Mondays are always overwhelming. If you do not pay attention to the news over the weekend, you may feel inundated when you flip open your preferred news app and start reading. You are not alone. I do this for a living, and I feel the same way.
The sheer amount of headlines that accumulated this weekend – on such a wide variety of subjects – was indeed hard to process all at once.
– A group of people in Michigan who ignored public health protocols and celebrated the Fourth of July together at a lake have caused a spike in confirmed local COVID cases.
– “Glee” actress Naya Rivera went missing from a boat she was on with her son after jumping into the water to swim. Authorities believe they have found her body.
– John Travolta’s wife, actress Kelly Preston passed away after a two-year fight with breast cancer at the age of 57.
– Daniel Lewis Lee, a convicted murderer, is now re-scheduled to be the first federal execution in 17 years.
And so much more – a complete round-up of what happened over the weekend can be found with Liz over on today’s Rise and Shine.
Let’s jump into today’s major news.
1) As part of the ongoing spate of violence that occurred in New York City over the weekend, there was a shooting just outside of the Raymond Bush Playground in Brooklyn yesterday that left three men injured and one-year-old Davell Gardner dead.
The trio of adults and the toddler were on the sidewalk, when suddenly a dark SUV – the make is unknown, as is the plate – pulled up. Multiple men got out and started shooting at the group, according to the NYPD.
Officers arrived on the scene at approximately 11:30 p.m. There, they discovered Gardner with a gunshot in his abdomen, one 35-year-old man shot in the groin and a another, 36, with a gunshot wound to the leg. The last man, 27, later arrived at a local hospital with a wound on his ankle.
Gardner was first taken to Interfaith Medical Center. From there, he was sent on to Maimonides Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival early this morning.
Two of the three men with Gardner have over twelve arrests between them, according to the police, including charges of gun violence. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea clarified this morning in a tweet that this was an incident of “senseless gun violence” that impacted real – and in some cases, innocent – people.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed that sentiment. He said that seeing a child shot and killed by gunfire within the city is not only horrible and painful but completely unacceptable. All told, 28 shootings took place in the five boroughs between Friday and Sunday, with 35 known victims.
Last year during this same weekend period, there were five incidents involving six victims.
Thus far, there have been no arrests in the Gardner shooting, which remains an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD.
2) In the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge James Boasberg announced he will not rule until the middle of next week on whether migrant parentscurrently detained by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be released.
This means that as of this Friday, the 335 children and parents currently in those ICE family detention centers may be separated.
Boasberg’s decision means that a ruling will come well after the July 17 deadline set by a California federal judge, who demanded that kids be released out of the ICE family detention centers to reduce their chances of being exposed to the novel coronavirus.
The kids at this point could be released, but also taken from their parents.
The two parties involved in the California case are now negotiating options – one of which would be to ask parents if they want their children to remain with them in the detention center. When a similar option was offered back in May, the majority of migrant parents chose to have their children remain with them.
But Dilley Pro Bono Project Director Shalyn Fluharty, whose organization represents migrant parents detained in the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX, said that with the rapidly increasing numbers of COVID in ICE detention centers, many parents may now opt to send their kids away – even if they have to go alone.
Fluharty feels that for parents, this is a scary choice. Many fear their children may get sick and die if they opt to keep their families together.
3) Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that schools in regions that in Phase 4 of the reopening process and also meet the required infection rates for COVID-19 cases are going to be free to open – with restrictions in place.
The administration released the guidance for all pre-K-through-12 schools statewide.
The infection rate in a region must be under 5 percent (based on 14-day average) for schools to reopen. Masks will have to be worn by students, teachers, and all other faculty when they can not maintain social distancing. Keeping faces covered for all activities – except meals and instruction – is recommended.
Anyone who can walk or be dropped off at school by parents or guardians is encouraged to do so in order to help reduce crowds on buses. On buses, all people must wear masks at all times, and unless they are members of the same household, they have to sit separately.
If people are unable to be six feet apart in schools, physical barriers are required for separation. Anyone entering the buildings, from students to faculty to visitors, must have health screenings and temperature checks that the districts will be required to perform.
During the first week of August, the state is going to look at the numbers and make the final re-opening call. After Aug. 1, any school that has an infection rate go above 9 percent (based on seven-day average) will have to close.
As of right now, all schools in New York qualify to re-open.
4) David Elmendorf, 35, is the controversial owner of Bumpy’s Ice Cream, and he is making headlines again today. This time, he failed to show up to his arraignment in Schenectady Court.
On June 30 at around 7 p.m., Schenectady Police responded to multiple 911 calls that a man, later identified as Elmendorf, was threatening protestors with a pellet gun in the area of Bumpy’s about 2014 State St.
Earlier in June, Elmendorf made headlines when racist text messages attributed to him were made public. He also made headlines for ignoring a citation and order to shut down for a health code violation.
For the pellet gun incident, he was charged with a class A misdemeanor, two counts of second degree menacing. Due to the bail reform laws, the courts say warrants should be issued for Elmendorf over the next 48 hours.
5) If you are looking for a summer camp during the COVID pandemic, you are not alone. However, starting this week, the World Awareness Children’s Museum will be starting a summer day camp series.
Taking the health threat seriously, there are three forms to fill out when registering for the program, two of which are health forms.
Separate programs are depending on age. Please see more here.
For current museum members, the cost is $150 and $200 for non-members (per child). There is an additional cost for both before and aftercare.
That is all for today. Stay steady, stay strong, stay safe.
Photo credit: George Fazio.