Throughout the past few weeks, most of the news stories featured on television news and in the papers are about the coronavirus pandemic and/or the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election (which will take place on November 3). All of the news stories about those two subjects covered by the media range from updates on new COVID-19 cases and death tolls; coronavirus cases at colleges across the country, schools having to shut down & convert to online learning (lengths vary depending on school); updated election polls; announcements and recaps regarding the Democratic National Convention (DNC) and Republican National Convention (RNC); and/or major news about any of the candidates, to name a few different story angles. As a result of this heavy coverage on the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, there has been a lack of coverage on other major news stories and events that a lot of people probably haven’t heard about.
Now, with all of that information being said, listed down below are 10 Major News Stories Not Related To The Coronavirus or The Election That You Probably Haven’t Heard About Yet:
1. Lori Loughlin Received Her Prison Sentence For Her Role in the College Admissions Scandal:
Of all the Major News Stories not related to the coronavirus pandemic or The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election that are featured in this article, the one that probably most readers will have probably heard is Full House Star Lori Loughlin and her husband, Fashion Designer Mossimo Giannulli, receiving their prison sentencer for their roles in the College Admissions Bribery Scandal. Initially deciding to fight the charges, the famous couple decided accepted a plea deal instead after a judge denied their motion to dismiss the case back in May.
On August 21, a federal judge (via a video sentencing hearing) sentenced Loughlin to two months in prison and after being released the Full House actress will also have to pay a $150,000 fine, serve 100 hours of community service, and be under supervised release for two years. As for Giannulli, the same federal judge sentenced him to five months behind bars and after completing his time in jail, Giannulli will also have to pay a fine of $250,000, serve 250 hours of community service, and serve two years of supervised release.
2. The Brutal Attack on Three Transgender Women in Los Angeles:
The most disturbing news story featured on here is the horrific and brutal attack on YouTube star Eden Estrada and two of her friends, all of whom are transgender women. On Monday morning (August 17), the three were attacked on Hollywood Boulevard by a man, who robbed and assaulted them. Two other men were also involved in the attack.
The entire incident was captured by on video by onlookers and shared widely on social media. According the Estrada, the bystanders did nothing to help her and her friends while they were being attacked. On August 21, it was reported that the LAPD arrested two of the men involved and are still looking for the third suspect.
3. The Outrage Over Cuties:
Massive outrage sparked online after the poster for the French film Cuties, which was released along with a trailer as it will be available for streaming on Netflix in early September, showed girls posing in skimpy outfits. The film, which earned Director Maïmouna Doucouré the Directing Award at the 2020 Sundance Film festival, follows a traditional 11-years-old Senegalese Muslim girl who joins a dance group. However, she finds herself torn between two contrasting sides: Traditional values and Internet culture. The film also tackles the hypersexualization of pre-adolescent girls.
Along with the its’ and suggestive dance sequences, the film’s controversial promotional poster, sparked so much outrage on social media that a petition claiming that Cuties “sexualizes an 11-year-old for the viewing pleasure of paedophiles” circulated online and as of August 22, has received almost 245,000 signatures. In response to the subsequent backlash, Netflix released a new promotional poster for the film and issued an apology on Twitter, stating: “We’re deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.”
The photo below on the left is of the original poster while the one on the right is the new one that Netflix released after the controversy erupted.
4. Kim Jong Un Transfers Some Powers to His Sister Kim Yo Jong:
In terms of Major International News Stories, one of the biggest ones is North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un reportedly transferring some powers over to his younger half-sister, Kim Yo Jong. As South Korean Intelligence Officials told CNN, Kim Jong Un gave his younger half-sister “Partial authority to oversee some “general state affairs” in order to ease the North Korean leader’s workload.”
5. The Ellen DeGeneres Show Drama:
One of the biggest News Stories not related to the coronavirus pandemic or the election this past month was the July 16 BuzzFeed News article where 10 anonymous former employees of The Ellen DeGeneres Show accused the show of promoting a toxic work environment. A second BuzzFeed News article released exactly two weeks later featured interviews with 36 former employees who all accused the executive producers of sexual misconduct and harassment. Some suggested that DeGeneres herself knew about this, but did not want to deal with it. The latter claims were also the main subject of a third BuzzFeed News article release on August 4 and a current employee, who remained anonymous, expressed their frustration over no one taking responsibility over the toxic workplace environment.
As a result of the revelations, many viewers of the show rewatched past interviews and took to social media to share past interviews with celebrities that they found to be problematic. Even after DeGeneres issued two emotional apologies to her staff, she is still receiving tons of backlash. On August 17, Variety reported that three of the show’s senior producers, Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman, and Jonathan Norman, were ousted from The Ellen DeGeneres Show following the allegations made against them by former employees in the articles.
6. Panda Matriarch at National Zoo Gives Birth:
Mei Xiang, the giant panda matriarch of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C. gave birth to a cub on Friday August 21. According to USA Today, Mei Xiang, 22, is the oldest panda to successfully give birth to a cub in America.
7. The California Wildfires Cause Massive Damage To The State’s Oldest State Park:
One of the biggest breaking news stories is the ongoing wildfires across the state of California. As of August 19, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that a total of 6,871 fires have burned 728,909 acres so far. On August 21, CNN reported that the fires caused extensive damage to Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California’s oldest state park.
8. Golden State Killer Sentenced To Life in Prison:
On August 21, Joseph James DeAngelo, better known as the “Golden State Killer”, received a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole. The sentence comes after three days of victims and/or family members of some of the victims gave powerful impact statements to the court at DeAngelo’s sentencing. The former police officer pleaded guilty to committing at least 13 murders, more than 50 rapes, and over 120 burglaries in California during the 1970s and 1980s.
As we all know, the Golden State Killer was able to avoid capture for four decades until his arrest in 2018. According to BuzzFeed News: “[DeAngelo was finally captured] after investigators used an innovative technique of running his DNA through online genealogical databases, through which the DNA of a relative of DeAngelo’s was connected. His arrest was the first cold case in the country to be solved with this new strategy.”
9. Donald Trump Holds Funeral Service for His Younger Brother Robert at The White House:
One of the latest news stories that everyone knows or has probably heard about is Robert Trump, the younger brother of President Donald Trump, passing away on August 15 at the age of 71. The cause of death remains unknown.
However, one of the news stories related to Robert Trump’s death that most people probably aren’t aware of is that President Trump recently held a private funeral service for his younger brother at White House. According to multiple reports, the president personally paid for all costs related to the service.
Robert Trump’s funeral was held in the East Room of the White House. While the 150 guests in attendance didn’t wear masks, all of them were given coronavirus tests beforehand at the Trump International Hotel. It was the first time since 1963 after JFK was assassinated that the remains were brought to the White House.
10. John Legend & Chrissy Teigen Are Expecting Their Third Child:
Another one of the news stories pertaining to celebrities is the announcement that John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are expecting their third child. After debuting a music video for his song “Wild” on August 13, which also featured Teigen, 34, many fans speculated about a potential pregnancy after Teigen put her hands over a burgeoning baby bump towards the end of the music video.
Following the release of the music video for “Wild”, Teigen confirmed the news by showing off her growing baby bump on her Instagram Stories and Twitter, captioning the posts (on both social media platforms): “‘Look at this third baby, sh*t… oh my god.'”