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The Gun Debate
March For Our Lives, a gun control advocacy organization created by students in Parkland, Florida, after 17 of their peers died in a mass shooting in 2018, released a comprehensive policy plan yesterday to address gun violence. The plan includes gun control measures, a federal buyback program, and the appointment of a National Director of Gun Violence Prevention.
Over the last month, mass shootings in California, Ohio, and Texas have kept the gun control debate among the top issues for 2020 presidential hopefuls and reignited a bipartisan push for policy action.
So, what’s next? While both sides are clamoring for action and recent polls show a majority of the American public supports certain gun control regulations, there are several different approaches for how to tackle the issue.
In 2013, Venezuelan man Yeslie Aranda was driving a bus when an accident landed him and his 23-year-old daughter, Paola, in the hospital for weeks. Yeslie was in a coma for 15 days, and both he and Paola lost legs as a result. After their discharge, Yeslie was determined to show his daughter “we must keep moving forward despite the hardships we face in life,” and decided to embark upon a journey across all of South America in an attempt to inspire her and others. With just $30, an aluminum prosthesis, and a pair of shoes emblazoned with the Venezuelan flag, the 57-year-old began his trip. Helped by farmers, monks, wealthy businessmen, truckers and everyone else in between, Yeslie has traveled thousands of miles on his cross-continental caper, inspiring whoever he comes in contact with. He recently completed traversing the continent (except for Chile – that’s a long story), and is headed back home to be with his wife and four children.
You know the saying “team work makes the dream work”? After noticing a woman in a wheelchair fall into the water attempting to board a cruise ship in the Virgin Islands with her family member, local stilt dancer Randolph Donovan rushed to help. He leapt into the ocean from the top level of the dock, extracted her from the wheel chair so she wouldn’t sink, and helped her hold onto a life ring that was dropped into the water. Donovan quickly started floundering and feared for his life as well, so he called out to his friend and local DJ, Kashief Hamilton, who also jumped into the water to assist. Hamilton told NBC, (Donovan) “went from trying to rescue her and now he’s trying to survive. I can’t lose my friend, so I jumped in.” Cruise ship staff members on the dock threw a rope down to the men, and rescuers on the dock pulled them out. Thanks to the quick reactions of everyone involved, all three lived to tell the tale.
Would you be willing to lose weight to donate a kidney? When Denise Coronado was 13-years-old, she was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder that affects her intestines and kidneys, forcing her to undergo dialysis. After she endured four grueling years of this treatment, doctors informed the family that she needed a new kidney, otherwise she’d never live a normal life. Her big brother Jonathan immediately volunteered his kidney, but doctors refused to perform the risky removal operation due to his frame – Jonathan was 5’4” and 365 pounds. Instead of becoming dejected, he dedicated himself to losing weight so he could help save his sister’s life. He ended up losing over 170 pounds and was finally able to safely undergo the operation – thanks to his donation, Denise is healthy and living a normal life. She’s a straight A student and even recently earned a college scholarship. And Jonathan? He’s dedicated to helping those who feel hopeless when faced with the task of losing weight.
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Wednesday a new plan for implementing a 1997 legal agreement that limited child detention to 20 days. The rule removes that limitation and establishes standards for family detention.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced last night he’s withdrawing from the 2020 presidential race. He had reached the 130,000 donor threshold to qualify for the third debate, but had not yet reached the polling threshold required.
In a new report published Wednesday, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted higher-than-expected increases in the nation’s deficit over the upcoming year and the next decade. The office cited recently enacted legislation for the change.
ThredUp, the fashion resale marketplace, announced $100 million in new funding to launch Resale-As-A-Service, which allows retailers to partner with the company to offload inventory. According to Pitchbook, the deal values the company at $670 million, and comes on the heels of partnerships with Macy’s and JCPenney.
Workspace provider Knotel raised $400 million in a deal valuing the company at more than $1 billion. The WeWork competitor will focus on owning the market in the world’s 30 biggest cities – it’s already the largest flexible office provider in NYC (by building count).
Eight Mile Style, Eminem’s music publisher, filed a lawsuit against Spotify yesterday. The suit alleges the music streaming company didn’t secure proper licenses for the rapper’s music and seeks compensation for billions of streams.