Tragedy Strikes at Home While the Olympics Carry On in London [Current Events Cheat Sheet]

Once again, we’re sad to say that the national news isn’t the happiest this week. Our hearts go out to the victims of the shooting in Wisconsin. Read on for more details on that tragedy, as well as other world news updates.

At Home

Seven people, including the gunman, were shot to death at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Three more people were critically wounded. Due to tattoos on the gunman’s body, and biographical details about his life, the FBI has ruled the shooting an act of domestic terrorism.
Remember the drama of Swine ’09? CDC officials are reporting that they have seen a rise in cases of a new strain of swine flu in humans. Luckily, no one has died from this strain, so hopefully we’re not looking at another panic.
A storm prompted the first evacuation ever at Lollapalooza, but the schedule was revised and the festival reopened after a 2-1/2 hour delay.

The World

A group of Syrian rebels has kidnapped 48 Iranians. Officials in Iran say the captives were religious pilgrims, while Syrian rebels say the hostages were “thugs” on a reconnaissance mission.

Masked gunmen attacked an Egyptian army base, killing 15 soldiers who were preparing to break their Ramadan fast for the night. The group stole at least one armored vehicle and headed toward Israel, where the Israeli military reported that one vehicle exploded at the border, and another was taken down by the Israeli Air Force.

Gu Kailai, the wife of a disgraced former Communist Party leader in China, will be put on trial for murder this week. Gu is charged with the death of British businessman Neil Heywood.


Some Olympic updates: Jamaican runner Usain Bolt defended his gold medal in the 100 meter dash; Americans Venus and Serena Williams won gold in doubles, and Serena took gold in singles as well; Andy Murray brought home the gold for Great Britain in men’s singles, beating out favorite Roger Federer; Kayla Harrison won the first gold medal in judo for the United States; 15-year-old Katie Ledecky set a U.S. record and won gold in the 800 meter freestyle.

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Garnet is a student at Columbia University in New York City. She is “that person” who starts dancing at a party when everyone else is standing around, and if there were a Facebook stalking Olympics, she would be a gold medalist. She also loves cheesy 90s music, and almost died of happiness when Vanilla Ice retweeted her. Once. Follow her on Twitter @garnethenderson.

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