Top 5 Stories: Starship, Biden, Gun Violence, ND, Theranos .
3. Gun Violence:
The shooter who killed five colleagues at a Louisville, Kentucky bank this month left notes that uncovered his objective was to show the ease with which someone dealing with a serious mental illness can purchase an assault-style weapon in America. The shooter bought an AR-15-style rifle just a week before the shooting after quickly passing a background check. Across the US, communities are mourning recent shootings in which innocent children were shot due to mistaken identity or trivial misunderstandings.
Among the cases are a 6-year-old girl shot after an angry neighbor began shooting over a ball that rolled into his yard, two high school students in Texas shot after approaching the wrong vehicle in a supermarket parking lot, a 16-year-old boy shot after ringing the wrong doorbell in Kansas City, and a 20-year-old man shot after entering the wrong New York garage.
4. Gender-Affirming Care:
North Dakota’s Conservative Gov. Doug Burgum marked a bill this week restricting orientation confirming consideration for most minors. Burgum, in a proclamation to a reported news channel, said the bill “is pointed toward safeguarding youngsters from the life changing implications of orientation reassignment medical procedures.” It likewise bans suppliers from endorsing minors pubescence hindering prescription and chemical treatments with the end goal of orientation progress. Medical care experts who disregard the new regulation could confront a class B crime allegation, which is deserving of as long as 10 years in jail or a fine of $20,000, as per North Dakota regulation. This comes as a developing number of states are limiting admittance to medical care administrations for transsexual youth. Indiana and Idaho ordered their own boycotts recently, and a few different states have endorsed into regulation limitations on orientation insisting care for minors starting from the beginning of the year.
Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the former COO of the failed startup Theranos, has been sent to jail, according to his lawyer. Theranos was once valued at $9 billion and attracted top investors and retail partners with claims that it had developed technology to test for thousands of conditions using just a few drops of blood. The company began to unravel after a Wall Street Journal investigation in 2015 revealed that Theranos had only performed around a dozen of the many tests it offered using its proprietary technology, and with questionable accuracy. Balwani’s imprisonment this week marks the end of a years-long journey that saw him become one of the rare tech executives convicted for fraud.