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Club Q mass shooter to take plea deal: ‘I have to take responsibility’: June 15 rundown

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The suspect in the Club Q mass shooting is expected to take a plea deal, and hundreds of migrants were unaccounted for after an overloaded fishing boat sank. These stories and more highlight the rundown for Thursday, June 15, 2023.

Club Q shooting suspect to take plea deal 

The suspect in last November’s mass shooting at the gay nightclub Club Q in Colorado Springs is now expected to take a plea deal. This is according to several survivors of the shooting who have spoken to the Associated Press.

In a series of jail calls to the Associated Press, 23-year-old Anderson Aldrich expressed remorse, as well as his intention to face the consequences for the shooting, which left five people dead and 17 others wounded. Aldrich faces more than 300 state charges, including murder and hate crimes.

The Justice Department is also considering filing federal hate crime charges. A plea deal over the Club Q shooting would ensure that Aldrich gets the maximum state sentence of life in prison. A hearing is set for June 26.

9 more women accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault

Bill Cosby, the first celebrity to be tried and convicted in the #MeToo era, has been sued again for sexual assault. Nine women accuse the actor of individually drugging and assaulting them between the years of 1979 and 1992.

The women claim the sexual assaults occurred in dressing rooms and hotels in Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe. The 85 year-old former “Cosby Show” star has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by more than 60 women.

Cosby was released from prison in 2021 after a court overturned his 2018 conviction.

Texas sends buses of migrants to Los Angeles

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) has sent dozens of migrants to California in several buses that arrived in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 14. It’s the first time Texas has chosen Los Angeles as the final destination.

42 migrants left the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas for the 15,000-mile journey. According to one of the nonprofits assisting the migrants, there were eight children between the ages of 2 and 9, accompanied by their families on the bus. Los Angeles city officials learned about the migrants while the bus was on its way.

The bus trip comes days after dozens of migrants arrived in Sacramento. Those migrants were sent courtesy of Florida.

The city of Los Angeles voted last week to draft a “sanctuary city” policy, which often limits immigration enforcement actions.

78 migrants dead after fishing boat sinks

Nearly 80 migrants died after an “overloaded fishing boat” trying to reach Europe capsized and sank off the coast of Greece. An aerial photo of the blue vessel was released by the Greek Coast Guard. It shows scores of people covering almost every inch of the deck.

A undated handout photo provided by the Hellenic Coast Guard shows migrants onboard a boat during a rescue operation, before their boat capsized on the open sea, off Greece, June 14, 2023.

Greek Coast Guard officials have described this sort of fishing boat as a “floating coffin.”

Survivors fear hundreds of migrants were trapped in the lower deck and still unaccounted for. The migrants included Egyptians, Syrians, Pakistanis, Afghans, and Palestinians.

Greece has declared three days of mourning as rescue efforts neared an end in the Mediterranean.

“Right now, they’re under shock. So, I think that the medical and psychological needs of the people as well as their communication with their families, that’s their biggest concern. They want to tell their families that they are well,” said Erasmia Roumana, the senior protection associate at the United Nations Human Rights Center in Greece.

Report finds Boris Johnson misled Parliament about COVID parties

A seven-member committee in the British Parliament has released its “Partygate” report after spending more than a year investigating former Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s role in a series of parties in 2020 and 2021. The parties were held during the pandemic, when such gatherings were prohibited by law.

The report suggested Johnson “deliberately misled parliament about the parties.” It also ordered a 90 day suspension with a potential of sanctioning the former prime minister. 

Johnson resigned from his post in Parliament less than a week ago, ahead of the report’s release. He released a statement saying he was being “forced out” by a handful of people and claimed the committee had no evidence to back such allegations against him.

Johnson resigned as prime minister in July of 2022. 

U.S. open begins in wake of PGA/LIV merger

The U.S. Open golf tournament kicks off Thursday. The tournament gets underway just days after the bombshell merger announcement between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

The two organizations had a short-but-complicated history of spats. It was one year ago when the PGA Tour held its U.S. Open on the heels of LIV’s first event.

