BruNews Round-up: September 22

Are you sick of reading dry news articles? Do you cringe at the notion of logging onto a mainstream news source? Fear not, for Blog is now officially fulfilling that role. We know, bold move. We’ll be hitting you up every Sunday with BruNews Round-up, a collection of all the latest news and musings of the world. Read it and weep, New York Times — your reign is over. 

Domestic: Twelve victims were killed and several others were injured by a gunman on Monday, September 16, in the Washington D.C. Navy Yard. The gunman became psychologically unstable in the period before the attack. He reported to Rhode Island police that he was being followed, and that his alleged stalker was sending microwave vibrations to keep him from sleeping and sending voices through the ceiling and walls of his hotel room. He visited hospitals twice over the following weeks and was prescribed sleeping medication. The gunman sought psychological help from the Veteran’s Association, which described him as “alert and oriented” and exhibiting no signs of wishing to do harm. Despite these well-documented issues, he was still able to legally purchase a shotgun in Virginia. This tragic event has shed more light and added more salience to the debate on gun control and treatment of mental illness in the United States. (New York Times, CBS News, Los Angeles Times.)

International: Iran’s recently elected president, Hassan Rouhani, promises that Iran doesn’t seek nuclear weapons… again. This development might hold more weight than previous claims, as Mr. Rouhani is considered to be the most moderate president in recent history. He holds a more cooperative view towards relations with the West than his predecessor, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.(New York Times).

Tech: Apple released iOS7, its latest operating system for handheld devices, on Wednesday, September 18. Within the first 16 hours, nearly a third of all iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches were running iOS7. Have you made the switch? Check out the cool new features here. (CNN Money).

Religion: Pope Francis made unprecedented statements expressing his concern about the Catholic church’s policies against contraception, abortion, and homosexuality. He explains, “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently…We have to find a new balance. Otherwise, even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.” In other words, he calls for peace, love, unity, and respect. Right on, Francis. (Los Angeles Times).

International: On Saturday, 10 to 15 gunmen from the Somali terrorist group Al-Shabab raided a high-end mall in Naorobi, Kenya. The militants reportedly instructed Muslims in the mall to get out as soon as possible, then proceeded to open fire and use grenades against civilians. CNN reported in a breaking news bulletin that, according to sources within the terror group, three of the gunmen are American. The siege took place throughout the course of the day and is still happening as of Sunday afternoon. Reports state that 68 people have been killed and over 170 individuals wounded. Luckily, 1000 people were rescued from the mall throughout the day. Al-Shabab has stated its intention to attack Kenya because it sent troops to Somalia in 2011, an act that reduced the group’s influence in the country. The shooting is the largest terrorist attack in the region since 1998 when Al Qaeda bombed two United States embassies killing more than 200 people. (New York Times).

Too Cool To Miss: The New York Times has recently completed its latest project entitled “My Hometown.” The goal of the project was to have high school students document their everyday  lives in the 21st century using photographs. The document contains over 4,200 images ranging from school life to family affairs, from celebrations to mourning. Over 3,000 teens from 45 states participated, ensuring that the project would become one of the most diverse, comprehensive representations of our generation. Many of the pictures will be archived in the Library of Congress, which is pretty damn cool. Curious what life is like for different teenagers in Rhode Island? Check the photos out here (New York Times).

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