Smarther News Quick Quotes for September 7

September 7, 2018
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“We have more indications that reconciliation is no longer just a shimmer out there, no longer just a mirage.”

Sec. of Def, Mattis earlier this week speaking about a potential "peace talks" with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Mattis made a surprise visit to Afghanistan Friday. Mattis admitted during same remarks that while the Taliban haven't made military gains, they've murdered women and children.
"It was clear people were sick before they even got on the plane, so much so that I asked the stewardess for a mask.”

Erin Sykes, a passenger on an Emirates flight from Dubai to NYC. 106 of the 516 passengers had flu-like symptoms on the flight; 10 taken to local hospitals. Two other plane crews, landing in Philly from overseas, complained of sick passengers; no one was hospitalized. Flu season unofficially starts in October.

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"The truck went up in complete flames in a matter of minutes and is a complete loss."

A complaint from a driver to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as reported by the Associated Press. The driver reported a fire under the seat belt of a Ford F-150. Ford decided to recall nearly 2 million of their popular truck to fix this apparent defect.

"The Tehran summit can produce peace and reconciliation in Syria or it can deepen the mess created by endless bouts of violence mainly instigated by the Assad regime."

Ilnur Cevik, a senior adviser to President Erdogan of Turkey. The leaders of Turkey, Russia and Iran will meet in Tehran to discuss the Syrian war and an attack on a northern city of 3 million people called Idlib. Some suggest this could be the last major offensive before Syria's Assad regime can claim military victory in the civil war.

“There are so many stories to be told and so many imaginations to be captured by these iconic brands.”

Robbie Brenner, newly announced head of Mattel's "Film Division." Mattel, maker of Barbie and beyond, follows toymaker Hasbro in developing a way to reach children in a digital age through film & web episodes.
"I wasn’t expecting that kind of knee-jerk reaction… these are the same people who have also criticized the Academy for being quote unquote irrelevant and not actually addressing the taste of people that go to the movies.”

John Bailey, President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Academy Awards after deciding to postpone a new popular film award category announced just a few weeks ago.


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by Jenna Lee,