SumUp, the 02/28 weekly news recap from TNJC staff

BY Will Iboshi, Axel Icazbalceta, and Hanah Kitamoto   FEB. 28, 2021
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Jasmine Harrison becomes youngest person to row across Atlantic (World News)

Jasmine Harrison, a 21-year-old swimming teacher from the UK, finished rowing across the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday. She left for her journey in December from La Gomera in the Canary Islands and landed in Antigua after 70 days, three hours and 48 minutes.1


FDA Authorizes Emergency Use for Johnson & Johnson Vaccine (U.S. News)

In a 22-0 vote on Friday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the emergency use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.2 This is the third vaccine to be authorized in the United, following the approval of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines last December. Experts believe that the vaccine be deployed early next week and help slow the spread of more transmissible, COVID-19 variants.3


Twitter to launch “super follow” feature (Tech)

Twitter announced on Thursday that it would be introducing “super follow,” a paid subscription service in which users can pay for exclusive content such as newsletters and videos. Other tech companies, like Patreon have already launched similar features. Twitter’s move reflects an increased among tech companies for generating greater, diversified sources of revenue.4


Tiger Woods injured in a car accident (Sports)

Professional golfer Tiger Woods was seriously injured in a car accident on Thursday morning in Southern California. Woods suffered a fracture in his right leg and fibulas and was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.5 On Friday, his team published a statement on Twitter, which said that Woods’ surgeries were successful and that he was “in good spirits.”6


Equality Act passes in the U.S. House (Politics)

On Thursday, in a 224-206 vote, the House of Representatives passed the Equality Act. The measure, if signed would outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual oritentation and gender identity in public accomodations, employment, and public education. The Bill will face more resistance in the Senate, as it requires 60 votes to bypass the fillibuster.7


Lady Gaga’s stolen dogs return safely (Pop Culture)

Lady Gaga’s dog walker was shot and her two bulldogs, Koji and Gustav were stolen in Hollywood on Wednesday. The singer announced she is offering a $500,000 reward to anyone who found her dogs.8 A woman, whose identity is disclosed for privacy, brought the dogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station on Friday night. Lady Gaga’s representatives and detectives confirmed that they were the dogs at the station.9


Former Olympic gymnastics coach dies by suicide after human trafficking charges (U.S. News)

John Geddert, who coached the 2012 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team, died by suicide on Thursday after facing 24 charges of human trafficking, sexual assault and running a criminal enterprise.10 Geddert was suppose to appear in an Eaton County court. USA Gymnastics released a statement about the charges against Geddert on Thursday. “With the news of his death by suicide, we share the feelings of shock, and our thoughts are with the gymnastics community as they grapple with the complex emotions of today’s events.”10


Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosts Golden Globes (Pop Culture)

The 78th annual Golden Globes was held virtually this year due to the pandemic. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the Globes for the fourth time together, with Poehler live in Beverly Hilton and Fey from New York City.11


47 charged under national security law in Hong Kong (World News)

In Hong Kong, 47 pro-democracy figures were charged with violating a security law, which was enacted to limit dissent and protests. The measure outlaws terrorism and collusion with foreign governments. Citizens charged under this new law may be sentenced to a life in prison. The charges reflect China’s continued attempts to limit the political autonomy of Hong Kong.12


Gov. Cuomo accused of sexual harassment (Politics)

Two former aides to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused the governor of sexual harassment. Gov. Cuomo denied the accusations and called for an independent review of allegations by the former aides on Saturday. The governor released a statement on Sunday saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”13


Sources:

  1. The Guardian
  2. NPR
  3. CNN
  4. The Guardian
  5. USA Today
  6. CNN
  7. NBC News
  8. CNN
  9. Associated Press
  10. Associated Press
  11. ABC
  12. CNN
  13. The New York Times
  14. NBC News