The Uvalde School District in Texas has fired Police Chief Pete Arredondo following the widely condemned law enforcement response to the shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
Arredondo came under scrutiny from the nearly 400 officers who waited more than an hour to confront the 18-year-old shooter in a fourth-grade classroom on May 24. He has been on district leave since June 22.
This comes after the state police and an investigation report in July criticized the police chief for not taking control of the situation during one of the deadliest classroom shootings in US history.
How did he respond? Arredondo did not attend the meeting where he was fired, but released a defiant 17-page letter through his attorney defending the police response and attacking the school board. Arredondo’s lawyer said he was being treated like a “fall boy”.
What has Uvalde done since? Officials have taken steps to further protect school buildings from attack, with “non-scalable 8ft perimeter fencing”, as well as security cameras, better locks and training for staff.
Law firm sues Ghislaine Maxwell for defense costs
A law firm that helped defend convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is suing her, her brother and her husband, claiming he was paid no more than $878,000 in legal fees.
Maxwell, 60, is serving a 20-year prison sentence for leading teenage girls to be abused by disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Denver-based Haddon, Morgan and Foreman alleged in a lawsuit filed Monday that Maxwell made his brother Kevin Maxwell responsible for paying his legal fees after his 2020 arrest, but he only paid a fraction of what was due to him. Her brother blamed Maxwell’s husband, Scott Borgerson, for withholding the payments, according to the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that Borgerson formed a limited liability company to purchase real estate to protect his wife’s assets from creditors.
At least 22 dead in Russian strike on train station on Ukraine’s Independence Day
At least 22 people were killed in a Russian strike on a Ukrainian train station on Ukraine’s Independence Day, which also marked six months since the invasion of Moscow.
Speaking to the UN on Wednesday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said the rockets hit a train at a train station in the town of Chaplyne, about 90 miles west of Donetsk in the east from Ukraine. “Rescuers are working, but unfortunately the death toll could increase,” Zelenskiy said. 50 other people were injured.
The country celebrated 31 years on Wednesday since declaring its independence from the Soviet Union. Boris Johnson was among those who traveled to Kyiv to show solidarity, urging the international community to “stay the course” in its support for Ukraine.
Joe Biden announced $3 billion in additional military aid for Ukraine – the biggest US slice to date.
Moscow prepares to hold ‘mock’ referendums in occupied areas ahead of annexation, warned White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
In other news…
Principals of a Missouri school district will be allowed to spank students with a paddle as a “last resort” after deciding to reinstate corporal punishment. The Cassville School District decided to bring him back after a survey sent to parents last year revealed they wanted extra discipline.
President Joe Biden announced $10,000 in student loan debt for many Americans will be forgiven, rising to $20,000 if they qualified for the Pell Grants. A third of Americans owe less than $10,000 – you can read more about student loan forgiveness here.
Production of traditional French Salers cheese came to a halt after drought left cows without grass to graze. One of the rules of its production is that cows must be fed at least 75% pasture grass for their milk to be used.
Stat of the day: 1.7 billion people worldwide are still affected by neglected tropical diseases
Togo has been praised by the World Health Organization for becoming the first country in the world to eliminate four neglected tropical diseases. Togo eliminated Guinea worm, lymphatic filariasis, sleeping sickness and trachoma in 11 years. Globally, 1.7 billion people are still affected by NTDs – a group of 20 preventable and treatable diseases – 40% of which are in Africa.
Don’t Miss This: The Rise of Yugonostalgia
As visitors continue to flock to the Museum of Yugoslavia in Belgrade to mark Josep Broz Tito’s birthday, Jessica Bateman delves into the phenomenon of ‘Yugoslavia’. An 18-year-old, who identifies as Yugoslav, told Bateman: “It was a great time. Everyone loved each other. But others warn of what they see as over-romanticism of the period, while political anthropologist Larisa Kurtović disputes the name, saying there is also a movement of young people looking at time more critical.
Climate check: California will ban the sale of new gasoline cars by 2035
California is set to ban the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035 in a vote Thursday, as the state takes action on a climate emergency that it hopes will inspire others. In 2021, only 12% of new cars sold in California were zero emissions; the rule would require the state to reach 35% of sales by 2026 and 68% by 2030, according to the California Air Resources Board.
Last Thing: Six More Ways to Recapture Childhood Fun
After Drew Barrymore, who opened up about his traumatic childhood, shared on TikToks about enjoying small moments with carefree abandon — laughing in the rain, dancing around his living room — seven Guardian writers decided to do the same . Discover the simple, childlike pleasures of blowing bubbles, enjoying a fairground and mastering the jump rope: “Sometimes I even hear the wind through the rope. It makes me feel like the king of the universe. Whooosh. »