In the News This Week

by Debra Brown
Sofia Coppola
In the news this week By Team ATPB

With the state of current affairs in the US and around the world, we’re staying up to date on as much news as we can. Like many of you, we devour everything that is published on the Trump administration in an effort to keep informed about its horrible policies and so that we can share them with everyone we know (read about them every month in Nia’s “F*ck Donald Trump” series). Here’s a list of the articles and headlines about Trump and beyond that caught our attention this weekend. Check back every Monday and Friday for weekly updates. And, please share any articles that catch your attention, because sharing information is one of the most important things you can do at this moment.

Sofia Coppola Wins Best Director at Cannes, Becoming Only the Second Woman to Do So

Sofia Coppola won the Best Director award for The Beguiled: she is only the second female director in the festival’s 70-year history to win the award. The last time that happened, the award went to Soviet director Yuliya Solntseva for her World War II film The Story of the Flaming Years—in 1961
Group of 7 Meeting Ends Without Agreement on Climate Change
A summit of the leaders of the world’s wealthiest democracies has ended without a unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris climate deal. The other six powers in the Group of Seven have agreed to stick with their previous commitment to implement that Paris deal to rein in greenhouse gases to fight climate change. President Donald Trump said Saturday he would make a decision on the Paris Agreement on climate change “next week” following months of intense speculation and lobbying on both sides of the issue.
Floods in Sri Lanka Displace Half a Million
The state-run Disaster Management Center on Sunday announced that 151 people had been killed and 112 others were missing. It said the flooding was the worst since torrential rains soaked the island nation in 2003. The authorities estimate that more than 1,800 homes have been damaged and 442,000 people affected.
Judge Throws Out Life Sentences for D.C. Sniper Lee Boyd Malvo
A federal judge dismissed the four life sentences given to Lee Boyd Malvo for his role in the 2002 Virginia sniper shootings. Malvo was only 17 at the time, which is why the judge vacated the life sentences and ordered new sentencing hearings, the Washington Post reported. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles without the possibility for parole were unconstitutional. In 2016, the court also decided that ruling could be retroactively applied to cases.
Two Americans were murdered this week for standing up to hate.
After the death of Richard Collins III last week from standing up to a white supremacist; this week two men were killed after they intervened when a man allegedly yelled what “would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions” at two women on a Metropolitan Area Express (MAX) light-rail train, Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said. A third victim, a poet, survived the attack, but is receiving medical treatment for serious injuries.
Photo Courtesy of Reuters

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