There is a lot happening in our world right now! Make sure you stay informed by reading about five of the top news stories from this week below.
On Sept. 9, Netflix internationally released the original movie Cuties which has stirred up huge controversy in America over the past week. Parents and congressmen are calling Netflix out for producing a film that is considered highly inappropriate and sexualizes young girls. Members of Congress are calling for the removal of the film and the involvement of the Department of Justice. Senator Ted Cruz wrote a letter to Attorney General Barr of the United States asking for an investigation in whether “the filming and production of Cuties violated any federal laws against the production and distribution of child pornography.”
On Sept. 12, the oldest living American WWII veteran celebrated his 111th birthday. The National WWII Museum has helped veteran Lawrence Brooks celebrate his birthday for the past several years, and 2020 is no exception. As Brook watched from his porch, the museum’s vocal trio sang multiple songs and the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team and The Big Easy Wing performed a military flyover. The museum also presented Brooks with a birthday cake and nearly 10,000 letters that they had collected from encouraging fans.
Over the past week, wildfires have continued to dominate the Western U.S. with millions of acres burned. Reports show that roughly 3.3 million acres have been burned this year with 35 deaths. Firefighters are comparing the current devastation to the Great Fire of 1910. To learn more about the West Cost wildfire spread, click here.
On Sept. 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. She had a strong voice for the liberal standing on progressive issues such as same-sex marriage, health care, and abortion rights. Ginsburg’s death approximately seven weeks before the 2020 presidential election has only added to the heightened political controversy this fall as fights erupt over postponing nominations until after the election.
On Sept. 19, a shooting in Rochester, New York killed two and injured 14 victims. The shooting occurred around 12:25am, at a party where about 200 people were hanging out. Nearly 40 shots were fired between three to four potential attackers. No suspects have been identified.