The Weekly National News Roundup | Shlomo Rudman

Florida Building Collapse – A condominium building collapsed in Surfside, Florida early Thursday morning, trapping what is believed to be over 150 people beneath the rubble, including a couple from Coventry Square in Lakewood. As of this writing, 4 deceased people had been pulled from the wreckage, and another 159 people remain unaccounted for. Emergency crews have brought in heavy equipment to help them sift through the rubble and remove large pieces of steel and concrete blocking rescue workers from conducting their operations. At least two people have been pulled alive from the collapsed building, with one rescued woman requiring her leg to be amputated for rescuers to save her. The situation is ongoing and all are asked to daven on behalf of the missing people.

Chauvin Sentenced in George Floyd Death – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was sentenced on Friday to 22.5 years in prison – a greater sentence than what experts had predicted – for the killing of George Floyd last summer. “Determining the appropriate sentence, in any case, and in this case is a legal analysis. It’s applying the rule of law to the facts of an individual and specific case,” the sentencing judge said. “What the case is, or what the sentence is not based on emotion word sympathy. At the same time I want to acknowledge, deep in tremendous pain, but all the families are feeling especially the Floyd family.” The high-profile murder trial against Chauvin came after video emerged of him kneeling on the neck of George Floyd while arresting him, killing the black man, and igniting protests and riots in cities across the US.

VP Harris Visits Border – Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday visited the southern border after coming intense criticism for staying away from it while being the Biden administration’s point man on the issue. The United States has been flooded with hundreds of thousands of migrants illegally crossing the US-Mexico border after President Biden relaxed the strict border policies of President Trump upon entering the White House. “This has been a very important trip,” Harris said during a press conference. “This has been a trip that also is connected with the obvious point: If you want to deal with a problem, you can’t just deal with the symptom of the problem, you’ve got to figure out what caused it to happen. “This has been a very important trip,” Harris said during a press conference. “This has been a trip that also is connected with the obvious point: If you want to deal with a problem, you can’t just deal with the symptom of the problem, you’ve got to figure out what caused it to happen.”

Republicans Block Election Bill – Republicans in the Senate blocked the For the People Act, a sweeping bill that would have put the federal government in charge of many aspects of the election process, with those powers being taken away from states. Democrats accused Republicans of imperiling democracy by blocking the vote – which didn’t get the necessary 60 votes to defeat a GOP filibuster. Republicans on the other hand say that the legislation was nothing but a power grab that would have given Democrats the ability to help tilt elections in their favor.

 

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