Written by: Rachel Antony
From Syria to Tupac's death, here's what everyone's talking about this week.
1. Tupac's Death
Over the last 21 years, there has been a lot of speculation, documentaries, and arguments about who murdered Tupac on September 7, 1996. Suge Knight, one of the witnesses to the event, has finally come out to say who killed Tupac. His ex-wife Sharitha and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr. were behind the murder of Tupac and attempted murder of Knight. Suge Knight was the real target of the shooting and Tupac was there as collateral damage. Reggie Wright Jr., was the then-head of security for Death Row Records, and it's been said that the couple wanted to take control of Death Row. Suge Knight, who is currently serving time for a different murder trial, has confirmed that the documentary, Tupac Assassination: Battle of Compton accurately depicts what happened that night.
2. Syria Chemical Attack
Yesterday in Syria, the Nothern rebel-held area, Idlib province, was attacked. It's the worst chemical attack in Syria since the attack in 2013. At that time Syrian President Assad agreed to a Russian-American deal to eliminate his country’s chemical weapons program which is now being questioned. Yesterday, the toxic substance spread after warplanes dropped bombs in the early morning hours killing more than 75 people including children. After the initial gas bombings, the clinics treating the injured were then targeted by air strikes.The UK's foreign secretary is saying that evidence is pointing to the Syrian government and President Assad leading the attack. This attack comes at the same as peace talks were happening in Brussels, where officials were debating if the EU should contribute funds to reconstruct Syria.
3. NHL Not Going to Olympics
The NHL has announced that they will not be going to the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The NHL has previously made it clear they aren't down to interrupt the regular NHL season to let some of the players head off to the Olympics. This isn't the first time discussions have been heated regarding the players' participation, every four years the IOC and NHL butt heads to both get their way. In Sochi, the IOC agreed to pay the players’ insurance and travel costs, at the cost of approximately $14 million so that they could attend. But the IOC is not feeling that generous this time around, so it's looking like the 2017/2018 NHL season will be uninterrupted. The two questions still up in the air are: will individual players get to choose if they go? Washington’s Ted Leonsis said he will not stand in the way of his Capitals players. And will this impact the NHL's participation in the 2022 Beijing Olympics?
4. Calgary Flames Make Playoffs
They've been spotted, the Flames flags stuck in the windows of YYC's vehicles which means that our city is gearing up for the playoff run. There are only a couple more regular season games left, but for once we aren't holding our breath for the win. We haven't been guaranteed an opponent yet, but it will be either the Sharks, the Ducks or a battle of Alberta with the Oilers. Those three teams are only a few points apart in the standings, so we have a few days before we find out who we are up against. The cops are also gearing up for the first round on the Red Mile to make sure things stay safe and fun for everyone.
5. Pepsi's New Commercial
On Tuesday, Pepsi unveiled its latest commercial, starring Kendall Jenner, after a week of promotional teasing. And just as the company hoped, the commercial went viral but not for the reasons they wanted. The end of the commercial where Kendall offers the police a can of Pepsi, ending the protest is reminiscent of the award-winning photo of Ieshia Evans at a Baton Rouge, La., protest against police brutality last July. In it, Ieshia offers her hands for an arrest to a group of police officers, and it became iconic for the Black Lives Matter movement. Except that Kendall is white and rich, and people don't see her as the face for ending racism hence the backlash around the new ad.