Happening in the World: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan today, on the second anniversary of the devastating Tainan earthquake which claimed 116 lives. Despite buildings tilting over and roughly 40,000 homes being without water, President Tsai Ing-wen stated hope that “people’s lives would return to normal as soon as possible.” In the midst of the crisis, civilians have been very active in rescue efforts, reporting about 150 people retrieved from ruins. (BBC)
Happening in the US: SpaceX has launched the Falcon Heavy, what CNN is calling “the world’s most powerful rocket.” Onboard is CEO Elon Musk’s very own Tesla, allegedly playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” While Elon Musk has committed to doing vaguely villainous acts (A car? In space?), we applaud him for his appropriate taste in music. (CNN)
Happening in NYC: The Caribbean community of Brooklyn has filed suit against the officers of the 67th precinct, alleging that these cops are unfairly targeting Caribbean-owned restaurants with false alcohol violations. Community members noted that the discrimination has extended to venues and events associated with the annual New York Caribbean Carnival Parade as well. (NY Daily News)
Happening at Columbia: Today at 12 pm, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the APEC Study Center at Columbia University will be hosting “The Trump Administration’s Policy Toward Asia,” a lecture on East Asian foreign policy, in the International Affairs Building, Room 918. No registration necessary.
Overheard: “You’re a guy and we’re in Barnard so nothing you say matters.”
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