Hello, kittens, and welcome back! Here we are at another news recap, where I, your dark current events overlord, will be highlighting this week’s highs, lows, and all that stuff in between. Where will we go from here? Is this where we want to be? Doesn’t matter because the world keeps on spinnin’ and like my dear mother says, “Dear god, get me a cocktail!” Positively crucial! So let’s get this gravy train a workin’ and huddle down into the end-of-week news.
The inspector who surveyed a downtown Philadelphia building weeks before it collapsed, killing six people, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound a week after the accident, authorities said Thursday. Ronald Wagenhoffer, 52, was found shot in the chest in a pickup truck around 9 p.m. Wednesday. A longtime employee with the Department of Licenses and Inspections, Wagenhoffer had inspected the building May 14 and signed off on demolition work that was underway, after getting complaints about the site from the public, only three weeks prior to the vacant four-story building collapsed onto a neighboring Salvation Army thrift store on June 5, killing two employees and four customers and injuring 13 other people. (Huffington Post)
Emergency crews responded to an explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana Thursday morning. At least 30 people were taken to the hospital, an official told the Associated Press and as it stands, one is dead, while 73 are confirmed injured. (Huffington Post, AP)
Almost 93,000 people were killed in Syria’s conflict by the end of April this year, but the true number could be “potentially much higher,” the UN has said. The exact figure released on Thursday – 92,901 people – is much higher than the UN’s last death toll back in January of 59,000 people. (Al Jazeera)
The Obama administration has launched an internal review of the potential damage to national security from leaks about U.S. surveillance efforts, as a group of senators and technology companies push the government to be more open about the top-secret programs. A criminal investigation is underway by the Justice Department into Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the broad monitoring by the National Security Agency (NSA) of phone call and Internet data from big companies such as Google and Facebook. (Al Jazeera, YouTube)
The Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Thursday rejected a Republican amendment that foes said would have undermined a key element of the White House-backed bill that aims to provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants. (Reuters)
That wraps us up for this week’s worst and best news. Tune in next time for a delicious hapdashery of news that matters, news they want you to think matters, and matters that you think should be news. But for now, it’s all over but for the tears.