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KARAH RUCKER: COMING UP – NEW DETAILS IN THE CLUB Q SHOOTING.

THE SHOOTER — IS NOW EXPECTED TO TAKE A PLEA DEAL. AND ONE OF THE WORST MIGRANT TRAGEDIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.  HUNDREDS OF MIGRANTS ARE STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR AFTER AN OVERLOADED FISHING BOAT SINKS.

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CLUB Q SHOOTING SUSPECT TO TAKE PLEA DEAL 

 

THE SUSPECT IN LAST NOVEMBER’S MASS SHOOTING AT A GAY NIGHTCLUB IN COLORADO SPRINGS IS NOW EXPECTED TO TAKE A PLEA DEAL.

THIS IS ACCORDING TO SEVERAL SURVIVORS OF THE SHOOTING WHO HAVE SPOKEN TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.

 

IN A SERIES OF JAIL CALLS TO THE A-P — 23-YEAR-OLD ANDERSON ALDRICH EXPRESSED REMORSE — AS WELL AS HIS INTENTION TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES FOR THE SHOOTING. IT LEFT FIVE PEOPLE DEAD — AND 17 OTHERS WOUNDED.

ALDRICH FACES MORE THAN 300 STATE CHARGES — INCLUDING MURDER AND HATE CRIMES.

 

THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS ALSO CONSIDERING FILING FEDERAL HATE CRIME CHARGES. PLEADING GUILTY WOULD ENSURE THAT ALDRICH GETS THE MAXIMUM STATE SENTENCE OF LIFE IN PRISON. A HEARING IS SET FOR LATER THIS MONTH.

 

9 MORE WOMEN ACCUSE BILL COSBY OF SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

BILL COSBY — THE FIRST CELEBRITY TO BE TRIED AND CONVICTED IN THE “ME-TOO ERA” IS FACING ANOTHER SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT. NINE WOMEN ACCUSE THE ACTOR OF INDIVIDUALLY DRUGGING AND ASSAULTING THEM BETWEEN THE YEARS OF 1979 AND 1992.

 

THE WOMEN CLAIM THE SEXUAL ASSAULTS OCCURRED IN DRESSING ROOMS AND HOTELS IN LAS VEGAS, RENO, AND LAKE TAHOE. THE 85 YEAR-OLD FORMER “COSBY SHOW” STAR HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL HARRASSMENT BY MORE THAN 60 WOMEN.

 

BILL COSBY WAS RELEASED FROM PRISON IN 2021 AFTER A COURT OVERTURNED HIS 2018 CONVICTION.

 

TEXAS SENDS BUSES OF MIGRANTS TO LOS ANGELES

 

TEXAS GOVERNOR GREG ABBOTT HAS SENT DOZENS OF MIGRANTS TO CALIFORNIA SEVERAL BUSES ARRIVING IN LOS ANGELES WEDNESDAY EVENING. THE FIRST TIME TEXAS HAS CHOSEN L-A AS THE FINAL DESTINATION.

 

42 MIGRANTS LEFT THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY OF SOUTH TEXAS FOR THE 15 HUNDRED MILE JOURNEY. ACCORDING TO ONE OF THE NON-PROFITS ASSISTING THE MIGRANTS  – THERE WERE 8 CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 2 AND 9 ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR FAMILIES ON THE BUS. THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES LEARNED ABOUT THE MIGRANTS WHILE THE BUS WAS EN ROUTE.

 

THIS COMES JUST AS DOZENS OF MIGRANTS ARRIVED IN SACRAMENTO – THOSE MIGRANTS SENT COURTESY OF FLORIDA. THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES JUST VOTED LAST WEEK TO DRAFT A “SANCTUARY CITY” POLICY – WHICH OFTEN LIMITS IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS.

