1. NBA Finals: Game 1
On Thursday evening, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors faced off in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In a suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining match-up, the Splash Brothers-led Warriors defeated the Cavs 113 – 91. Cavaliers star LeBron James still made NBA history by becoming the first player ever to score 6,000 points in the playoffs. And with six games to go, anything could happen.
2. May Jobs Report
The U.S. added 138,000 jobs to the economy in May, according to the jobs report released Friday. Unemployment also hit a 16-year low, dropping to 4.3 percent. According to the official report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the major job gains occurred in the health care and mining industries.
3. ICYMI: U.S. Withdraws From Paris Climate Agreement
After much speculation about President Donald Trump’s alleged desire to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord, the commander-in-chief officially pulled the trigger Thursday. The decision to leave the multi-national pact drew very mixed reviews. Some warned that pulling out of the agreement was a regressive move that would yield devastating effects for future generations, while others lauded Trump’s decision as one that would actually benefit society’s most vulnerable.
4. Deadly Chaos Continues in the Philippines
At least 36 people are dead Friday morning after a gunman set fire to a Philippines resort in Manila. According to multiple reports, the armed assailant opened fire in the resort’s casino before setting poker tables ablaze. According to police, the gunman died after setting himself on fire.
Despite the recent deadly streak of political turmoil in the Philippines, authorities so far are calling the incident a potential robbery and not terrorism.
5. Police Officer Cries Out to Jesus in Newly Released Footage From Pulse Attack
On Thursday, the Orlando Sentinel released never-before-seen footage of the deadly standoff that occurred during the June 12, 2016 Pulse nightclub attack. The video, recorded on police body cameras, captures the raw moment when Belle Isle Police Officer Brandon Cornwell said a prayer for protection. “Lord Jesus, watch over me,” Cornwell prayed aloud before entering the bathroom where terrorist Omar Mateen was holding survivors hostage.
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