Attack on London
This past Wednesday, Mar. 22 (the same day ISIS attacked Brussels in 2016), London, England was attacked. The attack took place in Westminster, the political heart of the country and the heart of the capital. It is also home to the country’s first parliament.
The attacker drove a car across the Westminster Bridge striking pedestrians. After crashing into the Parliament gates, the attacker (armed with a knife) stabbed and killed one of the police officers. The assault resulted in the death of 4 people and the injuring of about 20 others.
One of the Metropolitan police officers shot and killed the suspect.
Both the Mayor of London and the Prime Minister took the severe incident as an act of terrorism. The two leaders both stressed that the sad event will not divide their country or the people.
Hawaii Judge Turns Down Trump’s Second Travel Ban
U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson put a halt on President Trump’s second travel ban. This new ban was to block people from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Iran, Libya, and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days and refugees for 120 days.
The Justice Department agreed to push the agenda of the new executive order all the way through. However the Hawaiian Judge shut down this order claiming that it was unconstitutional.
The Justice Department argued that President could authorize the ban since it’s for the security of the country. Watson stated that his reasoning for putting a stop to the ban was due to the President’s intent being unconstitutional.
In response to Watson’s halt of the ban the department requested that he overturn his decision and put restrictions on the ban instead. However, Watson rejected the request.
Airlines Ban Electronics on Flights
A ban has recently been implemented on Tuesday, Mar. 21, which bans electronics larger than a cell phone on the on the planes of international airports in 13 countries that come from North Africa and the Middle East.
The ban was issued from the U.S. government and these major airports were given 90 hours to comply. One of the first airports to announce this was the Royal Jordanian Airlines that prohibited devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras, etc.
The reason for the ban of large electronics on these airplanes was that the U.S. government believed that danger bombs and weapons could be placed inside of them.
Great Britain and other countries have quickly implemented similar bans.
The trailblazer of rock and roll, Chuck Berry, passed this past Saturday, March 18, at age 90. His death was of natural causes.
Known for his songs “Johnny B. Goode” and “Sweet Little Sixteen”, Berry was said to understand the teenagers’ minds during that time period and knew what they wanted before they even knew it.
As a singer-guitarist Berry influenced many rock groups of the 60s including major ones such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. And in 1986 he became the first to be inducted into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.
“It was like Punk wave and all the other fads that come in. They come and they go. Only, Rock n’ Roll stayed,” Berry said with a wink, in an interview. Berry says he doesn’t think he helped start Rock n’ Roll. Rather it was the time that did a lot for Rock and Roll; he was just there at the right time.