry quicker. The heat melted part of the field, which bonded to the paint to create an entirely unplayable and dangerous surface. The field crew then put paint thinner on the field that could have severely burned anyone who came in contact with it.
Burger King Debuts Whopper Burrito
Burger King is turning its signature burger into a burrito. The Whopperito will roll out nationally August 15. The new menu item will feature the typical Whopper ingredients wrapped up in a tortilla with a queso sauce replacing the mayonnaise in the burger.
Walmart Buying Jet.com For $3 Billion
Walmart is trying to up their e-commerce game by buying Jet.com for $3 billion. It’s expected Jet will stay a separate brand under Walmart with the bigger retailer using some of Jet’s practices on Walmart.com. Walmart also gets the services Jet founder and CEO Marc Lore in the deal. Lore previously sold Quidsi and its Diapers.com and Soap.com to Amazon for $545 million.
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