In the News: Five headlines you need to know this week

1. Suspected rhino poacher’s remains found.

Last week in the Kruger National Park in South Africa, a man’s skull and pants were found inside a rhino exhibit. The man entered the exhibit with four other people, and they were planning to target and kill large rhinos when he was attacked and killed by an elephant. Authorities said it is likely that the rhinos “devoured the remains” of the human leaving only the skull and a pair of trousers behind.


April 7


2. Longtime politician Hollings dies at the age of 97.

Former democratic governor and senator of South Carolina Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings died at the age of 97 in his home Saturday. Hollings helped lead South Carolina through desegregation before serving on the United States Senate for six terms. Additionally, Fritz had an unsuccessful presidential run and was one of few successful southern democratic politicians.  He held the title of the eighth longest serving senator in the U.S. after working for the government for 38 years and two months, prior to his retirement in 2005. He had four children who were all to his first wife, Patricia Salley Hollings.

-AP News

April 7


3. Reuniting separated children at U.S./Mexico border harder task.

President Donald Trump and his administration said they wanted to take two years to reunite thousands of children with their families. The Justice Department, who is working with the administration to review and make sure the approximately 47,000 cases with children are examined, filed in court Friday that it will take at least one year to review all the cases.

The American Civil Liberties Union responded by saying the two year window is too lengthy and ‘the government needs to make this a priority,” according to ACLU lead attorney Lee Gelernt.

-ABC News

April 7


4. American tourist found safe in Uganda.

On Sunday, Kimberly Sue Endicott of South Carolina was found safe in Ishasha which is on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reported by officials. Endicott, a tourist from America, along with tour guide Jean Paul Mirenge Remezo, were kidnapped at gunpoint the evening of April 2 by four men dressed in military uniforms. The two were held captive. The four men demanded $500,000 in exchange. According to KNBC Los Angeles, the trip was something Endicott had planned for some time. While Endicott and her guide were found safe, the kidnappers are still on the loose according to officials.

-NBC News

April 7


5. Shooting in Chicago injuries five, kills two children.

Five people and two children were shot around 6:20 p.m. Saturday night in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Both children passed away with the first child suffering a shot in the chest and the second receiving a gunshot to the leg. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted out that the shooting happened during a family gathering the children were attending.  The children’s family are not cooperating with police, authorities say. The suspect’s motive is unknown, but the outcry from people living in West Englewood and its surrounding area became present. The other victims ranged from ages 29 to 42. According to NBC News, 561 murders occurred in 2018, which was down from 660 in the year of 2017.

-NBC News

April 6