Things to know for Monday

A daredevil and two dissidents are piquing online readers' interest this morning as Edward Snowden, Nelson Mandela and Nik Wallenda all make the news again. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for June 24, 2013.

Nik Wallenda, who teetered his way over Baltimore's Inner Harbor last year, took on a much larger task as he crossed the Grand Canyon on a high wire.


A similarly precarious bit of footwork appears to be underway in Moscow (or maybe Cuba), as constitutional activist and former Marylander Edward Snowden is reported by several media outlets to have left Hong Kong for Russia. The former defense contractor is sought by U.S. officials after his revelation that Americans were being spied on by their government; reaction to that revelation continued Sunday with high-profile media scrutiny of FISA courts and the NSA, among other extra-constitutional groups.

If caught, Snowden could face a detainment similar to that of another dissident in the news: Nelson Mandela, who famously sat in prison for decades before becoming the leader of post-apartheid South Africa, appears to be in fast-declining health.



Nik Wallenda, #skywire, Grand Canyon
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Daredevil Nik Wallenda completed a historic high-wire walk on a 2-inch (5-cm) steel cable over the Grand Canyon on Sunday and was greeted by wild cheers after his hair-raising stunt.,0,7070683.story

Snowden, Russia, White House, Havana, Cuba
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In a major embarrassment for President Barack Obama, an aircraft thought to have carried Snowden landed in Moscow on Sunday, and the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said he was "bound for the Republic of Ecuador via a safe route for the purposes of asylum.",0,4066572.story

Nelson Mandela
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South Africans adopted a mood of somber resignation on Monday to the inevitability of saying goodbye to former president Nelson Mandela after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader's condition in hospital deteriorated to critical.,0,4066572.story

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It's been over half a century since Frank Drake developed an equation to estimate the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy. We've learned a lot since then, prompting an astrophysicist from MIT to come up with her own take on the equation. Here's how the new formula works — and how it could help in the search for alien life.

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If matches at the All England Club overrun this week and the BBC has to delay EastEnders, soap opera addicts need not worry. Wimbledon 2013 is poised to provide enough storylines about love lives, misunderstandings, apologies and faux pas to last the rest of the summer.

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To get hyped for the premiere on June 30, here is a recap and some things to expect from the upcoming season.

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From drug-induced tap dances to S&M fantasies gone wrong, Karmen Fox looks back at Season 6's most buzzworthy and gif-worthy moments.,0,279935.photogallery

#DarkGirls, #OWN
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"Dark Girls," a documentary directed and produced by D. Channsin Berry and Bill Duke, is scheduled to premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network on June 23.

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Jupp Heynckes has ruled out coaching again and says he has had a worthy farewell with an unprecedented treble for a German club with Bayern Munich, including the Champions League trophy.


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