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Current Events Summary 6/16-6/22

Written by Sam Decosta


California News:

  • During a 21 year old’s birthday party on the 16th, badly rotted beams led to a balcony collapse, causing the deaths of 5 students. After the incident inspectors concluded that the beams were all heavily rotted where the structure broke off, dropping 13 students 5 stories down into the streets. The other students are severely injured and currently in the hospital. http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Inspectors-Find-Badly-Rotted-Beams-After-Deadly-Balcony-Collapse-309358511.html
  • Oscar winning James Horner has gone missing, and a single-engine plane registered to him has been found crashed in southern California. Authorities have recovered the aircraft, however the pilot, the only one on board, was killed and completely unrecognizable. There is a very high chance of the body being James Horner however, as if it had not been him, who would have crashed his plane? http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/california/Plane-California-crash-registered-to-Titanic-composer-James-Horner-309176251.html

National News:

  • North Carolina police have released a video of Dylann Roof’s arrest. The video was recorded by the dash cam of a police car and shows the officers moving in to arrest Roof, who ended up going without incident. Anyone who wants to see the video can see it on NBC news. Roof is being charged with 9 counts of murder in his racial hate crime.
  • New news on the escaped convicts earlier this month! Joyce Mitchell, a 51 year old woman working at the prison, is being charged with a felony for helping the two escape. She managed to smuggle the men hacksaw blades, chisels, and a punch and screwdriver bit in frozen hamburger meat to help them escape. There was also talk of the prisoners helping to kill Joyce’s husband, Lyle after they escaped. The ex-prisoners may have been hiding out in a remote cabin in northern New York state, which is currently under investigation. One prisoners DNA has already been found at the site. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/06/23/prison-worker-reportedly-smuggled-escaped-convicts-tools-in-hamburger-meat/

International News:

  • The world health organization has recently discovered that one of the world’s most commonly used weedkillers may cause cancer. It has been labeled as “possibly carcinogenic” and we’ve been using it to protect our food and water for 70 years. The weedkiller uses  2,4-D, a component also found in agent orange. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/one-of-worlds-most-used-weedkillers-possibly-causes-cancer-world-health-organisation-says-10338363.html
  • Alberta has recently passed a bill banning corporate and union donations, which means that Unions can no longer pay their employees to “volunteer” for a political party. Alberta’s NDP government previously gained roughly 10% of its funding from union donations, so this is somewhat of a big deal, however some say that corporations will still find a way around this bill to continue giving money. http://globalnews.ca/news/2070461/alberta-passes-bill-banning-corporate-and-union-donations/

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