TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: August 19

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

Trayvon Martin’s Mom: ‘If They Refuse to Hear Us, We Will Make Them Feel Us’

“I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence,” Sybrina Fulton writes for TIME. Fulton’s son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed in 2012

Violence Flares Anew in Ferguson

The deployment of the National Guard and the lifting of a curfew failed to prevent another night of violent clashes between protesters and police

Obama’s Mission Creep in Iraq

U.S. airstrikes to help Iraqis retake a key dam raise questions about President Barack Obama’s strategy, writes TIME’s Michael Crowley

The Ice Bucket Challenge May Change Fundraising Forever

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge became a virtual, and virtually frictionless, cost-free way to raise funds. The ALS Association has taken in nearly $16 million from July 29 through Aug. 18—an incredible figure given that it pulled in $19 million throughout 2012

Israelis, Palestinians Resume Talks on Gaza Deal

Following Egypt’s announcement of a 24-hour extension of a cease-fire, Palestinian and Israeli leaders met in Cairo to negotiate details about the future of the Gaza Strip. The extension of the truce fanned hopes of a deal, though wide gaps remain on key issues

Facebook Could Start Labeling Satirical Posts

The social network is experimenting with satire tags on News Feeds, a spokeswoman says, having “received feedback that people wanted a clearer way to distinguish satirical articles from others in these units.” The company did not divulge further details

Slaughterhouse in California Indicted Over Condemned Beef

Rancho Feeding Corp., a slaughterhouse in Petaluma, Calif., was indicted on Thursday for processing carcasses that had been condemned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for selling beef that came from cancerous cattle

Saturday Night Live Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

Don Pardo, the Saturday Night Live announcer who spent nearly four decades with the hit show and whose effusive baritone has ushered in its weekly episodes since it aired in 1975, died on Monday evening at the age of 96

Good Neighbors May Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attacks

A recent study from the University of Michigan shows that close community ties can help slash the risk of heart attack in people over the age of 50; participants who rated their communities the highest had an almost 70% reduction in heart-attack risk

California Mayor Urges Cops to Wear Body Cameras

Hawthorne Mayor Chris Brown is calling for the city’s police officers to use body-worn cameras following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., which has sparked violent protests. The use of body cameras in the field remains rare

Rebels in Luhansk, Ukraine, Reportedly Reinforced

Separatist rebels fighting to maintain control of Luhansk, in eastern Ukraine, appear to be aided by a supply of men and weapons from over the border in Russia. A humanitarian crisis is also developing in the city, with food, water and medical supplies in critically short supply

John Slattery and T.I. Join Ant-Man

Marvel’s upcoming superhero comedy, starring Paul Rudd, has gathered together a motley crew for its cast, including Mad Men’s John Slattery, Archer’s Judy Greer, Boardwalk Empire’s Bobby Cannavale and rapper T.I. The film is set to release on July 17, 2015

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