theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, May 29th, 2018
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N. KOREA MEETING BACK ON?
There’s word that maybe the historic meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will happen after all! It was just last week that President Trump called it all off, but now, the AP says, there are new reports of both countries getting ready for it.
Media in South Korea is saying a senior North Korean official is heading to the U.S. for negotiations. That part is still developing and waiting for more confirmation as of early this morning. But we do know President Trump plans to meet with the Japanese prime minister for what the White House called the “expected meeting” with North Korea.
So: to be continued... This one may go back and forth a few times before we know for sure. The historic meeting was originally set for June 12th.
TRUMP ON MEMORIAL DAY
President Trump paid tribute to fallen soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day yesterday. He said he was there to honor the lives and deeds of America’s greatest heroes.
BUT...earlier yesterday, he faced some criticism for a tweet that took a different tone that some people called self-serving. The tweet said fallen soldiers would be proud and happy about how well the economy is doing.
ALSO OF NOTE: Arlington Cemetery is running out of room. It’s the premier national cemetery, but now the New York Times reports the army is considering new rules for it. The changes could mean nearly all veterans living today will no longer be eligible to be buried there. Right now, it’s the final resting place for more than 420,000 veterans and their relatives.
U.S. LOST TRACK OF KIDS
There’s a lot of talk and some outrage over reports that federal authorities lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children, and some have said those kids were taken away from their parents. That’s not entirely true.
HERE'S WHAT REALLY HAPPENED:
The Washington Post reports it started with the Department of Health and Human Services last month when it testified that nearly 1,500 children who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border are now 'unaccounted' for. Now the agency is clarifying: these kids crossed the border by themselves -- without any adult supervision. In other words, they weren’t taken away from their parents. These undocumented minors were placed with “sponsors,” and while thousands are accounted for, others are not. Some ran away or are now missing (or the sponsors aren’t calling the agency back).
HHS says it would need more resources to fix the issue. Critics say it’s a moral obligation to make sure these children are okay.
Read more: The Washington Post
It’s the first storm with a name of the 2018 hurricane season: “Alberto"
The storm hit the Southeast over the long holiday weekend. It’s since been downgraded from a subtropical storm to a depression, but the AP says heavy rains and flash floods are still a concern.
In North Carolina, a TV news anchor and photojournalist covering the storm were killed when a tree fell on their SUV.
HAWAII LAVA LATEST
Lava reached a geothermal power plant on the Big Island of Hawaii after all. It had already come close, but now Reuters reports it’s reached two of the wells that go deep in Earth’s core to produce energy. Officials say the surrounding area is safe and that precautions were taken at the plant. Buuuttt this hasn’t ever happened before, so no one can be sure.
There was also a new eruption at the summit yesterday that sent more ash thousands of feet in the air. A couple thousand people are still evacuated and dozens of homes have been destroyed.
'HERO' TEACHER STOPS SHOOTING
A hero teacher stopped a school shooting in Indiana. CBS News reports the community in Noblesville is thanking Jason Seaman for tackling and disarming a student with a gun on Friday. That teacher was shot and is now out of the hospital. He was speaking out in public yesterday. A 13-year-old student was also shot. She’s still in the hospital but is said to be improving. The student shooter is now in custody. Authorities haven’t said a possible motive yet.
Today's Life Tip:
"Because motivation is perishable you must find something worth doing over and over again."
From Optimal Living Daily
STARBUCKS RACIAL BIAS TRAINING
You may find a “Closed” sign on the door at Starbucks this afternoon. Today is the day Starbucks is closing more than 8,000 stores to give employees anti-bias training. CNBC reports employees will get a four-hour master class meant to deal with implicit bias (the kind of bias we don’t realize we have). The class will apparently have videos from the head honchos at the company as well as from rapper Common and members of an organization called the Perception Institute, who speak on racial anxiety. Critics say one-time training won’t do enough; Starbucks leaders have said this is just step number one.
REMINDER: This is happening because an employee at a Philadelphia Starbucks called police on two black men who used the bathroom before buying anything. The men were later put in handcuffs, and there was a big public backlash. Starbucks apologized and launched this training.
NBA FINAL MATCHUP
It’s down to two teams now for the NBA Finals: the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors. And they're making history: it’ll be the fourth year in a row those two teams have played each other in the finals. Last year, they already became the first two teams to meet in the NBA Finals for three consecutive years.
The first game in this year’s best-of-seven series is on Thursday, May 31st.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
The latest Star Wars movie won the weekend box office, but not by as much as some had expected. Solo: A Star Wars Story brought in about $103 million over the four-day holiday weekend. Variety says that normally, that would be great, but it’s actually the lowest opening of any Star Wars movie so far.
Some analysts say it’s timing. Disney usually doesn’t put out more than one Star Wars movie a year, and this one came OUT less than six months after the last one.
Read more: Variety
He’s being called “Spider-Man.” He saw a toddler dangling from a balcony five stories up in Paris, so he started climbing. He ultimately rescued the little boy, and it was all caught on video (of course, it went viral). Turns out: the man is a migrant from Mali in western Africa. So, BuzzFeed News says, he got to sit down with the French president, who offered him citizenship in France, a job as a firefighter and a medal for his courage.
Read more: BuzzFeed News
The newly married Duke and Duchess of Sussex are apparently going to Alberta, Canada for their honeymoon. TMZ reports Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge there. TBD when they’ll actually arrive.
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