POLITICS: China’s cracking down. Reminder: when Great Britain handed Hong Kong back to China in 1997, the gov agreed to let the city keep its capitalist economic system - plus its mostly-democratic political system - for 50 years. Problem, because lately, China’s been making moves to have more control over Hong Kong - leading to massive protests calling for more democracy. Fast forward to yesterday, and China is...ignoring the calls. Case in point: the gov’s intro’ing a new security law that bans “treason, secession, sedition, and subversion” in Hong Kong, potentially undermining the city’s lawmakers. Suspense, thick. In other news, Prez Trump’s ditching another global treaty. Because, Russia. This one - the Open Skies Treaty - is a pact designed to cut the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war.
USA: Last year, it came out that dozens of parents - including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin - paid lots of money to do things like bribe administrators, cheat on the SAT and ACT, and edit photos to help their kids get into a particular college. All of which are illegal, BTW. For months, Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have been fighting accusations that they paid $500,000 to help get their daughters into the University of Southern California. Until now. Spoiler: yesterday, the two pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. They’re expected to serve two months and five months in prison, respectively. Meanwhile, the man who recorded the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery was just arrested on suspicion of murder.
WORLD: Recently, a man drove to an entrance at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in Texas and opened fire before being shot and killed by naval security forces. Multiple people were injured, but so far, no one other than the suspect has died. The suspect is reportedly a 20 year old named Adam Alsahli who was originally born in Syria. And, according to an investigation, he may have supported Salafi-jahadist ideology. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, snow is apparently turning green in Antarctica. You read that right. The color is created by blooming algae, but it’s expected to be made worse as temps increase due to climate change.