Sound bites: Two teen fugitives wanted for murder were spotted in York Landing, Manitoba • at least three people were killed in a shooting at a California food festival • another Trump staffer is leaving the White House • at least 65 people were killed in a terrorist attack in Nigeria • protests got worse in Hong Kong.
ON THE RUN
It’s been a week since police declared Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, and Kam McLeod, 19 suspects in a triple murder. Reminder: on July 15th, a young couple on a road trip to Alaska was found shot dead on the Alaska highway. A few days later, 64-year-old Leonard Dyck of Vancouver was found dead near the Dease Lake, B.C. area. The last place the teens were spotted was in the Gillam, Manitoba area, where their burnt-out Toyota was found. Police have since received over 200 tips from the public and help from tracking dogs and drones. Over the weekend, Winnipeg’s Bear Clan patrol group said they saw two men rummaging at a dumpsite in York Landing, Manitoba. Residents have been asked to stay indoors with their doors locked while police search the area.
A shooting at a food festival in California has left at least three people dead and 15 injured. Police responded immediately after the incident was reported around 5:40 pm PT and eventually shot and killed the shooter. The suspect apparently cut through a fence to get into the Gilroy Garlic Festival. A witness said she saw a white man in his 30s shooting a rifle, apparently not aiming at anyone specifically. Police think there may be a second suspect who helped the shooter in some way.
SAD TO SEE YOU COATS
President Trump’s merry-go-round staff is saying goodbye to another employee. This time it’s National Director of Intelligence Dan Coats. The president tweeted that Coats will be leaving his office in August, and taking his place will be Texas Republication rep. John Ratcliffe.
What is the National Director of Intelligence?
In his role, Coats oversaw the U.S. intelligence community (think the FBI and CIA) and dealt with highly sensitive information regarding national security. The sudden departure isn’t really a surprise, though. The president has been on the brink of firing Coats in the past, and the two have never really agreed on much. When Trump said the U.S. and North Korea mended their friendship and was confident North Korea wouldn’t make any more nuclear weapons, Coats publicly contradicted Trump. And when Coats acknowledged that Russia meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin anyway. Coats’s last day is Aug. 15.
A terrorist attack at a funeral in Nigeria on Saturday killed at least 65 people. Officials are pointing the finger at Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group responsible for kidnapping hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014 and mass violence that has uprooted more than 2 million people across Nigeria. Witnesses said gunmen arrived on motorcycles and in vans. About 20 people were killed at the funeral and another 44 were killed while trying to run away. Last Spring, an influx of Nigerians crossing the U.S. border into Canada forced the Canadian government to put up temp housing and spend millions on border security.
The riots in Hong Kong escalated yesterday as police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at activists after three days of protests. ICYMI: a controversial new law was proposed in March intended to extradite (transfer) people from Hong Kong to be put on trial in China. On July 8th, Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, finally gave in and killed the deal. But that wasn’t enough for protesters who called for Lam to step down, permanently withdraw the bill and release arrested protesters. After defying police orders to keep the protests contained to a park, groups of demonstrators yesterday blocked roads and tried to get to the Chinese government’s Liason Office. When police tried to stop the crowds with tear gas, people fought back by throwing bricks, eggs, and bamboo sticks. The office in Beijing, China that handles affairs in Hong Kong will address the situation today for the first time since the protests began.
Las Cruces, New Mexico is one of the nicest places in America. When the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency dropped off 1,600 asylum seekers in Las Cruces, the city was able to round up almost $600,000 in donations and city council funding to provide food and temporary housing to its new guests. Community members even started hosting their own clothing and food drives to raise money. Two residents who nominated Las Cruces as America’s nicest place said, “we offer a hand to our neighbours and we live by the mantra ‘mi casa, es su casa.’”
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