Five in a Flash: October 10, 2017


In today’s news: California wildfire, Texas Tech, Russian ads, the EPA, Jemele Hill, and Star Wars.


Fast-moving wildfires kill 10, spur evacuations in Northern California (CNN) – “Deadly wildfires roared across California on Monday, forcing evacuations and destroying homes and businesses in their paths. The biggest fires burned in the wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties. . . . Ten people have died and the number is expected to grow. More than 100 people were being treated at Napa- and Sonoma-area hospitals for fire-related injuries or health issues including burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.”

Texas Tech campus police officer fatally shot, suspect caught (USA Today) – “A university statement identified the suspect as 19-year-old Hollis Daniels of Seguin. University spokesman Chris Cook said campus police made a student welfare check Monday evening and found upon entering the room evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Cook says officers brought the suspect to the campus police station for ‘standard debriefing.’ At the station, Cook says the suspect pulled out a gun and shot an officer in the head, killing him. The suspect then fled on foot and was apprehended near the football stadium a short time later.”

Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms (Washington Post) – “Google for the first time has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited the company’s platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the company’s investigation. The Silicon Valley giant has found that tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who aimed to spread disinformation across Google’s many products, which include YouTube, as well as advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network, the people said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss matters that have not been made public.”

EPA to repeal landmark Obama climate rule (The Hill) – “The Trump administration on Tuesday will formally propose repealing Barack Obama’s landmark climate change rule for power plants, a key part of the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions under the Paris accord. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt told a Kentucky audience on Monday that he will sign paperwork on Tuesday to repeal the rule, which he argued exceeded the previous administration’s authority and treated coal communities unfairly. ‘The Clean Power Plan, it wasn’t about regulating to make things regular,’ Pruitt said Monday at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to raucous applause. ‘It was truly about regulating to pick winners and losers.'”

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for social media ‘violation’ (NY Post) – “The ESPN anchor who ignited a firestorm after tweeting that President Trump is a “white supremacist” was suspended for two weeks on Monday because she defied her bosses’ orders not to get political on Twitter. The network sidelined ‘SportsCenter’ anchor Jemele Hill ‘for a second violation of our social-media guidelines’ after she promoted NFL-advertiser boycotts on Twitter, an ESPN spokesman confirmed Monday.”


The new ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ trailer is here (The Verge) – “A new trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi has finally arrived. Disney aired the latest look at Rian Johnson’s upcoming film during Monday Night Football’s halftime show. Tickets for the film are now on sale. . . . Due to the discipline Disney has been demonstrating when it comes to plot reveals and character secrets, the expectation has been that the new trailer wouldn’t give anything big away; director Rian Johnson recently warned fans on Twitter that the hardest of the hardcore might want to even avoid watching this clip to preserve all of the film’s surprises.”


The insincere outrage of the news media (The Right)

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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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