Lindsey Graham was the surprise star of the Republican forum in New Hampshire, ahead of the first Republican debate on July 6th. 14 of the candidates attended, with only front-runner Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee, and the little known Jim Gilmore deciding to skip. Graham was the only candidate to attack Hillary Clinton, saying “When Bill says ‘I didn’t have sex with that woman’, he did! And when she tell us ‘Trust me! You’ve got all the emails you need.’, we haven’t even scratched the surface.”
Graham had previously only made news for his spat with Donald Trump, with Trump giving out Graham’s cell phone number and inviting his supporters to call the number. He has been consistently polling around 1%, where the latest Fox News poll, has Trump at 26%.
Zimbabwe’s wildlife management body, ZimParks, has announced that reports stating Jericho, the brother of Cecil the Lion (shown) was also killed were incorrect. Jericho is still alive and well and, despite him caring for Cecil’s cubs, he actually isn’t even Cecil’s brother, as was also previously reported by the media.
A friendly hitchhiking robot named HitchBOT lasted only two weeks in the US, after previously traveling across Canada and through parts of Europe. The bot is immobile and relies on the kindness of strangers to take it around. It reads off interesting facts during its trips, has a camera that automatically takes a photo every 20 minutes, and a GPS was installed to help track its journey.
HitchBOT started in Marblehead, Massachusetts and was taken to Boston and even attended a Red Sox game. It had a sign on its head reading “San Fransisco or bust”, referring to its planned final destination. But once it reached Philadelphia, the bot was damaged beyond repair and its US journey came to an early end.
In the wake of the violent Baltimore riots after the death of Freddie King, the city’s murder rate has climbed to the highest in 43 years. 43 people were killed in July, the most in a single month since August, 1942, when 45 people were killed. In 2015 so far, there have been 183 homicides and 366 non-fatal shootings. This time last year, there had been 119 homicides and 200 non-fatal shootings.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake fired Police Commissioner Anthony Batts on July 8th. “Too many continue to die on our streets. Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I.” But the Interim Commissioner, Kevin Davis, has been powerless to slow down the spike in killings.