5 things to know for July 18: Uvalde, Mall shooting, Ukraine, Heat wave, Netflix

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1. Uvalde

A Texas House Investigative Committee released a preliminary report on Sunday outlining a series of failures by multiple law enforcement agencies in their response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The report, which was first made available to the victims’ families, described “an overall nonchalant approach” by nearly 400 officers. According to the report, law enforcement officials share “systemic responsibility” for waiting more than an hour before entering the classroom and killing the shooter. First responders also “lost critical momentum” by treating the situation as a “barricaded subject” scenario, which calls for a more measured response compared to an active shooter. The report said officials also lacked an effective incident commander, which led to a breakdown in communication. The shooter who stormed the school killed 19 students and two teachers, making it the second deadliest shooting in a K-12 school in the United States.

2. Shooting in a mall

As communities across the United States continue to deal with the aftermath of mass shootings, three more people have been killed and several others injured after a gunman opened fire in a mall food court of Indiana on Sunday. Around 6:00 p.m. local time, multiple people called 911 to report an active shooter at a mall in Greenwood, Indiana, police said. Investigators believe the unidentified shooter, an adult male, was shot by a legally armed 22-year-old man who “watched the shooting in progress,” Greenwood Police Department Chief Jim Ison said. Among the injured victims is a 12-year-old girl whose parents took her to hospital with minor injuries after the shooting, the chief said, noting that she should be doing “very well”. There have been 350 mass shootings this year, according to Gun Violence Archive.


At least 353 Ukrainian children have died and more than 665 have been injured due to the Russian invasion, Ukraine’s juvenile prosecutor’s office said today. Most of the injuries were reported in Donetsk, Kharkiv and Kyiv, he added. At least 2,138 educational institutions were damaged, of which 221 were completely destroyed. Separately, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky sacked two of his top officials, accusing members of their staff of treason and collaboration with Russia. One of the fired officials was a longtime associate of Zelensky. On the ground, the Ukrainian military said today that shelling of its defenses in the Donetsk region continued, but that further attempts by Russian forces to gain territory had been thwarted.

4. Heat waves

Authorities across southern Europe spent the weekend battling huge wildfires in countries including Spain, Greece and France, with hundreds of deaths blamed on soaring temperatures which, according to scientists, are compatible with climate change. So far, at least 1,000 deaths have been attributed to the heat wave in Portugal and Spain. Temperatures in Spain reached 114 degrees Fahrenheit during the heatwave that lasted nearly a week. In France, wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 14,000 people as authorities continue to issue red alerts, the highest possible to warn residents. Extremely high temperatures are forecast for Britain today and tomorrow in what would exceed a previous official record high of 102 degrees Fahrenheit. And in the United States, several north-central plains states in Texas are facing record high temperatures this week, according to the National Weather Service.


Netflix will release its second quarter results on Tuesday, and it’s shaping up to be one of the most important moments in the company’s 25-year history. In April, the streaming giant announced that it had lost subscribers in the first quarter of 2022 – the first time this had happened in a quarter in over a decade. Netflix’s stock then plummeted (it’s currently down about 70% so far this year), wiping out billions of dollars in market value. Soon after, the company laid off hundreds of employees. And a weak outlook for the second quarter shocked investors: Netflix predicted it would lose another 2 million subscribers in the spring. If that number is higher than 2 million in Tuesday’s report, investors could turn their backs on Netflix altogether — a move that could reshape the future of the company as well as the entire streaming industry, according to a market researcher. streaming.


Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are married

Do you hear something? Like a ringing noise? It rings like wedding bells! Almost 20 years after their first engagement, Bennifer has officially married.

San Francisco opens a park at the top of a busy road tunnel

The developers repurposed this unusual space to create a 14-acre urban oasis.

Pilot deploys parachute, plane crashes into sidewalk outside Bruges

Fortunately, the pilot’s life was saved and the incident caused only minimal damage… but it was close. Watch footage of the crash landing here.

Why BMW offers heated seats on a monthly subscription

Should we add it to the list of odd subscription services? I think so.

10 Scenic And Remote Museums And Galleries Worth Visiting

Wow, this museum nestled on a mountain in Italy is breathtaking. Check out this list if you appreciate stunning natural beauty.


Trial of Steve Bannon

The trial of Steve Bannon, former adviser to former President Donald Trump, begins today in Washington, DC. Bannon is charged with contempt of Congress for failing to testify and produce documents following a subpoena from the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Bannon called the committee’s investigation a “clown show.”



That’s the number of headstones recently damaged in two cemeteries in Lebanon, Tennessee, after two local men allegedly carried out a wave of vandalism, officials say. The two men have each been charged with one count of vandalism over $60,000, police said, calling the acts “heinous” and a “senseless crime”.


“I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was made. It was the court that overdid it.”

— Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz, saying he believes the U.S. Supreme Court “clearly erred” in its landmark 2015 decision Obergefell v. Hodges who legalized gay marriage. On Saturday, Cruz echoed views expressed by many conservatives, including Justice Clarence Thomas, that the Supreme Court should review past rulings such as Obergefell v. Hodges. His remarks come weeks after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ruling that there was no longer a federal constitutional right to abortion.


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Cats and dominoes

This fascinating domino trick was made with the help of some feline friends! (Click here to see)

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