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Leaked surveillance footage of Uvalde school shooting

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Newly released footage from inside Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas shows the gut-wrenching day that 21-year-old Salvador Ramos shot 38 people.

The leaked surveillance video shows the chilling moment that Ramos entered the school building as a young student watches from behind a wall. As gunfire begins, the child is seen running away down another hall.

In the video you can hear teachers screaming “Get down! Get in your rooms” as the gunman begins shooting from the school’s parking lot.

Two minutes after Ramos entered the building, police officers arrive through the same door. As they approach the classroom where the shooter killed 21 people, they quickly retreat down the hallway as soon as gunshots are heard.

Police spent most of that time in a hallway outside the classroom where the killings occurred.

It took 77 minutes from the first 911 call for law enforcement officers to kill the gunman. Read more.

Victims’ Families Response

Parents of the school shooting victims have since come out expressing discontent over the leaking of the surveillance footage.

Javier Cazares, a father whose daughter was killed, was outraged by the situation. He says the footage was released without the families permission.

“It got shown all over the world and we are pissed. These families didn’t deserve it. I don’t deserve it. That’s a slap to our babies’ faces and we’re tired of this. We can’t trust anybody no more. It’s aggravating.”

Javier Cazares, victim’s father

Berlina Irene Arreola, the grandmother of shooting victim, Amerie Jo Garza, told CNN her family have “mixed emotions” over seeing the video.

“Seeing that, I think is just going to make everybody else more angry, knowing that they were just standing there, basically doing nothing for that long period of time. They may say they were waiting or they were getting prepared. Seventy-seven minutes to get prepared is way too long”

Berlina Irene Arreola, victim’s Grandmother

Police Response

The head of the Texas Department of Public Safety has expressed he is “deeply dissapointed” by the leak. He says the video was published ahead of schedule whereby victim’s families were meant to see it first.

“Those most affected should have been among the first to see it,” he says.

Leaker’s response

The footage was leaked by Texas newspaper, The Austin American-Statesmen. They explained to readers that the decision to publish the video was to “bring light” to the situation. Read more.

Our goal is to continue to bring to light what happened at Robb Elementary, which the families and friends of the Uvalde victims have long been asking for,” wrote Manny Garcia, the newspaper’s top editor.

Manny Garcia, The Austin American-Statesmen top editor

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China conducts ‘punishment’ war games near Taiwan

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China initiated military ‘punishment’ exercises in the waters surrounding Taiwan in response to the newly inaugurated President Lai Ching-te.

These drills come amid escalating tensions in the region, with Beijing asserting its sovereignty over Taiwan, denouncing the inauguration of President Lai Ching-te and labelling this one of several “separatist acts”, as reported by Reuters.

These military manoeuvres are seen as a show of force and a warning to Taiwan and its supporters against any moves perceived as challenging China’s territorial claims.

President Lai has repeatedly offered talks with China but has been rebuffed.

He says only Taiwan’s people can decide their future, and rejects Beijing’s sovereignty claims.

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Apple Music’s controversial top 10 albums of all time

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Apple Music has released its highly anticipated “100 Best Albums of All Time” list, with the top 10 rankings causing a bittersweet symphony of destruction for some music lovers.

The list was curated by a panel of experts and based on various factors including cultural impact, critical acclaim, and commercial success, with the aim to celebrate the most influential and timeless albums across genres.

As reported by the official Apple Music Newsroom blog post, the top ten best albums of all time are the following:

10. Lemonade (2016), Beyoncé

9. Nevermind (1991), Nirvana 

8. Back to Black (2006), Amy Winehouse

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012), Kendrick Lamar

6. Songs in the Key of Life (1976), Stevie Wonder

5. Blonde (2016), Frank Ocean

4. Purple Rain (1984), Prince & The Revolution

3. Abbey Road (1969), The Beatles

2. Thriller (1982), Michael Jackson

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998), Lauryn Hill

In other news, Apple recently became the first company to hit a $3 trillion stock market value, before falling just below that milestone, as reported by Reuters.

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Essential daily protein needs for better health

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Protein is a fundamental macronutrient essential for various bodily functions, including muscle repair, enzyme production, and immune system support.

Daily protein requirements can vary significantly based on factors such as activity levels, age, and gender.

To help unpack this topic, Kate Save from BeFitFood joins to share her key insights. #featured

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