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THE HIGHLIGHTS

A new report found “systemic failures” in the police response to the Uvalde school shooting. 

 

THE BACKGROUND.

In May, an 18 year old named Salvador Ramos stormed Robb Elementary in the rural town of Uvalde, Texas, and opened fire on the students and teachers. The gunman reportedly barricaded himself inside the school, killing at least 19 children and 2 adults in a single classroom. More than an hour later, police stormed the classroom and fatally shot Ramos, ending the massacre. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS. 

Yesterday, a new report on the police response to the Uvalde school shooting was released. The biggest takeaways? Hundreds of state and federal officers were gathered at the school on the day of the shooting - but didn’t take action. Eventually, a small group of officers made the decision to confront Ramos. If the officers had taken charge earlier, most of the victims could have been saved. That’s because some had gunshot wounds but were forced to wait for rescue, so they died on the way to the hospital. 

 

THE HAPPENINGS PT 2. 

The report also added that existing gun laws - not to mention the new background checks passed by Congress in the wake of the shooting - would not have stopped Ramos from getting the gun, which he waited until his 18th birthday to buy. 

 

THE TAKE. 

The report offers the first look at the police response to the Uvalde school shooting. Now, it’s up to the law enforcement agencies to hold their officers accountable. 


THE ACTION

EXTREME WEATHER: Europe is facing extreme weather right now. Let’s start with the UK, where the gov has declared a national emergency and issued its first-ever “red” warning for very very very high temps - meaning there’s a potential risk to life. Temps could reach 41 degrees Celsius (aka 106 degrees Fahrenheit), setting a new record. Meanwhile, parts of Europe are dealing with wildfires. Think: France, Croatia, Spain, and Greece. Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate. And while Portugal’s wildfires have reportedly been contained, the gov says nearly 700 people have died from the heat over the past week. In other news, recently, a helicopter responding to a wildfire in New Mexico crashed, killing at least 4 people. Not yet clear what caused the crash. 

 

PEOPLE: About a week ago, violent clashes erupted between the Hausa and Birta ethnic groups over a reported land “violation” in the southern Sudanese state of Blue Nile. At least 65 people have been killed and more than 150 people have been injured. Authorities have deployed the military and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces to help stabilize the region, while hospitals are putting out urgent calls for blood donations. Meanwhile, protesters are taking to the streets in Hungary over a new law that would raise taxes for hundreds of thousands of small business owners. Hint: the law scales back a tax relief scheme, affecting self-employed people and freelancers who have relied on the scheme for nearly 20 years. Tension, high. 

 

WORLD: Yesterday, a man with a rifle and several magazines of ammunition stormed a food court in Greenwood, Indiana, and opened fire. The gunman killed at least 3 people before another armed individual fatally shot him. Police haven’t publicly revealed a motive or identified the gunman. Meanwhile, over in Ukraine, Russia fired at least 10 missiles at Mykolaiv - the second significant attack on the southern port city in two days. The missiles struck two universities, a mall, and a hotel…to name a few. Ukrainian authorities pointed fingers at the Russians for knowing “full well that there were already many people on the streets at that time.” Also making headlines in Ukraine: Prez Volodymyr Zelensky fired the prosecutor general and the leader of the domestic intelligence agency. Because, apparent treason. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Wordle:” what's being turned into a board game. 


SAY WHAT?

“Astronomers discover a mysterious, fast radio burst in space with 'heartbeat' pattern” - a real headline. Aliens?!




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