In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday August 1st 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
LeBron James Opens School For At-Risk Kids in His Hometown.
LeBron James opened the I Promise school, a public school in his hometown Akron, Ohio to help at-risk youth grow academically and emotionally.
The school is a public school formed in collaboration between James’ philanthropic foundation and Akron Public Schools. 240 third and fourth graders will make up the inaugural class at the I Promise School and there are plans to expand to over 1,000 students.
Its offerings include a long school day (eight hours); a “support circle” for students after their free lunch; free bikes; college scholarship opportunities and GED courses and job placement for parents. All are driven by James’ mission to help kids overcome what he faced as a low-income student in Akron, he says.
Release of 3D-printed Gun Software Has Been Blocked.
Eight states and the District of Columbia sued the government on Monday to block the settlement of the gun access advocacy group Defense Distributed and the Trump Administration to allow the sale of downloadable 3D-printed gun blueprints. They argued the untraceable guns were a safety risk.
US District Judge Robert Lasnik issued a temporary restraining order halting the release hours before the 1 August deadline, saying the blueprints could fall into the wrong hands.
Defense Distributed was expected to publicise the plans on Wednesday, but more than 1,000 people have already downloaded the files for building an AR-15 rifle – the same gun used in many of America’s mass shootings – since Friday.
Washington, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland in addition to the District of Columbia are involved.
The Carr Fire is the 7th Most Destructive Fire in California History.
The Carr Fire is the largest of 17 wildfires now raging in California. So far, six people have been killed and tens of thousands have been displaced. The fire is now considered the seventh most destructive in the state’s history, according to Cal Fire, the state agency responsible for fire protection.
The fire, which the authorities said was caused by a mechanical failure in a vehicle, has grown to cover some 110,000 acres, roughly the size of New Orleans. Emergency responders have been able to contain about 27 percent of the blaze, according to Cal Fire.
Since the beginning of this year, fires have scorched more than 430,000 acres in California, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Nearly three-quarters of that land has been burned in Northern California.
Zimbabwe’s Ruling Party Zanu-PF Wins Majority in Zimbabwe Parliament Elections.
Millions of people voted on Monday in the first election since the army removed Robert Mugabe from power last year after 37 years of rule. Long queues formed outside polling stations and turnout was recorded at 75%.
With more results to be declared, the party has a chance of gaining the two-thirds majority that would allow it to change the constitution at will. The result in the presidential vote is due by August 4. If no candidate wins more than half the votes in the presidential election, there will be a runoff in five weeks. Another possibility is negotiations to form a coalition government.
The opposition leader Nelson Chamisa’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has claimed it has been hindered by a flawed electoral roll, ballot paper malpractice, voter intimidation and handouts to voters from the ruling party.