Everything Has A Price

Grind for March 3rd, 2019
“Being a star just means that you find your own special place, and that you shine where you are.”

– Dolly Parton

Breaking Records

The Headline

SpaceX launches world’s first commercial lunar lander

The Grind

The very first commercial lunar lander was launched into space Thursday evening from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Nation in Florida.

The lander, made by Israeli company SpaceIL, was carried into space by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

If the mission is a success, it will be the first time in history that a privately built vehicle has landed on the moon.

The Details

The lander is called “Beresheet,” which comes from a Hebrew word meaning “in the beginning.”

Beresheet will orbit the Earth in a gradually expanding elliptical before entering the Moon’s orbit and then landing on the surface in April.

“This is a historic step for all nations and commercial space as we look to extend our collaborations beyond low-Earth orbit and on to the Moon,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Beresheet will map the Moon’s magnetic field and take some pictures to send back to Earth, but the craft itself will remain on the Moon. If aliens encounter the lander, they will find an English-language encyclopedia, a copy of the Torah, the Israeli flag, and a collection of artwork.

He Had It Coming

The Headline

New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitution

The Grind

While most of us enjoyed (or mourned) the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the LA Rams, team owner Robert Kraft was doing something a little more risque.

This week, police in Jupiter, Florida charged Mr. Kraft with two counts of soliciting prostitution.

Kraft is one of 25 people facing similar charges as part of a wider investigation into human trafficking in the South Florida spa business.

The Details

The investigation is centered on Orchids of Asia Day Spa, which is located about 20 miles north of Kraft’s home in Palm Beach. Visitors to the spa typically paid $59 for 30 minutes and $79 for an hour.

Police have issued more than 100 arrest warrants related to a human trafficking operation they believe included at least five spas. The owners of Orchids were arrested earlier this week.

Kraft’s representatives deny the accusations, but detectives say they have video proof of Kraft’s illegal behavior. The footage comes from police cameras hidden inside the spa’s parlor rooms.

Kraft is a prominent figure in the NFL and elsewhere, having dined with President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In 2017, Kraft donated $1 million to Trump’s inaugural committee.

This year, he won the 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate for his philanthropy as related to fighting anti-Semitism. He donated his prize money ($1 million) to related initiatives.

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