In the News This Week

by Debra Brown


John Singleton

Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.


John Singleton, Director, Dies at 51. 

John Singleton, the groundbreaking film director, screenwriter and producer, died in Los Angeles after suffering a stroke. He was 51. A family spokesperson said Singleton passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family and friends. 

Singleton was the youngest person, and the first African American, ever to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for his debut film, “Boyz N the Hood”. Singleton also scored an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. 


Florida House Approves Requiring People To Repay Criminal Fines Before They Can Vote. 

The Florida House approved a measure Wednesday requiring people with felony convictions to pay all financial requirements of their sentence before they can vote again.  

Now, people with felonies can vote once they have completed their sentence, including probation and parole. The constitutional amendment exempts people convicted of murder and felony sexual offenses from having their voting rights restored.  


Prosecutors Seek Life Without Parole Or Death Penalty For Accused Shooter in San Diego Synagogue Attack. 

Prosecutors are seeking a sentence of life without parole or the death penalty for John T. Earnest, the 19-year-old man accused of killing a woman and wounding three others in a synagogue attack outside San Diego. 

The accused shooter pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder with a special circumstance of a hate crime. He also faces three charges of attempted murder. 

The attack came six months after a man fatally shot 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, the deadliest attack against Jews in American history. 


Venezuelans Rally As Opposition Leader Guaido Calls For Uprising. 

Hundreds of Venezuelans rallied after opposition leader Juan Guaido called for a “military uprising” in his strongest move to oust President Nicolas Maduro since declaring himself interim president earlier this year.  

Venezuela is immersed in a deep economic crisis. Hyperinflation, unemployment and food and medicine shortages have prompted more than three million Venezuelans to leave the country in recent years. 

The US and 50 other mostly Western countries have recognised Guaido while Maduro maintains the backing of Russia, China, Turkey and Cuba.  


Thousands Protest Against China Extradition Law. 

Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong over a proposed law change that would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. For the first time, suspects could be extradited to Taiwan, Macau or mainland China on a case-by-case basis. 

Police estimate that about 22,000 people took part, while organisers say this figure was closer to 130,000. These estimates would make it the largest demonstration since pro-democracy rallies in 2014 known as the Umbrella Movement. 

Hong Kong has a separate legal system to mainland China, thanks to “one country, two systems”. 

The former British colony was handed back to China in 1997 on condition it would retain “a high degree of autonomy, except in foreign and defence affairs” for 50 years. 


Shooting at UNCC: 2 Dead, 4 Injured at Charlotte Campus. 

Two people were killed and four others wounded in a shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, authorities said. One person was taken into custody and there was no reason to believe anyone else was involved, police said. 

UNCC Emergency Management sent a tweet saying “Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately. 


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