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December 20, 2019

(Very) long weekend reads: The mysterious case of the (potentially) deceased CEO

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    Ben Palmer's reads

    Now is the most dangerous time to be in an Amazon warehouse, study finds. Amazon warehouse workers have double the odds of being injured on the job than other warehouse industry workers—and the most dangerous time of the year for those Amazon employees is the two weeks before Christmas, according to a study from a coalition of more than 40 labor advocacy groups, including the National Employment Law Center and United for Respect. The study looked at logs from 28 Amazon facilities in 16 states and found that Amazon workers were more likely to be injured at work than lumberjacks or coal miners, and that the injury rate at these warehouses began climbing following Black Friday. That rate peaked in the 50th week of the year, roughly two weeks before Christmas, at 2.5 times the company's annual average. Of all the workers injured during the study period, 88.9% had to miss work or be put on restrictive duty as a result of their injury.

    Losing weight after age 50 might reduce your breast cancer risk, study finds. Women over age 50 who lose even a small amount of weight and keep it off could reduce their risk of developing breast cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. For the study, researchers looked at data from 10 separate studies that together monitored about 180,000 women, ages 50 and older, over the course of a decade. Over that time period, almost 7,000 of the women were diagnosed with breast cancer. The participants had their weight measured at the start, middle, and end of the study to see whether they lost weight and whether they were able to keep the weight off. The researchers found that the women who lost 4.5 pounds and maintained the weight loss had a 13% lower risk of developing breast cancer, while those who lost at least 20 pounds saw their breast cancer risk cut by nearly 25%.

    Danielle Poindexter's reads

    Is this CEO really dead? In January, Canada's largest cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX, announced that its 30-year-old CEO, Gerald Cotten, had died from complications of Crohn's disease, Antonia Farzan reports for the Washington Post. While people at first grieved Cotten's passing, investors are now worried they'll never get their money back—according to Farzan, Cotten was evidently the only one at the company who knew how to access more than $145 million in assets belonging to more than 100,000 users. "As months passed and the money failed to materialize, a conspiracy theory emerged: Cotten had faked his own death and disappeared," Farzan reports, adding that the company did not disclose Cotten's death until a month after he passed. Now, investors are requesting that Cotten's body be exhumed so they can prove that he's really dead. Miller Thompson LLP, a firm representing the investors, are also requesting that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police conduct an autopsy on Cotten to confirm his body's "identity and the cause of death," according to Farzan. Meanwhile, Cotten's widow Jennifer Robertson said Cotten's work laptop is encrypted and "despite repeated and diligent searches," she has not been able to find the passwords anywhere.

    Guinness World Records recognizes world's oldest living couple. John Henderson, 106, and Charlotte Henderson, 105, first met in a zoology class at the University of Texas in 1934. According to John, it took Charlotte "five years to make up her mind that she wanted to get married" because, it was the middle of the Great Depression, they wanted to earn some money before settling down. After Charlotte found a teaching job and John took up coaching, the couple got married at a small ceremony on Dec. 22, 1939. This year, the couple will celebrate 80 years of marriage, one they've filled with a lot of travel—including sailing trips around China, South America, Scandinavia, and elsewhere—as well as dedicated support for the UT football team, of which John is the oldest living former player. However, while the Henderson's hold the record for the oldest living couple, the title of longest marriage belongs to another couple, Zelmyra and Herbert Fisher, who were married for 86 years.


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