1. USA Today – Seattle-based online retailer Amazon.com announced Thursday that it is seeking a second North American headquarters with up to 50,000 jobs. In a statement, the company founded and run by billionaire Jeff Bezos said its “HQ2” would cost about $5 billion to build and operate. The company, which is currently soliciting bids for the project, said it would prioritize metropolitan areas with more than one million people and that it was encouraging interested communities to think “big” and “creatively” about possible locations.
2. Business Insider – On Friday, tech billionaire Michael Dell broke his silence on what he plans to do for Houston, his home town that’s been devastated by catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. He’s going big, like the native Texan he is, with plans to raise a $100 million fund to assist in the relief and rebuilding of Houston. It’s called the Rebuild Texas Fund. Dell and his wife Susan are seeding the fund with a $36 million grant from their charitable foundation — half of it up front, and half of it as a match to funds raised over the weekend.
3. ESPN – Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin received racist hate mail at his home this week, his wife said on Twitter. Charlene Sumlin tweeted a picture of the letter Thursday afternoon. It reads: “You suck as a coach! You’re a n—– and can’t win! Please get lost! Or else.” She wrote in the tweet: “People of 2017: please tell me how any part of this is ok. And to the sender: did it occur to you that a child may open it? #orelseWHAT?” The letter contained a return address that corresponds to Houston Country Club, in Houston.
4. Politico – Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said on Thursday that the Trump administration will replace the school sexual assault policy put in place by the Obama administration. She said the policy will be revamped to better balance the rights of victims and the accused. The 2012 Obama guidance said for the first time that Title IX requires school districts, colleges, and universities to combat sexual harassment and violence. It also threatened to cut funding if schools failed to do enough.
5. USA Today – Sloane Stephens reached her first Grand Slam final at the U.S. Open at the expense of seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, who was hoping to play in a third major final this season. Stephens, who sat out 11 months with a left foot stress fracture until this year’s Wimbledon, captured a 6-1, 0-6, 7-5 win in a 2-hour, 7-minute semifinal victory over Williams on Thursday night. Stephens’ win guarantees there will be a newly minted Grand Slam champion on Saturday.
6. Reuters – Lego said it would lay off 8 percent of its staff and revamp its business after reporting its first fall in sales in more than a decade on Tuesday. The Danish toymaker announced a 5-percent decline in mid-year revenue a month after abruptly removing its chief executive, suggesting it is facing its biggest test since flirting with bankruptcy in the early 2000s. Lego said it could not promise a return to growth in the next two years, a jolting acknowledgement for a group widely admired for embracing the digital era and tying up lucrative franchises from Harry Potter to Minecraft.
7. USA Today – Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators Thursday that he was skeptical about a 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney he expected to deliver dirt on Hillary Clinton – but decided to go in case it revealed information concerning Clinton’s “fitness” to be president. “To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out,” the president’s eldest son told investigators for the Senate Judiciary Committee in a statement released by the Trump Organization.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
George Herbert said, “Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!