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Rapid Reads: 7 Big stories of the day

Ashley Austrew is a freelance writer who loves tacos, Target and screen time. Her work has appeared on Scary Mommy, The Stir, Mommyish and more.

GOP gears up for third debate, violent South Carolina cop faces federal investigation & more

It's Wednesday, but we'll spare you the "hump day" jokes. Instead, here's a quick and clever take on your morning news. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about:

1. Let the games begin

Tonight is another Republican debate. It will feature the 10 remaining contenders for the GOP presidential nomination, and it will give Donald Trump an attempt to regain his lead in the polls. That's right — for the first time, Ben "Let's Overturn Roe V. Wade" Carson is leading in the national polls. Will one of the other candidates be able to take him down? Tune in to CNBC at 8 p.m. ET and find out. Maybe turn it into a drinking game to keep yourself awake.  — US News & World Report

More: 5 Donald Trump debates that would be ratings gold

2. He's going down

By now you've probably seen the horrific video of a South Carolina cop manhandling a female student in the middle of her high school classroom. Well, yesterday the Justice Department opened up a civil rights investigation into what happened. The sheriff's department is also expected to announce today whether or not the officer will keep his job. Things aren't looking good for this guy, and he deserves every bit of punishment he gets. — ABC News

3. Say what?

Last week, the South By Southwest festival announced it would host two panels on Gamergate and harassment in the gaming community. This week, they canceled those panels due to threats of violence and harassment. In other words, they canceled panels on digital harassment because they experienced some digital harassment of their very own. Many are mad about the decision. In fact, BuzzFeed and Vox have threatened to pull out of the festival altogether. If anything, threats are a sign of how much these panels are needed. — NBC News

More: Felicia Day speaks candidly about #Gamergate, immediately gets attacked

4. Baseball drama

Last night the Kansas City Royals won game one of the World Series with a dramatic walkoff homerun in the 14th inning. The game proved a rollercoaster ride for a number of reasons. Prior to the start, Royals pitcher Edinson Volquez's father died, there was a Google Fiber outage that made people in Kansas City lose coverage of the game, and the Royals were losing until a run tied it up in the last inning. Alas, there's no rest for the weary. Game two is on tonight at 7:07 p.m. on Fox. — ESPN

5. Oops

A pair of janitors at a museum in Bolanzo, Italy, accidentally threw away a contemporary art installation. The piece was called "Where Are We Going To Dance Tonight?" and featured empty Champagne bottles, cigarette butts, confetti and a disco ball. Museum officials say they'll probably be able to restore it because the janitors were nice enough to sort everything into recycling. Way to go, guys! — Huffington Post

More: 10 Reasons London's museums and galleries are the most Googled in the world

6. Hmm

Walmart is the latest company to test out delivery by drone. The retailer has applied for permission to test drones for home delivery and curbside pickup. Amazon and Google are already testing drones for home deliveries, though polls show the majority of Americans aren't on board with the idea. A Walmart spokesman says there's a Walmart within a five-mile radius of 70 percent of the U.S., so drone usage would quickly become widespread if Walmart gets the go-ahead. — NPR

7. Well, that's weird

Mastercard has partnered with Adam Selman and others to design wearable payment devices. They're imagining a world without wallets or credit cards, in which anything can be a method of payment. So far, they've got an experimental line of clothing and accessories, a special keyfob, a device that looks like a FitBit band and Ringly — a smart ring that works with Mastercard payment systems. Right now they're just creating examples to show off at tech fests, but the idea is for these devices to become a reality. Someday you might be able to pay for groceries with the sleeve of your hoodie. That's pretty crazy. — Yahoo

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