News Roundup 9/7/18

Photo Courtesy: Getty Images: Kevin Winter

Photo Courtesy: Getty Images: Kevin Winter

By: Kenya Staley

1. Burt Reynolds Dead at 82

Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds died at 82 on Thursday September 6. According to Reynold's talent agent Todd Eisner, Burt Reynolds suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Florida. Since the 1950's until present, He starred in a number of box office hits, such as Smokey and the Bandit, The Longest Yard and Hooper. He rose to fame in 1972 after his breakout film as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance. Later in his career, Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination in 1998 for the movie Boogie Nights. He is survived by his son Quintin.  

Source: CNN News

2. New York Times Anonymous Op-Ed Creates a Frenzy in the White House

On September 5th, a Senior White House Official anonymously released an Op-Ed article to the New York Times stating that they are part of the resistance within the Trump Administration. According to the New York Times article the anonymous author writes, "like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations". Once the article was published, several White House Officials denounced the essay and confirmed they weren't the author. Vice President Mike Pence publicly encouraged the anonymous author to step down. It has yet to be revealed who the writer of the Op-Ed essay is.

Source: New York Times

3. Cincinnati Shooting Leaves 3 dead

On September 6, around 9 a.m, a gunman entered Third Center in Cincinnati's Fountain Square and opened fire. Cincinnati's Police Chief, Eliot Issac announced that 3 people were killed and 2 were injured. According to the Hamilton County coroner's office the suspects killed were, "Luis Felipe Calderon, 48; Pruthvi Raj Kandepi, 25; and Richard Newcomer, 64". The suspect died at the scene after he was shot multiple times by police officers. The injured victims have not been identified. Authorities searched the gunman's home but have not found a motive and the investigation is ongoing.

Source: CNN News

4. 6.7 Earthquake Rocks Japan

On September 6, Hakkaido, Japan was hit with a 6.7 magnitude earthquake that left several dead and even more missing. According to Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, more than half the island is still without power due to the power plant's shutdown out of precaution. The earthquake triggered landslides that halted infrastructure and buried houses. Many cultural events have been canceled until further notice. 

Source: NPR

5. Twitter Permanantely Suspends Alex Jones

Alex Jones, founder of conservative conspiracy theory website InfoWars, was permanently banned from Twitter on Thursday, September 6. The news comes after Jones was recorded confronting Senator Marco Rubio on the censorship policies of social media. Twitter took action against Alex Jones and his website InfoWars for violating their terms of "abusive content". InfoWars gained infamous attraction after calling survivors of the Sandy Hook Shooting "crisis actors" and has since made other controversial claims. Twitter is not the only platform to censor the website, Facebook, YouTube and Apple have all either removed or limited their content. 

Source: The Atlantic

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