By Oluwakemi Ike
1. San Bernardino Elementary Murder-Suicide Claims Three Live Injuring One:
A shooting at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino claimed the lives of student Jonathan Martinez, 8, teacher Karen Smith, 53 and the gunmen, Cedric Anderson who quickly took his own life. A nine-year-old student was also injured in the crossfire but remains in stable condition. The shooter was identified as the husband of the special needs teacher. Anderson had previously given the excuse that his wife had left something at home he was attempting to return. The wife had been planning to go through with the divorce after red flags were raised due to anger and uncontrollable emotions. The actual status of their relationship was a secret, so there were no alarms raised by his presence. This marks a new and disturbing element that faculty will have to look out for with future events, making school security even more delicate and complex.
- Source: KTLA News
2. Passenger is Forcibly Removed From United Airlines Flight:
A doctor was forcibly removed by security from a United Airlines flight due to the airlines overbooking of seats. Airlines routinely sell more seats than they have available under the assumption that there will be passengers who cancel last minute or don’t show up. When they run out of space, they will offer extreme discounts for people to switch to another flight, but in cases such as these, that isn’t always an option. As a result, a grown man was dragged through the isles and thrown off the plane in front of countless passengers as if he had done something wrong other than simply expecting to take part in the flight he had bought a ticket for.
- Source: NY Times
3. Israel Closes Border After Deadly Church Attacks:
Israel closed its Taba border which leads to Egypt’s Sinai peninsula after two deadly attacks on Coptic Christian churches during Palm Sunday services. Sinai is a popular spot for vacationing during the upcoming Passover break. Israel stated that the border will be back open just for citizens arriving home. Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi declared a state of emergency planned to last for three months after the attacks killed 44 people but it has yet to be approved by Parliament. ISIS has confessed to it's responsibility for the attacks.
- Source: The Associated Press
4. UN Ambassador no Longer Wants Peace While Syrian President in Power:
Following the recent Syrian bombings, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley stated that we no longer wish to establish any form of peace as long as Assad is in power. Comments were directly targeted to Iranian power in the country as being the main reason for hostility. Haley firmly believes that it is in the best interest of all of Syria to remove President Bashar al-Assad and repair their damaged government. While America’s priority has always been removing ISIS, Haley went on to say that we need a secondary priority of removing Assad. She has also put pressure on Russia to act in defense of this position, announcing that Russia has an obligation to put an end to Assad’s regime.
- Source: CBS News
5. 21st Century Fox Investigates Sexual Harassment Claim Against Bill O'Reilly:
21st Century Fox continued to investigate into Bill O’Reilly’s sexual misconduct and harassment through use of his position at the network. The reports came in through an anonymous hotline Fox has set up for situations such as this. After six different reports by different women, lawyers finally had to be hired to sift through everything. Bill O’Reilly has already denied all allegations against him, denying that any current or former Fox News employees have had problems with him. Wendy Walsh, openly declared that Bill had denied her a promised position through verbal contract after she wouldn’t go to his hotel suite. A formal report was later made to the anonymous hotline, giving 21st Century Fox and their investigators something new to look into.
- Source: The NY Times