Periods of rain today, high 59
A lightning strike damaged five homes in Creve Coeur yesterday afternoon. The strike occurred around 3:30 p.m. in the 13000 block of Narbonne. The strike sent part of a tree onto a house and debris onto others. The home struck by the tree suffered major damage to its roof and siding rendering the residence uninhabitable.
*The FBI is investigating a series of suspicious packages that were delivered to at least three U.S. military and intelligence facilities in the Washington, DC area yesterday (Monday).
The packages all contained explosive materials and prompted evacuations and some locations, including the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. At least one package contained a black powder, a GPS device and a fuse. Another contained a liquid and a circuit board. All of the packages were carefully inspected and cleared. It's not clear if the packages were sent by the same person.
*Linda Brown, who as a nine-year-old girl found herself at the center of what would become the landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, died on Sunday at her home in Topeka, Kansas. She was 76.
Linda's father Oliver Brown tried to enroll her in an all-white elementary school that was just a few blocks from their home. But the school board wouldn't let her enroll and said she had to be shuttled to another school miles away. Brown partnered with the NAACP and sued the Topeka Board of Education. The case went to the Supreme Court which eventually ruled that segregation in America's schools was unconstitutional.
Larry Nassar’s Boss Has Been Arrested -
The fallout from the abuse case against a prominent USA Gymnastics doctor is continuing. A Michigan State University official who was the boss of ex-gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar is under arrest. William Strampel was taken into custody on unknown charges and is in the Ingham County jail according to sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth. Strampel's arrest could be the first in the investigation launched after Nassar was convicted of molesting dozens of women and girls.
State investigators are looking into how MSU handled the Nassar incidents. A press conference on Strampel's arrest is scheduled for today.
Source: Detroit Free Press
CA Takes Swift Action Over Census Question About Citizenship -
The 2020 U.S. Census will include a question about citizenship status.
The Commerce Department announced the move yesterday, even after critics warned that the move could result in a massive drop in response rate from immigrants fearing that they could be deported. In a statement, the Commerce Department said having this data will, "permit more effective enforcement" of the Voting Rights Act.
Civil Rights groups say a drop in immigrant participation will result in inaccuracies that could impact how federal funds are distributed and even how congressional districts are redrawn. The Commerce Department also noted that citizenship questions were on the censuses from 1820 to 1950.
California swiftly sued to stop the question from being added, last night. The issue at hand is the shift that will occur if immigrants opt not to take questionnaire.
Source: Washington Post
NTSB Releases Helicopter Crash Report -
The National Transportation Safety Board is releasing their preliminary findings concerning the helicopter crash in New York's East River earlier this month.
Aviation expert Doctor Michael Candors says passengers wouldn't have had a lot of time to get out of the chopper after it went down in the river.
The NTSB's report says the pilot explained where the passengers could retrieve a cutting tool and how to use it, given they were tethered to the aircraft. He also detailed that the strap may have flipped the emergency fuel shutoff switch, becoming a factor in the accident. Officials had already determined the open-door flight and required tethers acted as a death trap, when the passengers were unable to free themselves. The agency is pushing for a ban on the tethers.
Source: ABC 7
McConnell Pushing To Legalize Hemp -
The Senate Majority Leader wants to legalize hemp.
Mitchell McConnell introduced the bill called The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which would remove the plant from the list of controlled substances the fed has. That means it could be a farmer’s crop.
McConnell, from Kentucky, explained his thought process. "Hemp has played a foundational role in Kentucky's agriculture heritage, and I believe that it can be an important part of our future.”
If approved, the states will get to regulate the hemp industry, effectively taking that control away from the federal government.
Source: The Hill
Heineken Has Pulled Their Controversial Ad -
Chance the Rapper blasted Heineken for an ad that seemed blatantly racist. If featured a bartender sliding a beer past darker skinned man, and others ending up at a lighter skinned woman and the announcer says “lighter is better.”
The other two adds in the campaign remain active, but you can be sure they will be checked out.
Source: NBC News
Pilot Posts To Snapchat Mid-Flight -
A pilot for a budget airline is in big trouble for Snapchat posts.
Michel Castellucci, of EasyJet, apparently thought flying a plane was easy, because he took a few videos and even more photos while he was supposed to be flying! The “not thinking” pilot even captioned them “at 30,000 feet.”
The feedback from his followers was brutal, calling him unprofessional. EasyJet must think the same thing because they’ve suspended him.
Source: New York Post
*The St. Louis Blues play the San Jose Sharks tonight, it's a home game