Philippine Mayor Killed by State Police

During a raid on his home in the city of Ozamiz, mayor Reynaldo Parojinog along with his wife and 10 other people were killed by state police on Saturday. The order was given by President Rodrigo Duterte who believed the mayor had ties to the illegal drug trade. Since coming to power in July 2016, Duterte has killed over 7,000 people including 150 Philippine officials … Continue reading Philippine Mayor Killed by State Police

Amtrak’s Budget Cuts Could Derail Service in 220 Cities

During the campaign, President Trump said he would “Make America Great Again” but this plan does not include the once great railroads of America. The new budget proposed by Trump would cut Amtrak’s budget by $630m, which would eliminate the service altogether in over 220 cities and in 23 states. These states are almost entirely in the middle of the country, and who voted for … Continue reading Amtrak’s Budget Cuts Could Derail Service in 220 Cities

Saudi Bloc Once Again Demand More from Qatar

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the UAE have demanded that Qatar address its 13 demands and then the bloc would be “ready for dialogue.” The demands included the closure of the news giant Al-Jazeera and reducing ties with Iran, who is the number one rival of Saudi Arabia. Qatar’s lawyers have called the move by the bloc “reminiscent of the extreme and punitive conduct of … Continue reading Saudi Bloc Once Again Demand More from Qatar

Boston Considering Safe Sites for Opioid Drug Users

Lawmakers in Boston have contemplated the idea of creating safe sites for opioid users. These site would not inject people or provide them with the drugs, they will however, ensure that users do not overdose and die. A safe site created in Vancouver, Canada saw a 35% reduction in people who died by overdose to opioids, which would translate to 700 saved lives in Massachusetts. … Continue reading Boston Considering Safe Sites for Opioid Drug Users

Beantown Rundown:

22 people were arrested during a Massachusetts pipeline protest in western MA on Saturday. More here. Patriots DE Rob Ninkovich is expected to announce his retirement from football today. More here. A new interactive map displays the hundreds of schools, streets and parks named after Bostonian local John F. Kennedy. More here. Electronic tolling mistakes have cost some MA customers thousands of dollars. More here. … Continue reading Beantown Rundown:

U.S. Police Chiefs Call out Trump for Endorsing Police Brutality

President Trump also seems to say the wrongs things to large swaths of people. Last Friday, Trump spoke in front of thousands of police officers and told them to “rough up” people who’ve been arrested. Since the 1991 LA Police Department beating of Rodney King, departments across the nation have undertaken a trust-building relationship with their local communities. Executive Director of the Major Cities Chiefs … Continue reading U.S. Police Chiefs Call out Trump for Endorsing Police Brutality

Elderly Struggle to Pay Their Bills

Nearly 300,000 Massachusetts residents aged 65 and above are unable to cover the cost of basic necessities according to the 2016 Elder Economic Security Standard Index. More than 60% of single older adults in the state can’t afford food, housing, or other living expenses, the second highest rate in the country. Women are more likely to be worse off financially than their male counterparts, with … Continue reading Elderly Struggle to Pay Their Bills

Honolulu Bans Texting While Crossing Streets

The capital of the tropical state of Hawaii has banned citizens and tourists from crossing the street while texting or using their mobile phones. The aim is to reduce injuries and deaths from “distracted walking,” and will take effect in October. First offenders caught staring at their phones while crossing will receive a fine of $15 to $35, with repeat offenders facing fines of up … Continue reading Honolulu Bans Texting While Crossing Streets

Shooting at a Nightclub in Germany

One person has been killed and others wounded during a shooting at a German nightclub in the southern city of Konstanz. The shooter was an Iraqi Kurdish son-in-law of the nightclub’s owner. The man was thrown out of the club after an argument with the doorman and came back minutes later with an M16 machine gun. The doorman was shot dead and several others were … Continue reading Shooting at a Nightclub in Germany

Putin To Cut U.S. Embassy Staff

In retaliation to the recent passage of a U.S. sanctions bill, Putin announced on Sunday that the U.S. embassy in Moscow will cut its staff by 755 employees. On Friday, it was revealed that Russia would reduce the embassy’s staff, but Sunday was the first time that Putin addressed the issue and made a final decree. Putin told Russian state-controlled media outlet Rossiya 1 that … Continue reading Putin To Cut U.S. Embassy Staff