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Shark Scoop - April 30, 2021

Updated: Sep 30, 2021

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.


India’s COVID-19 Rates Skyrocket and Reach new Peaks

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Experts warn that India’s COVID-19 rates will continue rapidly rising until they peak in “at least two to three weeks,” according to Dr. Giridhara R. Babu of the Public Health Foundation of India. As the COVID-19 cases skyrocket, India continues to suffer from a lack of supplies and resources available to combat the virus. Although India has one of the world’s largest vaccination drives, they believed they were in the clear too early on and many regulations were loosened prematurely. Countries around the world are currently stepping up and doing their part to provide aid for India during this trying time, including the United States.

Scott Stringer, Mayoral Candidate of New York, Accused of Alleged Sexual Assault

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One of the frontrunner mayoral candidates, Scott Stringer, has been accused of sexual assault and harrassment by Jean Kim while she was an “unpaid intern” on Stringer’s 2001 campaign. Kim recalls being groped and kissed without her consent by Stringer and avoided many unwanted sexual advances. Stringer denied these allegations and claimed both him and Kim were in a consensual relationship at the time. He also denies ever having Kim as an intern claiming she was employed as a “publicist” and was an “active supporter” of his campaign.

Mayor Bill De Blasio Announces 100% Reopen of NYC by July 1st

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Mayor Bill De Blasio announced Thursday that New York City plans to fully reopen by July 1. This comes as exciting news for many New Yorkers as the city has been shut down for over a year, from March 2020. The reopening entails restaurants, shopping centers, and other businesses opening to full capacity. Broadway and theaters will start up again late this summer as previously announced. Public schools are also expected to be back to normal in the fall.

DMX Memorial Makes Waves at The Barclays Center


The event was held at the Barclays Center in honor and memory of DMX, a beloved rapper from Yonkers. He passed away on April 9 from a drug overdose which resulted in cardiac arrest. As the Barclays Center is only a few blocks from LIU Brooklyn, many students witnessed the crowds coming to pay their respects for the late rapper. Celebrities such as Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes made appearances at the closed service inside and shared a few touching words about DMX.

Chloe Zhao Becomes the Second Woman to Ever Win Best Director at Oscars 2021

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Chloe Zhao received multiple nominations for her work, “Nomadland”, and took home two Oscars that night for Best Picture and Best Director. The Best Director category had previously only nominated seven women in its lifetime, and Zhao was the second woman to ever win. Zhao made an inspiring film about nomadic life and explains it was truly Swankie, one of the real-life nomads highlighted in the film, and her performance in the film which led Zhao to win such honorable awards.

Brooklyn Nets Make NBA Playoffs

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The Brooklyn Nets have officially claimed their spot in the NBA Playoffs with a 116-103 win against the Toronto Raptors Tuesday. However, they are not just content with a playoff berth. SF Jeff Green said postgame that they are ‘looking to improve greatly’ in the last few games before the playoffs, despite some injury setbacks they faced this season.

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