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Reality Check Recap: August 18, 2014

Reality Check Recap: August 18, 2014

The National Guard has been called in to Ferguson, Missouri. Sunday started with peaceful protests but deteriorated into chaos after two civilians were shot. Officials say they were not shot by police. The violence became worse after Attorney Eric Holder demanded a second autopsy on Michael Brown's body and it showed that he was shot at least six times -- twice in the head, and four times in the arm, all to the front of his body. They were not fired at close range. Another autopsy has been approved; this one by a federal medical examiner.

Source: cnn.com

Another scare in the fight against Ebola: a group of armed men raided an Ebola quarantine center in Liberia over the weekend. They took items like bed sheets, some of which had blood on them. As you know, Ebola is spread through body fluids…like blood. Also, over 20 Ebola patients fled the quarantine center. This is obviously adding to the fears of Ebola spreading.

Source: bbc.com

Let's talk about Mo'ne Davis. She's a 13-year-old Little League pitcher and over the weekend, she became the first female pitcher to throw a shutout at a Little League World Series. And this is her second shutout in a row. So the next time someone says you "throw like a girl," it means that you have a 70mph fastball.

Source: theskimm.com

You've obviously heard of the ice bucket challenge for ALS. Now we're hearing that the friend of the man's whose illness actually started all this has died. According to The Daily Mail, Corey Griffin – whose friend, Pete Frates, inspired the campaign – died after diving into the water in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Witnesses say the 27-year-old was celebrating the amount of money they've raised when he jumped off the Juice Guys building into the water where he floated to the surface. He went under and didn't resurface. He was pulled out of the water and declared dead at 3am.

Source: dailymail.co.uk

Looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry is in hot water now. He's been indicted on two felony counts of abusing his power. Basically, after elected official Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested on a drunken-driving charge last year, Perry and his aides threatened to veto $7.5 million dollars in state funding for the public corruption unit in her office unless she resigned. She didn't leave, and he followed through on his threat. This indictment presents a major roadblock to Perry's presidential ambitions.

Source: washingtonpost.com

And people are naming their kids after Game of Thrones characters. The list of the most popular baby names for the UK was released. There were 187 Aryas and 50 Khaleesis on the list. And this isn't just a UK thing. According to the Social Security website, in 2013, there were over a thousand Aryas, 250 Khaleesis, and 5 Robbs.

Source: mirror.co.uk

And you know how Facebook has sucked the fun out of your life by making everyone's life seem way better than yours? Now they want to take the joy out of comedy, too. Facebook is testing a new "satire" tag, which would tag any news that is a parody or not real. It's an effort to stop people from being too dumb to realize that the news article they're all mad about is actually from The Onion.

Source: independent.co.uk

And police in Madrid arrested a 43-year-old Venezuelan woman at the Adolfo Suarez Airport after discovering she stashed 3.7 pounds of cocaine in her breast implants. She was rushed to a hospital, where she was later arrested on charges related to drug smuggling. This is what we call a "drug bust." Get it?

Source: nydailynews.com

And Alicia Walicke must have been worried about the visitation policy in jail. The Texas woman had somehow gotten her boyfriend thrown in jail and she told police she got arrested so she could see him and "make things right." The 22-year-old stole a bottle of four-dollar wine from a gas station and sat outside and drank it. These two probably aren't going the distance.

Source: statesman.com

 

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