The weekend is almost here!!! While I’m sure you are looking at the clock and counting down the minutes just as much as I am, let’s take some time to just live in the moment [woo-sah]. Or we can continue to procrastinate until 5 o’clock rolls around, that’s cool too. EITHER WAY, I hope you all have had a great week and are about to stroll in to a fun and sunshine-filled weekend.
If you’re a newbie to Daniele Uses Words, take a seat and settle on down.. this is going to be a real treat [or not.. maybe you’re not a sweets person, idk]. As part of a weekly series, every Friday I’ll be posting a ‘Weekly Rundown’ of events that are happening around the globe. I’ll try to give as much of a variety as possible, but obviously I miss some stuffs. If you have something you’d like to add, or maybe you’d like to start up a conversation, feel free to add your voice to the comment section below!
Doesn’t Fro-Yo sound awesome right now? Anyways..:
1. Cost to Wipe Out Detroit’s Blight? $2 Billion. The Detroit Blight Removal Task Force has released an in-depth plan to remove a significant amount of the blight from Detroit – a HUGE move to help rebuild the bankrupt city. So many Americans across the country bash the city, claiming Detroit is uninhabitable because of crime, decay, etc. A major clean up would do wonders for improving the image of Detroit – but is it worth the cost? That’s the question that’s currently up for discussion.
2. V.A. Hospital is Under Fire for Delayed Treatment of Ill Veterans. A report from the Veterans’ Administration Office of Inspector General was released this week reporting that veterans at a V.A. hospital in Phoenix, AZ failed to treat veterans in a timely manner, and then lied about it [OH NO they didn’t]. After investigating, the inspector general found that patients were waiting an average of 24 days for their first primary-care appointment.. FALSE. Turns out the hospital had a ‘fake’ list that reported the average waiting time as significantly less than the actual 115 days the patients were waiting [sketchy]. The report found that as many as 40 people died while waiting for treatment at the Phoenix facility and now the VA is under severe scrutiny. [P.S. – Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, has resigned. Ruh Roh.]
3. Maya Angelou passed away on Wednesday (May 28). She was best known as an author and poet, having published her first book in 1969, “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. This book was about Maya’s childhood in the Jim Crow South and it became one of the 20th-century’s most popular autobiographies with an African-American author. [May she rest in peace.]
4. Obama Has Announced He Will Remove All U.S. Troops From Afghanistan by 2016. President Obama announced earlier this week that he has major plans to remove troops from Afghanistan, starting immediately. By the end of this year, he will remove all troops except for 9,800 – a number he plans to cut in half by the end of 2015. By 2016, Obama has insisted he will have all troops removed from the country except for the normal embassy presence. While this is great news, many Americans remain skeptic.. Essentially it’s become a ‘wait and see’ situation.
5. FDA is Shining Light on Tanning Bed Rules. [Did that pun work? No? Okay..] The Food and Drug Administration has announced that they will be forcing tanning salons to put a black-box warning [‘black box’.. sounds intense] on every tanning bed, stating that minors should refrain from using them. However, they are not going so far as to actually ban anyone under the age of 18 from getting their tan on. Additionally, tanning bed manufacturers will need to have the FDA review and approve the safety and design of their tanning beds before they are sold.
6. Measles Reach a 20-Year High in the U.S. Federal health officials have confirmed that cases of the measles have reached a 20-year high in the U.S., mostly because our bodies have begun to resist the vaccination. As of the end of last week, 288 measles cases were confirmed – a number that is expected to increase with the summer season [*grabs hand sanitizer*]. This type of virus is extremely contagious and usually only causes a fever and/or rash. However, it can lead to pneumonia, deafness, brain damage, and even death. [Life lesson: NEVER WebMD your symptoms – you’re always going to have cancer. If something is up, just go to the doctor.]
And just a reminder to turn that frown upside down…
While I no doubt missed events that took place this week, I’d love to start a conversation with you in the comment section below! So readers: what would you have included in this week’s ‘Weekly Rundown’? Do you think troops will be completely removed by 2016? What is your favorite Maya Angelou quote?
You stay fancy, y’all! Enjoy your weekend and I shall return on Monday! Peace, love and nachos.