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Why American Malls Lack Windows: A Strategic Insight

The emergence of American malls in the 1950s marked a transformative period in the shopping landscape. One curious feature of these shopping centers is the absence of windows. This design choice is part of a deliberate strategy to keep shoppers engaged and spending for longer periods. Here’s a breakdown of significant events and insights to start your week informed.

Major Events from the Past Weekend

Heat Wave and Flooding: A severe heat wave continues to impact millions across the United States, now moving towards the Mid-Atlantic region. Simultaneously, catastrophic flash flooding has affected areas in New Mexico, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota.

Supreme Court Ruling: The Supreme Court upheld a federal law preventing domestic abusers from owning firearms, countering arguments from gun rights groups that claimed the law infringed on Second Amendment rights. This 8-1 decision narrows the scope of a significant ruling made two years prior.

Arkansas Shooting: A tragic shooting at a grocery store in Fordyce, Arkansas, resulted in four fatalities and nine injuries. Authorities are investigating the incident, where a man opened fire at the Mad Butcher store.

Paul Whelan’s Detention: American Paul Whelan marked over 2,000 days in Russian custody, calling for decisive action from the Biden administration to secure his release, along with journalist Evan Gershkovich.

Washington Post Leadership Change: The Washington Post announced that British journalist Robert Winnett will no longer join as the top editor, amid ongoing ethics questions and a weekslong crisis.

What’s Ahead This Week

Monday: The two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision, which overturned Roe v. Wade, is on June 24. This landmark ruling ended the constitutional right to an abortion, sparking ongoing battles for reproductive rights at the state level.

Tuesday: Four states—Colorado, New York, South Carolina (runoff), and Utah—will hold nonpresidential primaries. Colorado will also conduct a special election to fill the seat of Republican Rep. Ken Buck, who resigned from Congress in March.

Wednesday: Journalist Evan Gershkovich will face trial behind closed doors in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Arrested in March 2023, Gershkovich is accused of espionage, charges he and his employer, the Wall Street Journal, vehemently deny.

Thursday: CNN will host the first presidential debate of the 2024 election cycle in Atlanta, moderated by Jake Tapper and Dana Bash. This historic debate will feature incumbent President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

Friday: Iran will hold a presidential election following the death of President Ebrahim Raisi in a helicopter crash last month. The Guardian Council approved six candidates from an initial list of 80, including hardline figures Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and Saeed Jalili.

Skills Over Degrees

A growing movement aims to diversify the workforce by emphasizing skills over college degrees. CNN’s Athena Jones explores this trend in the “One Thing” podcast, offering insights into how this shift can impact job opportunities.

Entertainment Highlights

TV and Streaming:

  • “Land of Women”: Premiering on Apple TV+ on Wednesday, this six-episode dramedy stars Eva Longoria.
  • “The Real CSI: Miami”: A true-crime series debuting on CBS.
  • “The Bear” Season 3: Arrives on Hulu on Thursday, with all 10 episodes dropping at midnight.

In Theaters:

  • “Horizon: An American Saga”: Kevin Costner’s epic Western, co-written, produced, directed, and co-starring Costner, hits theaters Friday.
  • “A Quiet Place: Day One”: The latest installment in the franchise, starring Lupita Nyong’o and Joseph Quinn, explores the initial alien invasion in New York City.

Sports Highlights

WNBA Showdown: Caitlin Clark and the Indiana Fever face Angel Reese and the Chicago Sky in what is anticipated to be the most expensive WNBA game ever, with seats priced up to $9,000.

Olympic Trials: US athletes continue to compete for spots in the Paris Olympics, with trials in track and field, diving, and swimming.

Tour de France: The 111th edition of the prestigious bicycle race begins Saturday in Florence, Italy, and will conclude in Nice, France.

Stanley Cup Final: The Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers will battle in a decisive Game 7 on Monday night, following the Oilers’ recent 5-1 victory in Game 6.

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