Things to Talk About Today: Viola Davis Makes History With Emmy Win

Sacha Strebe
  • How to Get Away With Murder star Viola Davis made history last night by becoming the first black woman to win an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Davis plays a defense lawyer on the hit ABC show, and in her speech, she quoted Harriet Tubman, whom she'll be playing in an upcoming HBO movie, and paid tribute to fellow black actresses Halle Berry and Gabrielle Union. “The only thing that separates women of color from anybody else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there,” she said. — Washington Post
     
  • A video of a 92-year-old grandfather singing “You’ll Never Know” to his dying wife has gone viral online. Howard and his wife, Laura, have been married for 73 years, and in the touching film, he gently strokes her face while he sings their love song, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. Howard would sing this tune to comfort his wife when he went away to fight in World War II. — Huffington Post
     
  • Australian schools will teach the next generation of coders. The Australian reports that "computer coding will be taught in primary schools from Year 5, and programming will be taught from Year 7." There has been a big push for more coding, science and technology, engineering and mathematics subjects to be taught in schools to prepare kids for the jobs and economies of the future. The Australian government will back the slimmed-down new national curriculum by putting $12 million AUD into four separate initiatives. — Mashable
     
  • A toxic chemical known to kill is still being sold in most hardware stores in the U.S. Methylene chloride can be found in some paint-stripping products, and the fumes are deadly: "Workers and consumers risk asphyxiation or a heart attack." This lethal element to the solvent prompted the European Union to pull it from paint strippers in 2011, but the Center for Public Integrity investigation "found regulatory agencies in the United States have not followed suit." — Slate
     
  • A crucial drug for life-threatening infections has just been raised from $13.50 a tablet to $750. Turing Pharmaceuticals acquired the 62-year-old drug, called Daraprim, this August and raised the annual cost of the treatment for some patients to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Daraprim is "standard of care for treating a life-threatening parasitic infection." The dramatic price increase will cause hospitals to look for alternative therapies. — CNBC

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