Need 2 Know: Parkland Anniversary, Ryan Adams Accused

February 14, 2019

These are the headlines you Need 2 Know.

  • Parkland: A Year Later: It’s been one year since the Parkland school shooting, in which 17 students and staff were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. That massacre launched a grassroots movement against gun violence. The New York Times took a look at where gun control and school safety stand today. Read it here.

  • Iran: American Spy: An arrest warrant has been issued for a former U.S. Air Force counterintelligence agent who allegedly used her top-level security clearance to spy for Iran, sharing U.S. government secrets with the country. Monica Witt defected to Iran in 2013 and remains at large. Read more here.

  • Iran: Sabotage: The White House has reportedly revived a secret campaign to sabotage Iranian rockets and missiles by slipping faulty parts into the supply chain. Two-third of Iranian space launches fail, compared to the average of five percent. Read more here.

  • Rare Rebuke: The House voted to end American military assistance to Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen, putting pressure on the Senate to take up a similar vote. The move amounts to a rebuke of President Trump and his support of the Saudis in the aftermath of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Read more here.

  • Online Harassment: More than a third of Americans say they’ve been severely harassed or threatened online, according to the Anti-Defamation League. About half of all 18-29 year-olds reported being subject to hate, stalking, or physical threats on the internet. Read more here.

  • Over and Out: The Mars rover Opportunity has reached the end of its journey. NASA says it hasn’t been able to make contact with “Oppy” in months, ever since a huge dust storm broke off communications, and is finally giving up. The rover was built to last 90 days and ended up cruising along the Red Planet for almost 15 years. Take a look at some of the best photos the rover snapped along the way here.

  • Netflix Competitor: Apple is close to launching a video subscription service that will include free original content for those who have Apple devices. The platform will likely be unveiled at a March 25 event, with a goal of launching April or early May. Read more here.

  • Google Growing: Google is hiring. In a blog post, the tech giant announced “major expansions in 14 states.” The company says it will have the capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees in addition to more than 10,000 construction jobs that will be created from $13 billion in new investments. Read the post here.

  • Prada Diversity Council: Prada has announced it’s forming a diversity council aiming to “elevate voices of color” after accusations of racism over bag charms that resembled black monkeys with large red lips. The council will be headed up by director Ava DuVernay and artist Theaster Gates. Read more here.

  • Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams, the singer-songwriter known for his ability to make young musicians’ careers, has been accused of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse by several women, including his ex-wife, Mandy Moore, the singer Phoebe Bridgers, and an underage fan. Read more here.

  • Sequel Madness: Breaking Bad: A movie sequel to Breaking Bad is coming to Netflix, followed by AMC, the home of the original series. The film is shrouded in secrecy but Aaron Paul is expected to reprise the role of Jesse Pinkman. Read more here.

  • Sequel Madness: Frozen: Disney released the first trailer for Frozen II. In the teaser, Queen Elsa can be seen darting into a wave, using her magical powers to freeze the water. The film opens Thanksgiving. Watch the video here.

  • Sequal Madness: Coming to America: Paramount confirmed Eddie Murphy has signed on to a Coming to America sequel, set to hit theaters in 2020. Read more here.

  • Black Panther: A rare black panther has been caught on camera by a wildlife photographer in Kenya. It’s believed to be the first image of a “melanistic leopard” in Africa in 100 years. See the pic here.

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