8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Sep 11 2015

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Survivors and family members of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks gather to read the names of those who died.

There will be a moment of silence in New York City at 8:46 a.m. to mark the time a plane struck the first tower, followed by the annual reading of the names of those who died in the 2001 and 1993 attacks. Commemorations will take place throughout the day in New York and around the world. (9/11 Memorial)

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Obama admits to getting choked up on Malia’s first day of senior year, proving that all dads are embarrassing — even if they are the President of the United States.

While discussing his plans to eliminate tuition fees for community college, President Obama opened up about his own heavy emotions as eldest daughter Malia approaches college age. Embarking on her senior year of high school, the 17-year-old reminded her father that his days of watching her off to school are coming to an end. “And I started — I had to look away. I didn’t want to just be such a crybaby,” the President joked, brushing away a fake tear. “It makes no sense.” (Refinery29)

Nintendo is making a Pokémon game for your smartphone, still no word on whether anyone is working on a Tamagotchi that you can text with.

One of Google’s offshoots, Niantic, already has an exciting development in the works. The newly independent software developer announced a collaboration with the Pokémon Company and Nintendo to create a Pokémon mobile game. The app, compatible with both Android and iOS, will be location-based, meaning that where you are in the real world will inform what monsters and characters you interact with in the game. (Bloomberg)
White House and NYC District Attorney pledge $79 million to finally clear the backlog of untested rape kits.

In an effort to test the thousands of rape kits that are just sitting and slowly degrading in evidence facilities across the country, Vice President Joe Biden announced a federal partnership with the Manhattan prosecutor, that will devote millions of dollars to processing backlogs in 27 states. An estimated $41 million in federal funds and $38 million of New York City’s funds will be given to various law enforcement agencies who applied for the grants. (The Hill)
R.E.M. calls Donald Trump an “orange clown for using “It’s The End Of The World at a rally. Guess they don’t “feel fine anymore. Get it, guys? Like the song? It’s the lyrics to…forget it.

R.E.M. briefly popped out of retirement to admonish Donald Trump for using their ominous hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” at a Tea Party rally opposing the Iran nuclear agreement. “Go fuck yourselves, the lot of you — you sad, attention-grabbing, power-hungry little men,” singer and noted activist Michael Stipe wrote in a statement. The band’s bassist Mike Mills followed up by tweeting, “I think the Orange Clown will do anything for attention. I hate giving it to him.” (Rolling Stone)
NYPD police commissioner apologizes to ex-tennis pro James Blake after wrongful arrest; thousands of other young Black men unjustly targeted by police wonder if they’ll get apologies now too.

Former tennis star James Blake was tackled to the ground and handcuffed by a plainclothes NYPD officer after being mistaken for a suspect in a credit card fraud ring. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has launched an internal affairs investigation into the incident and expressed his desire to personally apologize to the tennis legend. The officer who arrested Blake has been placed on desk duty. (Refinery29)
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The Oakland Zoo is auctioning off paintings made by their animals and most of the works featured are better than anything we’ve made using a Pinterest tutorial.

The Oakland Zoo is holding its second-annual art auction with proceeds going to fund its conservation efforts. Friends of the zoo and aspiring patrons of the arts can head to eBay where original artworks produced by some of the zoo’s stars are available for purchase. The artists include elephants, giraffes, monkeys, and one Madagascar hissing cockroach. (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Pentagon may have mishandled some samples of plague bacteria; and you thought the mistake you made at work was the end of the world.

Nine different military labs run by the Pentagon were forced to halt all research on dangerous pathogens after the CDC uncovered their haphazard handling of plague bacteria samples. Although officials acknowledge there’s no threat to the public since the specimens in question are of mitigated strength, inspections show that researchers weren’t following the proper protocols when storing, shipping, or labeling the samples. (USA Today)
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