 

78 MIGRANTS DEAD AFTER FISHING BOAT SINKS

 

ONE OF THE WORST MIGRANT TRAGEDY STORIES OFF THE COAST OF GREECE —

NEARLY 80 MIGRANTS ARE CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER AN “OVERLOADED FISHING BOAT” TRYING TO REACH EUROPE CAPSIZED AND SANK.

 

AN AERIAL PHOTO OF THE BLUE VESSEL WAS RELEASED BY THE GREEK COAST GUARD – SHOWING **SCORES OF PEOPLE COVERING ALMOST EVERY INCH OF THE DECK. ALTHOUGH BLURRY — GREEK COAST GUARD OFFICIALS HAVE DESCRIBED THIS SORT OF FISHING BOAT AS A “FLOATING COFFIN.”

 

THERE ARE 104 SURVIVORS RECEIVING TREATMENT AND CARE – SURVIVORS FEAR HUNDREDS OF MIGRANTS WERE TRAPPED IN THE LOWER DECK AND STILL UNACCOUNTED FOR. THE MIGRANTS ARE SAID TO INCLUDE EGYPTIANS, SYRIANS, PAKISTANIS, AFGHANS, AND PALESTINIANS.

 

GREECE HAS DECLARED THREE DAYS OF MOURNING AS RESCUE EFFORTS ARE NEARING AN END IN THE MEDITERRANEAN.

 

Erasmia Roumana | senior protection associate at the UNHCR in Greece: “Right now, they’re under shock. So I think that the medical and psychological needs of the people as well as their communication with their families, that’s their biggest concern. They want to tell their families that they are well.”

 

REPORT FINDS BORIS JOHNSON MISLED PARLIAMENT ABOUT COVID PARTIES

 

A SEVEN MEMBER COMMITTEE IN THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT HAS RELEASED ITS “PARTYGATE” REPORT – AFTER SPENDING MORE THAN A YEAR INVESTIGATING FORMER PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON’S ROLE IN A SERIES OF PARTIES IN 2020 AND 2021 THAT WERE HELD DURING THE PANDEMIC – WHEN SUCH GATHERINGS WERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

THE SCATHING REPORT SUGGESTS JOHNSON “DELIBERATELY MISLED PARLIAMENT ABOUT THE PARTIES” – AND ORDERED A 90 DAY SUSPENSION WITH A POTENTIAL OF SANCTIONING THE FORMER P-M.

 

HOWEVER – BORIS JOHNSON **RESIGNED FROM HIS POST IN PARLIAMENT LESS THAN A WEEK AGO AHEAD OF THE REPORT’S RELEASE. JOHNSON RELEASED A STATEMENT SAYING HE WAS BEING “FORCED OUT” BY A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE AND CLAIMED THE COMMITTEE HAD NO EVIDENCE TO BACK SUCH ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM. JOHNSON RESIGNED AS PRIME MINISTER IN JULY 20-22. ALMOST ONE YEAR AGO.

 

U.S. OPEN BEGINS IN WAKE OF PGA/LIV MERGER

 

THE U.S. OPEN KICKS OFF TODAY – AND WHILE GOLFERS TRY TO STAY COURSE TO WIN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – THERE’S BOUND TO BE SOME CHATTER IN THE CROWDS GIVEN LAST WEEK’S BOMBSHELL MERGER ANNOUNCEMENT BETWEEN PGA AND LIV GOLF.

 

THE TWO ORGANIZATIONS HAVE A SHORT-BUT-COMPLICATED HISTORY OF SPATS.

IT WAS ONE YEAR AGO WHEN THE PGA HELD THEIR U.S. OPEN – WHICH CAME ON THE HEELS OF LIV’S FIRST EVENT.

 

THERE ARE STILL MANY QUESTIONS SURROUNDING THE MERGER THAT SENT SHOCKWAVES THROUGH THE SPORT – BUT FOR NOW – ALL EYES ARE ON WHO WILL WIN THE TITLE.

 

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