Shark Scoop - April 23, 2023
Updated: Apr 24
Shark Scoop is a weekly roundup of five stories that examine developments in global, national, and local news, as well as a top headline in entertainment and sports.
By: MUZAN OSMAN / STAFF WRITER
K-Pop Artist Moon Bin Found Dead
Moon Bin — the main dancer of K-pop group Astro — was found dead in his Gangnam apartment in Seoul, South Korea, by his manager on Wednesday. Police was unable to determine the cause of death, and an autopsy will be performed to reach a conclusion. Officers at his apartment mentioned a “suicide note,” which has led to many fans conclude that his death was a suicide. Bin’s passing also shines a light on the hidden struggles many K-pop artists suffer.
Paris Saint-Germain To Release Messi This Summer
F.C. Barcelona fans might have the summer of a lifetime, as the club approaches Messi with an offer to re-sign with the team he spent most of his career with. His two-year deal with Paris Saint-Germain is coming to an end this summer, and Barcelona has made it clear that the best player in history back. Though so far there has been no official approach on either side, if Barcelona and Messi’s finances align there is a high probability that Messi’s transfer will happen at the end of this current season. It is a time for older fans of the Argentinian superstar to rejoice at the chance to see Messi wear a Barcelona jersey once again.
BuzzFeed News Shut down
On Thursday, Buzzfeed Chief Executive Jonah Peretti announced that Buzzfeed News will shut down. The move comes after earlier rounds of layoffs. “While layoffs are occurring across nearly every division, we’ve determined that the company can no longer continue to fund BuzzFeed News as a standalone organization,” Peretti told staffers. With the shutdown, the company is expected to lay off another 15% of its employees, while the remaining staff members will find new positions in other divisions, according to Peretti.
Violent Conflict Erupts in Sudan
On Saturday, April 15, fighting broke out between two military factions in Sudan, both vying for control over the country. Most of the conflict is taking place in the capital Khartoum, leaving civilians without power or water. Behind the fighting lies a longstanding rivalry between two generals, Sudan’s de facto leader Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and Lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan who leads a paramilitary called the Rapid Support Forces. Over 400 civilians have been killed, according to the World Health Organization.
Manslaughter charges against Alec Baldwin dropped
Over two months ago, actor Alec Baldwin had involuntary manslaughter-charges filed against him by New Mexico prosecutors. But new facts concerning the case have prosecutors taking some steps back: due to time constraints and the inability to fully investigate all of the new information discovered, the charges will be dismissed. This does not mean Baldwin is innocent and does not remove criminal culpability. After forensic analysis and additional investigations are completed, the prosecutors are able to refile the charges. Filming of the movie “Rust” resumed on Thursday and Baldwin was present on the set.