News Roundup 04/01/19
1. Rapper Nipsey Hussle Fatally Shot in Los Angeles
On Sunday Mar. 31 at approximately 3:20 p.m. rapper Nipsey Hussle was shot multiple times outside of his clothing store, The Marathon, in Los Angeles. The rapper was pronounced dead just hours later by local authorities. According to the Los Angeles Police Department, two other people were injured during the shooting. Born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, Nipsey Hussle grew up in the Crenshaw neighborhood and maintained a strong presence up until his untimely death. Since Sunday there has been an outpour of tributes to the late rapper from his colleagues and fans.
Source: New York Times
2. Michael Brown’s Mother Running for Ferguson City Council
According to the Associated Press, Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother is running for city council in Ferguson, Missouri. Eighteen year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson police officer on Aug, 9, 2014. His death sparked protests and riots across the city and country. Since then, McSpadden has been active in political organizations such as the Black Lives Matter movement and the Democratic National Convention. A year ago she moved back to Ferguson in pursuit of a seat on the city council. McSpadden said that if she’s elected police accountability will be at the top of her agenda.
Source: The Associated Press
3. Cholera on the Rise in Mozambique
Severe flooding occurred in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi after Cyclone Idai tore through Southern Africa on Mar. 15. The flooding left hundreds dead and thousands displaced but a new worry is on the rise. According to Vox, there has been 1,000 reports of Cholera since the flooding began. A quickly spreading intestinal disease, Cholera is caused by drinking water or food that’s been contaminated by sewage or feces. The bacterial disease can cause diarrhea, vomiting and severe dehydration.
4. Bernie Sanders Hauls in $18 million from Support
Over the weekend Sen. Bernie Sanders reported his campaign has raised over $18 million in the first quarter of 2019. Last year Sanders announced his highly anticipated 2020 presidential campaign. In 2016, the Vermont Senator lost the democratic primary to Hillary Clinton who later lost to President Donald Trump. Currently, Sanders is up against a plethora of democratic candidates including Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Beto O’Rourke. Sanders is known for his progressive platform pushing free access to healthcare and free college.
Source: NBC News
5. Avocados Could Grow Scarce in Coming Weeks
According to NBC News, the U.S. could see a halt in avocados at local markets if President Donald Trump shuts down the U.S.-Mexico border. On Friday he announced that it was likely he’d shut down the border if the Mexican government didn’t stop their residents from fleeing to the U.S. “The United States is heavily reliant on Mexican imports of fruit, vegetables and alcohol to meet consumer demand. Nearly half of all imported U.S. vegetables and 40 percent of imported fruit are grown in Mexico”, according to NBC News. Americans could see an increase in price of avocados if the border shutdown occurs.
Source: NBC News