News Above the Noise—Week of July 30, 2023
Editor's Note: Every week, The Sunday Paper's team of journalists sifts through the news to make sense of what's happening in the world and provide hope for your week to come. We find what Rises Above the Noise and do our best to highlight what we think matters. If you’d like to read more in-depth, please note that while we do our best to feature articles that are not behind a paywall, some of the news pieces we recommend require their own subscriptions beyond our control.
1. Why Would a Young, Healthy Athlete Go Into Cardiac Arrest?
When USC freshman Bronny James—son of NBA superstar LeBron James and one of NCAA basketball’s most-watched prospects—collapsed during basketball practice this week, the news shocked and confused the nation. How could that happen to an incredibly fit 18-year-old? Yet cardiac catastrophes in healthy young athletes aren’t unheard of, Mayo Clinic sports cardiologist Dr. Satyajit Reddy told the LA Times. Click here for their clear explainer on why cardiac arrest happens in seemingly healthy young athletes, why Black athletes are more likely to suffer cardiac events, and more.
2. Gen Z Is Rejecting Everything They’ve Been Taught About Tipping
Inflation may be cooling, yet Americans are still struggling financially—and according to a recent survey, the 26-and-under crowd (known as Gen Z) are dealing with it by throwing out the old rules about tipping. That’s right: According to the Bankrate survey, just 35 percent of Gen Zers said they always tip their server at a sig-down restaurant compared to 83 percent of baby boomers who said they always tip. So, what can this “tipping fatigue” tell us about the state of the economy? Click here for an insightful read.
3. The Dos and Don’ts of Hydrating in a Heat Wave
The oppressive heat many Americans continue to face this week is breaking records, with reports of deaths from heat and many hospitalizations. When it’s dangerously hot, it’s crucial to stay hydrated. Yet knowing how much water is the right amount to drink can be tough to gauge. Enter this guide, which offers the key info you need to stay optimally hydrated and safe.
4. Why Elon Killed the Bird
Yet again, Twitter was in the news this week due to an unexpected re-branding: Twitter is now X. Wondering what happened, why owner Elon Musk decided to make the big change, and what it might mean for the 368 million monthly active users worldwide? The Atlantic’s technology writer Charlie Warzel has three theories you can read here.
5. Nurses Share the Final Words People Said On Their Deathbeds
Many consider death life’s greatest mystery, which is why it’s no surprise that most of us are endlessly fascinated by the words people share in the final moments of their lives. Medical professionals have a front-row seat to these musings, which often offer a final reflection of life. BuzzFeed asked 59 nurses, clinicians, and other people who were present when a loved one passed away to share what they heard. You can read what they shared here.