The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were in full swing this weekend, with a large number of athletes winning medals. On Sunday, there were a slew of events for swimming, with multiple Americans winning medals. In a major upset, Australian Ariarne Titmus beat out arguably the greatest female swimmer of all time, American Katie Ledecky, in the 400 M Women’s Freestyle Final.
Day: July 26, 2021
After Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two Republican nominees from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the Committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol Attack, he retaliated by pulling all of his Republican choices, making it a mostly partisan committee. Now, however, Pelosi has appointed a Republican of her own to sit on the panel, Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger is a long, outspoken critic of former President Trump, even calling for his removal from office the day after the deadly attack on the Capitol from his supporters that he helped incite.
The White House has announced that the US does not intend to lift travel restrictions put in place because of COVID, due to the surging Delta variant of the virus that is taking over. In an interview with CNN Monday, a White House Official said, “Given where we are today with the Delta variant, the United States will maintain existing travel restrictions at this point.” The Delta variant has become the dominant strain of the coronavirus, and the large amount of people who aren’t vaccinated make up most of the infected with the more contagious, and more deadly, strain.
Yesterday in Tokyo, the U.S. had its first Olympic loss since 2004 in men’s basketball. The team lost to France in an 83-76 game, breaking a 25-Olympic-game winning streak.
During the game, Team USA lost their lead in a 16-2 stretch where Jrue Holiday, Kevin Durant, and Zach Lavine missed wide open three pointers. In total, the team missed five shots during that crucial stretch.
Kanye West, expectedly, didn’t release his album on the day he announced that he would. His album, Donda, after his mother, Donda West, was set to release at 9 p.m. on Apple Music but was never actually released.
One major music headline is the fact that the young Grammy award winning singer, Lorde, is making a powerful comeback. Lorde took a break from the music world, leaving fans wondering when they would be able to indulge in more music. Now, she is back making music that already has people talking.
According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, weight discrimination and bias is widespread in medicine. Weight prejudice in medicine may be due, at least in part, to a lack of obesity teaching in undergraduate and graduate medical school. There is considerably less education regarding weight bias and stigma, as well as its influence on the health of those who are overweight.
In 2013, Rainbow Rowell released the book Fangirl, a book about a college student who writes fanfiction about her favorite characters – Simon Snow and Tyrannus Basilton “Baz” Grimm-Pitch – in her favorite book series. From there, Rowell must have seen the desire her fans had of reading the character’s fanfictions to be able to come up with the idea of writing them herself and releasing them as a three-part series. The title of the first book, Carry On, was picked straight out of its book of origination, Fangirl, and with its success after its release in 2015, she subsequently released Wayward Son in 2019. Now, in 2021, Rowell released the final installment to the series, which is titled Any Way the Wind Blows.
Texas has recently passed a bill that would cut many U.S. history topics in school curriculums, targeting subjects that point to racial inequality within the nation.
Senate Bill 3, says that a “teacher may not be compelled to discuss a particular current event or widely debated and currently controversial issue of public policy or social affairs.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could be revising its mask guidelines soon because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. Since May, guidelines said that people who are completely vaccinated against COVID no longer need to wear their masks in large or small gatherings, regardless of whether they’re indoor or outdoor.