What we’re reading: Suspect of Brooklyn subway shooting arrested, highest death toll in U.S. history

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New York City Police Department officers handcuff subway shooting suspect Frank R. James, 62, in the East Village section, of New York, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. James, accused of shooting 10 people on a Brooklyn subway train, was arrested Wednesday and charged with a federal terrorism offense after a daylong manhunt and a tipster’s call brought police to him on a Manhattan street. (AP Photo/Meredith Goldberg)

By Brooke Gianopulos

Suspect of Brooklyn subway shooting in police custody

A shooting in a New York subway left at least 29 people injured, and police have taken a suspect into custody, according to the Washington Post

Officials found a U-Haul key at the scene of the shooting which ultimately led them to a van that was rented by a 62-year-old man named Frank R. James. 

As of Wednesday morning, police said James was a suspect, and by Wednesday afternoon, he was taken into custody.

At the scene, police found four smoke grenades – two used and two undetonated, a hatchet, fireworks and a liquid that might be gasoline. 

Police also searched James’ social media and found some concerning posts. After noticing James mentioned Mayor Eric Adams, officials heightened his security detail, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. 

Investigators believe that the shooter acted as a “lone wolf.”

New York Lieutenant Governor resigns

New York’s Lieutenant Governor Brian Benjamin speaks during the New York State Democratic Convention in New York, Feb. 17, 2022. Benjamin, whose seven months in that role has been overshadowed by probes into a previous campaign, was arrested Tuesday, April 12, 2022 in a federal corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

After being arrested in relation to an alleged bribery scheme, New York Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin resigned Tuesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Benjamin was charged with five counts to which he pled not guilty. 

Gov. Kathy Hochul accepted his resignation and said Benjamin could not remain in office during the legal processes.

“New Yorkers deserve absolute confidence in their government, and I will continue working every day to deliver for them,” Gov. Hochul said in a statement. 

The alleged scheme occurred from 2019 to 2021, and Benjamin, a state senator at the time, is accused of using his position to acquire a state grant of $50,000 in exchange for campaign contributions. 

Benjamin is also accused of covering up the alleged scheme.

The United States experienced its highest death total last year

A sign requiring masks as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus on a store front in Philadelphia, is seen Feb. 16, 2022. Philadelphia is reinstating its indoor mask mandate after reporting a sharp increase in coronavirus infections, Dr. Cheryl Bettigole, the city’s top health official, announced Monday, April 11, 2022. Confirmed COVID-19 cases have risen more than 50% in 10 days, the threshold at which the city’s guidelines call for people to wear masks indoors. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

2021 marked the deadliest year in U.S. history with the main increase in deaths due to COVID-19, according to AP News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its death statistics which showed that 2021 had 80,000 more deaths than 2020.

COVID-19 is not solely to blame for the increase as deaths due to drug overdose, cancer, diabetes, stroke and chronic liver disease have all risen.

Deaths due to overdoses have not been released yet, but projections show it could be around 105,000 deaths – up from 93,000 in 2020. 

New research shows a large jump in overdose deaths among 14- to 18-year-olds. Experts attribute this increase to fentanyl, a lethal drug this is often added to other drugs such as heroin. 

Giants coach Alyssa Nakken makes history again

San Diego Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer, left, shakes hands with San Francisco Giants first base coach Alyssa Nakken during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

San Francisco Giants coach Alyssa Nakken became the first female to make an on-field appearance during a major-league baseball game, according to NBC News

Nakken previously made history when the Giants hired her as the first female coach in major league baseball.

During the game against the San Deigo Padres, Giants first base coach Antoan Richardson was ejected from the game. Nakken was then summoned to take his place.

When her name was announced, the crowd at Oracle Park welcomed her with applause.  

“I was prepared for this moment,” Nakken said. “Never knew if or when it would happen, but [I] was ready to step in when the team needed me to.”

Nakken said she enjoyed having insight on what the players feel when they get put in the game.