Keeping it brief: five things to know for the week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5
Donald Trump signs “Muslim Ban”
At 4:42 on Friday, Jan. 27, President Trump signed an executive order that indefinitely prevented Syrian refugees from entering the country and suspended all refugees from entering the country for 120 days. This order also blocks any citizen of these countries, green card or otherwise, from entering the US for 90 days: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. This order has sparked protests at airports across the country, including in Detroit. A federal judge ordered an emergency stay on Saturday night, allowing all visa holders to remain in the United States. To read more, click here or here .
Serena Williams wins Australian Open
On Saturday, Jan. 28, Serena Williams broke the record for most grand slams won in tennis by winning the Australian Open, her 23rd major title. She had previously shared this record with Steffi Graff. She is still one grand slam behind Megan Court, the all time leader in the sport. However, she has regained her number one ranking in women’s tennis from Angelique Kerber after Saturday’s game. For more information, click here
Samantha Bee hosts alternative to Correspondents Dinner
On Monday, Jan. 30, Samantha Bee announced that on the same night as the White House Correspondents Dinner, she will be hosting a Nerd Prom and any celebrity not attending the White House Dinner is invited. An open critic of President Trump on her show, “Full Frontal,” Bee claims that her and her crew just want to give attention to and celebrate brave and fact based journalism. To learn more, click here.
Mosque Shooting in Quebec kills six, injures 17
A shooter attacked a mosque in Quebec, Canada, leaving six dead, five in critical condition, and 12 injured on Saturday, Jan. 27. The shooter has since been identified as Alexandre Bissonnette, a student who is well known among far-right groups for his anti-Islamic rhetoric on social media. Bissonnette, who has been charged with six counts of murder, is still waiting on his sentence. To read more, click here.
“A Dog’s Purpose” premieres amid controversy
“A Dog’s Purpose” was released on Friday, Jan. 27 amid controversy surrounding filmmakers treatment of animals used to film. After a video of a terrified german shepherd being forced into fast moving water was leaked, several organizations such as the Humane Society have been boycotting the film, claiming abuse. Several more organizations have discontinued all work with the film to promote adoption, and are filing independent investigations. Click here for more information.