ISIS continued their war on culture as they burned at least 10,000 books and over 700 rare manuscripts from at the Mosul Public Library. Terrorists used homemade bombs to blow up the Iraqi library, with Mosul civilians trying to stop them but ultimately failing.
Some of the books and manuscripts destroyed dated back to the Ottoman Empire, as well as Iraqi newspaper articles going back to the early 1900’s. ISIS first attacked the library in January, smashing locks to enter. They then loaded up thousands of books and replaced them with Islamic texts.
27 year-old Eddie Ray Routh has been found guilty of shooting and killing US Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield two years ago. The jury, ten women and two men, needed less tan two hours to reach a unanimous decision, finding Routh guilty of the crime, but not guilty by insanity. He will serve life in prison without chance of parole.
Kyle and Littlefield had taken Routh to a shooting range when Routh, who was suffering from PTSD after serving in Iraq and in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, became “riled up” and shot and killed both men. Judy Littlefield said after the verdict that “we’ve waited two years for God to get justice for us on behalf of our son.”
The 2015 Oscars were something of a flop, with host Neil Patrick Harris widely criticized and the ratings plummeting 18% from last year, the third lowest-watched ever and the worst ratings in 7 years. Harris stripping down his underwear was seen as crude, as was his joke after director Dana Perry gave a heartfelt speech about her son’s suicide. Harris joked that her dress, which contained fuzzy puffs of fabric took “a lot of balls to wear.”
As for the actual awards, Birdman won Best Picture as expected, with director Gonzalo Inarritu winning Best Director. Eddie Redmayne won Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything and Julianne Moore won Best Actress for Still Alice.