Five in a Flash: October 2, 2017

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In today’s news: Las Vegas shootings, Puerto Rico, Catalonian independence, French terror attacks, the NFL, and the iPhone.


More than 50 dead and 200 injured in shooting on Las Vegas Strip (LA Times) – “More than 50 people were killed and at least 200 others injured after a gunman opened fire Sunday night at a country music festival opposite the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said. . . . Police said the suspect, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock, a resident of Mesquite, Nev., was killed after a SWAT team burst into the hotel room from which he was firing at the crowd. . . . Authorities said the gunman appeared to have begun firing at 10:08 p.m. from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel toward the concert venue across the street.”

Aid starts to reach remote parts of Puerto Rico (ABC News) – “President Donald Trump’s impending visit to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and his public criticism of the U.S. territory’s most prominent mayor appear to be the last thing on many people’s minds on the island. The vast majority of households and businesses in Puerto Rico still had no electricity as of Saturday, 10 days after Hurricane Maria wrought destruction on the island. But there is hope as aid begins to reach even some of the territory’s remote regions.”

Catalonia referendum result plunges Spain into political crisis (CNN) – “Spain is facing a political and constitutional crisis after Catalans voted in favor of independence in a contested referendum that descended into chaos when police launched a widespread and violent crackdown. The Catalan government said it had earned the right to independence from Spain after results showed 90% of those who voted were in favor of a split.But amid an unexpectedly harsh response from Spanish police to the vote, turnout was only around 42%.”

Knifeman yelling ‘Allahu Akbar’ shot dead after killing two in France (Reuters) – “Two women were stabbed to death and their assailant shot dead by a soldier in the southern French port city of Marseille on Sunday in what officials described as a ‘likely terrorist act.’ Police sources said the suspect had shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is greatest) in Arabic as he attacked the women, aged 17 and 20, at Marseille’s main railway station. . . . An Islamic State militant was responsible for the attack, the group’s Amaq news agency said.”

Top takeaways from NFL Week 4 (MSN News) – “Week 4 of the NFL season was highlighted by upsets on top of upsets. From the defending NFC champion Atlanta Falcons losing at home to the New England Patriots dropping their second home game of the season, there’s definitely a lot we can take away from that perspective. Individually, Cam Newton proved naysayers wrong with a tremendous performance against the aforementioned Patriots. Meanwhile, star Vikings running back Dalvin Cook suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season.”


Apple now sells an iPhone dongle with a headphone jack and charging port (The Verge) – “It took an entire year after the release of the iPhone 7 for Apple to start selling a dongle that lets you plug in headphones (or your car’s AUX cable) and charge at the same time. But now it’s here. Apple is just selling the thing, mind you – not making it. In September, Belkin quietly announced a new, second version of its “Rockstar” adapter that now includes both a 3.5mm jack and Lightning port.”


Require constitutional study in public schools (The Center)

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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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