Cramm for 11/15/19
A California school just faced a school shooting.
Yesterday, a student walked into a Southern California high school, pulled a gun out of his backpack, and opened fire on his classmates. Multiple students were hit, with at least two deaths (a 14 year old boy and a 16 year old girl) and three injuries. The student then turned the gun on himself before being detained. He is reportedly in grave condition.
THE DETAILS PT 2.
The shooting took place at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita at around 7:30am. It was over in a matter of seconds. The student responsible for the attack - Nathaniel Berhow - apparently used a .45-caliber pistol and had just turned sixteen that day.
THE DETAILS PT 3.
People who knew Berhow - who’s Asian - described him as a “quiet” kid who they’d never expect to turn violent. A warning - “Saugus, have fun at school tomorrow” - was apparently posted to Instagram yesterday, but it’s not entirely clear whether the account belonged to Berhow. As of now, his motive is unknown, but authorities are investigating and are reportedly speaking with his mother and his girlfriend. There’s also no apparent connection between the victims and the shooter.
This marks just one of many school shootings this year alone. TBD, TBD, TBD.
USA: Today marks the second round of public impeachment hearings. The witness: Marie Yovanovitch. You know Yovanovitch for being the former ambassador to Ukraine who was suddenly fired last spring after a personal order from Prez Trump. The hearing comes just a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi hinted at a potential bribery charge against Trump. In other news, everyone’s talking about Trump’s tax returns. Quick refresher: it’s typical for US prezes to release their tax returns. Because, you know, transparency. Problem, since Trump still hasn’t released his tax returns - making him the only prez in modern history to do so. Cue lawsuits. Now, it looks like Trump’s asking the Supremes to pretty please let him keep things secret.
WORLD: Venice is back for part two. Yesterday, “exceptionally high” tidal waters hit the city - just days after it faced the worst flooding in over 50 years. The high tide reportedly peaked at 5 feet, flooding much of the city - including historic buildings. The damage is estimated at hundreds of millions of euros. Stay tuned. Speaking of which, Australia’s facing its own set of problems. As dozens of deadly bushfires rage across the country, Sydney is apparently running out of water. Dams are currently at 46.6% capacity, but that number’s expected to drop to 40%. Not good. And in other news, two people are reportedly being treated for the Black Death plague in China - coming as the WHO classified the plague as a re-emerging disease. Reassuring.
POLITICS: Chile’s shaking things up. Reminder: after the gov announced new price hikes on subway tickets in Santiago, thousands of people took to the streets in protests that’ve evolved into demands for the prez to resign. So yesterday, Prez Sebastian Pinera said ‘no, but yes’ and announced that the gov worked out a new constitution that’s a “true social contract” and “100% democratic.” No word yet on this from protesters. Meanwhile, a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza militants has reportedly been reached after more than 50 hours of cross-border fighting. The violence started after Israel killed Islamic Jihad leader Baha Abu al-Ata. In response, Gaza militants fired more than 450 missiles into Israel, who responded with airstrikes.
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“Llamas:” what are being used as therapists. Time wool tell whether this is effective.
“If anything, we’re adding more stuff” - a Texas family after being told to take down their Christmas decorations because it’s too early. Christmas spirit, nonexistent.