Last Uvalde shooting victim laid to rest
Like millions of 10-year-olds, Uziyah Sergio Garcia loved video games, swimming and trampolines. He was also a natural at football, taking to it seamlessly when he and his grandfather started tossing the ball together over spring break.
“Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good,” his grandfather, Manny Renfro, told The Associated Press. “There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced.”
Uziyah, who went by Uzi, was the last of those killed in the Uvalde massacre to be laid to rest.
A pledge to protect Colombian rainforest
Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first elected leftist president, will take office in August with ambitious proposals to halt the record-high rates of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Petro has promised to limit agribusiness expansion into the forest, and create reserves where Indigenous communities and others are allowed to harvest rubber, acai and other non-timber forest products. He has also pledged income from carbon credits to finance replanting.
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“From Colombia, we will give humanity a reward, a remedy, a solution: not to burn the Amazon rainforest anymore, to recover it to its natural frontier, to give humanity the possibility of life on this planet,” Petro, wearing an Indigenous headdress, said to a crowd in the Amazon city of Leticia during his campaign.
But to do that he first needs to establish reign over large, lawless areas.
Police: 5-month-old fatally shot in Chicago
A 5-month-old girl was shot to death while in the rear of a car in a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side.
The infant, who was identified as Cecilia Thomas, was struck in the head Friday evening when shots were fired from another vehicle in the South Shore neighborhood, according to police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Cecilia was taken to a hospital where she later died.
No arrests have been made.
Congress approves free meal extension
Congress passed a bill Friday that aims to keep up the expanded, pandemic-era distribution of free meals for all students this summer.
Final passage of the Keep Kids Fed Act in the U.S. House came less than a week before rule changes for child nutrition programs were set to expire June 30.
The bill now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature.
WHO: Monkeypox not a health emergency
The World Health Organization opted against calling the recent monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
The outbreak is “clearly an evolving threat,” the WHO said in a statement Saturday, though it doesn’t constitute an international public health emergency “at this moment.” An emergency committee convened on Thursday to discuss the outbreak.
“It requires our collective attention and coordinated action now to stop the further spread of monkeypox virus.”