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5 #Buzzworthy Stories Tonight: Tech For Trevellers, Mayor Emanuel Vs DOJ, The United Nations In Syria, The Solar Eclipse, And SXSW

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1. ✈️ 🗺 How Tech Can Ease Your Summer Travel

"The relaxation you crave from summer vacation can quickly deteriorate into anxiety when things go awry, especially when traveling to an unfamiliar place. Fret not, summer traveler. Here are some tech tools to help simplify your trip, based on my tests and some picks from The Wirecutter, the product recommendations site owned by The New York Times."

* by Brian X. Chen on The New York Times

2. 🌎 Chicago mayor defends lawsuit against DOJ over sanctuary city status

Mayor Emanuel on Chicago's suit against the DOJ's sanctuary city warning: "We will never be coerced on our values."

"The City of Chicago escalated its months-long battle with the Trump administration over immigration enforcement Monday, asking a federal court to block Attorney General Jeff Sessions from imposing several new conditions over certain federal grant money. The suit revolves around specific conditions Sessions announced in July for a federal program, the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or Bryne JAG, which provides federal funding to support local law enforcement efforts."

* by Daniella Diaz and Laura Jarrett for CNN

3. 🙈 🙉 🙊 UN chief supports UN commission on Syria despite resignation

"Secretary-General Antonio Guterres supports the work of the U.N.'s independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria in gathering evidence of alleged crimes against civilians during the 6 1/2-year civil war and regrets the resignation of Carla del Ponte, the U.N. said Monday. Del Ponte announced she was resigning from the commission in frustration at the Security Council's inaction to hold criminals accountable in war-battered Syria where she said "everyone is bad." In comments published Sunday by the Swiss magazine Blick, she criticized President Bashar Assad's government, his opponents and the international community."

* by Edith M. Lederer for The Associated Press on SFGate

4. 🌞 🌝 🌚 🌓 13 things to know about the solar eclipse


"On August 21st, the great American eclipse will descend upon the United States, casting its shadow from coast to coast for the first time since 1918. It’s perhaps one of the biggest astronomical events of the decade. And we are here to help you prepare for it. Whether you’re traveling to an optimal viewing place or staying put where you live, here’s what you need to know about the big day."

* by Loren Grush on The Verge

5. 🛎 SXSW 2018

Choose your panel via SXSW PanelPicker®, the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform. This easy, two-step online process allows the SXSW community to have a voice in what programming is scheduled at SXSW. 2018 PanelPicker Community Voting begins August 7, 2017.

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