One Every Day According To Their Calculations
Wednesday's horrifying on-air double murder in Virginia felt like the latest in an unending string of multiple shootings in the U.S. this year. In fact, according to the crowdsourced Shootingtracker.com site, the nation has suffered a mass shooting (defined as when four or more people are shot in an event) incident almost every day this summer so far. That's 93 since summer officially started on June 21, with 107 deaths and 358 people wounded. Andy Parker, the father of slain TV newswoman Alison Parker vowed on Thursday that he would be a crusader for gun control, urging federal lawmakers to take action and keep guns out of the hands of people who are mentally unstable.
University Encourages Neutral Pronouns
The University of Tennessee Knoxville has started the academic year asking students and faculty to set aside the traditional he/she/they pronouns and adopt gender-neutral ones such as ze, hir, hirs, xe, xem and xyr. The push to be more inclusive on campus is also meant to make it a more comfortable place for people who are expressing different genders or identities. The director the UTK's pride center has suggested professors to ask all their students to provide their preferred pronoun instead of doing traditional roll call.
Horrifying Discovery In Austria
Authorities in Hungary discovered a truck full of 71 decomposed bodies by the side of the highway hear the Hungarian border on Thursday, including five children, one has young as one or two years old. The victims were believed to be refugees who've fled the civil war in Syria and authorities had arrested three people as of Friday morning, including the man believed to be the owner of the truck. The refugees were among the more than 100,000 people who've crossed into European union states in the last month in an attempt to escape the fighting in Syria and Afghanistan.
Daily Quote: This week marks a decade since Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans region and President Obama told a crowd in the city on Thursday that Mother Nature wasn't the only force behind the destruction. "What started out as a natural disaster became a man-made disaster — a failure of government to look out for its own citizens," the president said.
Daily Pic: This sobering look at all 2,153 atomic bombs that have been detonated across the globe since 1945 is intense.