A lone gunman killed two people and injured nine before turning his gun on himself Thursday night at a Louisiana theater. The shooting occurred at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette at around 7:30 PM. The shooting occurred almost three years to the day of the Aurora theater shooting that claimed 12 lives.
Sears has announced that they will be closing their Bel Air Mall location later this year. The store will begin a liquidation sale on July 17th. The Auto Center will also be closing. Sears is expected to remain open until August or September.
Former Alabama and NFL quarterback Ken Stabler has passed away. Stabler died Wednesday, surrounded by family, after a battle with colon cancer. He was 69 at the time of his passing. Stabler leaves behind three daughters.
Mobile’s city council voted today to remove the Confederate flag from the city’s seal. Mobile’s seal currently contains six flags, including France, Great Britain, Spain, the Republic of Alabama, the Confederacy, and the US flag. The flags represent the nations that once held dominion over the area.
The US Women’s National Team ended a 16 year slump last night in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final. The US defeated Japan 5-2 to win the 2015 Women’s World Cup, their first since 1999. The win gave the US women three World Cup wins, the most of any nation.
The people of Greece took to the polls today to vote on a bailout deal that would have enacted strict austerity measures on the country. Greeks soundly rejected the proposed deal, with early exit polls showing 60% voting no. Greek leaders hope to meet with creditors and hammer out a new deal, but Greece may be forced out of the eurozone.
America’s birthday has come one again. There are numerous events across the Gulf Coast, including fireworks displays at the battleship and Hank Aaron Stadium following the Baybears game. Be safe, whether you are attending one of these many events or just enjoying fireworks and BBQ with family and friends.
Over 5 years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP has settled claims with Gulf Coast states. The company has agreed to pay over $18.7 billion, the largest settlement with a single entity in US history. This agreement is separate from the class action settlement BP formed with businesses. The money will be used to help affected businesses as well as the environment.
The first day of NBA free agency has been a frenzy. A number of deals have been agreed to, but the biggest prize of the year, LaMarcus Aldridge, is still available. Thus far, most of the big names on the market have opted to stay in place and take the larger contracts their teams can offer. However, there have been a few big moves that could shake up the league next year.
Greece missed the deadline to repay its loan to the IMF on Tuesday, marking the first time a developed nation has failed to do so. The country has been crippled by debt and recession in recent years, needing bailouts from its European neighbors just to get by. In return for bailouts, European powers have forced tough austerity measures on Greece which have recently been rejected.