What We’re Following: A Bombing in Bangkok
A massive explosion ripped through the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok on Monday, killing 16 people and wounding dozens more. The Hindu shrine is a popular tourist attraction in Thailand’s capital, attracting pilgrims and visitors from around the world. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
Amazon’s Workplace Woes: CEO Jeff Bezos is defending Amazon in the wake of a bruising New York Times report about the company's workplace culture. Times reporters interviewed over 100 Amazon employees, who described a merciless and emotionally fraught environment that fueled nervous breakdowns and miscarriages. In an all-staff email, Bezos urged employees who had witnessed such treatment to report it to him directly.
The White House Takes on Heroin: President Obama announced a $5 million program Monday to fight rising rates of heroin use throughout the nation. Among the statistics that prompted action: a fourfold rise in heroin-related overdoses over the past decade. Unlike previous drug-fighting efforts, the new program will address it as a primarily public-health issue instead of a criminal one.
- Robinson Meyer: “Since the technology debuted on the national stage last August, one of the most critical questions asked of police departments adopting body cameras has been: Who gets to see?… Is it a public record created by the government and available to the people, or is it personally identifiable information that’s confidential and off-limits? The government, after all, can release town-hall-meeting minutes but not personal tax returns.”
- Bourree Lam: “Unlike other flash-sale sites, such as MyHabit or Gilt, Zulily isn’t focused on high-end designer goods, but rather on Millennial moms. That might shed some light on why this deal might be audience expansion for QVC: The company’s image in our collective memory is one of old-school shopping for housewives and people who stay up all night buying stuff they don’t need. In some ways, that resembles the definition of the new shopping mom.”
- Emma Green: “In books and movies and television shows, there’s a certain stereotype about religion in prisons—that people often find God from their cell. There have been a handful of high-profile cases of this in recent memory, like Karla Faye Tucker and Kelly Renee Gissendaner. The stereotype, [prison chaplain, Kelly Raths] said, isn't entirely untrue.”