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Volume 5 | Weekend News Recap : A Weekend Full of Controversies

Happy Monday.

It’s the start of a new week.

Did you see Tom Brady split his pants on national TV?

This weekend was full of controversy and headlines. I guess that’s fitting since it was a holiday weekend. There was so much going on.

Starting with politics, Joe Biden’s comments on the Breakfast Club sparked alot of controversy and a heated response from the black community.

To music, where the controversy continued after rapper Doja Cat was reportedly found to be active in racist online sites and chat rooms.

To the sports world, where thousands mourned the death of longtime Jazz coach Jerry Sloan who died at 78 along with breaking news that NBA legend Patrick Ewing tested positive for the coronavirus.

So much news broke this weekend, it was hard to keep up with it all.

Time to catch up.

Did you know that the United States banned travel entry for non-Americans arriving from Brazil? Did you know that nearly 100,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus?

Did you know that Twitter is working to monitor tweets made by President Trump? Did you know that Costa Rica is now the first country in Central America to allow same sex marriage?

Let’s do a recap.

Trending News

1. Patrick Ewing Tests Positive for COVID-19

57-year old NBA Hall of Famer and Georgetown HC Patrick Ewing announced on Friday his coronavirus diagnosis. A statement posted to his Twitter page read:

I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19. This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.

2. R.I.P

Longtime Hall of Fame Jazz coach and former Chicago Bulls player Jerry Sloan died at the age of 78 on Friday. Jerry Sloan passed due to complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. Rest in Peace to legendary college basketball coach Eddie Sutton. Eddie Sutton passed at the age of 84 from national causes on Saturday.

3. #DojaCatIsOverParty

Doja Cat known for her hit “Say So” has been all over the headlines the past couple days. Over the weekend, videos and pictures emerged of the singer taking part in white supremacist online chat rooms. Footage shows Doja Cat participating and making sexual comments on the video chatting platform Tinycat, with members who are allegedly “alt-right.” The singer has also faced backlash for her song “Dindu Nuffin” a term used to undermine and discredit victims of police brutality, particularly black victims. She has since released an apology in response to all the controversy.

4. Lake of the Ozarks

Over the weekend, thousands of people from as far away as Arkansas and Iowa flocked to Lake of the Ozarks to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. A viral video posted on social media showed thousands, mostly young people, crammed at a pool at Lake of the Ozarks, without masks. St. Louis Health Department responded to the viral video warning that being in close contact can lead to more cases, even among young people who may not experience symptoms. The fear is that they will transfer the virus to a more vulnerable and susceptible person.

Dr. Sam Page, the country executive:

This reckless behavior endangers countless people and risks setting us back substantially from the progress we have made in slowing the spread of COVID-19.

St. Louis Mayor Kyda Krewson:

Irresponsible and dangerous to engage in such high-risk behavior… Now, these folks will be coming home to St. Louis and counties all over Missouri and the Midwest, raising concerns about the potential of more positive cases, hospitalizations, and tragically, deaths… It’s just deeply disturbing.

St. Louis Health Department spokesman Harold Bailey:

Officials are greatly concerned that city residents will return from large gatherings and bring the virus back with them.

Breaking News

1. Twitter vs. President Trump

For the past couple weeks, President Trumps has directed his latest twitter attacks at MSNBC host Joe Scarborough. Through tweets, President Trump has implied that Joe Scarborough is responsible for the death of Lori Klausutis in 2001. Lori Klausutis was a staffer who died while Joe Scarborough was in office as a Republican congressman. Trump has received backlash from both sides and Lori Klausutis’s widower. Lori Klausutis’s widower sent a letter to twitter in response to President Trump’s tweets.

Nearly 19 years ago, my wife, who had an undiagnosed heart condition, fell and hit her head on her desk at work. She was found dead the next morning. Her name is Lori Kaye Klausutis and she was 28 years old when she died…There has been a constant barrage of falsehoods, half-truths, innuendo and conspiracy theories since the day she died. I realize that may sound like an exaggeration, unfortunately it is the verifiable truth. Because of this, I have struggled to move forward with my life.The frequency, intensity, ugliness, and promulgation of these horrifying lies ever increases on the internet. These conspiracy theorists, including most recently the President of the United States, continue to spread their bile and misinformation on your platform disparaging the memory of my wife and our marriage. President Trump on Tuesday tweeted to his nearly 80 million followers alluding to the repeatedly debunked falsehood that my wife was murdered by her boss, former U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough. My request is simple: Please delete these tweets.

Response from a Twitter spokesperson to Fox News:

We are deeply sorry about the pain these statements, and the attention they are drawing, are causing the family. We’ve been working to expand existing product features and policies so we can more effectively address things like this going forward, and we hope to have those changes in place shortly.

2. Costa Rica allows same sex marriage

After the Supreme Court ruled the ban was unconstitutional, Costa Rica became the first country in Central America to allow same sex marriage. In 2001, the Netherlands became the first country to allow same sex marriage by law. Today, only 29 countries allow same sex marriage.

Those countries are:

Argentina (2010)

Australia (2017)

Austria (2019)

Belgium (2003)

Brazil (2013)

Canada (2005)

Colombia (2016)

Denmark (2012)

Ecuador (2019)

Finland (2017)

France (2013)

Germany (2017)

Iceland (2010)

Ireland (2020)

Luxembourg (2015)

Malta (2017)

Mexico (2010)

Netherlands (2001)

New Zealand (2013)

Norway (2009)

Portugal (2010)

South Africa (2006)

Spain (2005)

Sweden (2009)

Taiwan (2019)

United Kingdom (2014)

United States (2015)

Uruguay (2013)

3. Brazil Travel Ban

President Trump has put into effect a travel ban that will forbid non-Americans from entering America from Brazil. This is an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus’s new hotspot. Brazil currently has the highest daily COVID-19 death rate across the world.

4. Quavo Is Now A High School Graduate

Quavo, member of rap group Migos, announced on Instagram over the weekend that he received his high school diploma.

He posted:

Finally Can Say I Graduated High School Class Of 2020. We Lit 🔥 Now What College Should I Go To? 🧐

The former star QB dropped out of Berkmar High School in Lilburn, George to pursue his music career full time. This a good message that it’s never too late to go back to school and that no matter how big of a star you are, you still need to be educated.

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