Skimm for August 18th
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By the end of last week, it looked like the situation in Ferguson, MO might be calming down. Instead, the opposite happened.
On Thursday, President Obama spoke publicly and urged for peace in a city that's been rocked by violence ever since Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a police officer. Then the State Highway Patrol took over for local police, who had been criticized for how they were reacting to protesters. People were hopeful things were moving towards calm.
But then on Saturday, looters were back at it while law enforcement pretty much just looked on. The Missouri gov. put a curfew in place for the protestors but violent clashes broke out once again, resulting in arrests and the shooting of one person. The violence continued through last night and things were so bad that the Missouri National Guard is now being sent to Ferguson.
We found out the name of the police officer who shot Michael Brown. And that Brown was shot at least six times. And we found out that one resident was apparently live tweeting as he watched Brown get shot. We also found out that the Justice Department ordered its own autopsy because of the "extraordinary circumstances" of this case.
There are a lot of unanswered questions about Michael Brown's death. But the reaction in Ferguson, MO has shown Brown's death might have been a tipping point that has exposed deep-seated frustrations and opened up a conversation about race and the role of police force.
On Friday, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) was indicted.
A lot of people are asking the same thing. Last year, a Texas district attorney was arrested for drunk driving. As you might expect, that didn't earn her brownie points and Perry urged her to resign. He also said he would veto some state funds to the DA's office unless she resigned. When she didn't step down, and the funding request came to his desk, he vetoed it. There was an ethics investigation -- and now, charges on two felony counts: abuse of power and coercion of a state official.
The peanut gallery is on both sides of the aisle. Some say this is in bounds since a governor has the right to veto things. Others think Perry overstepped his authority on this one.
Perry isn't just Texas's longest-serving governor looking to leave office on a good note -- he's also one of the early top contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Indictments don't make for good campaign slogans.
Could have done without that. Over the weekend, a group of mostly armed men raided an Ebola quarantine center in Liberia's capital, taking potentially infected things like bed sheets and mattresses, some of which were stained with blood. Ebola spreads through bodily fluids including – yup — blood. As a bonus, over 20 Ebola patients fled the center. The center is in a crowded slum area, and officials think it was targeted by angry residents who don't believe that the outbreak is real. It's real. Of course, this means everyone is even more worried about Ebola spreading. Ebola is suspected of killing over 1,100 people in West Africa so far. It's the worst outbreak in history.
Sometimes all it takes is a little boost. Kurdish fighters in northern Iraq are retaking key territory from ISIS militants, thanks to help from American airstrikes in the area. Reminder: the Kurds are a semi-independent ethnic group that mostly does its own thing in northern Iraq; ISIS is the Islamic militant group grabbing land and terrorizing minority groups throughout Iraq to build an Islamic State. The Kurds were holding their own against ISIS for a while, but their streak ended earlier this month when ISIS took the Mosul Dam -- aka a major source of drinking water for northern Iraq. Kind of important. Enter US airstrikes, and the Kurds seem to have their mojo back and they've reportedly retaken parts of the dam. The problem? Eventually the Kurds will have to go back to facing ISIS without their US friends helping out.
Clutch player, just like Mo'ne Davis. Over the weekend, the 13-year-old became the first female pitcher to throw a shutout at a Little League World Series game. PS, it was her second shutout in a row. So yeah, she throws a like girl. Her first was in the game that brought her underdog Philadelphia team to the Series. Her 70mph fastball doesn't hurt. Davis's talents are reportedly getting her interview requests from Jimmy Fallon and props from NBA star Kevin Durant. Meaning, her middle school memories are a lot cooler than yours.
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