Weekly Rundown

ON CAMPUS

  Sophomores celebrate declaring a major today as the semester comes to a close. (EventsDigest)

 

C-SPRINGS

• Voters in the Colorado Springs municipal election stuck with the status quo this week, re-electing John Suthers as mayor, and Tom Strand and Bill Murray to city council. Wayne Williams, former Secretary of State, will join the city council as well. (KOAA5)

 

COLORADO

• Colorado lawmakers passed dramatic oil-drilling rule changes that make the protection of public health and the environment the top priority of regulators. Additionally they have granedt local governments new authority over where wells can be drilled. (WashPo)

  A Colorado mother wass accused of stabbing her two daughters, sending her car with her children inside into a river. All three are expected to survive. (DenPo)

 

USA

• The State Department said the U.S. will cut off aid to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — the Northern Triangle. (WashPo)

• Lori Lightfoot was elected Chicago mayor. She will be the first Black woman and first openly gay person to hold the postistion. (NBC News)

• Burger King announced it will sell Impossible Burgers in select restaurants to test out the market of meatless burgers. (CNBC)

• New York banned plastic bags, becoming the second state to do so. (NYT)

• Facebook banned White Nationalism and White Separatism, categorizing both as hate speech. Twitter and YouTube refused to follow. (Motherboard)

• Maryland’s National Guard command staff is made up of all women, for the first time in any state. (WashPo)

  U.S. border security has run out of space to hold migrants, resulting in the use of  holding pens under bridges. To deal with the surge in immigration, the Donald Trump administration is returning to “catch and release.” (AP)

 

WORLD

• Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan for a third time, just two weeks before the April 12 date to leave the E.U.. The vote effectively sets the process back to square one almost three years after Britons voted to leave. She plans to try again before the deadline. (NYT)

• Brunei invoked laws allowing stoning for gay sex and adultery, and amputation for theivery. The laws apply to children and foreigners. (AP)

• In Algeria, the ailing president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, agreed to step down after 20 years in power, yielding to weeks of mass demonstrations demanding his ouster. (BBC)

• Scientists led by a 37-year-old “have unearthed a remarkable trove of fossils that appear to date from the very day,” 66 million years ago, that “a giant meteor slammed into Earth off the coast of modern-day Mexico.” (NYT)

• Venezuela agreed to let the Red Cross deliver aid. It’s the first tacit admission by President Nicolás Maduro of a humanitarian crisis after multiple blackouts and 1.37 million% change in annual inflation. (NYT)

• Yann LeCun, Geoffrey Hinton and Yoshua Bengio, won the Turing Award for their work on neural networks. Loosely modeled on the web of neurons in the human brain, these mathematical systems enable machine learning by analyzing vast amounts of data. (NYT)

• NASA said that debris created by India’s test last week, in which it shot down its own satellite with a rocket, could threaten the International Space Station. Six crew members are currently aboard. (NYT)

• The Trump administration is pushing a Chinese firm, Beijing Kunlun, to relinquish its ownership of Grindr, over concerns that Beijing could use personal information on the U.S.-based app to blackmail or influence American officials. (NYT)

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte Schwebel

Charlotte is a sophomore from New York City who has taken the past two years to immerse herself in the Colorado Springs political community. When she isn't writing articles, she is out making the news. Charlotte is fascinated by current events from campus to Congo. Her go-to's for news are the New York Times, Al Jazeera, and the Washington Post.
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