Author: Maya Nwosu

An 8-year-old girl has been expelled from her school in Oklahoma after telling another girl that she had a crush on her. What We Know: Delanie Shelton’s daughter, Chloe, up until recently, was a 2nd-grade student at Rejoice Christian School in Owasso, Oklahoma. Last week on the playground, Chloe admitted her crush on another female student. Without hesitation, the school pulled Chloe from the playground and into the principal’s office, where she stayed for hours missing time in class, according to her mother. She also said the vice-principal told her daughter, “‘The Bible says you can only marry a man…

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On Friday, Trump tweeted that he will not be attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. What We Know: Trump’s well-anticipated decision to skip his successor’s ceremony makes him the first president to do so since Andrew Johnson in 1869. However, it comes as no surprise. In a tweet on Friday, before being banned, he confirmed the assumptions of many. “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” he said. This announcement arrived a day after he finally acknowledged his loss in the presidential race. Following the attack on the US Capitol…

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Early Friday morning, Police responded to reported vandalism at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco home. What We Know: On New Year’s Day, around 2 a.m., police were called to Pelosi’s house after her garage door was defaced with graffiti reading, “2k? (crossed out), CANCEL RENT! We want everything!” The words were accompanied by the letters “UBI,” referring to Universal Basic Income- a government program where all adult citizens receive a set amount of money on a regular set basis. The vandals also included a circled letter “A” usually associated with the anarchist symbol and a severed pig’s head in…

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On Sunday, a United States Army Special Forces sergeant was charged with murder after opening fire at a bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois, killing three people and injuring three others. What We Know: Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea told reporters the shooting happened around 6:55 pm at Don Carter Lanes. The alleged shooter, Duke Webb, took the lives of 3 unidentified men- ages 65, 69, and 75. Webb joined the Army in 2008. He is a Special Forces Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant. He is currently assigned to 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 7th Special Forces Group based in Florida. The Army…

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Dozens of people, mostly maskless, gathered outside a California mall for a second singalong event hosted by actor Kirk Cameron. What We Know: Primarily known for his role on the 80s show “Growing Pains,” Cameron posted to Instagram inviting followers to the Christmas caroling “peaceful protests.” The first event was held on December 6, a day before Southern California’s stay-at-home order became effective. Cameron says over 500 people united as part of what he called a Sing It Louder USA gathering. “People had such a great time, it lifted our spirits,” he said. Around 100 people of all ages attended the…

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Days before her death, Dr. Susan Moore complained of racist medical treatment in a widely shared post on social media. What We Know: According to a Facebook post, Dr. Moore, 52, tested positive for Covid-19 on November 29. She was admitted to IU Health North Hospital in Carmel, Indiana. A video shared with the post, straining her voice, speaks about a white doctor, identified as Dr. Bannec, who downplayed and dismissed her pain. Dr. Moore repeatedly begged for treatment, including medication, scans, and routine checks. Dr. Moore requested to receive additional remdesivir, an antiviral drug used to treat coronavirus, yet…

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Last week, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was under fire after it was revealed that city lawyers attempted to block the video release of a botched police raid caught on an officer’s body camera. What We Know: Anjanette Young, a social worker, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) last year requesting to show the public the body cam video exposing a botched raid of her home. Local TV station CBS Chicago also requested the video separately as part of a series on police raids, but the Chicago Police Department rejected both requests. A federal judge eventually forced CPD to turn…

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Actor Leonard Roberts published an essay for Variety where he claimed racial tensions led to his exit from the hit 2006 show Heroes. What We Know: Roberts was cast for the role of Daniel Lawrence (“D.L.”) Hawkins in NBC’s Heroes 14 years ago. The show aired for 4 seasons, yet the character Hawkins only made it through one full season as he was shot in the season 1 finale and was fired prior to the premiere of the second season. In the essay, Roberts says his relationship with co-star Ali Larter, who played Hawkins’ wife Niki Sanders, played a huge…

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On Friday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the second vaccine produced by Moderna. What We Know: Just last week, the FDA endorsed the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine as the first for emergency use in the United States. Health care workers and nursing home employees were among the first to receive doses of the vaccine on Monday. Moderna, a biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developed the second authorized vaccine in partnership with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci’s agency at the National Institutes of Health. In an interview, Dr. Fauci stated the emergence of the two vaccines…

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As the Georgia Senate runoff race approaches, extremists have flooded Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church with hateful threats. What We Know: Ebenezer Baptist Church was founded in 1886, nine years after the Reconstruction era ended. The church was established with only 13 people who came together under the guidance of the first pastor, Reverend John A. Parker. Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr. was an assistant minister to Ebenezer’s second pastor Rev. Adam Daniel Williams. Rev. King Sr. then became the church’s minister in 1931 following the death of Rev. Willams. In 1960 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. served by…

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