President Obama has announced that Alaska’s Mt. McKinley, the country’s highest mountain, will be renamed to Denali, a word from the indigenous Athabaskan language meaning “high one”.
Horror movie director Wes Craven has died aged 76 after battling brain cancer. His family released a statement saying, “it is with great sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1PM on Sunday, Aug 30 after battling brain cancer. Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family, at his home in Los Angeles.”
Craven made his debut in 1972 with The Last House on the Left. Craven wrote, directed, and edited the film for less than $100,000 and went on to make over $3 million. He became famous internationally in 1984 after directing the first Nightmare on Elm Street movie, which made Freddy Krueger an icon of horror. Craven’s other films included The Hills Have Eyes and the Scream series.
Shannon Miles, a serial criminal, has been charged with capital murder after he shot and killed a Texan cop at a gas station. Darren Goforth was filling his car at a Chevron station in Houston when Miles came up behind him and shot him dead. Miles continued firing into Goforth’s body after he had been killed.
Harris County sheriff Ron Hickman blamed the Black Lives Movement for the murder, saying their “out of control” rhetoric against law enforcement was inciting violence. At a press conference, he said, “we’ve heard black lives matter, all lives matter – well cop’s lives matter too. Why don’t we just drop the qualifier and say ‘all lives matter’?”
17 year-old Daniela Rossi paid for a couple’s meal with her own tips because the husband, Rick Lewallen, was battling cancer.
A gay rights official at the University of Tennessee has issued a statement telling staff and students to stop using “he” and “she” when talking to each other. Instead, “gender neutral” terms should be used. Examples of these, according to the statement, are “xe” and “zir”.
The statement was sent to its members and will make the campus “welcome and inclusive” instead of making people feel “marginalized.”. After the statement was widely ridiculed, the university made it clear that the rules were voluntary.
Usain Bolt beat two-time drug cheat Justin Gatlin for the second time at the World Championships, adding a 200m gold to his 100m, but was then comically taken out by a cameraman on a segway.