Peter Munk, 92, Dies; Built World’s Biggest Gold Mining Company

Supported by Obituaries Peter Munk, 92, Dies; Built World’s Biggest Gold Mining Company Photo Peter Munk prepared to speak at the Barrick gold mining company's annual shareholders meeting in 2014 in Toronto. Credit Mark Blinch/Reuters Peter Munk, the Canadian who built the world’s largest gold-mining company, years after suffering one of his country’s most notable business failures, died on Wednesday in Toronto. He was 90.
Barrick Gold, the company he founded, announced the death but did not give a cause. Mr. Munk wore a pacemaker and had dealt with heart problems for several years.
An outsider in Canada — his preference for fedoras alone set him apart — and a former escapee from Nazi-occupied Hungary, Mr. Munk initially tried out several different lines of business, including stereo equipment and resorts in Fuji. Not all were successful, but he never appeared deterred by his failures.
Barrick itself started out as an oil company that endured three years of losses. Then Mr. M..

Facebook Employees in an Uproar Over Executive’s Leaked Memo

Supported by Technology Facebook Employees in an Uproar Over Executive’s Leaked Memo Photo Facebook’s headquarters in London. Fallout at the Silicon Valley company over a leaked memo has been wide and comes at a time of intense scrutiny. Credit Daniel Leal-Olivas/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook employees were in an uproar on Friday over a leaked 2016 memo from a top executive defending the social network’s growth at any cost — even if it caused deaths from a terrorist attack that was organized on the platform.
In the memo, Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president, wrote, “Maybe someone dies in a terrorist attack coordinated on our tools. And still we connect people. The ugly truth is that we believe in connecting people so deeply that anything that allows us to connect more people more often is *de facto* good.”
Mr. Bosworth and Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, have since disavowed the memo, which was published on Thursday by BuzzFeed New..

Sacramento, Gaza Strip, Orlando: Your Evening Briefing

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Photo Credit Sacramento Police Department, via Agence France-Presse — Getty Images 1. A private autopsy found that Stephon Clark, the unarmed black man who was killed by the Sacramento police in his grandmother’s backyard, had been shot eight times from behind or the side.
The autopsy also concluded that Mr. Clark’s death was not instantaneous, raising questions about why he had not been given more immediate medical care. The Sacramento police, who released the photo of the shooting above, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the private autopsy.
A lawyer said the findings proved that Mr. Clark could not have been moving in a threatening fashion toward Sacramento officers when they opened fire.
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Photo Credit Anton Vaganov/Reuters 2. “These are difficult times in the Russia-U.S. relationship.”
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Q&A: Hanging Out the Wash in the Fresh, Clean Air

Hanging Out the Wash in the Fresh, Clean Air
Q. When I hang my laundry outside to dry, what makes it smell so wonderfully of fresh air?
A. It may simply be the absence of bad smells that makes air-dried laundry smell good in comparison, air safety experts have suggested.
Indoor air, especially in a tightly enclosed environment, may have a buildup of scents both benign and dangerous, from cooking odors to mold and mildew to chemical pollutants like volatile cleaning products and heating fuel. Meanwhile, the occupants of the building are breathing the air and depleting it of oxygen, to some extent, and perhaps smoking tobacco.
All these problems are either absent or considerably diluted in the outside air.
Pleasant natural smells may be present, from sources like pine trees and other evergreens, if you are lucky. And the laundry has been cleansed of sweat, mold, bacteria and other potential odor-causing substances and dries quickly in a breeze, removing the moisture on which such smells..