Shark Scoop - February 19, 2023
Updated: Feb 20
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: MAGALI MOUTON / STAFF WRITER, OSCAR FOCK / CHIEF NEWS EDITOR
JFK Airport Suffers Power Outage
A power outage made authorities close Terminal 1 at John F. Kennedy Airport for air traffic on Thursday, causing massive delays at one of the nation's busiest airports. The fire was caused by an electrical panel failure, according to the Port Authority for New York and New Jersey. At the terminal, stranded passengers struggled to rearrange travel plans as they were provided with only limited information on the situation. In the air, flights from all over the world were diverted to other airports, including Boston Logan International Airport and Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. Some planes also turned around and returned to their origin cities, including one flying from Aukland, New Zealand, which spent a total of 16 hours in the air before landing.
Three Killed in Mass Shooting at Michigan State University
Three students were killed and five more were injured when a lone gunman opened fire in two locations at the Michigan State University campus on Monday, Feb. 13. The shooter later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. After shots were fired at the first location, students on campus were told to shelter in place or evacuate. Around 11:30 p.m., three hours after the first shooting, the death of the shooter was announced by police and shelter-in-place orders were lifted. The motive behind the shooting is still unclear. According to the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 79 mass shootings in the U.S. this year.
Blinken Meets With Chinese Counterpart
Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken met with Chinese officials in Munich on Saturday, resuming diplomatic contact between the nations after two tense weeks in the aftermath of the downed spy balloon. American officials described the meeting as confrontational, with Blinken warning Chinese senior diplomat Wang Yi that another surveillance balloon in U.S. airspace "must never happen again." China was also cautioned against supporting Russia in the invasion of Ukraine. According to a report in Chinese state media, Yi maintained China's position that the U.S. used excessive force when it shot down the balloon.
Soccer Player Christian Atsu Found Dead After Earthquake in Turkey
The 31-year-old soccer player Christian Atsu, who was missing following the earthquake in Turkey and Syria, was found dead on Saturday. Initial reports claimed that he had been found alive the day after the quake, which turned out not to be the case. The former Chelsea player from Ghana is one of the more than 43,000 people that have been found dead after the earthquake. Atsu played for the Turkish team Hatayspo, which he joined last September. He had 65 national team appearances in which he scored nine goals. His body will be sent back to Ghana for the funeral.
Bruce Willis has Dementia, Family Says
Bruce Willis, 67, has been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD), his family announced in a statement on Thursday. The Hollywood star stepped away from acting last year after being diagnosed with aphasia — a disease that leads to difficulties communicating through speech or writing — which has now progressed into FTD. "While this is painful, it is a relief to finally have a clear diagnosis," his wife, Emma Heming Willis wrote on Instagram. FTD is a neurodegenerative disease, meaning that it gets worse over time. The life expectancy is five to ten years.