On May 11, 2011 Timmothy Pitzen was dropped off at school by his father for his kindergarten class as Greenman Elementary School. His mother checked him out of class in the morning saying there was a non-existent family emergency. They were missing for a span of 3 days and the last they knew Timmothy was with his mother was between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm on May 13 in the background of phone calls. She checked into the Rockford Inn where she was found the next morning and she had taken her own life. There was a note left apologizing for the mess she had created along with an explanation that Timmothy would never be found, but he was safe with people who would care for him. During the investigation, there was a concerning amount of blood found in her car that belonged to her son Timmothy. The father, James Pitzen, has stated that he believes his son is still alive.
The US Women’s Soccer team sues US Soccer for gender discrimination on National Women’s Day. The lawsuit comes just 3 months before the FIFA World Cup in France where the team will be defending their title.
The 28 members of the world champion women’s team filed a gender discrimination lawsuit after a long ongoing fight with the countries soccer federation. The team has said the discrimination involves unequal pay and working conditions. The team stated that there has been years of “institutionalized gender discrimination”.
Netflix originally released a series called Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes which was present-day interviews, footage, and audio recordings made on death row forming a searing portrait of notorious serial killer Ted Bundy. The idea of the tapes is to bring yourself and understand the minds of notorious criminals such as Bundy. The release of the tapes sparked a lot of recent interest in the murderer and lead to lots of talk on social media for the “hotness” of the killer. With this talk of Bundy, it lead to netflix once again having to reach out to its audience in concern for their thoughts. The Netflix official account tweeted, “ “I’ve seen a lot of talk about Ted Bundy’s alleged hotness and would like to gently remind everyone that there are literally THOUSANDS of hot men on the service — almost all of whom are not convicted serial murderers,” which received more than 20,000 retweets and 115,000 likes.
Gillette just released their newest add “We Believe” which focuses on the topic of toxic masculinity. Although the ad has earned lots of praise and publicity for the brand, it has also caused some other negative feelings for the company. Critics are upset with Gillette and say that the message is “insulting” and assumes that the dislike of women is a common thing among their customer base. The ad was released on Monday and begins with clips of actions you would put with “toxic masculinity” such as men laughing at shows making fun of women, online bullying, or a boss mansplaining his female colleagues idea at a meeting. The narrator in the ad goes on to say “ We believe in the best in men, to say the right thing, to act the right way. Some already are. But some is not enough. Because the boys watching today will be the men of tomorrow.” Throughout the ad, it then shifts its focus to the #MeToo movement and begins to show scenes of men defending others from hurtful or violent behavior, bullying, and stopping their friends from harassing. The brand then later stated on social media that while much is being done to do more, there is still much more work to do.
Cyntoia Brown was sentenced to life in prison after she killed a man who had bought her for sex when she was only 16 years old. Following this week however, according to Tennessee governor’s office she has been granted clemency from governor Bill Haslam. Brown who is now 30 years old, served 15 years in prison will be released to parole supervision on August 7 which is exactly 15 years later from the date she was first arrested. She will be held on parole supervision for 10 years if she does not violate any laws and maintains a job while participating in regular court sessions.
FC Cincinnati fell to New York in the second round of tournaments on Saturday. The team was scored on in the thirteenth minute of the first half and was never able to put the ball into the back of the net to even up the score. The team was expected to win the whole thing so I’m sure you can imagine the upset for the players and fans. The teams in the city of Cincinnati have not won a championship for a long time now, so for the team to be doing this well really got the city excited. This was the first time the team had made it to tournaments in the league that they are in now, the USL. Despite their loss, the team was still proud with how far they made it in the season being the first seed of the tournament and being the best team out of the large sum of games they played. Players made many tweets after the game stating how they felt about the defeat and sour end to their season. Player Richie Ryan said, “Not the way we wanted the season to finish but over 34 games we were the best team so everyone should be very proud of what we have done this season. Every day with this group has been a pleasure to the fans the future is bright the future is.”
There have been claims of rape against soccer icon Cristiano Ronaldo over the past week. The superstar however is brushing off the allegations stating it’s fake news.
American model Kathryn Mayorga who is now 34 years old has accused Ronaldo of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel room. The model says that when she was 25 years old while she was working at Rain nightclub inside the Palms Casino Resort. Mayorga says that Ronaldo paid her $375,000 in exchange for her silence.
“Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”
Nike recently stirred up controversy when they released their 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign featuring former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since he took a stand (or a knee) on his personal beliefs. He started a protest for police brutality and social inequality by taking a knee during the national anthem prior to the 49ers game. Other players in the NFL soon followed in support. The general public felt as if he was disrespecting his flag and country when doing so and he has now not played in the NFL since 2016.
The second amendment to the US Constitution states that a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. Every American has been raised to believe that they have that right to own a gun when they become 18 and that is just their American right, but are
some people too invested in their gun ownership? Times are beginning to change, public places aren’t as safe as they used to be and some civilians are blaming the guns. This is a very controversial topic that has been discussed many of times. There is an estimated 55 million Americans who own guns. The percentage of people who own guns decreased from 25% in 1994 to 22% last year. There is also an estimated amount of 300,000 to 600,000 guns that are stolen yearly. The US tops the list of countries with the most guns. The United States owns about half of the worlds guns while only taking up 5% of the world population. The average American gun owner owns about three guns. Are guns the problem to all of these shootings?