8 Things You Need To Know This AM — Aug 29 2015

Emmett Till was 14 years old when he was kidnapped, brutally beaten, and murdered by two white, adult men for whistling at a white woman. That was 60 years ago, and his family members are now holding a weekend of commemorative events in Chicago. The anniversary is a sobering moment to reflect on six decades of violence against black men, women, and children. (Emmett Till 60th)
Burning Man is a magical time of year when techies, hippies, and Mad Max: Fury Road superfans can congregate in the desert and get crazy. But this year, things may be a little bit less chaotic (or fun, depending on whom you ask), thanks to a new sheriff who has vowed to enforce laws more strictly than his predecessor. (SFist)
Call 911, get an eviction notice? Nuisance laws in many cities leave women in abusive relationships with a terrible choice: Stop an attacker, or lose your home. (Refinery29)
Mother Nature is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina by sending Tropical Storm Erika towards Florida, which has declared a state of emergency. The storm has already roared through the Caribbean. (Weather.com)
“Manspreading,” the scourge of subways and buses, may be a word hated by guys who refuse to close their legs in public spaces, but now it’s an officially recognized word in the Oxford English Dictionary. (NBC New York)
A horrifying story emerged this week when as many as 71 likely refugees were found dead inside a truck in Austria. That story, however, is just one of thousands: More than 300,000 people fleeing violence and migrating in search of better lives have crossed the Mediterranean to Greece and Italy this year — almost 100,000 more than by this time in 2014. (UNHCR)
"[He has] pools for eyes, and when he speaks, it's with a melodious lilt; he has delightful, elfin ears that sit atop his lithe, five-seven frame...." Finally, an everything-you-need-to-know guide to Rami Malek, the alluring star of Mr. Robot and your new legitimate obsession. (Vulture)
It’s a boy! The National Zoo announced Friday morning that the baby panda born last weekend is a male. Sadly, his twin brother passed away on Wednesday. (WDAM7)

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