Vox Sentences: 24 hours, 3 mass shootings

Vox Sentences: 24 hours, 3 mass shootings




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Back-to-back-to-back mass shootings take place within 24 hours; more than 200 presumed to be dead after a boat meant for 100 people capsizes in Tanzania.




4 killed at a Rite Aid warehouse




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  • Four people were killed and three others were wounded in a shooting at a Rite Aid warehouse in Aberdeen, Maryland, on Thursday morning. This marks the third mass shooting within the last 24 hours. [CNN / Eliott C. McLaughlin]

  • The shooter, who was a temporary worker at the drug store distribution center, killed herself after the rampage. The shooter has not been identified, and her motive and how she acquired a gun are unknown. [AP / David McFadden]

  • This is the second workplace shooting in a 10-mile radius in the past year, and the third in three years in Maryland’s 34th District. Responses from Maryland politicians have ranged from offering “thoughts and prayers” to urging the country “to end the toll of gun violence in our communities.” [Baltimore Sun / Catherine Rentz]

  • Two separate mass shootings took place in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Wednesday. In Middleton, Wisconsin, a former employee attacked the WTS Paradigm software company office and injured four people. Another shooter who was facing domestic violence charges opened fire at a Masontown, Pennsylvania, courthouse and injured four others. Both gunmen were shot and killed by police. [Splinter / Rafi Schwartz]

  • The Gun Violence Archive reports that, with Thursday’s incident, there have been 262 mass shootings in America 263 days into 2018 — making the average about one mass shooting per day. [Vox / German Lopez]




Authorities fear more than 200 people have drowned in Tanzanian ferry accident



  • More than 200 people may have drowned after a ferry allegedly carrying almost 400 capsized in Tanzania’s Lake Victoria on Thursday afternoon. Officials report that about 100 people (32 of whom are in critical condition) were rescued. [BBC]

  • The ferry had a capacity of 100 people. But it was carrying loads of cargo on top of the many people on board. [The Citizen / Jesse Mikofu and Jonathan Musa]

  • There has been no official confirmation on the number of passengers aboard the ferry, however, because the person issuing tickets is presumed dead and the ticketing machine has not been recovered. But initial estimates are reportedly well over 300. [Reuters / Nuzulack Dausen]

  • The rescue mission halted in the evening and will resume again at dawn on Friday. [Al Jazeera]

  • Accidents on Lake Victoria are reportedly common due to overcrowding on outdated and poorly maintained vessels. [The Independent / Harry Cockburn]




Miscellaneous



  • Iconic film Space Jam is coming back with a sequel. Basketball player LeBron James will join Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes gang instead of Michael Jordan, who starred in the original. [SB Nation / Ricky O’Donnell]

  • Amazon is planning an “aggressive expansion” of its Amazon Go convenience stores. CEO Jeff Bezos plans on opening 3,000 cashier-less stores by 2021. [The Verge / Nick Statt]

  • A scientist gave the drug ecstasy to a group of octopuses and found they were ... unsurprisingly social (and a little kooky). [The Atlantic / Ed Yong]

  • A generational survey found that Americans of all ages (and, most predominantly, Generation Z) are an intensely lonely people. [Cigna]




Verbatim


“Holton’s motto teaches students to ‘find a way or make one.’ We dream of making a world where women are free from harassment, assault, and sexual violence. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Blasey Ford for bravely stepping forward and bringing us closer to that world we all seek.” [Nearly 600 alumnae from Holton-Arms School, the high school Christine Blasey Ford attended, in support of Ford and her sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh]




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