News Headlines 3/23/21

10 KILLED, INCLUDING POLICE OFFICER, IN MASS SHOOTING AT COLORADO SUPERMARKET: Ten people were killed, including a police officer, in a mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, yesterday afternoon (March 22nd). CNN cited a senior law enforcement source as saying the weapon used in the shooting was an AR-15-style rifle. A suspect was taken into custody, but police didn’t disclose his name or reveal a motive at an evening news conference, during which an emotional Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold called the shooting a “tragedy and nightmare.” Police brought a shirtless man with blood running down his leg out of the King Soopers store in handcuffs, but wouldn’t say if he was the suspect. They said he was getting medical care and was the only person injured who didn’t die. The officer killed was identified as 51-year-old Eric Talley. He was reportedly the first officer on the scene, with Herold saying he went to the stores after there was a call about shots fired and someone carrying a rifle. Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said, “He was, by all accounts, one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder Police Department, and his life was cut far too short.” None of the names of the other nine victims were released, with officials saying families were still being notified.

CDC DIRECTOR WARNS OF POSSIBLE SURGE FROM COVID VARIANTS AS CASES UP IN 27 STATES: The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, said yesterday (March 22nd) that she’s worried about the potential for, quote, “another avoidable surge” of Covid-19 in the U.S., if measures like mask-wearing, distancing, and avoiding crowds and travel aren’t followed. Walensky said at a White House briefing, “As I’ve stated before, the continued relaxation of prevention measures while cases are still high and while concerning variants are spreading rapidly throughout the United States is a serious threat to the progress we have made as a nation.” Her warning came as new cases are rising in more than half of U.S. states. A CNBC analysis of John Hopkins University data found that the seven-day average of new cases rose by five percent or more in 27 states as of Sunday. Nationally, there was a one percent rise in cases from the previous week after cases had been rapidly falling since January.

14TH JUROR SEATED, ONE MORE TO GO, IN TRIAL OF OFFICER CHARGED IN GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH: A 14th juror was seated Monday (March 22nd) in the murder and manslaughter trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd‘s death. The 14 jurors, who includes two alternates, will hear the case, but Judge Peter Cahill said a 15th juror will also be chosen just in case one is needed. That juror will be excused when opening statements begin on March 29th if the other 14 jurors are still able to serve. Of the 14 jurors, eight are white, four are Black and two are multiracial, nine are women and five are men.

SUPREME COURT TO CONSIDER REINSTATING DEATH PENALTY FOR BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER: The Supreme Court said Monday (March 22nd) that it will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, agreeing to hear an appeal this fall that was filed last year during the Trump administration. A federal appeals court threw out Tsarnaev’s death sentence last July, saying the trial judge didn’t do enough to ensure the jury wouldn’t be biased against him. The Justice Department quickly appealed. Tsarnaev, who’s now 27, and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, set off two bombs at the marathon finish line in April 2013, killing three people and injuring some 264 others. Tamerlan Tsarnaev died following a gunfight with police and being run over by his brother as he fled.

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