Tragedy Strikes Florida

Tragedy Strikes Florida

Posted by on Feb 21, 2018 in Top Stories | No Comments

On Valentine’s Day, 17 people were killed and another 14 seriously injured during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. What Happened? The suspected gunman, nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student. Cruz entered the school just after 2:00pm on Wednesday. He pulled fire alarms all over the school to […]

Women’s March, Revisited

Women’s March, Revisited

Posted by on Jan 31, 2018 in Top Stories | No Comments

Just over one year ago, the largest single-day protest in U.S. history took place. Last weekend, on the anniversary of that protest, marches and rallies were organized across the country–and beyond. Here, btw takes a look at some of these events.  What Was the Women’s March on Washington? On January 21, 2017–the day after Donald […]

Terrorist Truck Attack in New York City

Terrorist Truck Attack in New York City

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

On Halloween (October 31), a man named Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov drove a rented pickup truck into pedestrians and bicyclists on the Hudson River Park bike path in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people and injuring twelve others. It was the worst attack in New York City since the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers on September […]

Kennedy Assassination Files Released

Kennedy Assassination Files Released

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

Last Thursday, the federal government conducted a scheduled release of 2,800 secret documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. While the new documents don’t answer the question of who killed the former president, they do reveal a lot of interesting information.  Lee Harvey Oswald Lee Harvey Oswald is the […]

California Battles Deadly Wildfires

California Battles Deadly Wildfires

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

Firefighters are still struggling to contain wildfires that are raging across Northern California. So far, nearly 6,000 homes and businesses have been destroyed, and 41 people killed, in what is being called the deadliest wildfire outbreak in the state’s history. How It Started The fires began over a week ago, on the night of Sunday, […]

Las Vegas Tragedy

Las Vegas Tragedy

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

Last Sunday night, a lone gunman opened fire during a country music concert on the Las Vegas strip, causing the most deadly mass shooting in modern American history. At least 59 people were killed and more than 527 injured (as of Monday evening). Festival Turns Deadly About 22,000 people had gathered on the strip for […]

Happy Constitution Day!

Happy Constitution Day!

On September 17, 1787, the United States Constitution was signed by the members of the Constitutional Convention. These delegates from several of the states had been meeting in Philadelphia. Initially they gathered to discuss ways to improve upon the Articles of Confederation, which was this nation’s first official governmental system. However, in the course of […]

Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall

Hurricane Irma Makes Landfall

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

As Houston and south Texas struggled to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey just two weeks ago, a second and more powerful hurricane, Irma, crashed into the Caribbean on Thursday on its way to South Florida and the Florida Keys. Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, left behind […]

A 9/11 Tale of Hope

A 9/11 Tale of Hope

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

So many stories that originated from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 are sad stories of loss. But there are also some stories of human kindness and changed hearts. Today, on the annual remembrance of that historically sad day, let us hear and think about a positive story, in which a group of American travelers […]

Conflict in Charlottesville

Conflict in Charlottesville

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Top Stories | No Comments

Last weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a protest rally turned deadly. Here, btw takes a look at the events that unfolded, what caused the violence, and the aftermath–including how President Trump responded to the turmoil. “Unite the Right” When the town of Charlottesville decided to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, a group […]