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Tuesday May 17th

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The Supreme Court has decided to take another affirmative action case, but this time the Court looks a little different (Flickr/”Supreme Court Building” by Ben Schumin, February 1, 2006).

With new conservative majority, the Supreme Court accepts new case regarding Affirmative Action

Affirmative action has been a prevalent policy in the United States for the last 40 years. The withstanding practice attempts to limit discrimination in college admissions and job hiring by increasing efforts to include individuals in disadvantaged groups. In 2003, Grutter v. Bollinger permitted universities around the country to consider race as one of many factors in college admissions. A few attempts have been made since then to repeal affirmative action, including a case in 2016 with the University of Texas at Austin. Now, the Supreme Court has decided to take another affirmative action case, but this time the Court looks a little different. 

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Americans can now order four free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government, N95s to be available for free soon(Flickr).

Biden offers at-home Covid tests, N95 masks

Following President Joe Biden’s announcement last month that Americans would soon be able to order at-home Covid-19 tests for free from the federal government, the website covidtests.gov is now live and accepting orders for four free tests per household. Neither proof of citizenship nor a credit card is required to order the tests.

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World Health Organization honored Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were unknowingly stolen from her for research purposes(Flickr).

WHO Honors Henrietta Lacks As Family Sues Biotech Company

On Oct. 13, the World Health Organization (WHO) honored Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were unknowingly stolen from her for research purposes. Lacks’s cells were used without consent extensively in the research and treatment of numerous illnesses including HPV, polio, Parkinson’s, HIV/AIDS, numerous types of cancer and even COVID-19, making her incredibly important to medical advancements.  

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A plea to pray for conservative MP Sir David Amess, who was stabbed to death in Essex (Flickr).

UK MP Killed in Stabbing, Labeled a Terrorist Attack

Sir David Amess, Member of Parliament(MP) in the British House of Commons, was stabbed to death on Oct. 15 in Essex, England. According to the BBC, he was attacked at a church in Leigh-on-Sea. Police continue to question a man that they arrested on the suspicion of murder. Amess died at the scene of the stabbing as paramedics attempted to save him. He was 69 years old.  

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This was one of the most significant spills to hit California since the costly 1969 Santa Barbara disaster, which saw over 4 million gallons of oil discharged into the sea(Flickr).

Oil pipeline bursts off the coast of California

On Oct. 2, emergency response crews raced to curtail a sizable oil spill impacting the coast of California’s Orange County. AP reported that the clean-up crews were dispatched after a 13 square mile oil slick was sighted only a few miles away from the shoreline. This was one of the most significant spills to hit California since the costly 1969 Santa Barbara disaster, which saw over 4 million gallons of oil discharged into the sea. 

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Climate change was a huge focal point for this year’s meeting. The goals discussed included limiting global warming levels above 1.5 degrees Celsius, discontinuing funding for new dirty coal plants, and meeting a target of zero carbon emissions by approximately 2050(Flickr).

G20 discuss climate change at meeting in Rome

On Oct. 31, the first GA Summit meeting involving leaders from 20 different countries was held in Rome, Italy for the first time in two years. They tackled multiple global issues centered around shared economic, political and health issues during the meeting. 

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The Biden Administration is already preparing the rollout of vaccines for children(Flickr).

FDA and CDC approve Covid-19 shots for children

For months, many Americans have been awaiting the federal government’s recommendations when it comes to vaccinating their children for Covid-19. On Oct. 29, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized the Pfizer Vaccine for children ages five to eleven. With the pandemic raging for about 18 months in the United States, a panel of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has voted on the FDA’s decision on Nov. 2. They concurred with the FDA, making children officially able to take the Pfizer Vaccine. 

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For more than two decades, R. Kelly has been faced with numerous allegations of child pornography, having sexual relations with minors, and other various sexual assault cases(Flickr).

R. Kelly found guilty of sex traficking, racketeering

For more than two decades, R. Kelly has been faced with numerous allegations of child pornography, having sexual relations with minors, and other various sexual assault cases. In the past, he has escaped plenty of these charges by having charges dropped, and according to The New York Times, Kelly was acquitted during his trial where 11 victims spoke out about their experiences.  

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Representing billions of people, the annual meeting is a platform where leaders can publicize the agendas and future plans of their countries(Flickr).

An Uncertain Future: Joe Biden and Xi Jinping Address the United Nations

On Sept. 21, the leaders of all 193 United Nations member states convened in New York City to address the organization’s 76th General Assembly. The yearly gathering resumed this fall for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Representing billions of people, the annual meeting is a platform where leaders can publicize the agendas and future plans of their countries.  

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