Weekly News Roundup: March 6, 2015


Here’s your weekly news roundup for the week of March 1st – 6th.

Harrison Ford was injured Thursday in a plane crash. The actor, who has been tapped to reprise his role as Han Solo in the Star Wars revitalization, is 72. Ford experienced engine failure in his personal plane shortly after taking off from the Santa Monica Airport. He attempted to return, but instead was forced to make an emergency crash landing on a golf course. Ford was the only passenger; he is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing have begun testimonials in the trial against the youngest Tsarnaev brother this week. Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges after what was the worst domestic terrorist attack on the United States since 9/11. His lawyers intend to argue that Tsarnaev acted under strong influence from his older brother, who died shortly after being run over by his younger brother during an escape attempt. Tsarnaev will face the death penalty if convicted.

A plane attempting to land at LaGuardia Airport in New York City skidded in the snow and off the runway Thursday morning. Around two dozen passengers reported injuries as a result of the accident. The plane stopped just short of crashing into Flushing Bay. The airport closed for about three hours afterwards, but is now open, and an investigation has begun into the crash.

A scathing report was released by the Department of Justice this week after a long investigation into the behavior of the Ferguson, Missouri Police Department. The DOJ has decided not to charge Darren Wilson with any wrongdoing in the death of Michael Brown. The DOJ’s report highlights a pattern of racial bias, stating that the “investigation has shown that distrust of the Ferguson Police Department is longstanding and largely attributable to Ferguson’s approach to law enforcement” including “patterns of unnecessarily aggressive and at times unlawful policing.”

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