Kenneth Edison, Managing Editor
Stockholm man hijacks truck, drives into crowd killing four
A 39-year-old Uzbekistan born man hijacked a beer truck and drove it into a crowd of people in Stockholm, Sweden on April 7 killing four people.
According to the New York Times, the truck had been stolen hours before it was driven wildly into a crowd of people on Drottninggatan, a busy pedestrian shopping street.
The truck plowed into a large crowd of people before hitting the Ahlens department store and coming to a stop.
The attack sparked a manhunt that shut down the Stockholm metro system and put the parliament on temporary lockdown.
The Swedish police finally arrested the suspect on April 8 in a northern suburb of Stockholm.
The head of the Swedish Security Service, Anders Thronberg, claimed that the man had been on the police’s radar prior to the attack.
Shortly after the attack took place, it was declared an act of terrorism by Swedish President Stefan Lofven who said, “Sweden has been attacked. This indicates that it is an act of terror.”
A Swedish television station also reported a bag full of explosives were discovered in the truck used in the attack.
As residents placed flowers at the scene of the attack on Saturday, six of the fourteen total injured victims were released from the hospital. The other eight remain hospitalized.
Trump authorizes air strike on Syrian air base, jeopardizing US-Russian relations
President Donald Trump ordered a missile strike on April 6 targeting a Syrian government air base as a response to the Syrian government’s chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.
According to CNN, the missile barrage was delivered by U.S. warships that volleyed 59 tomahawk missiles toward the base, which housed the planes used to carry out the aforementioned chemical attacks.
The Syrian armed forces confirmed six were killed in the strike and in an official statement by the office of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, the attacks were condemned as “a disgraceful act that can only be viewed as short-sighted.”
The strike was also condemned by the Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called the strike, “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of the norms of international law under a far-fetched pretext.”
Putin also stated that the United States’ choice to carry out the strike has, “dealt a serious blow to U.S.-Russia relations.”
Trump justified the strike in a statement issued to the media where he cited Syria’s use of chemical weapons as the reason for the U.S. taking military action.
“There can be no dispute that Syria used banned chemical weapons, violated its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and ignored the urging of the UN Security Council,” he said. “Years of previous attempts at changing Assad’s behavior have all failed and failed very dramatically.”
Trump went on to add that, “It is in this vital national security of the United States to prevent and deter the spread and use of deadly chemical weapons.”
This strike marks the United States’ first direct military action taken against the Syrian government throughout the course of its six year civil war.
New York state reaches deal for free public college tuition
New York state budget negotiators reached an agreement on April 7, granting free tuition to all college students that attend state schools provided their families make less than $125,000 a year.
According to the Washington post, the New York state budget will now include the Excelsior Scholarship, which grants free tuition to the state’s community college and four-year universities.
The plan was proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who argued that college degrees are required for students to be successful.
“Today, college is what high school was — it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it,” he said. “With this program, every child will have the opportunity that education provides.”
The scholarship is set to be implemented by the fall of 2017, where the earnings cap to receive the scholarship will be $100,000, go up to $110,000 and then $125,000 in 2019.
The implementation of the scholarship is estimated to cost the state $163 million in the first year.