In the News This Week
Debra Brown | Wednesday August 15th 2018
Each Wednesday, we recap the most important headlines from our global community to keep you up to speed on world news.
Christine Hallquist Makes History as First Openly Transgender Major Party Nominee for Governor.
Christine Hallquist became the first transgender candidate to be nominated for a governorship by a major party, beating three other candidates in Vermont’s Democratic primary, according to The Associated Press. Hallquist campaigned on a promise to build up renewable energy and boost the state’s rural economy. Hallquist is one of more than 400 LGBTQ candidates running in this cycle, according to the Victory Institute.
Before she ran for governor, Ms. Hallquist spent 12 years as the chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative.
Nearly One Year After Hurricane Maria 100 Percent of Puerto Ricans Have Power.
Nearly 11 months after Hurricane Maria, 100 percent of the customers that lost power due to the storm now have electricity. This milestone in Puerto Rico marks the end of the longest blackout in American history.
Former Baltimore Police Officer Indicted in Beating That Was Caught On Video.
Former Baltimore police officer Arthur Williams was caught on video repeatedly punching a man and was indicted on 1st and 2nd degree assault and misconduct charges. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Since the release of the video, the former officer has resigned and turned himself in.
Bridge Collapses in Genoa, Italy falling 150 Feet.
The Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy fell 150 ft on to rail tracks, buildings and a river along with slabs of concrete. Witnesses saw lighting strike the bridge. Police say at least 26 people were killed and 15 badly hurt. Authorities have promised a swift investigation.
The bridge was completed in 1967, and spans dozens of railway lines. It serves the Italian Riviera links northern Italy to France. Normally, a bridge is designed to last for at least 100 years.