News Roundup: Here's What You Missed

By Oluwakemi Ike

1. Small Plane Crashes in Riverside Neighborhood:
A jet plane killed three people when it crashed into a neighborhood in Riverside on Monday afternoon. Three teenagers and a husband and wife were aboard the plane which was on its way to San Jose from a cheerleading competition at the Disneyland theme park. The plane crashed just half a mile from its departure at the Riverside Municipal Airport. Firefighters are still trying to separate the victims of the plane from the residents who were involved in the fiery wreckage.
-Source: Mercury News

2. Moonlight Wins Best Picture After Oscar Mix Up:
The motion picture "Moonlight", a story about a young African-American man struggling to comprehend his sexuality, was awarded an Oscar for Best Picture after "La La Land" was mistakenly given the award first. Accountant for the Academy Awards, Brian Cullilnan, accidentally handed presenters Warren Beaty and Faye Dunaway the wrong envelope which revealed the category of Actress in a Leading Role instead of the envelope for Best Picture. The cast of "La La Land" was already giving their acceptance speeches when the mistake was brought to their attention. They were told that "Moonlight" was the real winner of the night.
- Source: Reuters

3. Trump’s Navy Secretary Nominee Withdraws:
President Trump’s Navy Secretary nominee, Phillip Bilden, stepped down from consideration on Sunday. Bilden, a private equity executive and former military intelligence offer, is the second nominee to withdraw from the rank to lead the armed forces due to government conflict of interest rules. Bilden gave a statement Sunday saying, “I have determined that I will not be able to satisfy the Officer of Government Ethics requirements without undue disruption and materially adverse divestment of my family’s private financial interests.” Trump and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis are now left with a challenge of finding a leader to run the Navy and the Army.
- Source: Reuters

4. Headstones Knocked Down at Second Jewish Cemetery:
Vandals knocked down numerous headstones at a Jewish cemetery on Sunday in Philadelphia. This is the second attack toward the Jewish community in a week. Philadelphia police detective Jim Reynolds said least 75 to 100 headstones had been knocked down and cracked at Mount Carmel Cemetery. “It’s pretty much intentional. We just have to find out if it’s drunken kids or an act of – well, it is a predominantly Jewish cemetery, so we have to look into the fact,” Reynolds told The Washington Post. The Anti-Defamation League is offering a reward of $10,000 for any information that could help uncover the perpetrators at large.
- Source: The Washington Post

5. Father of Navy Seal Killed in Raid Demands an Investigation:
A senior White House spokeswoman said Sunday that she believes President Trump will carry on an investigation requested by Bill Owens, father of William “Ryan” Owens, a Navy SEAL who was killed during a raid in Yemen last month. The raid was an operation ordered by Trump to gather electronic devices that could contain information about the organization and plots against the U.S. But, the raid turned deadly as Navy SEALS and troops from the United Arab Emirates clashed with al-Qaeda fighters. The father of the Navy SEAL refused to meet with Trump at the Dover Air Force base and said that the administration owes it to his son to explain why it organized the “stupid raid” just days after Trump’s inauguration.
- Source: The Washington Post