In the Know: Your Weekly News Breakdown in 5 Minutes or Less

Missed a major news story? Saw a headline that you wanted to read but didn’t have time? No worries, we’ve got you covered!

Our contributing news and politics editor puts together the week’s most important news information in quick summaries so you can get a high-level idea of what’s gone down in the world. You probably won’t see your latest celebrity gossip here, but you will see the latest on politics and news events. From racial justice info to COVID-19 updates, this roundup will help you catch up on everything that happened during the week. 


News You Need To Know This Week


George Floyd Murderer Stands Trial For Second Week

George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis last year by police officer Derek Chauvin after Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Floyd’s murder sparked a global outcry against police brutality and institutionalized racism. This week was the second week of Chauvin’s criminal trial. Among the key testimony were statements made by law enforcement officials, including the Minneapolis Chief of Police, who agreed that Chauvin using his knee as a restraint tactic was improper.

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President Biden Announces New Gun Restrictions

On Thursday, President Biden called gun violence in America a “public health crisis” and issued limited executive action to restrict access to ghost guns and pistol braces. He also announced his nomination for gun control advocate David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.



Prince Philip Passes Away at 99

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II, passed away earlier today. Prince Philip married into the Royal Family in 1947 after meeting Queen Elizabeth (who was a princess at the time) almost 10 years before. Prince Philip experienced health issues in recent years and stepped down from royal duties in 2017.




News To Watch Next Week


New Witnesses and Testimony Presented in Defense of Derek Chauvin

The attorneys prosecuting Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd will likely rest its case over the next few days, so Chauvin’s defense team will probably begin its case sometime next week. In its opening statement, the defense suggested that other contributing factors led to Floyd’s death, not Chauvin’s use of force. With the prosecution focusing on officer training and the defense honing in on medical analysis, next week’s testimony will be pivotal for the case.


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