What You Missed Last Week
Were you too caught up in school and other activities last week to pay attention to the news? Do you want to be informed about current events? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s what you missed last week.
1. States sign anti-trans laws
Mississippi Republican Governor Tate Reeves has signed the first statewide anti-trans law of 2021. The law bans transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports in the state’s public schools and colleges. Similar bills are percolating in other statehouses. In fact, South Dakota’s GOP governor is considering a similar bill. In Arizona, another type of controversial legislation is gaining traction: bills that would restrict voting access. LGBTQ activists consider this ban discriminatory and are protesting these bills.
2. Derek Chauvin faces an additional murder charge in the killing of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who knelt on Flody’s neck during the attempted arrest, faces a third-degree murder charge, sometimes called “depraved mind” or “depraved heart” murder. This degree applies to cases in which a person does something dangerous to others without regard to human life. The added charge provides another potential pathway to conviction in the high-profile case. Chauvin is already facing charge of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.
3. Netflix cracks down on password sharing
Netflix is testing a way to let users know they aren’t supposed to be sharing passwords with others who don’t live in the same home. The pop-up message reads: “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.”This test is being designed to help ensure that people using Netflix accounts are authorized. This plan is still in the early stages of development and is not currently about enforcement or stopping people from being able to watch Netflix.
4. Candidate for governorship in southern Mexico is confirmed despite rape allegations
The party of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has confirmed that its candidate for a governorship in southern Mexico will be Felix Salgado, a man accused by two women of rape. There have been nationwide protests, especially on International Women’s Day on Monday, but Salgado has not been charged. The statute of limitations ran out on one case, and the other is still being investigated. Salgado, also known as Toro (or Bull), is a former federal legislator and mayor of Acapulco who has been known for questionable behavior in the past. Salgado has yet to speak about the accusations.