Aretha Franklin Passes Away at 76; Alex Jones, Owner of InfoWars, Banned by Internet Companies; Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director Brennan; Colorado Man Confesses to Killing Pregnant Wife and 2 Daughters; Over 70 People Overdose In New Haven Park; Over 300 Newspapers Write Editorials Pushing Back Against Trump
Aretha Franklin Passes Away at 76
Singer Aretha Franklin has passed away at 76 at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer.
She is known by many as the “Queen of Soul.” Many think she is one of the most talented musicians in history.
Aretha’s family and friends were with her when she passed away. They released a statement saying it is one of the darkest moments of their lives, that they can’t find the appropriate words to express the pain in their hearts.
Aretha was born in Memphis in 1942, then moved to Detroit. She sang in her father’s church and became well-known for her voice.
She attracted the attention of music executives who signed her to record deals in the 1960’s. From there, her songs reached the top of the Billboard charts again and again.
She won 18 Grammy awards and a lifetime achievement award. She was the first woman to be inducted in the Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Her fame and success was during the Civil Rights movement, so she was recognized as a very important black and female leader.
She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W Bush in 2005.
She sang during Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in 1968 and during Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and retired from music last year, with her last performance in November.
Now she is gone, but she will be remembered as one of the greatest Americans who ever lived. She leaves behind four sons.
Alex Jones, Owner of InfoWars, Banned by Internet Companies
Alex Jones, the radio host who often makes controversial comments and conspiracy theories on his show on InfoWars.com, is being shut down by Facebook and YouTube with his page and channel removed for violating their policies against hate speech or community guidelines.
Apple, Vimeo, and Spotify has also banned him.
He is suspended on Twitter for a week for inciting violence.
Alex Jones is facing a defamation lawsuit from parents of children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, because he said the shooting was false and that they were actors.
Now the FCC has temporarily shut down a radio tower in Austin, Texas that broadcasted his show and fined the owners $15,000 for operating without a license.
Despite the bans, InfoWars is still available online and via an app, and Alex Jones is fighting back, saying the “thought police” is censoring him, that he is a victim.
Many are applauding the internet companies for banning him, saying it is long overdue.
Now people are criticizing Twitter for only suspending him for a week, saying he should be banned.
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, said he is not allowing outside pressure to change how Twitter operates.
Dorsey said the suspensions can lead to a permanent ban in a “warning.”
Dorsey said his philosophy is to encourage journalists to point out Alex Jones or any false rumors, to allow people to decide for themselves.
Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director Brennan
Yesterday President Trump revoked the security clearance of John Brennan, former CIA Director under Obama.
What is the purpose of a security clearance? It allows current or former officials to continue to have access to top secrets, so they can still give advice in meetings with current government officials, to be on government advisory boards, or to work as a government contractor.
His security clearance was revoked.
The White House said Brennan abused his access to U.S. secrets to make false accusations, that he misused the information.
Trump said Brennan was one of the people who led the “rigged” Russia investigation, so he thought it was something that had to be done.
Brennan has been a strong critic of Trump. Last month he said that Trump should be impeached for treason after his meeting with Putin in Finland.
After the revocation, Brennan said yesterday that this shows Trump is desperate to protect himself and those close to him, that he is trying to scare critics into silence. He said Trump’s statements that he did not collude with Russia is hogwash (false, a lie).
The White House did say a few weeks ago that Trump is considering revoking security clearances of several Obama-era security officials, that he had list of people he was looking to revoke.
Now he has actually done this with Brennan.
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) said Trump did the right thing because Brennan monetized (profited) and made partisan political use of his security access.
But Democrats say they look at the revocation as unlawful and un-American.
Colorado Man Confesses to Killing Pregnant Wife and 2 Daughters
In Frederick, Colorado, a man has confessed to killing his pregnant wife and two daughters.
The wife and mother, Shanann Watts, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and the two girls, ages 3 and 4, were missing for three days, since Monday.
Shanann’s body was found at an oilfield, where the husband and father, Chris Watts, used to work at. The girls’ bodies seem to be there as well.
Yesterday Chris, before his arrest and when the search was ongoing, told the news he was traumatized by their disappearance and said he wanted them back.
But after a police investigation, they arrested him last night. He confessed to killing all three, and brought police to the bodies.
The head of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation said this is the worst possible outcome and their hearts are broken for the town of Frederick.
Over 70 People Overdose In New Haven Park
Yesterday over 70 people overdosed at a park in New Haven, Connecticut and were transported to hospitals. The park is close to Yale University.
People were vomiting and passing out, with some convulsing. Most of the people were low-income or homeless.
News video shows police and fire crews constantly working to transport people into ambulances. Nobody died, but two people are in serious, life-threatening conditions.
It seems like they took K2, which is synthetic cannabis. It is when someone sprays a man-made chemical on dried plants or put it in liquid form for e-cigarettes.
K2 can be 2 to 100 times more powerful than “normal cannabis” with THC.
Police arrested a man who apparently gave out free samples of K2. It seems like it was laced with another drug — fentanyl, a synthetic opioid. This powerful mixture caused the chaos.
Officials say this shows synthetic drugs such as K2 are very dangerous and unpredictable.
Over 300 Newspapers Write Editorials Pushing Back Against Trump
Over 300 newspapers across the nation wrote editorials -- which is when a newspaper’s top staff and editors write an opinion article to represent the newspaper’s thoughts -- the coordinated editorials was to stand up for freedom of press.
They wrote them in response to President Trump’s frequent attacks against the media.
The Boston Globe is the one who started this — last week they called on newspapers across the nation to write something against Trump’s “dirty war.”
The New York Times wrote an editorial. It is titled, “A FREE PRESS NEEDS YOU.” The article says a well-informed public can root out corruption and promote liberty and justice.
The article said they should be criticized for making mistakes, but how Trump calls articles that he doesn’t like “fake news” or calls journalists “enemy of the people” is dangerous.
The New York Times encouraged people to subscribe to local papers, praise them when you think they are doing good and criticize them when you think they can do better.
President Trump tweeted that he supports freedom of the press, but that much of what the press says is fake news, pushing a political agenda, or trying to hurt people.
Trump called the fake news media “the opposition party.” He said it is very bad for our country. He accused the Boston Globe of collusion with other newspapers.
Some newspapers, such as the L.A. Times, said they didn’t want to be involved because they wanted to remain independent, to show they were not engaged in “groupthink,” to stay independent.
That is all for today. See you tomorrow and stay with the light!