1. ABC to air “Roseanne” spinoff without Barr amid racism scandal
The ABC network has announced that it will be airing a spinoff of the popular sitcom “Roseanne” without its star, Roseanne Barr, amid a racism scandal.
This comes after Barr made a racist remark on Twitter about Valerie Jarrett, a former adviser to President Barack Obama. Jarrett is African American.
Barr has since apologized for her comments, but ABC decided to cancel the show nonetheless.
The new spinoff, which does not yet have a title, will focus on the character of Darlene Conner, played by Sara Gilbert. It is set to air in the fall.
2. Google Doodle honors groundbreaking African-American physicist & inventor Marie Curie
On what would have been her 147th birthday, Google is honoring the life and legacy of groundbreaking African-American physicist and inventor Marie Curie with a Doodle.
Curie was born in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland and later moved to France, where she conducted much of her renowned research on radioactivity.
She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and is one of only four people to have won the prestigious award in two different fields.
Curie died in 1934 at the age of 66 from aplastic anemia, which she is believed to have contracted from years of exposure to radiation.
Despite her tragic death, her legacy continues to live on and inspire future generations of scientists.
3. “Black Panther” becomes highest-grossing superhero movie of all time
The blockbuster film “Black Panther” has become the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time, raking in over $1.3 billion at the global box office.
The film, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular superhero, is also now the ninth highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide.
“Black Panther” has been praised for its strong representation of African culture and its positive depiction of black protagonists. The film has also been lauded for its strong female characters.
4. Serena Williams wins her first match at the French Open since giving birth
Serena Williams made a triumphant return to the French Open on Tuesday, winning her first match at the clay-court tournament since giving birth to her daughter last year.
Williams, who is seeded 16th, defeated Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
The 36-year-old American is now just two wins away from claiming her 24th Grand Slam singles title, which would tie Margaret Court’s all-time record. Serena Williams wins record-equalling 24th Grand Slam at Wimbledon
5. LeBron James leads the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics
LeBron James put up a heroic performance on Sunday, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a Game 7 victory over the Boston Celtics with a score of 87-79.
With this win, the Cavaliers have advanced to the NBA Finals for the fourth consecutive year.
6. Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and coach freed from flooded cave
After more than two weeks trapped underground, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand.
The boys, who are aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach became stranded on June 23 when they went exploring in the cave after practice and were caught by rising floodwaters.
They were finally freed on Tuesday, July 10, after an epic rescue operation involving hundreds of people from around the world.
The boys are now being treated for dehydration and other health issues at a hospital in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
7. Twitter permanently suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for violating rules
Twitter has permanently suspended right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars for violating the platform’s rules.
This comes after Jones tweeted a link to a video in which he said that the “media is the enemy.”
In a statement, Twitter said that it had put Jones and Infowars “on notice” last month and warned them that they would be banned if they continued to violate the site’s rules.
8. California wildfires: Thousands evacuated as ‘unprecedented’ Carr fire rages
A raging wildfire in Northern California has forced the evacuation of thousands of people and is threatening to destroy the city of Redding.
The Carr fire, which started on Monday, has so far scorched more than 20,000 acres (8093 hectares) of land and is only 5% contained.
More than 500 structures have been destroyed and several people have been injured. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
9. US imposes tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods, China retaliates
The United States has imposed tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods in a move that has sparked immediate retaliation from Beijing.
The tariffs, which went into effect at 12:01 am on Friday, are the first in a series of planned levies on Chinese imports worth up to $450 billion.
China has retaliated with tariffs of its own on US goods, including soybeans, cars and chemicals.
The escalating trade dispute between the two countries has led to concerns of a trade war, which could have major implications for the global economy.