12.1.2021

Michigan School Shooting, Mississippi Abortion Case, and the Most Popular Dog Names Everything you need to know for today in five minutes.

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Michigan School Shooting

At least three people were killed and eight others injured after a student opened fire at a high school outside Detroit yesterday afternoon. The attack took place at Oxford High School, a few miles north of the city's Auburn Hills suburb. 

 

An unidentified 15-year-old male was reportedly taken into custody as the prime suspect. Officials have not revealed a motive as of early this morning. Initial reports suggest a handgun was used, with approximately 15-20 shots fired. The suspect surrendered without firing upon the arrival of police. 

 

The three deceased victims are said to be students; at least one of those injured, a 14-year-old girl, was critically injured and reportedly placed on a ventilator at a hospital. Officials are expected to provide an update on the attack today.

Dobbs v. Jackson

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments today in a challenge to Mississippi's prohibition on abortions shortly after the first trimester. The case is the first challenge to abortion law to be fully heard under the court's 6-3 conservative majority. It is also considered the most direct challenge to the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that generally established the right to an abortion prior to fetal viability (see overview), typically considered to be around 24 weeks.

 

The new law, passed in 2018, bans the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy, predicated on an estimate of fetal viability. The law was immediately challenged by the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the only abortion provider in the state. Lower courts suspended the law's implementation pending appeal.

 

The high court has previously said it would focus on a single question—whether all bans on elective abortions prior to viability violate the Constitution. See current abortion regulations by state here

New York's Injection Sites

The first overdose prevention centers in the US, where people can use illicit drugs in a medically supervised environment with social workers on-site, opened in New York City yesterday. Users will be able to bring their drugs to sites that already operate needle exchange programs. Advocates argue the sites could serve a crucial role in reducing the overall crisis and mean the difference between life or death for current consumers. Opponents argue the centers will be promoting drug abuse.

 

The news comes as more than 100,000 Americans died from drug overdose between May 2020 and April 2021, primarily fueled by the increasing prevalence of fentanyl (involved in 77% of overdoses in 2020). In NYC alone, someone dies every four hours of a drug overdose. A city health department study found that the sites could save as many as 130 lives per year.

 

It is unclear how federal law will handle safe consumption sites—the Justice Department must decide whether to pursue operators under the Controlled Substances Act.

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Business & Markets

> US stock markets slide (S&P 500 -1.9%, Dow -1.9%, Nasdaq -1.6%) on omicron variant fears and as Fed Chairman Jerome Powell stated the Fed may speed up bond tapering to curtail inflation (More)

 

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Politics & World Affairs

> Former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows reaches initial cooperation deal with House Jan. 6 select committee; agreement would avoid the possibility of contempt charges (More)

 

> Honduran ruling party concedes defeat in national elections; leftist opposition candidate Xiomara Castro to assume presidency (More)

 

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HBO releases a full trailer for "Sex and the City" sequel.

 

Photographers snapping shots for the environment.

 

The goofiest 18th-century self-portraits.

 

Visit the mobile phone museum.

 

A controversial Christmas star gets remounted.

 

Clickbait: Steve the goat escapes.

 

Historybook: First moving assembly line introduced by Ford Motor Company (1913); Rosa Parks arrested in Alabama for refusing to give up her bus seat (1955); RIP author and activist James Baldwin (1987); World AIDS Day commemorated for first time (1988).

 

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

- James Baldwin

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