Search and Rescue in Surfside

No Bull With Raging Robert.

The death toll rose to at least nine over the weekend in the partial collapse of a Miami Beach condo, with more than 150 unaccounted for. A fire at the site slowed search and rescue efforts, with emergency responders slowly picking through the rubble.

Investigators have begun probing the cause of the collapse. Reports say a 2018 assessment flagged structural damage at the building, but may possibly have been ignored by officials. The building was undergoing roof repairs at the time of the disaster, though officials have said they doubt the activity contributed to the collapse.

Engineers say the cause of the implosion may take weeks to pinpoint, but the early consensus suggests a concrete slab or support column beneath a pool deck broke first, falling into the parking garage and triggering a crater-like collapse.

Lightning Versus Canadiens

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens face off tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals (8 pm ET, NBC Sports).

Tampa, the defending champion, looks to continue its run at the top of the NHL after years of recent frustration. Last season’s title followed more than five years of playoff disappointment — despite finishing near the top of the league in wins, the Lightning lost in the finals in 2015, the conference finals in 2016 and 2018, and exited in the first round in 2019.

Across the ice, Tampa faces one of the league’s most storied franchises. Montreal has won 24 of 102 total Stanley Cups — but none since 1993. The Canadiens enter as 9–4 underdogs and will have to contend with Tampa’s Brayden Point, who is one game away from tying a playoff record having scored at least one goal in the past nine matchups.

Enter the Dragon Man

A fossilized skull discovered in rural China almost 90 years ago likely represents a new species of human ancestor, according to scientists. The artifact has been labeled as part of a new species, Homo longi, which suggests a group of ancestors more closely related to modern humans than Neanderthals. Designated as “Dragon Man,” the skull was named after a river by which it was found.

According to reports, a worker discovered the skull while building a bridge in the eastern province of Harbin, but hid it in a well to evade Japanese authorities (the discovery happened in between two major wars between the countries). The fossil was dated to roughly 146,000 years ago.

Scientists say the skull has a brain fluid volume similar to modern humans, while retaining features such as a prominent brow ridge and large eye sockets reminiscent of older species. Explore humans’ evolutionary history here.

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ETCETERA

Highly anticipated government report on UFOs can’t explain 143 out of 144 sightings.

Not how you want to start the Tour de France.

Take a peek underneath Rome’s Colosseum.

Fifty billion dollars accidentally gets deposited into a family’s bank account.

A fun gender reveal without pyrotechnics.

Adorable babies graduate from intensive care.

Correction: A very pregnant South African mother was telling a tall tale.

Dinosaurs summered in the Arctic, before it was cool.

Clickbait: Stories of this cat’s demise were greatly exaggerated.

Historybook: Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated, sparking World War I (1914); Treaty of Versailles is signed, ending World War I (1919); Stonewall uprising begins (1969); HBD Elon Musk (1971); RIP basketball coach Pat Summitt (2016).

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