Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of August 14, 2017)
Jessica Elsey / August 20, 2017
Protests turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia last week, as white supremacists clashed with anti-fascists at a rally on Saturday. Protester Heather Heyer died and 19 were injured when a car driven by a far-right demonstrator ploughed into the opposition crowd.
The rally, organized to protest against the removal of a statue of Confederate general Robert E Lee, raised already heightened tensions following a far-right march on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville on Friday night.
As the nation reeled, President Donald Trump faced criticism for his response to the tragedy. The tumultuous week for the president ended with the removal of his chief strategist Stephen Bannon, who was constantly under fire during his time on Trump’s campaign and then in the White House.
In Europe, two cities were hit by terror attacks. Thirteen people died in Barcelona, Spain when an attacker drove a van into a crowd of people Thursday. Another victim died Friday during a second vehicle attack in the seaside resort of Cambrils. And a fatal knife attack in Finland left two people dead and eight others injured.
Read more about these stories and the other biggest news of the week, as they appeared in The Daily Edition.
1. Charlottesville Faces Its Own Past After Rally Turns Deadly—NBC News, Marianna Sotomayor and Daniella Silva
Top line: “Saturday’s gathering marked the fourth time since May that white nationalists have gathered to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and to rename parks dedicated to Confederate leaders. The statue’s location in what is now called Emancipation Park — formerly known as Lee Park — has become a meeting place for the members of the ‘alt-right,’ a part of the conservative movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism.”
Topic to follow: Charlottesville
2. Mayors taking swift action to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville—The Washington Post, Janell Ross, Mark Berman and Joel Achenbach
Top line: “In the wake of the violent public clashes in Charlottesville on Saturday, mayors, governors and other civic leaders are taking steps that even a week ago might not have seemed necessary. But they also are facing uncertain challenges, not knowing whether the white nationalist movement will attract a larger following or where the most turbulent demonstrations may occur.”
Topic to follow: Racism
3. White House Acts to Stem Fallout From Trump’s First Charlottesville Remarks—The New York Times, Glenn Thrush and Rebecca R. Ruiz
Top line: “A statement on Sunday — issued more than 36 hours after the protests began — condemned ‘white supremacists’ for the violence that led to one death. It came in an email sent to reporters in the president’s traveling press pool, and was attributed to an unnamed representative.”
Magazine to follow: The Trump Administration
4. Barcelona attack: Huge manhunt underway amid fears terror suspect fled across border to France—The Telegraph, Helena Horton, Hannah Strange, James Rothwell and Harry Yorke
Top line: “Catalan investigators on Saturday raided the house of an imam in the town of Ripoll they believe may have overseen the cell which killed 14 people in twin terrorist attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils.”
Magazine to follow: Barcelona Attack
5. Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website—Associated Press, Jonathan Lemire and Jill Colvin
Top line: “Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who went from Donald Trump’s victorious campaign to a top White House post, has been pushed out by the president, capping a turbulent seven months that witnessed the departure of much of Trump’s original senior staff.”
Topic to follow: Steve Bannon
6. Trump’s business councils are disbanded after CEOs quit in protest—Reuters, David Shepardson and Michael Erman
Top line: “President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after several chief executives quit in protest over his remarks blaming weekend violence in Virginia on anti-racism activists as well as white nationalists.”
Topic to follow: Donald Trump
7. Finland police believe Turku knife attack was terrorism—The Guardian, Nicola Slawson
Top line: “An 18-year-old Moroccan man suspected of carrying out Friday’s deadly knife attack in Finland appeared to have targeted women as his victims, police have said. Officers are treating the attack in Turku, in which two people were killed and eight injured, as a terrorist act.”
Topic to follow: Finland
8. Death toll in Sierra Leone mudslides rises to 467—CNN, Stephanie Busari and Hilary Clarke
Top line: “Sierra Leone is facing significant health challenges after this week’s devastating mudslides claimed nearly 500 lives, a government official said, with the number of dead expected to rise.”
Topic to follow: Sierra Leone
Top line: “Suspected Islamic extremists opened fire at a Turkish restaurant in the capital of Burkina Faso late Sunday, killing 18 people in the second such attack on a restaurant popular with foreigners in the last two years.”
Topic to follow: Terrorism
10. ‘This Is Just The Beginning Of Heather’s Legacy’: Mourning And A Call To Action—NPR, Camila Domonoske
Top line: “At Heyer’s memorial on Wednesday, friends and family remembered her longstanding passion for equality (and argument). Her grandfather remembered her childhood energy, her cousins and coworkers praised her kindness and patience, and her mother celebrated Heather’s ‘spark of conviction.’”
Topic to follow: Virginia