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Tsarnaev Found Guilty on all Thirty Counts

In 2013, the East Coast, as well as the rest of the US, was shaken by the Boston Marathon bombing. On April 8, 2015, the jury deliberated for over 11 hours, and finally gave their verdict: alleged surviving bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev was declared guilty of all 30 counts, 17 of which fall under the death penalty. He is responsible for the death of four individuals, as well as using a weapon of mass destruction, and bombing in a public place. His trial for his sentencing has not been set yet, but survivors of the attack are relieved that he has been found guilty, as this allows them to mentally step forward in their lives.

Latest Officer Shooting Caught on Video

Many individuals formed a protest outside of City Hall on April 8, 2015, in South Carolina. These protestors held signs declaring “Black Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter,” making a statement regarding the most recent police shooting. North Charleston Officer Michael Slager was charged with the murder of Walter Scott, after a video surfaced revealing the truth behind the tragic event. The video shows the officer dropping what appears to be a stun gun in order to grab his sidearm pistol, while Scott is turning to run from the police officer. Slager fired eight shots at the retreating African-American civilian, which made Scott fall to the ground. The officer cuffed the fallen civilian, and later checks his pulse. The officer has been fired, and is now on trial for his actions. This incident has led to a city-wide grant that allows all officers in the district to have body cameras to prevent future tragedies.

IKEA to Bejing Shoppers

Please Stop Napping on Furniture: It has been reported that the Swedish company, IKEA, has recently had to crack down on shoppers who come by their Bejing location to take a nap on the furniture. IKEA released a statement last summer, indicating that napping throughout the store was a very common thing and the company was originally okay with it. The company has now retracted their previous statement and created a new store policy preventing the phenomenon from reoccurring, in order to allow paying customers the chance to try out the products without the hindrance of disturbing someone’s nap. This is not the only rule IKEA has had to implement this year; recently it has put a stop to the over 32,000 people who wanted to play hide-and-seek in its European stores.

Sources: CNN, USA Today, NBC News

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