Weekly News Roundup

April 27, 2018

Toronto Van Attack

Alek Minassian, the 25-year-old accused of killing 10 and wounding 13 after driving a van into a crowd in Toronto, Canada on Monday, has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.

The accused Toronto killer posted a cryptic message on Facebook in which he pledged allegiance to the misogynistic “Incel Rebellion” group prior to allegedly mowing down hordes of people in Canada’s most populous city.

Police have revealed that the victims were “predominantly women”, ranging in age from their mid-20s to early 80s.

Danish Inventor Sentenced to Life in Prison

The Danish Inventor Peter Madsen has been jailed for life for murdering Swedish journalist Kim Wall in his homemade submarine last year.

Madsen, 47, was today found guilty of murder, dismemberment and indecent handling of a body after a harrowing 12 day trial in Copenhagen City Court.

The Danish inventor will now spend at least 16 years in prison — the amount of years a life sentence is in Denmark — after judge Anette Burkoe announced the guilty verdict.

Madsen listened quietly as the judge read out the verdict and said her and the two jurors agreed Wall’s death was a murder because Madsen could not offer a “trustworthy” explanation.

12-year-old Boy Who Flew to Bali

Following an argument with his parents, the Sydney schoolboy stole his mum Emma’s credit card and booked flights and accommodation. He then managed to leave the country with his parents none the wiser for days.

The boy, given the pseudonym Drew by A Current Affair, was told he couldn’t go to Bali by his mother but managed to book himself flights (researching an airline that allowed 12-year-olds to fly unaccompanied) and a hotel room, and to depart the country unimpeded.

Telling his family he was going to school, he rode his razor scooter to his local train station, from where he travelled to the airport and, using a self-service check-in terminal, boarded a flight for Perth, then another for Indonesia, the Nine Network program reported.

Kendrick Lamar Reveals A Full Australian Tour

After headlining Splendour In The Grass in July, Kendrick Lamar has unveiled a full Australian tour in support of 2017’s album DAMN.

The dates include:

Perth Arena
Tuesday July 10

Rod Laver Arena
Friday July 13

Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Sunday July 15

Qudos Bank Arena
Tuesday July 24

Tickets go on sale Monday April 30.

The Simpsons star Hank Azaria is stepping aside amid Apu controversy

Hank Azaria addressed the controversy surrounding The Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon and said he’s willing to stop voicing the cartoon to make room for “something new.”

Appearing on The Late Show, Azaria said he wants to see more Indian and South Asian writers on the popular sitcom to give Apu or a new character a “new direction.”

Apu, the show’s convenience-store owner known for his thick Indian accent, was criticised in November when a documentary called The Problem with Apu pointed out several hurtful stereotypes the character portrayed about the South Asian community.

“I’ve given this a lot of thought — really a lot of thought — and, as I say, my eyes have been opened,” Azaria told host Stephen Colbert. “And I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country, when they talk about what they feel and how they think about this character, and what their American experience of it has been … Listening to voices means inclusion in the writers’ room.”

He added, “I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the writers’ room, not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced.”

Azaria said he’s “perfectly willing and happy to step aside” in voicing Apu. The actor added he’s also happy to “help transition” the longtime Simpsons character into “something new.”

“I really hope that’s what The Simpsons does. It not only makes sense, but it just feels like the right thing to do, to me,” he said.

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