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Details are still rolling in after a mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado this weekend. A 22-year-old gunman reportedly killed at least five people and injured 25 others when he opened fire at Club Q just before midnight on Saturday. The shooter was overpowered and is in police custody. The suspect has a history of violence: Police confirmed he was arrested in June 2021 following a standoff at a home where his mother lived. During this incident he is said to have made a bomb threat and other threats of violence. The shooting has rocked the area’s LGBTQ community. According to residents, Club Q was “a home away from home full of select families” for the LGBTQ community in Colorado Springs, the state’s second largest city. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, the country’s first openly gay governor, called the attack “terrifying, disgusting and devastating.” President Biden responded to the tragedy with calls for gun reform and an appeal to end LGBTQ hatred.
The 2022 World Cup is being held in Qatar amid heated controversy over the country’s human rights record. In the years and months leading up to the event, critics have eyed Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers, its laws on homosexuality and attitudes toward women in society. Workers who built the infrastructure for the event have reported extremely difficult conditions, unpaid wages and multiple deaths among their ranks. Some players and countless football fans have expressed a belief that the sport should be inclusive – a sentiment they say violates Qatari law. Ahead of Sunday’s kick-off, FIFA President Gianni Infantino launched an explosive tirade against Western critics of the event. Matchday one marked the Qatar team’s World Cup debut, losing 2-0 to Ecuador. Find out more about the teams here and if you’re ambitious work on your Qatar pronunciation here.
Singer cancels TV interview and leaves set at World Cup
Elon Musk restored former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account over the weekend, continuing his wave of controversial decisions as the social media platform’s new owner. Following the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, Trump was banned from Twitter and several other platforms for inciting violence. Musk claimed to have based his decision to reverse the ban on a Twitter poll. If Trump returns to Twitter, where he had significant influence during his presidency, it could change the course of the 2024 election season and the structure of the Republican Party, which is still struggling to find an identity outside of Trump’s influence. However, Trump himself appears to be weighing the idea up. He praised Musk’s decision but questioned whether the site would survive the current crises. Meanwhile, Trump continues to post on Truth Social – the platform he launched after his Twitter ban.
Hear what Trump said about a possible return to Twitter
House Republicans plan next year’s leadership after winning control of the chamber in the midterm elections. Current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over as House Speaker next year after winning a vote from his Republican peers, but some notable GOP members want a change. GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger berated McCarthy Sunday, saying he doesn’t think McCarthy will last long as speaker and have to make deals that would divide the Republican majority. Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Comer of Kentucky, who is likely to be the next chair of the House Oversight Committee, said the chamber’s investigation into classified documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate “will not be a priority.” ‘ once he’s at the top.
Hear Kinzinger’s prediction about McCarthy if he’s elected Speaker of the House
The UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt ended with a historic resolution to help climate victims but failed to limit fossil fuel use. Negotiators from nearly 200 countries agreed to set up a “Loss and Damage” fund to help vulnerable countries deal with climate catastrophes. They also agreed that the global community must almost halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. However, an attempt to deal with fossil fuels – the biggest source of the planet-warming emissions causing the climate crisis – has been blocked by a number of nations, including China and Saudi Arabia. Without their support, a major proposal to phase out all fossil fuels failed. But there is still some good news. The US and China, the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, have resumed formal climate talks after China froze negotiations this summer.
COP27 was “particularly bad and chaotic,” says the author
– Source: CNN
A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Indonesia’s West Java province. At least 46 people have died and more than 700 have been injured, according to the country’s National Agency for Disaster Management.
Here’s who won last night’s American Music Awards
Beyoncé and Taylor cleaned up AGAIN.
The legendary Kindle e-reader just turned 15 years old
No one needs to know how much of a book hoarder you are when they’re all stored on one device!
Snoop Dogg has launched a range of luxury dog clothes
This feels like an extremely Snoop Dogg thing.
How jelly lost its place as America’s favorite dessert
Just a guess, it was likely when people started putting tuna in it.
Ticketmaster apologizes after some Taylor Swift fans were left empty-handed after the ticketing debacle for their next tour
I couldn’t pick a favorite Taylor Swift pun, so I have two:
- I Knew You Had Trouble When I Logged In (Ticketmaster Remix)
- We never get Taylor Swift tickets
This is how much the failed cryptocurrency exchange FTX owes its top 50 creditors. The powerful crypto company very publicly collapsed after filing for bankruptcy, leaving about 1 million customers and other investors with billions in losses.
“This is terrifying and needs to stop.”
– United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF in a statement on reports of children killed, injured and detained in Iran. The agency said an estimated 50 children have reportedly lost their lives in the public unrest in the country, which has been going on for more than two months. Protesters and human rights activists blame the Iranian government for hundreds of deaths and thousands of arrests during the unrest.
Conditions in western New York continue to improve
– Source: CNN
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It’s a snow joke
Snow gusts are terrifying! Just watch the horizon disappear as a squall rolled in over Newport, Rhode Island in February. (click here to view)