Five in a Flash – September 15, 2017


In today’s news: London explosion, North Korea, Berkeley, Harvard, the Cleveland Indians, and college football.


Several hurt in ‘terrorist’ incident on London underground train (Reuters) – “Passengers on board a train heading into the capital fled as fire engulfed a carriage at Parsons Green underground station in West London . . . with some suffering burns and other injuries in a stampede to escape, witnesses said. The London ambulance service said it had taken 18 people to hospital, but said none were thought to be in a serious condition. Neil Basu, the senior national coordinator for counter-terrorism policing, declared it a terrorist incident.”

North Korea launches missile over Japan (CNN) – “In a major show of defiance to the international community, North Korea fired a ballistic missile over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido Friday. The launch is the second to fly over Japan in less than a month, and the first since North Korea’s sixth nuclear test and new United Nations sanctions on the country.”

Protesters gather at UC Berkeley for talk by conservative speaker Ben Shapiro (LA Times) – “Hundreds of protesters swarmed UC Berkeley on Thursday evening as conservative writer Ben Shapiro spoke on campus, with law enforcement out in force to prevent a repeat of recent violent clashes between far-left and far-right agitators. Nine people were arrested, four of them for carrying banned weapons. One was held on suspicion of battery on a police officer. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, many in riot gear, prepared for violence and seized potential weapons, but no major skirmishes were reported.”

Harvard withdraws Chelsea Manning’s visiting fellow invitation after backlash (FOX News) – “The dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has announced that the school has withdrawn its invitation to convicted WikiLeaks leaker Chelsea Manning to serve as a visiting fellow. Douglas W. Elmendorf stressed that Manning was invited to talk with students and then host a forum where she would be asked ‘hard questions’ about her story. He said the school never had any intention to honor her or endorse ‘any of her words or deeds.'”

Jay Bruce leads Indians past Royals as winning streak hits 22 (ESPN) – “Jay Bruce hit an RBI double in the 10th inning — after Francisco Lindor tied it with a clutch double in the ninth — as the Indians rallied for their 22nd straight win to extend their AL record, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Thursday night.”


Your complete watch grid guide to Week 3 of college football (SBNation) – “Week 3 of college football lost a little bit of shine when Miami-Florida State moved to October (Clemson-Louisville moved down to fill the Week 3 primetime slot), but there’s still enough to like about the schedule. . . . Below, the Watch Grid suggests at least one game in each time slot, along with the best backup options.”


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Connor Mighell is a third-year law student at the University of Alabama School of Law with an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy from Baylor University. He is a contributor at Merion West and the curator of "Five in a Flash," a weekday newsletter. His work has been featured at The Federalist, SB Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, The Dallas Morning News, and The New Americana.

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