Saturday, April 4, 2020

Christchurch mosque shooting: what we know so far

Several people have been killed in a mass shooting at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Police say they have four people — three men and one woman — in custody but can’t guarantee there aren’t other offenders. “Let’s not assume the danger is gone,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said, adding that it’s possible the danger is not contained in the city alone. He also said there were a “significant number” of fatalities, but wouldn’t offer a concrete number at this point. There have been two shooting incidents so far: one at the Al Noor...

The Summer Zervos sexual assault allegations and lawsuit against Donald Trump,...

“Summer Zervos is one of many women who has been subjected to unwanted sexual touching by Donald J. Trump.” So begins the defamation lawsuit filed by Zervos, a restaurant owner and former contestant on The Apprentice, who says Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007 and then called her a liar when she spoke out about it in 2016. Zervos’s case centers on a disturbing account of sexual assault, an important distinction from two other high-profile legal cases involving women and Trump. Adult film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal (who is suing the company that publishes the National...

Vox Sentences: An executive order on executions

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. California puts a moratorium on the death penalty; a senior Catholic cleric will go to prison for child sex abuse. A death row reprieve Justin Sullivan/Getty Images California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order on Wednesday to suspend the state’s death penalty. Voters may ultimately choose whether to permanently remove...

US joins other countries in grounding certain Boeing jets after a...

Following the lead of China, the member states of the European Union, and several other countries, the US has temporarily grounded all Boeing 737 Max 8 and 9 planes. The ban is a response to the crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight headed from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday that led to the deaths of all 157 people on board. This is the second plane crash in less than a year involving this type of plane — a Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by the Indonesian airline Lion Air crashed into the sea last October, killing...

Vox Sentences: You Brexit, you bought it

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Theresa May’s Brexit deal is struck down in Parliament; Algeria’s president won’t seek a fifth term. UK Parliament rejects May’s Brexit deal Thomas Niedermuelle/Getty Images The UK Parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday as the March 29 leave deadline nears. May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker...

Why Captain Marvel’s milestone status creates so much pressure for it...

After 11 years of Marvel moviemaking, Captain Marvel has made history simply by existing. The film, about a fighter pilot turned alien soldier turned cosmic superhero, is the first in Marvel Studios cinematic history that centers on a woman superhero. Granted, every Marvel movie comes with built-in buzz — the studio’s cinematic strategy of linking universes and plots throughout different films guarantees as much. But on top of tying into Avengers: Endgame, the Avengers team-up movie that will serve as a capstone for 20-plus Marvel movies, Captain Marvel has already generated an astonishing amount of conversation. That conversation isn’t...

The World Wide Web — not the internet — turns 30...

Is that a dial-up modem ringing in your ears, or are you just looking at today’s Google Doodle? It might be both, because March 12 marks a special moment in the history of the internet — the birthday of the World Wide Web. The series of tubes we know and love as the web is now a sprightly 30 years old. The www you see in your browser’s address bar when you access a URL, a.k.a. the web, a.k.a. what helps keep you tethered to your screens, is barely a millennial; indeed, the web is 18 years younger than email,...

HBO’s The Case Against Adnan Syed comes armed with an agenda...

A mere two days before the new HBO documentary series The Case Against Adnan Syed debuted the first of its four episodes, its subject had his conviction reinstated for the 1999 murder of Baltimore high school student Hae Min Lee, his ex-girlfriend. Syed is one of the nation’s most famous murder suspects, thanks to the massively viral success of the 2014 podcast Serial, which took a magnifying glass to the case. In 2016, Syed used his very last appeal to argue that he’d had a negligent defense counsel during his 2000 trial for Lee’s murder, suggesting, among other things,...

NCAA athletes could now receive more compensation, but with limits

On Friday, the system that prevents college athletes from being compensated for their labor (beyond the scholarships that some receive) cracked open, just a little bit. A federal judge in California ruled that the NCAA’s rules on compensation violate antitrust laws and must be slightly expanded. Per the Alston v. NCAA ruling, the association can no longer cap the scholarships colleges offer student athletes, paving the way for schools to begin offering larger education-related packages. That doesn’t mean colleges are allowed — let alone encouraged — to pay traditional salaries. The status quo, as Julie Bogen explained for Vox, is that...

Trump will reportedly ask Congress for another $8.6 billion to build...

President Donald Trump won’t let up on the border wall, and is reportedly set to ask Congress for $8.6 billion to deliver on his signature campaign promise — even after his smaller border-security ask prompted the longest shutdown in American history. Despite continued congressional resistance, Trump plans to submit a budget request to Congress tomorrow that, in addition to cutting non-military federal spending, would add $5 billion to the Department of Homeland Security’s budget and $3.6 billion from the Department of Defense’s military construction funds, Reuters reported this morning. Though the executive branch’s budget requests are just that — requests...