3 dead in latest of a string of shootings in Miami, schools spend stimulus money: 5 Things podcast

3 dead in latest of a string of shootings in Miami, schools spend stimulus money: 5 Things podcast

June 7, 2021

On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Another shooting shakes Miami, schools begin spending their COVID-19 stimulus money, dozens of people are dead after a train crash in Pakistan, Kamala Harris visits Guatemala for her first trip abroad as VP, and Danny Masterson heads to court again on rape charges.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson, and this is 5 Things You Need To Know Monday, the 7th of June 2021. Today, the vice president’s trip to Guatemala. Plus, what schools are doing with COVID stimulus money and more.

Taylor Wilson:

Here are some of the top headlines: 

Taylor Wilson:

Vice President Kamala Harris is heading to Guatemala on Monday. The trip comes after the White House tapped the VP this spring to lead efforts to deal with a wave of migration at the Southern border, and to partner with Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to do so. In late April, Harris met virtually with Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei. On that call, she stressed collaboration in the region.

Kamala Harris:

The United States plans to increase relief to the region, strengthen our cooperation to manage migration in an effective, secure, and humane manner. I believe that the work in order to be successful will require everyone’s participation. I do believe also it will require political will and hard work to accomplish our goals, but I am confident that we can make progress and create a sense of hope for the future.

Taylor Wilson:

And Harris talked more specifically about her trip last week.

Kamala Harris:

It is about what we need to do and can do together to both support the folks who need help in terms of hunger, the economic development piece, the extreme weather, and the impact that has had on their economy. But it’s also about having very frank and honest conversations about the need to address corruption, to address crime, violence, and in particular against some of the most vulnerable populations in that country.

Kamala Harris:

But I will bring to that conversation also to bear on this conversation, the work that we’ve done so far here, meeting with and bringing together CEOs, for example, who are prepared to renew or to begin a relationship with Guatemala.

Kamala Harris:

I will bring to bear on this conversation the meetings that we’ve had with civil society, both in the U.S. and there in terms of the need, again, to address long standing issues that relates to disparities in the country. We will bring to bear on the conversation the commitment that various members of our administration are making through their agencies as cabinet secretaries to renew, and in many cases, to upgrade the kind of resources that we are committing to that region to address the root causes.

Taylor Wilson:

Guatemala links Mexico to the rest of Central America, and it’s where many migrants make their journey north. Harris’s trip got off to a bit of a rocky start Sunday when a technical issue grounded her plane about 30 minutes after taking off, but she was expected to still arrive in Guatemala in time. The Vice President on Tuesday will then meet with officials in Mexico. This week’s trip is her first abroad as VP.

Taylor Wilson:

COVID-19 stimulus checks are arriving at schools around the country, and it’s still not clear everywhere how they’ll spend that money. $81 billion is heading to schools this week as part of federal coronavirus relief. By Monday, states must tell the department of education how they plan to spend that money. Then another $41 billion will be released nationwide. At least 31 states have already begun sending their school districts some of the money.

Taylor Wilson:

On Monday, the Department of Education hopes to see specific plans on how to help students who have been disengaged during the pandemic catch up. The department is also encouraging states and districts to use new funds to expand vaccine access, including vaccination sites at schools. Some school district plans with the extra money so far have included extra resources to catch kids up at summer school and additional tutors.

Taylor Wilson:

At least 30 people are dead after two express trains collided in Pakistan on Monday. According to officials, one train, the Millat Express, derailed before the Sir Syed Express hit it. At least 15 people are still trapped in the wreckage, and authorities are trying to arrange heavy machinery for rescues in the southern part of the country. About 100 people were injured. Train accidents in the south Asian country are common. In 1990, Pakistan suffered its worst rail disaster when 210 people were killed.

Taylor Wilson:

Another deadly shooting has shaken Miami. The latest at a graduation party early Sunday killed at least three people and left six others injured. The violence came after the party ended at a strip mall parking lot near Miami Dade College around 2:00 AM. Sunday. Police said that one or more vehicles pulled up and began firing into the crowd. Two people also died when their car crashed into a wall at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. Police said at least one gun was in the car, but an exact connection to the shooting was not clear. Sunday’s violence comes a week after a Memorial Day weekend shooting killed three and injured 20, and a still unsolved incident in the Miami area, and another shooting in the area on May 28th killed one and injured six others.

Taylor Wilson:

Danny Masterson is set to return to court on Monday for arraignment on three rape charges. Three women have given emotional testimonies that Masterson raped them between 2001 and 2003. The actor, best known on That ’70s Show, has denied the allegations since they were first made public in 2017. The upcoming trial represents a rare Me Too case that’s actually prosecuted. Many have been investigated by police before ending without charges.

Taylor Wilson:

One aspect of this case that has already been brought up during testimony is Scientology. Masterson is a Scientologist, and all three women are former Scientologists. One woman said she went to ethics officials at the church who convinced her she was not raped. Masterson’s attorneys have previously said the women want to take down the church of Scientology with the accusations. If convicted, Masterson could face up to 45 years in prison.

Taylor Wilson:

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