5 things to know on September 4, 2022: Start your week smart: NASA, Heat wave, Ukraine, Pakistan, Stolen plane

Here’s what else you need to know to Start your week smart.

• NASA will not continue launching Artemis I for the remainder of the launch window, which ends Tuesday, according to an agency update on Saturday after a second launch attempt was canceled.
• As a prolonged record-breaking heat wave tightens its grip on the West, millions of people in California are once again being urged to reduce their energy use amid concerns about a strained power grid.
• Ukraine’s largest nuclear power plant again lost its main connection to the power grid on Saturday amid heavy shelling, despite the presence of international inspectors.
• The death toll in Pakistan from catastrophic floods has exceeded 1,200, and almost a third of the victims are children.
• An airport worker who stole a twin-engine plane on Saturday morning and threatened to crash it into a Mississippi Walmart has been arrested after it finally landed in a field, police said.

The week ahead


Happy Labour Day! It’s the unofficial end of summer in the United States and the last big beach or barbecue day of the year. And for many, it’s going to be scorching: a dangerous heat wave is expected to continue to affect much of the West through the middle of the week. Temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees above normal with highs of over 100 degrees.
(Note to our weekday readers: 5 things take Monday off. We’ll be back in your inboxes early Tuesday.)


It’s primary day in Massachusetts, and Bay Staters will vote to narrow the Democratic and Republican fields before the November midterms. There are five statewide competitive races on the ballot this year: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State and Auditor of State.


Apple is widely expected to unveil its new iPhone 14 lineup at an event on September 7. The company’s invitation, which is still scrutinized for hidden meanings, features the night sky in the form of the Apple logo and the tagline: “Far out.”
Also on Wednesday, former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama will return to the White House for the unveiling of their official White House portraits. While there had been a decades-long tradition of first-term US presidents welcoming their immediate predecessors to the White House to unveil their official portraits, a ceremony for the Obamas never took place during the former’s time. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office.


September 8 is International Literacy Day. According to UNESCO, at least 771 million young people and adults worldwide currently lack basic literacy skills.


September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day. In July, the new 988 dialing code to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline was launched in the United States.

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What’s Happening in Entertainment

Mouse House Party

Disney’s D23 Expo 2022, billed as “the ultimate Disney fan event,” kicks off Friday in Anaheim, Calif. All of Disney’s entertainment properties, including Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars, will be represented in film, television and theme parks.

‘Cobra Kai’

The revival series “Karate Kid” returns for its fifth season Friday on Netflix. Following a loss at the All Valley Tournament, the new season begins with the team licking their wounds but quickly finding the fire to get back up and defend their honor.

What happens in sports

U.S. Open

Action at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, continues today and Monday with the men’s and women’s rounds of 16. The tournament wraps up over the weekend with the final of the women on Saturday and the men’s final a week from today.

NFL Kickoff

The NFL season begins Thursday with the Buffalo Bills facing the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams at home in what could be a first look at Super Bowl LVII.

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Rock your way into Monday!

Celebrate Labor Day with this pure throwback to the 80s. (Click here to view)

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