Today in History for August 10th

Highlights of this day in history: ‘Son of Sam’ killer David Berkowitz caught near New York City; Leno and Rosemary LaBianca murdered by Charles Manson’s cult; FDR stricken with polio; The Smithsonian Institution established. (Aug. 10)

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Today in History for March 13th

On this day in history: Uncle Sam cartoon debuts; Law prohibiting teaching evolution goes into effect; Deadly rampage at Scottish elementary school; Brigadoon opens on Broadway. (March 13)

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‘Source of frustration’: Students pull down Confederate statue in North Carolina

Around 250 protesters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill pulled down a controversial Confederate statue on Monday night. The 105-year-old monument, known as ‘Silent Sam’, had long been seen as a symbol of white supremacy in the U.S. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9crb

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Raw: Video Shows UNC Confederate Statue Toppled

(21 Aug 2018) The controversial “Silent Sam” statue on the campus of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill has been toppled by protesters. Students, faculty and alumni have called the statue a racist image and asked officials to remove it. (Aug. 21)

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Today in History for August 10th

(10 Aug 2018) Highlights of this day in history: ‘Son of Sam’ killer David Berkowitz caught near New York City; Leno and Rosemary LaBianca murdered by Charles Manson’s cult; FDR stricken with polio; The Smithsonian Institution established. (Aug. 10)

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Why Accountants Quit Their Jobs To Teach Arts And Crafts

Sam and Diana used to work for accountancy firms KPMG and EY before deciding to open an arts and craft shop in London. Their creative space is called M.Y.O. (Make Your Own) and they run several workshops including ceramic painting, pottery, and calligraphy.

Sam and Diana are now full-time in the business and list their activities on events platform Funzing.

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Today in History for March 13th

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On this day in history: Uncle Sam cartoon debuts; Law prohibiting teaching evolution goes into effect; Deadly rampage at Scottish elementary school; Brigadoon opens on Broadway. (March 13)

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We Reviewed Diet Coke’s Four New Flavors — Here’s The Verdict

McCall: I was right. That’s gross.

This isn’t the Diet Coke you are used to.

Coca-Cola has released four new flavors of the iconic soft drink.

Ginger Lime. Feisty Cherry. Zesty Blood Orange. Twisted Mango.

The new flavors are part of a big rebranding for Diet Coke. The new flavors, along with the original flavor, will come in redesigned packaging.

We tried the new flavors.

Ginger Lime

Reuben: I don’t have high expectations for Diet Coke Ginger Lime.

It’s not terr-. No it is terrible. The aftertaste — it just tastes fake.

Sam: I think it’s a little bit sweeter than regular Diet Coke. Diet Coke kind of has that like bite to it whereas this feels a little bit smoother.

Kate: The ginger isn’t super strong but it’s kind of there and it’s good.  

Mccall: Oh that’s not bad actually. You don’t taste the ginger it’s just lime.

Zesty Blood Orange

Reuben: It tastes like if you had a little orange soda left in your cup and then you put diet coke into it — that’s what it tastes like and it doesn’t taste good.

Emma: I don’t taste any diet in that. Like that tastes like a full-flavored soda.

McCall:  This is straight up orange soda.

Kate: It also just tastes like normal orange soda. Not like Zesty Blood Orange Soda. I don’t know I would not drink this. 

Feisty Cherry

Mark: Feisty. Feisty Cherry.

Reuben: It doesn’t taste terrible but it tastes like a bad version of cherry coke. Like if you wanted real cherry coke it would be better but this is passable. 

Celia: It doesn’t have too much of a difference between other sodas that kind of are cherry-ey tasting. 

McCall: But I actually really like this. I would drink this. It’s pretty good. 

Twisted Mango

Kate: It almost like smells like medicine and you smell it before you even taste it. 

Sam: I would say this has the most intense flavor of all of them. 

Emma: I think it is kind of chemically tasting.

Reuben: It doesn’t taste like mango. It sort of tastes just like flat Diet Coke with some weird flavor in it that does not represent mango at all. 

Kate: It smells kind of gross and fake.  

Some final thoughts…

Kate: I liked the cherry one. I thought the cherry one was really really good I thought it was kind of classic but still interesting. 

McCall:  If I had to choose definitely the lime.   

Reuben: So far this is my favorite flavor but the bar is pretty low when it comes to these flavored Diet Cokes.

Celia: I think I liked the Twisted Mango the best out of the four. Even though I liked all the four, this is the one I would be most likely to go to the store and buy. 

Reuben: The flavors just don’t get me going. And the tall cans are just weird. It like reminds you of like an energy drink but it’s not. It’s just weird.

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AP Top Stories January 11 P

Here’s the latest for Thursday, January 11th: Bipartisan senators reach a deal on DACA; Walmart to up salaries for U.S. workers, also closing dozens of Sam’s Clubs; Crews search for mudslide victims; Mudslide reaches Oprah’s backyard. (Jan. 11)

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This Bricklaying Robot Can Build Walls Faster Than Humans (HBO)

Meet the Semi-Automated Mason or SAM, a robot that is so good at building walls it could take over the construction industry. Created by New York-based company Construction Robotics, the brick-laying robot promises to both increase productivity while reducing overall labor costs.

While the efficiency on construction sites has been stagnant in the last 20 to 30 years, manufacturing efficiency has increased significantly due to robotics and technology. Construction Robotics created SAM to solve that problem. SAM requires a human partner to smooth over the works, but the heavy lifting is left to the bot.

The robot can lay bricks at least three times faster than humans – and it never gets tired or makes mistakes. VICE News went to a construction site in Virginia to see SAM at work.

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