What You Missed: Moon Shot, Uber Still in Trouble, and More

In What You Missed, we round up the best stories for you to read on your evening commute. 

Elon Musk is not throwing away his (moon) shot. And neither are the two people who spent a presumed fortune for SpaceX to send them into orbit. 

Musk announced Monday that two people approached him and offered to pay an undisclosed sum to send them to the moon next year. And if all goes well, the mission could launch SpaceX ahead of NASA, which is a few years away from testing its similar program, called Space Launch System.

Uber’s No Good, Very Bad Year

Last week, Uber found itself in the middle of a sexual harassment allegation war, with CEO Travis Kalanick calling for an independent investigation into the company’s culture. Uber is also in the middle of a lawsuit with a company that claims it’s using stolen secrets. After a successful #DeleteUber campaign, Kalanick backed out of the president’s economic council. And don’t forget the troubles the company had with the DMV. 

Now, a top engineering executive is leaving the company for failing to disclose that he left his previous job after a sexual harassment allegation. Read the story from The AP.

Transgender Rights Win

A Pennsylvania judge ruled that three transgender students can use the bathrooms at their school that coincides with their gender identity, rather than what’s on their birth certificates. Read the story from The AP. 

Trump to Address Congress


Trump will address Congress today for the first time. Here’s what to watch for. 

What Book You Missed

It’s Fat Tuesday, which means people around the country wish they were in New Orleans today even more than they usually do. If you didn’t make it down to the Big Easy this year, you can at least enjoy learning about the parades, costumes, and krewes from afar with this history of Mardi Gras. As much a history of the carnival as of the city itself, reading this book (and maybe choosing dinner from the Taste of Tremé cookbook) are almost as good as actually being in the French Quarter. Well, not really, but it’s as close as we can get without a plane ticket.