Weather Drenches Southeast, Streaming Assault
Monday, April 3, 2017
Vol. 6, No. 86
Stormy Weather: At least 10 tornadoes touched down yesterday in Texas and Louisiana as a major storm system moves into the Southeast. Trees snapped and trailer homes were tossed. A mother and her young child were killed. At least 10 inches of rain fell in some areas, causing flooding. The storm now threatens Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
Streaming Crime: A 14-year-old Chicago boy has been arrested and accused of taking part in a sexual assault on a 15-year-old girl that was streamed live on Facebook.
The boy is being charged with felony counts of aggravated sexual assault as well as making and disseminating child pornography. Police said they have an arrest warrant for a second teenager and are looking for him.
The girl went missing after walking to the store and her mother was notified of the Facebook video, which she showed to the police. The girl was recovered the next day.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said as many as six people took part in the attack and 40 watched it online. “You know, we’ve seen a couple of acts in this city now in the last few months involving social media. And it just disgusts me that people would look at those videos and not pick up the phone and dial 911,” Johnson said.
The Tweeter v. Hermit Kingdom: President Donald Trump told a British newspaper that if China does not help to bring North Korea into line involving its weapons development, the US will go it alone. Trump told the Financial Times, “China will either decide to help us with North Korea or they won’t. If they do, that will be very good for China, and if they don’t, it won’t be good for anyone.”
North Korea has been stepping up its missile development in an obvious nuclear threat. It’s generally the belied that China would have the most influence over the behavior of North Korea’s funny-haircut dictator, Kim Jong-un.
Idle Minds: President Trump’s little Twitter fingers were busy over the weekend, declaring that the Republican healthcare reform is not dead. “Anybody (especially Fake News media) who thinks that Repeal & Replace of Obamacare is dead does not know the love and strength in R Party!” he wrote.
It was Trump himself who said he was moving on to other things after the healthcare bill failed and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Obamacare is the law of the land for the foreseeable future.
Then, after the revelation that his former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn failed to report payments from Russia on his ethics forms, Trump tweeted, “The real story turns out to be SURVEILLANCE and LEAKING! Find the leakers.”
Just this morning he wrote, “Such amazing reporting on unmasking and the crooked scheme against us by @foxandfriends ‘Spied on before nomination.’ The real story.
World: Rescue workers and the military are digging through mud and rubble in southwest Columbia, looking for bodies and any possible survivors after a mudslide buried and swept away a significant portion of the town of Mocoa. At least 170 bodies have already been identified.
A senior UN official in Colombia, Martin Santiago, said climate change was a contributor to the “intensity, frequency and magnitude” of storms that cause flooding and slides in the region.
Hoop Dreams: South Carolina beat the upstart Mississippi State 67-55 to win the NCAA women’s basketball title. It’s their first national championship in a tournament that had all but been conceded to UConn, which fell out in the semi-finals.
Gonzaga plays North Carolina for the men’s championship tonight.