August 28, 2014 6:16 AM EDT

THE WEEK

BREAKING BAD SMOKED THE EMMYS

‘We’re worried that Hillary Clinton will get us involved in another Middle Eastern war.’

RAND PAUL, Republican junior Senator from Kentucky, suggesting his noninterventionist stance could attract Democratic votes in 2016

$21.95

Price of a so-called Knee Defender, which allows plane passengers to prevent the seat in front of them from reclining; the device recently caused a fight aboard a United Airlines flight

$970 million

Price that Amazon is paying to acquire online-video- game-watching company Twitch

‘They are going to come up because it is a contact sport.’

TOM BRADY, New England Patriots quarterback, on the concussions that plague the National Football League, after former teammate Wes Welker was concussed for the third time in less than a year

GOOD WEEK

Beer

Colleges like North Texas and Troy are selling beer inside football stadiums to raise revenue

BAD WEEK

Wine

The 6.0-magnitude earthquake in California did at least some damage to area wineries

‘THE NARRATIVE IS: “WE’RE THE MURDER CAPITAL.” NOT CLOSE.’

RAHM EMANUEL, Chicago mayor, disputing the notion that violent crime is out of control in his city

50,000

Number of bees discovered living in the ceiling of a New York City woman’s apartment

‘I’m so full. I’m so filled with gratitude.’

BEYONCÉ, after she was presented with a lifetime-achievement award by husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy at the MTV Video Music Awards

‘You’re buying the blood of one small nation.’

CHARLES MACLEAN, whisky expert, on the symbolic and economic importance of single-malt scotch to Scotland, which will soon vote on whether or not to remain a part of the U.K.

Sources: AP (2); Politico (2); ESPN (2); Reuters; USA Today; Bloomberg MTV

This appears in the September 08, 2014 issue of TIME.

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