Week-ends (04/30/17)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

Marty Schreiber

Pope Francis

Karen French

Bill Grun

Brooke Evans

Jamarion Styles

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Berkeley

Mosquitoes

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier. You’re really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can’t go anywhere. I like to drive. I can’t drive any more.”
President Trump

“Why aren’t the first 100 days a measuring stick for Congress and the Democrats? Can anyone name one piece of positive bipartisan legislation that Nancy Pelosi and Schumer have put forth?”
Radio host, author, and constitutional scholar Mark Levin

“There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely. We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult.”
President Trump

“The idea of freedom of speech does not mean a blanket permission to say anything anybody thinks. It means balancing the inherent value of a given view with the obligation to ensure that other members of a given community can participate in discourse as fully recognized members of that community.”
Ulrich Baer, a vice provost and professor of comparative literature at New York University

“This view (Baer’s above) is wrong and dangerous. Free speech isn’t a public good: it’s an individual right. Expressing views that attack ‘someone’s humanity’ may be wrong and legitimately hurtful, but hurtful speech shouldn’t be banned or restricted. Professors like Baer are implying censorship is justified if it is done to safeguard the feelings of others. That certainly isn’t free speech. The purpose of the First Amendment is to prevent government and authorities from re-drawing the parameters relating to speech, since they cannot be trusted to do so. Indeed, Baer’s remarks demonstrate how the people who wish to constrain or reshape speech parameters will always be tempted to do so in a manner that disadvantages their enemies.”
Robby Soave, the Orange County Register

“I am sad that I am not on television anymore.”
Bill O’Reilly, breaking his silence on a podcast on his personal website about his ouster from Fox News over multiple allegations of sexual harassment

“It is one of those rides that you hope never ends. I am so grateful for all those who helped me on each of my missions.”
Astronaut and Houston resident Peggy Whitson, who just broke the record for the most cumulative days in space, surpassing the previous figure of 534 days

“I can’t contemplate a country as great as the United States cannot figure out a way to serve its citizens in a situation like this.”
Harried traveler Cliff Levine, who now must drive to New Orleans to get a passport because his local Miami office was closed due to water damage

“He doesn’t usually bring his phone and he forgot.”
Kathy Arberg, U.S. Supreme Court spokeswoman, on Justice Stephen Breyer’s ringing cell phone during oral arguments

“An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me ‘have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous. The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there. They say that there are between 100 and 200 entities that could be having a similar evolution to us right now. So when you see a big thing in the sky, run for it. Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.”
Film director Ridley Scott

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

Dehydration death at Milwaukee County Jail

Gun control is really working in Chicago

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

A beauty. These poll results.

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Trump’s first 100 days

STRANGEST, MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

A neighborhood covered in poop is at war

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