Up First briefing: Russian rebellion; ‘Cop City’ protests; Alzheimer’s drug approval

This newsletter covers topics such as a rebellion in Russia, protests against a proposed police training center in Atlanta, and the potential approval of an Alzheimer’s drug by the FDA.

Russian rebellion: Yevgeny Prigozhin, former confidant of Vladimir Putin and head of the Wagner mercenary group, briefly launched a rebellion before agreeing to leave Russia.
* The incident is believed to weaken Putin’s authority and leaves the fate of the Wagner group unclear.

‘Cop City’ protests: Activists in Atlanta oppose the Atlanta Public Safety Training Center due to concerns over police abolition and environmental factors.
* Law enforcement arrested several activists in December, alleging connections to domestic violent extremism groups.

Pedestrian deaths: The Governor’s Highway Safety Association estimates more than 7,500 pedestrians were killed by drivers in 2021, the highest number in decades.
* Experts recommend changes like implementing sharp corners, lowering speed limits, and installing speeding and red-light cameras to make a difference.

Alzheimer’s drug approval: The FDA may approve the first drug shown to slow down Alzheimer’s disease by July 6.
* While Medicare will cover lecanemab, marketed as Leqembi, hurdles such as drug pricing and brain scan costs still remain.

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