GBA: Your News, From New England to The Arctic
The Good: We’ll go ahead and start with the good news. Here are this week’s highlights:
Yemen Cease-Fire: In a humanitarian effort to save the lives of innocent citizens, a cease-fire has been declared and has actually begun in Yemen between rebels and the Saudi-led coalition. If good faith continues, it will prove that peace talks are possible and may actually happen between the two groups, who have been bombing each other constantly for quite some time. Cargo ships are armed and waiting just in case either side breaks the peace, and both parties have expressed a readiness to fight in case the other breaks the agreement. So, while tensions are still high, there is a small light at the end of the tunnel. At least each side can agree that innocent people should not be put in harm’s way, and stopping the violence is on the minds of both sides.
Vienna Traffic Signals: Some walk signs in Vienna look a little different lately. The usual stick figures walking and not walking have been replaced. Same sex couples are now appearing as the green and red walk signals to gear up for an annual charity event supporting AIDS research. The signs look like two men or two women holding hands and embracing with little hearts above their heads. The adorable signs were originally put up to raise awareness for traffic safety, but they’re a unique way to ready the city for Life Ball, which falls in June. During the event, celebrities and other party attendees dress in lavish costumes and bend gender categories for a good cause. Good job, Vienna, that’s pretty cool.
Dr. Oz: Dr. Oz is one of those “doctors” that tells stay-at-home moms what to eat so that they can be healthier and sexier for their working husbands, right? Well, the celebrity might actually be more of a humanitarian than we thought. Oz witnessed a car accident while driving on the New Jersey Turnpike and pulled over to help. By the time paramedics arrived, Dr. Oz pretty much had the whole situation under control. The two people involved were treated and released with minor injuries, so the celebrity doctor might not have narrowly saved any lives or anything, but a spokesperson claims that this isn’t the first time that Dr. Oz has come to a citizen’s rescue. It’s good to see that at least he’s using his education for something beyond daytime TV.
The Bad: Sometimes we forget how fragile our everyday lives can be. Here is the not-so-good news.
No Charges for Madison Officer: Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny will not be charged for the fatal shooting death of unarmed Tony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin. The shooting happened in March when several 911 calls came in about Robinson acting erratically, jumping in front of cars, and assaulting friends around Capital Square in the city center. Upon arriving at Robinson’s home, Officer Kenny claims to have been instantly punched in the face by Robinson, and he says he shot the 19 year old because he feared for himself as well as the people in the area. Extra security seems to be looming around Madison’s center, but it is unlikely that Baltimore-style riots or anything violent will erupt. Protests back in March immediately after the shooting were peaceful.
Shell & The Arctic: The Obama administration has just given big oil the OK to drill for oil and natural gas in the Arctic. Shell has spent billions of dollars trying to get permission, and they have finally succeeded. This raises a few questions, though. How does the US get to determine what happens in the Arctic? Are the believed resources really there? Hasn’t the human race messed with Mother Earth enough?! Thankfully, due to dropping oil prices in the past year, oil companies like Shell aren’t making as much as they used to, so the polar bears might have a little bit more time to swim around before the drilling begins. It’s unfortunate that instead of spending money on more sustainable forms of fuel, the government is allowing further destruction of the planet.
More Nepal Earthquakes: Another string of smaller earthquakes has hit the small nation of Nepal. This series of rural quakes hasn’t taken nearly as many lives as the previous ones, but every life lost is a tragedy and the government is urging people to stay in open areas until relief efforts reach them and their city’s center. Nepal’s position on a fault line means that quakes have the potential to continue. Aftershocks from the recent quakes have been almost as strong as the original, and many temples and ancient buildings are being destroyed by nature. We wish the people of Nepal the best. It must be terrifying when the very ground you stand on begins to shake and bring your life down around you in the rubble. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families.
And The Awkward: Take it as good news, take it as bad news, but uh…here ya go.
Tom Brady: Much to the dismay of New England Patriot’s fans, their beloved quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended for 4 games, without pay, for knowing about deflated balls used in their games leading up to the Superbowl. While he pretty much refuses to confess to everything, his people have admitted to the possibility of him maybe having some sort of knowledge that workers may or may not have been tampering with the ball pressures. Why is this such a big deal? Deflated balls are easier to catch. The Patriots are also being slapped with a $1 million fine for being that team. Cheaters never win…or perhaps they do, and then just get a slap on the wrist for next season.
Chasing Bears: A man in Western Massachusetts was taken into custody early this week for being drunk and attempting to chase bears away from his property with a dull hatchet. The man was detained overnight and released the next day without any charges. Thankfully no men or bears were hurt in the ordeal. We just hope he doesn’t have a group of friends that also think this sounds like a good idea. Just in case, the police department in the area posted a warning on Facebook urging citizens not to attempt to do the same. Thanks for looking out for man and bear alike, officers!
Sidecar: There are a ton of delivery services that have popped up in the past decade. If a restaurant or shop doesn’t deliver, just give these guys a call and for a small fee they’ll bring pretty much anything to you, depending on the service. From laundry to groceries to cigarettes, these companies are booming as the country gets a little lazier. The delivery service Sidecar has just added another thing to their delivery list: marijuana. Customers in the San Francisco area can now order their weed through Sidecar and have it delivered to their door. Now stoners in the area never have to venture into the awkward and sober world to get their weed and munchies. Even though pot deliveries will be sealed in locked boxes, all we can say is Good Luck to those delivery drivers…
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