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Leaked surveillance footage of Uvalde school shooting



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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Australia’s power network is facing a terrible summer



A new report has raised concerns about potential power shortages this summer in several Australian states. With temperatures expected to soar, experts warn that the electricity grid could be under significant strain.

The report, released by the Energy Authority of Australia, highlights that New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia are at the greatest risk of experiencing blackouts. Increased demand for electricity due to air conditioning use during hot summer days is the primary driver of this concern.

The report suggests that immediate measures should be taken to mitigate these risks. These measures include improving grid infrastructure, investing in renewable energy sources, and implementing demand-side management programs to reduce peak electricity consumption.

Energy Minister Sarah Thompson acknowledged the challenges but assured the public that the government is actively working on solutions to prevent power shortages. She stated, “We are committed to ensuring a stable and reliable power supply during the summer months.”

As the summer approaches, Australians will be closely monitoring the situation, hoping that the necessary steps will be taken to ensure a steady power supply during the hottest days. #featured

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Did Sam Bankman-Fried offer money to stop Trump from running?



New details about the relationship between the failed FTX boss and politicians and business leaders has been laid bare.

It’s been revealed that Sam Bankman-Fried, the CEO of FTX crypto exchange, explored the idea of offering former President Donald Trump a substantial sum of money to dissuade him from running for president again.

The proposition is detailed in an upcoming book that promises to shed light on behind-the-scenes dealings and unconventional political strategies.

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USA alert test triggers memory of Hawaii missile alert



Enhancing National Preparedness: The Nationwide Emergency Alert System Test

On October 4, the United States is set to conduct a crucial nationwide emergency alert system test, a vital evaluation of the nation’s ability to disseminate critical information effectively during emergencies.

This upcoming test is a significant event, not just as a routine check but also in response to notable past incidents that underscore the imperative of a robust emergency alert system. One such incident took place on January 13, 2018, in the state of Hawaii, when an accidental alert was issued via the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert System.

This alert, transmitted across various media platforms including television, radio, and cellphones, advised citizens to seek shelter due to an incoming ballistic missile, concluding with the chilling declaration: “This is not a drill.”

The subsequent 38 minutes and 13 seconds were filled with panic and uncertainty, until state officials clarified that the alert had resulted from a miscommunication during a routine drill at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. The incident prompted a public apology from David Ige, the governor of Hawaii, acknowledging the distress it had caused.

Additionally, it triggered investigations by the Federal Communications Commission and the Hawaii House of Representatives, ultimately leading to the resignation of the state’s emergency management administrator. This incident served as a stark reminder of the critical importance of a well-functioning, error-free emergency alert system.

Fast forward to the present, the nation is preparing for the upcoming nationwide emergency alert system test scheduled for October 4. At the designated time, a loud alert tone will resonate across all devices, followed by a test message that clearly identifies its nature as a simulation meant to evaluate the readiness and functionality of the emergency alert infrastructure. This exercise aims to assure citizens that the emergency alert system is well-prepared and efficient in conveying vital information during a crisis.

Citizens are strongly encouraged to pay close attention to this test, acquaint themselves with the alert sound and message, and comprehend its profound significance in the broader context of preparedness for potential emergencies in the future. The October 4 nationwide emergency alert system test represents a commitment to learning from past incidents and continuously improving preparedness measures to protect citizens and ensure a resilient society. It highlights the nation’s dedication to enhancing its communication systems, thereby reinforcing the safety and security of its populace.


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