1.10.2022

Bob Saget, Deadly Bronx Fire, and a Snowflake Generator Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

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Breaking: Comedian Bob Saget was pronounced dead yesterday evening after being found unresponsive at an Orlando, Florida, hotel room. Investigators say they found no evidence of foul play or drug use at the scene. Details are still emerging. 

Tragedy in the Bronx

At least 19 people were killed and more than 60 injured after a fire broke out in a Bronx high-rise apartment, with at least nine children to be reported among the deceased. Officials say it was the deadliest such fire in New York City in more than 30 years. 

 

More than a dozen of those hospitalized are said to be in critical condition. Investigators said the fire was started by an electric space heater—only one unit was burned, but thick smoke quickly spread throughout the high-rise building. Residents suggested many may have hesitated due to the frequency of false alarms. 

 

The fire comes just one week after a similar blaze in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which left 12 people dead—eight of which were children.

Life Sentences in Georgia

The men convicted of the murder of Ahmaud Arbery were sentenced to life in prison by a Georgia judge Friday. Two men, 66-year-old Gregory McMichael and his 35-year-old son Travis, were sentenced without a chance for parole. William Bryan, a third man who filmed the incident, will be eligible for parole at age 82. 

 

Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, was killed in February 2020 while out running, according to his family (see timeline). The suspects, who were armed, say they believed he was involved in a series of home robberies in the area and chased Arbery in vehicles to confront him. The unarmed Arbery was killed while struggling with the younger McMichael. See an analysis of the footage here (warning—sensitive content). 

 

The trio faces a separate trial on federal hate crime charges, scheduled to begin Feb. 7. 

Sidney Poitier Dies

Trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier passed away over the weekend at his Los Angeles home at age 94. No cause of death was given. 

 

One of the country's first Black film stars, the Bahamian-American Poitier was known for his roles in "To Sir, With Love," "A Raisin in the Sun," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," and more. He became the first Black performer to win an Oscar for Best Actor for his leading role in the 1963 film "Lilies of the Field." 

 

Poitier was nominated for 40 on-screen awards during his multidecade career, winning 26. Outside of film, he was active in the civil rights movement, served as the Bahamian ambassador to Japan, received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

 

See some of his best roles here.

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