From the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy to the Ahmaud Arbery trial, this week’s news changed rapidly.
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WAUKESHA CHRISTMAS PARADE SUSPECT CHARGED
Darrell Brooks, a 39-year-old Milwaukee resident, was apprehended and charged after he drove a car through a local Christmas parade, killing six people and injuring over 40 others. The Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin confirmed the latest victim, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks, as the first child to die from injuries during the parade attack.
Brooks was fleeing another encounter involving a knife fight when he sped through the parade. He was recently out on bail on charges of domestic assault.
AHMAUD ARBERY TRIAL ENDS, 3 MEN FOUND GUILT OF MURDER
The jury in the Ahmaud Arbery trial reached their verdict on Wednesday, finding all three men guilty. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael and William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., were all found guilty of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed Black man jogging back in Feb. 2020. They all face life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The defense attorney, Kevin Gough, was denied a motion for mistrial after claiming that the case was being influenced by the “woke left mob.” Protests occurred outside the courthouse earlier in the trial after the lawyer asked to have famous Black pastors such as Rev. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson removed from the courtroom.
BRIAN LAUNDRIE’S CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED
A month after his remains were found submerged in a swamp in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, Brian Laundrie’s cause of death was revealed. Laundrie died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, which a forensic anthropologist discovered after initial complications from the coroner’s autopsy report.
Brian Laundrie was the lone “person of interest” in the death of 22-year-old Gabby Petito, leaving many people wondering where the investigation will go from here.
CHARLOTTESVILLE ORGANIZERS ARE FOUND LIABLE
Far-right organizers Richard Spencer, Jason Kessler, and Christopher Cantwell were found liable for injuries to counter-protesters during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. They were forced to pay $25 million in damages to the victims and await the rulings of two federal conspiracy charges.
BULGARIA BUS CRASH KILLS 45 PEOPLE
A devastating bus crash in Bulgaria killed 45 people, including at least a dozen children. Two of the victims, 4-year-old twins Luan Ahmeti and Alban Ahmeti, tragically lost their lives along with their parents, Avni and Jihan. The bus exploded in flames after swerving into a guardrail. Bulgaria reportedly has the second-highest number of road traffic deaths in the European Union.
KAMALA HARRIS BRIEFLY HOLDS PRESIDENTIAL POWER
Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman to hold presidential power this week – though for only 85 minutes – while Joe Biden was under anesthesia for a routine colonoscopy.
The two members of the nation’s highest office had to exchange formal letters that went through House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in between the symbolic transference of power. The Vice President holding momentary power is quite normal, but it occurs more often with older presidents.
LEBRON JAMES SUSPENDED AFTER ON-COURT BRAWL
NBA superstar LeBron James was given a one-game suspension after elbowing the Pistons’ Isaiah Stewart in the head, causing him to bleed profusely from the side of his face. Both teams, as well as dozens of coaches and security guards, were off the bench and had to be held back from fighting as Isaiah Stewart madly rushed toward LeBron.
Both players were ejected from the game and Isaiah Stewart was suspended for two games, missing out on $45,200 for his actions after the flagrant foul. LeBron James will lose around $284,000 and must sit out in the Lakers’ upcoming game against the New York Knicks. Ironically, he will be able to play in their next match with the Pistons, though Stewart will have to sit for inciting the brawl.
IMAN SHUMPERT WINS DANCING WITH THE STARS
In a shocking victory for fans, Iman Shumpert became the first former NBA player to win the Mirror Ball Trophy, the top prize of celebrity dancing competition series Dancing with the Stars. His partner was professional dancer Daniella Karagach, and his competition included fan-favorite JoJo Siwa, Olympic gymnast Suni Lee, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby, and former Bachelor Mike James.
GRAMMY NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED
Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Olivia Rodrigo, and Lil Nas X led the nominations for the 64th Grammy Awards, set to premiere on Jan. 31, 2022. Artists such as H.E.R., Jon Batiste, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and a surprising ABBA reunion were also up for Album of the Year, one of the night’s most prestigious awards.
HAILEE STEINFELD SHINES IN MARVEL’S HAWKEYE SERIES
Joining the ranks of Marvel’s ever-expanding superhero universe, Hailee Steinfeld’s new Hawkeye series premiered on Disney+ on Wednesday, co-starring the original Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner. Taking up the avenger’s moniker and penchant for archery, Steinfeld also stunned on the red carpet while promoting the highly anticipated new TV series.
MACY’S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE DRAWS CROWDS
Macy’s 95th Annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring performances by Broadway’s Wicked and Moulin Rouge, walked New York City streets on Thursday morning to celebrate the holiday.
Everyone participating in the festivities had to be fully vaccinated this year, holding 15 giant inflatable balloons of classic characters including Peanuts’ Snoopy, Papa Smurf, and Star Wars’ newest cuddly favorite Baby Yoda.
The supersized turkey, Rockettes and Santa helped usher in the holiday season. Despite some masks, the iconic parade reminded us of a pre-pandemic area, and for that we are grateful.