French President Macron wins, Mayor Adams gets COVID-19—positive results for both, you could say.
Editor’s Warning: Mentions of Death
Happening in the World: Current French President Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French election, with longtime right-wing presidential aspirant Marine Le Pen coming in second. President Macron pulled 27.35% of the vote, while Le Pen took 23.97%. Experts predict the coming run-off round could be much closer, with some predictions giving only a one-percent preference to Macron. The election will likely be decided by the voters who backed far-left candidate Mélenchon (21.7%) and far-right candidate Zemmour (7.02%) and can now side with one of the two front-runners. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Early on Sunday, two people were killed and at least ten more were injured in a shooting at the Taboo Nightclub and Lounge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Police suspect that the attack was targeted. Police have also not yet been able to identify the number of shooters involved, and believe that the suspect(s) may have fled in the rush of patrons out of the building after the shooting, according to the city’s police chief. (CNN)
Happening in NYC: Mayor Eric Adams tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, according to his press secretary. After starting his 100th day in office “with a raspy voice,” according to a spokesperson, Adams’s PCR test came back positive. The mayor’s symptoms are apparently mild. (Gothamist)
Happening in Our Community: On Thursday, April 14, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, join the Harriman Institute for a series of online panels on the Parallels between Genocide Denial in the Balkans and the Holocaust. The virtual symposium will be co-convened by Harriman Institute Adjunct Assistant Professor Tanya Domi and Dr. Laura Cohen, the Executive Director of the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College, CUNY. Through a keynote speech and two panels, the symposium will examine the parallels between contemporary genocide denial in the Balkans and the increasing degree of Holocaust denial in Europe.
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