What we’re reading: Actions have consequences


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By Grace Amiss

We’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got Bill Cosby’s sentencing, a possible second meeting between Trump and the ‘Rocket Man’ and, the fate of a two-headed snake.

President Donald Trump and the ‘Rocket Man’

Amidst nuclear weapon threats from North Korea, President Donald Trump announced the second summit with Kim Jong Un is coming “quite soon.”

“It was a different world,” Trump said, referring to when he labeled the North Korean leader as ‘rocket man.’ “That was a dangerous time. This is one year later, a much different time.”

U.S. officials report that North Korea has still not taken steps toward denuclearization.

Cosby to be sentenced Tuesday

Bill Cosby is scheduled to be sentenced today in a Pennsylvania courtroom.

Cosby was found guilty in April of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.

According to CNN, prosecutors asked Monday to sentence Cosby to five to 10 years in prison for sexually assaulting Constand and the defense asked for a sentence of house arrest due to his advanced age and blindness.

Judge Steven T. O’Neill will decided today whether Cosby should be classified a “sexually violent predator.”

Live updates can be found on CNN.com.

Dallas police officer fired 

Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer charged with manslaughter, has been fired from the department Monday, according to a statement Dallas Police Chief Ulysha Renee Hall.

Guyer, a white female, fatally shot Botham Shem Jean, a black man, in his own apartment. She said she mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was her own. Guyer said she didn’t realize she was on the wrong floor.

This verdict came during a hearing Monday, according to CNN.

Scrabble adds new words to its repertoire 

The popular board game, Scrabble, announced that it is adding 300 new words to its collection.

“OK” and “ew” are just a few of the words players can now use.

“OK is something Scrabble players have been waiting for, for a long time,” said lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, editor at large at Merriam-Webster. “Basically two-and three-letter words are the lifeblood of the game.”

Merriam-Webster released its last update four years ago. Now, the official dictionary has over 100,000 words.

Woman arrested for sheltering animals during hurricane

A North Carolina woman was arrested after she took in two dozen animals during Hurricane Florence.

Tammi Hedges runs Crazy Claws N Paws, an animal rescue group based in Goldsboro, NC. She was arrested for practicing veterinary medicine without a license on the ‘sick’ or ‘injured’ animals.

The organization took in 27 animals, including 18 cats from one elderly couple, according to a volunteer. The animals were placed in an empty warehouse, which is in the process of being converted into a shelter.

Two-headed snake…or snakes

The two-headed Eastern Copperhead found in a Virginia Neighborhood last week may be sent to an education facility for further research. The reptile shares one heart and set of lungs, according to a hospital release.

Both heads are capable of biting and distributing venom, according to The Charlotte Observer.

Check in tomorrow for more.