Politics

Trump Rallies his Base After First 100 Days in Office

On April 29, 2017, at a rally in Pennsylvania, Trump touted his first 100 days in office to a rallying crowd of populist supporters. While in the process of rallying his supporters, he also attacked the media.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/politics/donald-trump-100-days-rally/index.html

GOP HealthCare Bill Guarantees Coverage to those with Pre-Existing Conditions

Trump, says that the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act “guarantees” coverage for those with pre-existing conditions.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/30/politics/trump-health-care-pre-existing-conditions/index.html

Van Jones: Obama Should Do a Nationwide Poverty Tour

Van Jones, former Obama aide and CNN political analyst, suggests that former President Barack Obama should do a nationwide “poverty tour” in order to fight back against backlash for Obama’s decision to do a few expensive speeches.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/30/politics/van-jones-obama-poverty-tour-sotu/index.html

Journalism and Free Press More Important Now than Ever

Woodward and Bernstein, who were famous for breaking the Watergate story, insist that journalism and the free press are more important now than ever to a free society with increasing tensions between the White House and the press.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/30/politics/woodward-bernstein-say-media-more-crucial-than-ever-cnntv/index.html

The Kids Suing Trump are Marching to the White House

Kids who are suing Trump because he is not doing anything about climate change are marching to the White House. Kids feel like they are unseen and unheard by the politicians in the White House about their concern with the state of the planet and other issues.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/politics/sutter-climate-kids-march-washington/index.html

Science and Environment

DNA of Extinct Humans Found in Caves

The DNA of extinct humans can now be retrieved from the sediment in caves, even in the absence of skeletal remains.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39747326

U.S. Households Throw Away $640 in Food a Year Per Household

According to a survey, conducted by the American Chemistry Council, consumers are throwing out $640 worth of food per household, and they don’t care about the impact that their leftovers that go to landfills are having on the environment.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2015/06/24/americans-annual-food-waste/28988971/

Baby Humpback Whales Whisper to their Mothers

Dr. Simon Videsen, of Aarhus University in Denmark, is part of a team of other researchers and scientists who recorded eight humpback whale calves who seemed to “whisper” to their mothers, seemingly to avoid predators.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39720454

Climate Change Could Transform Gardens

According to the Royal Horticulture Society, the gardens of the UK will have to adapt to climate change. That means possibly implementing artificial lawns, plants from arid countries, and flower beds designed to handle floods are among future features of UK gardens.

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39710313

PTSD Risk May be Passed Down through our DNA

A study published in Molecular Psychiatry suggests that the risk of developing PTSD could be linked to DNA.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/25/health/ptsd-trauma-genetics-study/index.html

Religion

The Pope Travels to Egypt

On Friday April 28, 2017, the Pope traveled to Egypt in an effort to stress the idea that faith and violence are not compatible with one another.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/28/africa/egypt-pope-visit/

Anti-Semitic Incidents Rose in the First Three Months of 2017

According to a report, released by the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents rose by 86% in the first three months of 2017.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/24/us/antisemitic-incidents-reports-trnd/index.html

Residents of Gay Street in New York Turn what was Intended to be a Symbol of Hate into a Symbol of Love

On Good Friday, a wooden cross was chained to Gay Street in New York, and rather than lash out residents came together and painted the cross in the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag as a symbol of love and acceptance.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/love-cross-nyc_us_58ff5447e4b0b6f6014ac24e?section=us_religion

Baptist Seminary Apologizes for Racist Faculty Photo

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas apologized for a racist photo they took of their faculty. The photo consisted of all white male faculty posing as “gangsters” with the words, “Notorious S.O.P” painted in graffiti behind them. S.O.P stands for School of Preaching.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/southwestern-baptist-seminary-rap-photo_us_59010924e4b081a5c0fa4fa6?section=us_religion

A New Study Suggests that the U.S. has a lot of “Closet” Atheists

Atheists may have been undercounted because of reluctance to honestly answer poll questions.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/study-closet-athiests_us_58f67e31e4b0de5bac41d3eb?section=us_religion

World News

Africans are Wary of U.S. Travel after Series of Border Denials

While Nigeria is not on the list of U.S. travel bans, there has a been a report of several Nigerians who have experienced being denied travel to the U.S.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/19/africa/africa-us-travel-issues/index.html

Missile Explodes After Launch in North Korea

On April 29, 2017, North Korea failed at launching a ballistic missile. Shortly after the ballistic missile was launched it exploded.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/28/world/north-korea-missile-launch/index.html

Turkey Blocks Wikipedia

Turkey states that there was a degradation of their reputation on the popular online encyclopedia when there were reports linking Turkey to terrorist attacks in the comments on articles.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/29/europe/turkey-wikipedia/index.html

Egypt Unearths Eight Mummies from 3,000-Year-Old Tombs

Egyptian officials have discovered eight mummies, ten sarcophagi and other figurines from 3,000-year-old tombs.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/18/middleeast/egypt-tombs-mummies/index.html

Venezuela Demands Columbia Return Three Military Deserters

The foreign minister of Venezuela has demanded that three military officers who were seeking asylum in Columbia be returned.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/22/americas/venezuela-military-deserters/index.html

Local News

Winston-Salem Police Officer is Mother of Man Shot on North Carolina A&T’s Campus

A 26-year-old man was shot and killed on North Carolina A&T’s Campus whose mother is a police officer in Winston-Salem.

http://www.wxii12.com/article/winston-salem-police-officer-is-mother-of-man-shot-killed-on-aandts-campus/9582977

Police Investigating Suspicious Death in Burlington, NC

Officers said they were called to a home where a man was reported to be having a cardiac event, however, upon further investigation the death appears suspicious.

http://www.wxii12.com/article/police-investigating-suspicous-death-in-burlington/9582362

Part of I-95 was Washed Out in NC

Part of I-95 was washed out in NC due to Hurricane Matthew’s flood waters. It is reported that the repairs could take up to three weeks to complete.

http://www.wxii12.com/article/part-of-i-95-south-washed-out-in-nc-repairs-to-take-weeks/5835175

REAL ID Licenses and ID Cards Coming to NC

The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will begin producing the state’s first REAL ID’s on May 1st.

http://www.wxii12.com/article/real-id-licenses-id-cards-coming-to-north-carolina/9566689

Assistant DA Resigns Amid Peeping Allegations

On Thursday April 20, 2017, a female student at Wake Forest University reported there was a man using a mirror under a desk to peep at her in the library. The man accused of doing the peeping is Brook Webster, an Assistant District Attorney for several NC counties.

 http://www.wxii12.com/article/assistant-district-attorney-accused-of-peeping-at-wake-forest-university/9575478