49 Killed in New Zealand Mosque Terrorist Attack; Mueller Investigation Updates; World News Briefs: North Korea Talks Resuming Nuclear Tests; Worldwide Youth Protests on Climate Change; Middle Finger is Protected by Constitution, Federal Court Says; Is EYES a word? Deaf teacher’s prank goes viral.
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49 Killed in New Zealand Mosque Terrorist Attack
In New Zealand, 49 people died after a man opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this is a well-planned terrorist attack. She said it was one of New Zealand’s darkest days.
The suspected terrorist, Brandon Tarrant, is 28 years old. He was arrested and has been charged with murder.
He attached a camera on a helmet he was wearing and live-streamed the shooting on Facebook. The video has been taken down.
His guns had several words scrawled on it with white markers that had references to white supremacist ideals.
At least 48 people are at hospitals with gunshot wounds.
Law enforcement said three other people were in custody in connection to the shooting. There were two explosive devices found on a car. It was defused.
The suspect wrote a manifesto identifying himself as a white nationalist who is from Australia. He said he hates immigrants and said he wanted revenge for attacks in Europe that he blamed on Muslims.
AP News said New Zealand rarely experience mass shootings and that police officers don’t normally carry guns. It was a shock to the country.
This attack has caused Muslim organizations around the world to express deep concern about their safety and security.
The director of the CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations, Nihad Awad, said he urges “leaders in our nation and worldwide to speak out forcefully against the growing anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant hate that appears to have motivated these white supremacist terrorists.”
There were several members from the Bangladesh’s national cricket team on a bus on the way to one of the mosques when the shooting started. Nobody from the team was injured.
Mueller Investigation Updates
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office, in a court filing, said there are still several ongoing investigations.
The office asked the U.S. District Court to delay Rick Gates’ sentencing and for permission to update the judge on May 14.
So it is possible the investigation will last for at least two more months.
Gates was a long-time business partner with Paul Manafort and Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman. He pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and lying to investigators and is a cooperating witness.
President Trump tweeted this morning that the Mueller investigation is illegal. He said that Russian collusion is just a Democrat excuse for losing the election.
Trump said there should be no Mueller report.
He apparently was referring to the House’s 420-0 vote yesterday on a resolution to demand the Mueller report be made public.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) blocked the resolution from having a vote in the Senate.
Graham wanted an amendment to the resolution with a request for the appointment of another special counsel to investigate potential misconduct by the Department of Justice on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and surveillance on Carter Page.
The Hill explained that Mueller is required to submit a final, confidential report to the DOJ, but it will be up to Attorney General William Barr to release whatever information he chooses to from the report.
World News Briefs: North Korea Talks Resuming Nuclear Tests; Worldwide Youth Protests on Climate Change
Here are two world news briefs.
The first — a high-level North Korean official said it is possible the country would end denuclearization talks with the U.S. and resume missile testings.
The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responded by saying that Kim Jong Un promised Donald Trump that he would not resume nuclear or missile testing. Pompeo said he expects Kim to keep that commitment.
We know that Trump and Kim had a summit in Vietnam that ended without a deal.
The second news — thousands of young people and students around the world marched in a day of action to demand action on climate change.
The movement is called “Fridays for Future.” It encourages students to skip classes once a week to make a statement about the threat of climate change.
The leader of this movement is Greta Thunberg, a 16-year old activist from Sweden. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Middle Finger is Protected by Constitution, Federal Court Says
A federal appeals court ruled that Americans have a constitutional right to give the middle finger to police officers.
This is from a lawsuit by a woman from Michigan. She said a Detroit police officer pulled her over in 2017 for speeding and gave her a nonmoving violation.
After the traffic stop, as the woman drove away, she flashed the finger to the officer.
The officer pulled her over again and wrote her a ticket for speeding, a more serious violation.
The woman sued saying she had a First Amendment right, that her gesture was free speech.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit sided with her, saying the finger was not illegal.
The court also said the officer violated the Fourth Amendment by making an unreasonable seizure by pulling her over a second time.
NPR explained that the court’s ruling means the woman’s lawsuit can proceed in a lower court.
Is EYES a word? Deaf teacher’s prank goes viral.
A Deaf teacher from Minnesota, Jo Sward, posted a funny video prank on a co-teacher, Audra McCorkle. The video went viral on Facebook. I’ll show you the clip and then comments from the two.
[Video clip of prank]
Alex: I asked Sward how did he come up with the prank.
Sward: How did I get the idea? I was watching a video on YouTube and saw this prank with hearing people. I thought I’d try this with deaf people to give a Deaf perspective. It worked with Audra. I laughed so hard.
Alex: I asked McCorkle what happened in her mind, how did she forget that “EYES” is a word?
McCorkle: Really, I was so focused on the word, “yes.” I kept on thinking “eyes” was an abbreviation such as e-mail or e something. So I kept on thinking of words it could stand for such as “extra yes.” I was too focused and overanalyzed it because he always teases me so I can’t think simple with him no more. I was focused on one simple word, “yes.”
Alex: I asked McCorkle if she plans revenge.
McCorkle: Honestly, I don’t know if I can have revenge on the same level with it going viral. I don’t know if I can ever find an equivalent I won’t give up. I hope to work with him for a long time and I hope to get back to him sooner or later. We’ll find out.
Alex: I asked Sward if he has more ideas for other pranks.
Sward: Do I have another pranks? Yes!
McCorkle: He always pranks me!
Sward: I have to pick on her. I will have a prank and a challenge, too. I’ll post it later. I’ll think of something and post it.
Alex: Thank you both for your time. You can try this prank on your family or friends this weekend!
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