In the News This Week

by Debra Brown

Flint Michigan


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


Michigan Will No Longer Provide Free Bottled Water to Flint. 

Michigan officials said lead levels in the water there have not exceeded federal limits for about two years, so the state is closing the four remaining distribution centers where residents have been picking up cases of free water since January 2016.

Flint’s mayor, Karen Weaver, said she was informed of the decision only moments before it was made public. Weaver said the state should supply free bottled water until all the city’s lead pipes are replaced.

The effects of lead poisoning can cause severe developmental delays, 15 parents sued education agencies and the state of Michigan has agreed to pay $4 million dollars to test up to 30,000 kids.


Mark Zuckerberg Testifies Before Congress. 

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg apologized, promised privacy reforms and defended his company against the threat of new legislation.

Zuckerberg’s appearance at a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees marks the first time that Zuckerberg has testified before Congress. The hearing was due to the controversy over data privacy of Facebook users and its role abroad from foreign operatives influencing the U.S. presidential election to the ethnic violence in Myanmar.


F.B.I. Raids Office of Trump’s Personal Lawyer Michael Cohen.

The F.B.I. raided the Rockefeller Center office and Park Avenue hotel room of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, on Monday morning, seizing business records, emails and documents.

The F.B.I. were looking for records about payments to two women who claim they had affairs with Donald Trump as well as information related to the role of the publisher of The National Enquirer in silencing one of the women, according to several people briefed on the investigation.


Puerto Rico Closing 283 Schools Over Sharp Drop in Enrollment.

Schools have lost 38,762 students as Puerto Rico works to rebuild, following the devastation of Hurricane Maria last year and the 10% decrease of their population to the mainland due to their financial crisis. “Half of the existing schools are at 60% of their capacity,” the education department said. The new school year budget includes some repairs to schools.

Edwin Morales, the head of Puerto Rico’s teachers union, fears that public schools are being downsized in favor of privatizing via charter schools and vouchers. There will be no layoffs or employment terminations for Puerto Rico’s teachers and school personnel.



Bank of America Says It Will Stop Lending to Military-Style Gunmakers.

Bank of America Corp. the nation’s second largest bank plans to stop lending to companies that make assault-style guns used for non-military purposes.

Citigroup Inc., the nation’s fourth-largest bank, said in March it plans to prohibit retail chains that are its customers from offering bump stocks or selling guns to anyone who hasn’t passed a background check or is younger than 21.

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