In the News this Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday February 21st 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Donald Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices.
Donald Trump ordered the Justice Department to issue regulations banning so-called bump stocks, which convert semiautomatic guns into automatic weapons like those used last year in the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas.
Speaking at the White House days after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Mr. Trump said that he had directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to develop the regulations.
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More Than Twice As Many Women Are Running For Congress In 2018 Compared With 2016.
431 women are running for or are likely to run for the House nationwide — 339 Democrats and 92 Republicans. In 2016, there were fewer than half that: 212. Likewise, 50 women are running for or likely to run for Senate, compared with 25 at this point in 2016.
Students Call for Action Across Nation After High School Shooting.
From California to Florida, teenagers walked out of classes, stopped traffic and made speeches calling out their elders for inaction.
Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 17 people were killed last week, traveled on Tuesday to Tallahassee, the state capital, to call for an assault weapons ban. The direct appeal to the Legislature follows protests outside schools, social media appeals and national television appearances.
Syrian Bombardment Takes Its Deadliest Toll in Years.
The Syrian government, seizing on a chance to reclaim territory lost in its civil war, has loosed a devastating bombardment on a rebel-held Damascus suburb, killing at least 200 people, many of them children, aid workers said.
‘Black Panther’ Breaks Box Office Records in Opening Weekend.
“Black Panther” now holds the record for the biggest Presidents’ Day opening. It is the second biggest four-day total in history.
The film has now raked in $426.6 million globally since opening in international markets last Tuesday. That total does not include China, the second biggest movie market in the world. “Black Panther” opens there on March 9.
Cape Town residents have drastically lowered their water use, allowing the city to push back “Day Zero,” when the system is expected to run dry, by more than 10 weeks.
Officials were predicting that Cape Town would reach Day Zero — a first for a major city in modern times — in late April, forcing its four million residents to line up at collection points to receive water rations from trucks. Now, after three postponements, the city predicts that it will reach that crisis point on July 9.
Photo Courtesy of Ginger Williams Cook.