Republicans to Scrap Primaries ; Understanding 'Dead Zones' ; and More Picks 9/9

Officials Ignored Warnings Before Massive ‘Gladiator Fight’ at Soledad (Chris)

From Shadowproof: “The head of California’s prison system visited the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) in Soledad the day before dozens of prisoners were injured and hospitalized in a fight, which prisoners and advocates say was entirely predictable.”

Republicans to Scrap Primaries and Caucuses as Trump Challengers Cry Foul (Reader Pat)

From Politico: “Four states are poised to cancel their 2020 GOP presidential primaries and caucuses, a move that would cut off oxygen to Donald Trump’s long-shot primary challengers. … The moves are the latest illustration of Trump’s takeover of the entire Republican Party apparatus.”

Dead Zones, Explained (Mili)

The author writes, “Few marine organisms can survive the toxic low-oxygen conditions of dead zones. Here’s how our agricultural practices make them worse.”

High Court Should Hear Case on Site Skirting Gun Background Checks (Renee)

The author writes, “The daughter of a woman who was killed by a man barred from gun possession has sued the website that facilitated the killer’s purchase of the weapon used in the crime. … The Wisconsin State Supreme Court dismissed the suit in April, overturning a state appeals court decision.”

The Heir (Russ)

The author writes, “Ivanka was always Trump’s favorite. But Don Jr. is emerging as his natural successor.”