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2021 Olympics' Ban Black Lives Matter Apparel

The death of George Floyd in 2020, brought a tremendous uprising in the black community. the movement, Black Lives Matter, was shown in a protest. Even some athletes take a knee, or a fist, to protest against racism. Also wearing shirts that read, “Black Lives Matter”, but now those shirts, have been banned if worn in the Olympics.

 

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The Tragic Death of Trystin Bailey

On Sunday May 9, 2021, 13-year-old Trystin Bailey was killed by 14-year-old classmate Aiden Fucci in a wooded area near her home in St. Johns county, Florida. After an hours-long search, the police had located her body and announced on Tuesday, May 11 that the teenager had been stabbed to death. Aiden Fucci, who was previously charged with second-degree murder, has now been indicted as an adult on a first-degree murder charge by St. John’s County Grand Jury. According to the 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J.

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Governor Murphy Will Lift Mask Mandates in Time for Summer Break

After 15 long months of battling the COVID-19 crisis, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced on May 24, 2021 that the statewide indoor mask mandate and requirement for maintaining six feet of social distancing in indoor and outdoor settings would be lifted on May 28. The Governor also signed Executive Order No. 241 on May 17, which eliminates the requirement of masks in public outdoor spaces. These new executive orders come into effect, as more and more New Jerseyans have gotten vaccinated and the number of COVID-19 cases has continued to decline.

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Vax-a-million in Ohio

On May 18, news came out that Ohio is holding a Vax-a-million lottery for Ohio’s residents. Five people will get $1 million for getting the vaccine. Five separate weekly drawings of the lottery will take place.

 

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Russian Troop Build-up on the Ukraine Border

On April 19, 2021 it was reported that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers had built up near the Ukraine border and in annexed Crimea. This worried members of NATO and the EU as this came after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the Russo Ukrainian war which also began in 2014. Journalists and politicians have Identified this as the biggest Russian troop movement since WW2.

 

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Israel-Gaza Cease-Fire: What You Need to Know About the Conflict

Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas, which rules the independent state of Gaza, agreed to a cease-fire that began on May 21, following pressure from the U.S. and its allies to end 11 days of fighting.

 

The barrages from both sides were the worst since the most recent of three wars between Israel and Hamas in 2014. The fighting, which began on May 10, claimed the lives of more than 250 people, mostly in Gaza.

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Biden plans to remove troops from Afghanistan

On April 13, 2021 President Joseph Biden announced that he was planning to remove troops from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021. The move has had mixed reactions from politicians and citizens alike. Many Republicans want to keep soldiers in Afghanistan and their reason as to why is because they say the goals of the war have not been completely fulfilled.

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The Passing of Prince Philip

On Friday, April 9, 2021, news struck the world that Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband to the Queen of England, passed away at the age of 99. He laid to rest peacefully with his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, beside him. Prior to his passing he was able to spend time with his children as they all were vaccinated earlier this year, but relations with other family members were cut due to COVID protocols. 

 

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Investigation on the Minneapolis Police Department

On April 21, 2021, Attorney General, Maverick Garland, announced the start of a civil investigation for misconduct in the Minneapolis Police Department. This now is the second investigation the department is under. The first was a federal investigation into the death of George Floyd.  

 

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Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Concerns: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

The world has been fighting COVID-19 for over a year. Mask mandates and social distancing are now a part of our everyday lives. When vaccines were created to help fight the virus, companies were quick to ship them out. Over 114 million people have been vaccinated in the United States which is over 34% of the population. More than 1.3 billion vaccines have been administered worldwide. Despite these statistics, many people are still wary. 

 

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Pfizer Vaccine to be Available for Teens 12-15

According to Pfizer-BioNTech, the Pfizer Covid vaccine shots are safe and effective towards teenagers 12-15. After much testing and research, it was found that the shots showed 100% effectiveness towards the response to the antibodies in this age group.

 

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The Fatal Shooting of Daunte Wright

Just miles away from where former Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was standing on trial for the murder of George Floyd, another Black man was killed at the hands of police. On the Sunday afternoon of April 11, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot during a traffic stop in suburban Minneapolis, propelling an already tense city into a state of righteous furor.

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Florida and North Dakota’s Anti-Transgender Bill

Within April, two states in the United States have launched Anti-Transgender Bills. North Dakota’s Governor, Doug Burgum, vetoed a bill that would have restricted transgender girls from participating in public school sports. Florida’s bill, SB 1028, would also ban transgender youth from participating in school sports due to their new identity. 

 

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Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of George Floyd's Murder

On Tuesday, April 20, the 12-member jury in the case Derek Chauvin found the former Minneapolis police officer guilty on all the counts he faced over the death of George Floyd. The trial has been one of the most closely watched cases in recent memory, setting off a national reckoning on police violence and systemic racism.

 

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An Update on President Biden's First 100 Days in Office

Since the 2020 Presidential Inauguration, President Biden has made progress throughout his first 100 days in office. From tackling climate change, to establishing the American Rescue Plan, to working on gun reform, the President has made fruitful efforts to restore the nation and unite Americans.

 

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A Repeating Sequence

On April 8, a video was trending on social media from Norfolk, Virginia. The video consisted of a capital lieutenant named Caron Nazario, an African American-Latino man getting pepper-sprayed numerous times by the police at a gas station. During the video, Nazario is shown innocently keeping his arms up so he can demonstrate that he was not a threat. Despite this and repeatedly trying to cooperate with the police, Nazario was forced to feel the sting from the pepper spray.