00:08-06:00 US Vice President Kamala Harris visited Guatemala and Mexico this week to meet the Presidents of both countries as well as local leaders and help address the root causes of undocumented migration, but violence and weapons was not reported as a topic. The United States may be the ultimate destination for many migrants, but it is also the origin of many weapons employed in the violence driving them northward in the first place. Armed violence is one of the prominent root causes that push men, women, and children to leave Central America and Mexico and head north.
06:01-08:09 Mass shootings and gun violence took the lives of at least 16 people with 40 people wounded across the United States just last weekend alone. Five people were killed in a weekend of violence in Chicago while eight people were killed in mass shootings in Oregon, Indiana, Utah, and Michigan. A high school student was killed in New Jersey. In Miami, a shooting at a graduation party left three dead and five injured.
08:10- 09:19 On Friday, a federal judge overturned California’s three-decade-old ban on assault weapons, ruling that it violates the constitutional right to bear arms. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego ruled that the state’s definition of illegal military-style rifles unlawfully deprives law-abiding Californians of weapons commonly allowed in most other states and by the U.S. Supreme Court. In his ruling, Benitez compared the AR-15 rifle to a Swiss Army knife.
09:11-13:42 On Monday, the 2021 Texas Legislature, passed House Bill 1927, allowing Texans to carry handguns without a license or training. This even as law enforcement groups vocally opposed the measure, worried it would endanger officers and citizens and make it easier for criminals to get guns.
13:43-16:23 Meanwhile, a 30-year-old mother in El Paso, TX was arrested this week after posing as her daughter at a Texas middle school, and she says she did it to push for better security and to bring focus on preventing school shootings. Casey Garcia — who jail records show is 4 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs 105 pounds — was arrested on one count each of criminal trespass and tampering with government records, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office officials said.
16:24-21:07 The U.S. has more than 33 million confirmed coronavirus cases and more than 598,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The Wall Street Journal reported that airlines are contending with passengers traveling with falsified Covid-19 health certificates. The documents are the Covid-19 test results required by many countries on arrival.
Wacky World News
21:08-23:37 The world’s first ‘floating’ swimming pool has opened in London. The ‘Sky Pool’ is suspended 115ft above the street, and is stretched between the 10th floors of two buildings in the Nine Elms neighbourhood in south-west London.
23:38-26:39 A fishing crew working off the coast of Yemen landed a rare, 280-pound chunk of whale vomit — a catch valued at around $1.5 million. A 35-person fishing crew captured a sperm whale’s carcass while fishing in the Gulf of Aden. Due to the overpowering scent of fecal matter, they determined that the corpse likely contained what’s known as ambergris.
26:40-29:17 A parking space in an affluent Hong Kong neighborhood sold for $1.3 million — a new world record. The parking space at the luxury Mount Nicholson residential project was sold by Wharf Holdings Ltd. and Nan Fung Group sold for a total HK$10.2 million ($1.3 million US) to an unidentified buyer.
29:18-30:59 At Dracula’s castle in picturesque Transylvania, Romanian doctors were offering a shot in the arm rather than a stake through the heart. A COVID-19 vaccination center was set up on the periphery of Romania’s Bran Castle, which is purported to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s home in Bram Stoker’s 19th-century gothic novel “Dracula.”
31:00-32:34 Brushes and cans of paint lay strewn on the gallery floor under an abstract painting, gave a pair of young visitors to a Seoul art exhibition at a gallery in Lotte World Mall an idea. They thought this must be one of those art projects that engage with the audience.
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