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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Another Black man was killed by police. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Earlier this week, Walter Wallace, Jr. - a 27 year old Black man who reportedly suffers from bipolar disorder - was experiencing a mental health crisis. He was said to be walking around waving a knife. His family called for an ambulance, but police showed up. The police pointed their guns at Wallace and ordered him to drop the weapon. At this point, Wallace’s mom grabbed her son, who then pulled away and started moving towards the officers. They opened fire, shooting him in the shoulder and the chest. He later died at a hospital. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

The fatal shooting is sparking mass protests throughout Philadelphia, where it took place, and New York. Some of these protests have escalated into looting and violence, with some police vehicles being vandalized and around 30 officers being hospitalized due to injuries from rocks and bricks and, in one case, a car. But for the most part, the protests have stayed peaceful as people call for justice to be served. Now, city officials are saying the shooting raises q’s - and investigating. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

That’s not the only story about police brutality making headlines. A week after multiple activists were killed while protesting police brutality in Nigeria, a Lagos state gov judicial panel began hearings into the violence. Stay tuned. 

 

THE TAKE. 

Police brutality continues to be an issue not just in the US, but throughout the world. 


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: The US has reported upwards of 500,000 new cases this past week. We’ll repeat: there were more than half a million new coronavirus cases in the US this past week. This comes as the White House science office listed “ending the Covid-19 pandemic” as the top accomplishment of Prez Trump’s first term. Speaking of Trump, he’s set to announce that Medicare and Medicaid will cover out-of-pocket costs for any potential coronavirus vaccine that’s given emergency use authorization. Oh, and if you’re wondering if there’s a stimulus update: the Senate just adjourned for two weeks. Yes, really. Meanwhile, Russia’s imposing a nationwide mask mandate. And in Italy and Spain, some protesters clashed with police over new restrictions. 

 

ELECTION: More than 70 million ballots have already been cast in the 2020 US presidential election. And ICYDK, less than 140 million people in total voted in the 2016 election. Meaning the US is poised for record voter turnout. You read that right. On that note: there’s been a lot of talk about whether every mail-in ballot will end up being counted. (Which is probably a good time to remind you that if you haven’t yet mailed in your ballot, try dropping it off or going to vote in person to make sure your vote counts.) Enter: this federal court, which just set a plan to help ensure the US Postal Service delivers ballots quickly. Think: allowing extra and late delivery trips. 

 

DISASTERS: It’s no secret that Prez Trump doesn’t exactly believe in climate change. And, subsequently, isn’t a big fan of certain actions that would help stop climate change. So recently, the Trump team basically fired the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (aka NOAA)...and installed new political staff who’ve been known to question facts about climate change. Already, these new staff have slapped stricter controls on communications at the agency. Cue concerns that this new shift could eliminate a big source of gov info about climate change. Meanwhile, Hurricane Zeta is strengthening as it heads toward Louisiana and Mississippi. The storm is expected to make landfall later today. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Los Angeles Dodgers:” who won the World Series. Home run. 


SAY WHAT?

“Billionaire accused of blaring 'Gilligan's Island' theme song on a loop at his neighbor during feud over $1 million sculpture along their shared property line that may block ocean views” - an actual thing that is happening right now. 

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