In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

National School Walkout

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


Students Organize National School Walkout to Protest Gun Violence.

Thousands of students will stand up in their classrooms and walk out of their schools in a nationwide demonstration, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.

The 17-minute protests, one minute for every person killed, unfolding at hundreds of schools are intended to pressure Congress to approve gun control legislation after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This will come 10 days before major protests in Washington and elsewhere.

Many public school districts are threatening students with suspensions that could hurt college applications, dozens of universities including Harvard, Yale and MIT are encouraging young people to stand up for what they believe in.


Stephen Hawking, Renowned Scientist, Dies at 76.

Stephen Hawking, considered by many to be the world’s greatest living scientist, who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died. He was 76.

Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark “A Brief History of Time,” which has sold more than 10 million copies.


Donald Trump Fires Rex Tillerson and Will Replace Him With C.I.A. Chief Pompeo.

Donald Trump ousted his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson and announced he would replace Mr. Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director and former Tea Party congressman. Mr. Tillerson learned he had been fired on Tuesday morning when a top aide showed him a tweet from Mr. Trump announcing the change, according to a senior State Department official. Trump also announced that he intends to name Gina Haspel director of the C.I.A, the first woman to have the position.


White House Unveils Proposals to Reduce Gun Violence at Schools.

The White House announced a plan to reduce gun violence at schools that includes spending federal money on training school staffers to carry concealed weapons, but not Donald Trump’s earlier call to raise the age limit for buying guns.

Instead, the plan creates a federal panel to study age restrictions and other potential changes in laws and to make recommendations later.


China Abolishes Presidential Term Limits.

China’s parliament has abolished term limits for presidents and vice presidents, giving sitting president Xi Jinping the power to rule indefinitely.


Parkland Survivors Create Contract for Parents to Vote for Child Safety Over Guns.

Two high school juniors, Adam Buchwald and Zach Hibshman, created Parents Promise to Kids or #PPTK, a movement that features a contract parents can sign saying they pledge to vote for legislators who put child safety over guns.


Ava DuVernay and Ryan Coogler Make History at the Box Office.

For the first time, black directors have claimed the two top spots at the box office. Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther made an estimated $41 million this past weekend, pushing the superhero movie past $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time debuted at number two bringing in an estimated $33 million.

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