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August 05, 2019

HEADLINES

 

Two Shootings in 24 Hours

In the span of just 13 hours, two mass shootings occurred in the US, leaving 29 dead and 53 injured. The first shooting, in El Paso, Texas, left 20 dead and 26 injured at a Walmart. As the nation was still digesting the first shooting, the second shooting occurred: 9 dead and 27 injured at a bar in Dayton, Ohio. The El Paso gunman was taken alive, while the Dayton gunman was killed in a shootout. Some are blaming the increased political tensions throughout the nation for the attacks, especially pointing out the growth of white nationalism under the Trump administration. 

NBC

BUSINESS

 

Social Media Addiction Therapy

Social media addiction? Republican Senator Josh Hawley has a solution! The freshman senator from Missouri introduced a Senate bill designed to curb the addictive qualities of social media. Features of the bill include: disabling infinite-scroll features (including YouTube autoplay and Snapchat streaks), adding a 30 minute time limit for each app (which can be changed but resets to 30 minutes each month), and increased reminders of how long people are using social media. Hawley seems to be intent on combating the strength of social media, actively speaking out on topics including Facebook’s negative influence on American society.

NPR

ENTERTAINMENT


Escape from Sweden

After a month in Swedish detention, rapper A$AP Rocky is finally free pending a verdict on his widely covered assault case. Rocky and two companions were in holding until last week’s trial regarding the alleged assault of Mustafa Jafari, due to the court regarding them as flight risks. Donald Trump, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, and Justin Bieber all chimed in online to support the release of Rocky and promote the #JusticeForRocky campaign. The verdict will be passed down on August 14, but for now Rocky is free.

GUARDIAN

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