Yes, the short film Anges is screening at Columbia. No, it’s not actually about biblical angels. Editor’s warning: mentions of gun violence.

Happening in the World: Under the Enhanced Defence Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) the US has secured access to four additional military bases in the Philippines. This deal advances US forces in the South China Sea in the event of a Chinese attack on Taiwan. The US already has limited access to sites in South Korea, Japan, and Australia to “allow more rapid support for humanitarian and climate related-disasters in the Philippines, and respond to other shared challenges,” says Gregory B Poling, the director of the Southeast Asia program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. (BBC)

Happening in the US: A gunman on the Washington DC metro has killed a transport worker and injured two. The transport worker, Robert Cunningham, tried to intervene on behalf of the commuters and was shot before bystanders could intervene with the gunman. The suspect has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder while armed, kidnapping while armed, and assault with a dangerous weapon. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Twelve states, including New York and New Jersey, have been notified of an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria. According to the CDC, the bacteria has been found in EzriCare Artificial Tears eye drops. The bacteria is Pseudomonas aeruginosa, commonly found in freshwater and dirt, and is a cause for concern in healthcare as it is resistant to antibiotics and thrives on surfaces by creating “biofilms” that are difficult to remove. The majority of identified cases have been in patients who used eye drops and then developed eye infections. (Gothamist)

Happening in Our Community: In for a movie night? The short film Anges (English title Angels) by French Director Jasmine Bissette will be shown today in the Cowin Auditorium at Teacher’s College from 6 to 7:15 pm. The short film has received international acclaim, and was featured at the New York Shorts International Film Festival, Catalina Film Festival, and Cyprus International Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Professor Roxanne Varzi of Anthropology and Film and Media Departments at the University of California, Irvine. Contact Maison Francaise at for more information.

Biblical Angel via Know Your Meme