5 things from this week that you need to know, plus 1 you don’t.
April 15 – April 21, 2019
Apr. 17, 2019 – Due to threats of a shooting, Columbine High School was closed on Wednesday. An 18-year-old woman from Miami who was obsessed with the Columbine shooting had flown to Colorado and purchased a shotgun. The woman killed herself while police were searching for her. The incident was especially troubling since Saturday marked 20 years since the 1999 shooting, when 12 students and 1 teacher were killed. Candlelight vigils were held to remember the students who lost their lives in Columbine, as well as those who were killed in other school shootings. See this article for additional information.
Apr. 18, 2019 – The Mueller Report is out. The Justice Department released a redacted version on Thursday. Several Democrats are saying that it shows that Trump obstructed justice and should be impeached. Trump supporters are saying that it shows that Trump is innocent and the whole thing was a witch hunt. The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for the non-redacted version. It is unclear whether they will get it or not. Feeling ambitious? You can read the whole 448 page report here.
Apr. 19, 2019 – Several tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Friday night. The Hampton Roads area was spared from the worst of the storm. The northern and central sections of Virginia were hit more directly. Across the state, several thousand people lost power. Details on the affected areas can be found here.
Apr. 20, 2019 – Officials have not yet determined what caused Monday’s fire at Notre Dame. It is believed to have been related to renovations that were being done, but it may be several weeks until investigators are certain of the exact cause. The fire destroyed the roof and the iconic spire of the 800-year-old cathedral. The structure of the building was saved, although it will need extensive repairs. Some of the church’s most valuable historic artifacts were also saved. To see a video of the damage, click here.
Apr. 21, 2019 – 8 separate explosions killed over 200 people in Sri Lanka on Easter morning. Several churches were targeted, resulting in the deaths of dozens of worshippers. Hotels in the capital city of Colombo were also targeted. Sri Lanka has a history of violent conflict between different religious and ethnic groups, but the country had been relatively peaceful since a 26-year civil war ended in 2009. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The casualties are believed to include several American citizens. More details on the attacks can be found here.
And the bonus – Liberia’s President has been working from home this week.
Julie Taylor is a staff writer for the Daily Runner.