Don’t have time to read the news every day? Fear not! Here’s everything you need to know from the news this week:
The Stanford Attacker and Many Open Letters:
- Your Facebook feed has been inundated with a he-said-she-said of letters regarding the recent sentencing of the Stanford Attacker.
- Back up, what’s going on? Around a year ago, a man was seen thrusting into a woman who wasn’t moving behind a dumpster.
- Two eyewitnesses approached him and tackled him down to the ground when he tried to run.
- That man tuned out to be Brock Turner, a 19-year-old Stanford student athlete.
- Last Thursday, Turner was sentenced to 6 months in jail out of the potential 14 years he could have received.
- Sounds like a slap in the wrist to most people. The judge’s accompanying statement expressed his concern for the mental impact any longer of a sentence would have on Turner.
- Those who oppose the sentence have been voicing that the mere 6 months was a result of Turner being a Caucasian, privileged, collegiate athlete.
- Following the sentencing, Turner’s father wrote a letter asking the judge to re-think his sentence, saying 6 months was too harsh for “20 minutes of action.”
- Cue feminist roars everywhere.
- Turner’s friend also wrote a letter encouraging people to understand that Turner’s actions were due to such a binge-drinking and promiscuous culture.
- The victim released an anonymous letter addressing her attacker, her heroes (eyewitnesses), women everywhere, victims everywhere, her attorney, the law enforcement that made her feel safe, and her family.
- Thennnn Vice President Joe Biden responded to that open letter with an open letter of his own commending her bravery, urging people to take action like those two witnesses on bicycles, and addressing the sexual assault statistics on college campuses.
- Our hearts are with this brave girl.
Hockey is Happening, Here’s What You Need To Know:
- Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins played the San Jose Sharks in game 5 out of 7 in the Stanley Cup.
- The Sharks made out with the 4-2 victory. This brings the series to 3-2, Pittsburgh.
- Game 6 is scheduled for Monday, June 13th. Perfect timing for yet another responsibly hungover day at work.
Basketball is Also Happening, Here’s What’s Going On in the NBA Finals:
- Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers semi-whooped the Golden State Warriors 120-90, bringing the Cavs to lead the series 2-1.
- The Cavaliers’ Kevin Love suffered a concussion during game two and the NBA forced him to sit out in game three (big deal, because it’s the finals and because sports-induced concussions are in the spotlight.) Love is expected to play in Friday’s game four, but we’re not sure if he’ll start or not (big deal because he’s good…obviously.)
- As of now, the Warrior’s Stephen Curry has not been playing well enough to earn the Finals MVP if the Warriors end up winning.
- Also… Lebron James is still killing it and we’re over here like aren’t you 80 in basketball years?
- The next game, game four, is this Friday night at 9:00 p.m.
Licensed to (Not) Carry:
- Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled that U.S. citizens do not have the constitutional right to carry concealed weapons. The key word here is “constitutional.”
- Meaning, citizens still may carry a concealed weapon, it’s just not their right.
- The court said concealed weapons may be permitted for those who are being harassed or stalked, but not your average bear.
- Gun Control opponents are super pissed, saying this is a mistake that will lead to a defenseless citizen. While gun control supporters are like, “10 points for Gryffindor!”
Four Killed in Tel Aviv:
- Wednesday, two Palestinians opened fire on pedestrians at a main square in Tel Aviv, Israel, killing four people and injuring 16.
- The gunmen are known to be from the occupied West Bank, and, since the shooting, Israel has suspended entry permits for 83,000 Palestinians.
- President Netanyahu has declared their actions an act of terrorism, while Islamist group, Hamas, has outwardly praised the shooting, referring to it as a “heroic attack.”
- Two women and two men were killed in the shootings ranging in age from 39-58.
- When word of the attack spread, it was greeted in parts of the West Bank and Gaza Strip with fireworks and cheering.
- Wait, come again? The West Bank and Gaza Strip is very sensitive territory. Both Israelis and Palestinians believe that they rightfully own the land, and therefore should be able to occupy it in peace. Israelis believe it was given to them by God, while Palestinians believe in “we were here first.”
- This has resulted in hundreds of deaths, warfare, terrorism, and tensions at an all-time extreme.
Obama and His Mom Jeans Are Officially With Hillary:
- You know that friend you have who still brings up what a great time you both had at Coachella in 2013? Time to let it go, right?
- That’s how Obama feels about Bernie Sanders right now. He’s just berning time at this point.
- Thursday, President Obama met with Sanders to discuss his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, and to wink wink nudge nudge him out of the race.
- However, Sanders is staying strong, remaining in the democratic race, and putting his delicate, grandpa fist down.
- Obama released an official statement regarding his endorsement of Hillary Clinton, saying, “I don’t think there’s ever been someone so qualified to hold this office.” Adding he can’t wait to get out there and campaign with her.
- Sanders supporters everywhere are making the most of their bern, knowing they won’t be able to feel it for much longer.
Another Day, Another Racist Trump Comment:
- In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last Thursday, Donald Trump said that U.S. District Judge Daniel Curiel – the judge hearing the Trump University case – has an “inherent conflict of interest” because the judge is “of Mexican-American heritage.”
- Back up. One of Trump’s most infamous running platforms is that he wants to build a wall, which will cost anywhere from $4-12 billion, according to Trump’s various estimates, between the U.S. and Mexico. He’s also expressed his intent to remove all Mexican immigrants, and bring back “the good ones.”
- What about Trump University? Trump launched his own university in New York in 2010. In 2013, the state of New York filed a $40 million civil suit against Trump university alleging illegal business practices and false claims made by the company. AKA, people were losing their money and receiving no proper education or degree.
- Back to business – the legal system: Judge Curiel, and sane citizens everywhere, are appalled at his request for recusal for a few reasons. A) a judge’s race, ethnicity, and sex are not grounds for recusal and B) even if a case pertains to race or ethnicity, a judge still does not have to recuse themselves, i.e. if a case is about discrimination against a black or white person, a black or white judge would not need to recuse themselves from the case.
- In a nut shell, Donald Trump has said, like, four racist things this past week, but we chose to inform you about this one so that you can walk away further educated about the judicial system. You’re welcome.
- You can check out the full (ridiculous) interview here: