Oct 11, 2018

Washington becomes 20th state to outlaw executions

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Washington's Supreme Court struck down the state’s death penalty law on Thursday, ruling that it violates the Constitution because it is “imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.”

Why it matters: The move makes Washington the 20th state in the country to outlaw capital punishment. The ruling said that black defendants in Washington are more than four times as likely to be sentenced to death as white defendants. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, this is the third state Supreme Court to strike down the death penalty amid concerns about inherent racial disparities.

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

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Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

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Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

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Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

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Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.