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THE HIGHLIGHTS

Everyone is talking about Jacob Blake. 

 

THE BACKGROUND. 

Earlier this week, Jacob Blake - a 29 year old Black man - was shot 7 times in the back by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin. According to witnesses, Blake had been trying to break up a fight between two women. The gunshots left Blake paralyzed from the waist down. Cue massive protests. 

 

THE LATEST. 

Blake’s family says Blake is currently handcuffed to his hospital bed, even though he’s partially paralyzed. It’s not entirely clear why. See: Wisconsin’s governor, Tony Evers, said, “I have no personal understanding why that would be necessary.” 

 

THE REACTION. 

Protests are still taking place over Blake’s shooting. So far, protests look to be fairly peaceful - coming the night after 2 people were shot and killed. 17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who’s white, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide. Not long before the killings, he gave an interview saying his job “is to protect” bizes. On that note: the same night, there were repeated calls on social media for armed vigilantes to travel to Kenosha to...protect bizes. Meanwhile, athletes are still taking part in boycotts over Blake’s shooting. 14 Major League Baseball teams either postponed games or walked off the field - while the National Hockey League is calling off two days of playoffs. 

 

THE TAKE. 

All of this comes just 95 days after George Floyd’s death. TBD on if change is in sight.


THE ACTION

CORONAVIRUS: Lately, some schools in the US have been discovering Legionella in their water. Hint: that’s the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease, a dangerous respiratory illness. It thrives in stagnant water in plumbing, which has been super common amid the coronavirus lockdown. In other news, the Federal Reserve chairman, Jerome Powell, just declared that the US central bank won’t keep raising interest rates. Because, rising unemployment rate. This means the inflation rate could eventually run a bit higher. You read that right. And meanwhile, the Trump team says it’s going to buy millions of coronavirus test kits

 

POLITICS: The Republican National Convention is officially over. Thursday night ended off the event, with Prez Trump accepting the Republican nomination from the White House as a mostly-maskless crowd chanted “four more years.” During his speech, he pointed fingers at Dem opponent Joe Biden for apparently being “radical” and for planning to pass “socialist” policies. Ivanka Trump also took to the stage. Speaking of the election, US intelligence officials say there’s no evidence of foreign efforts to meddle with mail-in voting. Yes, really. This comes as Republicans are speaking out against mail-in voting, which is becoming more popular amid the coronavirus pandemic, over alleged voter fraud. 

 

WORLD: All eyes are on Hurricane Laura, which just recently downgraded to a tropical storm. Yesterday, it made landfall in Louisiana and Texas as one of the most powerful storms to ever hit the US. Not a typo. At least 6 people were killed, including a 14 year old girl from Louisiana. Now, Louisiana’s governor is reporting “extensive” damage, especially around the Lake Charles area. Stay tuned. In other news, Russian Prez Putin is warning protesters in Belarus that Russia’s put together a security force to support the Belarus gov. This comes as the country’s facing massive protests over the results of the election, which some say was rigged. And speaking of which, Amnesty International is accusing Delhi police of “serious human rights violations” during religious riots that left more than 40 people dead. 


WHAT TO KNOW

Walmart:” what’s said to be teaming up with Microsoft to try to buy TikTok. TikMart? WalTok?


SAY WHAT?

“One of the cutest dinosaurs I’ve ever seen” - a researcher on this baby dinosaur fossil. Where’s John Hammond when you need him?

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