Today is May 29, and here are the top stories I am watching:
1)Trump declares emergency in Kansas after tornado destroys several homes, leaves at least 11 injured
President Trump on Tuesday evening approved a disaster declaration in Kansas at the request of the governor, making federal aid available to the state after a tornado destroyed multiple homes and left several injured. The National Weather Service (NWS) declared a tornado emergency for the area as the storm was approaching Interstate 70 near the Kansas Speedway, which hosts NASCAR races. Douglas County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Jenn Hethcoat told the Lawrence Journal-World that 11 people were taken to the hospital with injuries — including one with serious injuries. Several homes throughout the county sustained damage, the department said.
DML: God bless these people.
2)Navy SEAL accused of killing ISIS prisoner seeks to have case dismissed
Lawyers for a Navy SEAL accused of killing an ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq in 2017 want the case thrown out because of alleged prosecutorial misconduct that include withholding evidence and conducting surveillance on the defense. Attorneys for Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher plan to ask a military court Wednesday in San Diego to dismiss the case or remove the prosecutor and, possibly, have the judge himself step aside. The motion comes with Gallagher’s trial less than two weeks away and amid mounting pressure from the defense. Gallagher’s lawyers say they discovered that prosecutors planted tracking software in emails sent to the defense team and a journalist that may have violated attorney-client privilege and other constitutional rights. – The Associated Press
DML: So now we are protecting ISIS?
3)A Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis may be forced to stop performing abortions as soon as Saturday, leaving Missouri as the only state without a place for women to legally have the procedure.” (L.A. Times)
DML: The pro-life movement appears to be gaining steam.
4)Many teens check their phones during the night. Teenagers are so attached to their smartphones that more than a third of them wake up in the middle of the night and check their devices, according to a new survey. And their parents are nearly as bad.
DML: Glow kids. Cocaine for the brain is technology.
5) SAN DIEGO — Dozens of people packed the new Mission Hills library Tuesday to hear and discuss a proposal that would turn the old library into housing for the homeless. The old library, located at 925 W. Washington St., is one of eight city-owned propertiesMayor Kevin Faulconer wants to turn into permanent supporting housing. The site would potentially have 28 units along with services for people looking to get back on their feet. Many people did not hold back as they expressed their displeasure with the proposal. Several people explained the existing homeless problem in the area. One attendee said he is all for helping the homeless, but not at the old library.
DML: The homeless situation in San Diego is much like the homeless situation throughout the US. We are at an epidemic level, and nothing is being done that will work. I ask you to check out my new film UNITED STATES of TENTS and help we get the word out. Go toDennisMichaelLynch.com/homeless