By MELISSA FISHMAN - Staff Writer
Here are the TOP FIVE stories this week:
1. Concerning COVID Cases at LIU Post with Single-Day Spike
According to the LIU COVID tracking page, www.liu.edu/coronavirus, LIU Post reported 13 new positive tests, and one on the Brooklyn campus Wednesday. Although U.S. daily COVID cases have fallen below 100,000 for the first time in nearly three months, cases on campus have increased since the start of the semester. COVID testing is available this semester and all in-person community members are encouraged to be tested.
2. Man Arrested in Subway Slaying
21-year-old Rigoberto Lopez was arrested after a series of attacks on the New York City subway where two homeless people were killed and two others were injured. According to a February 14 post on the NYPD’s Twitter account (@NYPDnews), Lopez, “was charged with 1 count of murder 1st degree, 2 counts of murder 2nd degree, and 2 counts of attempted murder 2nd degree.”
3. Myanmar Military Coup Rages for Third Week
Civil unrest has erupted in the country in the weeks since Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League of Democracy in Myanmar, was defeated in an election. The capital city, Yangon, was seized on February 1 and has since become a hotbed for political marches and demonstrations. Countries around the world, including the United States, are showing their support for Suu Kyi and are advocating for her release.
4. Disney Announces New Movie “Cruella”
On February 16, Disney announced via social media that it will be releasing a prequel to the popular children’s movie 101 Dalmatians. The spinoff, Cruella, will center on the origin story of the fur-loving villainess Cruella de Vil. Emma Stone will play the title character alongside a star-studded cast which includes Emma Thompson and executive producer Glenn Close. The movie is set to be released in theatres on May 28.
5. Former Star Teammates Square Off in Thursday Night NBA Showdown
Former Cavs' Kyrie Irving and LeBron James faced off in a pivotal Thursday night game between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers, where the Nets cruised to a 109-98 victory. Irving scored 16 points off 7-for-17 shooting and 0-for-5 from 3. James Harden led the team in scoring with 23. Both Kevin Durant (Nets) and Anthony Davis (Lakers) were out with lower-leg injuries.