Daily Dozen | Forbes: Renaming Monkeypox; Kentucky’s Weed War; India’s Warren Buffett

Monkeypox may soon get a new name in efforts to dispel racist connotations as the virus spreads around the globe. State fairs are trying their luck at the industry’s first full-throttle season since Covid-19 began. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston gives Forbes an inside look at the origin story of Dos Hombres mezcal, which he launched with costar Aaron Paul.

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In The News Today

  • Eight people, including at least five Americans, were injured in a shooting on a bus near the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday, just a week after Israel and Palestinian militants agreed on a ceasefire after days of fighting in the Gaza Strip.
  • WNBA star Brittney Griner’s lawyers filed an appeal against a Moscow-area court’s ruling that convicted her of drug possession and gave a nine-year sentence. Less than 1% of cases in Russian criminal courts end in acquittal.

Top Take-Aways

A congressional delegation landed in Taiwan Sunday morning to meet with Taiwanese leaders and discuss U.S.-Taiwan relations, weeks after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s controversial visit sparked major tensions with China, which claims the island. Notably, Beijing hasn’t retaliated against U.S. firms amid the bitter dispute.

The World Health Organization is inviting the public to propose new names for monkeypox and has renamed two variants of the disease after weeks of criticism that the name has racist connotations and generates stigma. There are approximately 11,000 confirmed virus cases in the U.S. so far.

The steep drop in international students—especially Chinese students, representing about a third of total international enrollment—threatens U.S. dominance in the global college student market. The impact is hitting colleges’ bottom lines, particularly at public universities where most international students pay much higher tuition than in-state students.

Unlike the 38 states that have legalized some forms of marijuana, Kentucky has restrictive cannabis laws. However, it has a robust and legal hemp industry—which forced the state to admit defeat for prosecuting the licensed sale of hemp-derived Delta-8 THC. Like marijuana but legal, Delta-8 THC has been described as “the bathtub gin of the 2020s.”

Corn dogs will fry. Pigs will parade. For the first time since the pandemic laid waste to the business, state fairs across the U.S. are opening their gates, hoping disease and deficits are behind them. The big question is whether they can overcome higher prices, vendor worker shortages and lingering fear of Covid-19 to regain or surpass their pre-pandemic form.

Investor Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, often referred to as the Warren Buffett of India, has died at age 62. Jhunjhunwala amassed a fortune worth an estimated $5.8 billion, and he remained bullish about his country’s economic prospects to the end.

Today’s Must-Read

This High School Dropout Sold Shipt To Target For $550 Million. His Next Startup Could Be Worth Double.

Serial entrepreneur Bill Smith launched Landing in 2019. The furnished apartment rental firm expects $200 million in revenue this year by catering to the work-from-anywhere generation.

In Case You Missed It

This year’s fleet of discontinued cars and SUVs ranges from the mild (the 98 horsepower Chevrolet Spark) to the wild (Acura’s NSX with 600 horses). Buyers will have to act fast to drive home one of these last-chance rides before they’re all gone.

Tips You Can Trust

  • Covid-19 caused a seismic shift among American workers, largely moving people out of the pre-pandemic “hustle porn” culture into a mindset that prioritizes work-life balance. Enter high inflation, which is once again shaking things up. Here’s why now is the ideal time to keep your in-demand skills and career-climbing prowess sharp.
  • What’s the most important thing I can do to help my child be academically successful this year? How many hours will be devoted to tests and test prep? How your child’s teachers answer these 10 questions will tell you a lot about how schools are preparing for the year ahead.

Must-Watch Video

Bryan Cranston On Breaking Into The Spirits Industry

The Breaking Bad star on why he started the Dos Hombres mezcal brand with costar Aaron Paul, how their chemistry changed after the series, and how they’re giving back to the community where it’s produced in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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