The Notre Dame Fire, Explained In Less Than 400 Words

The Notre Dame Fire, Explained In Less Than 400 Words

Much to the relief of the church, a significant collection of art and holy objects inside the church had been recovered.


On Monday, April 15th, the Paris landmark's roof caught on fire, resulting in the collapse of its spire and a large portion of the roof, threatening one of the world's greatest religious and architectural structures.

The fire started at 6:50 p.m. after the cathedral was closed to the public. Nearby buildings were also evacuated as officials feared that the fire could spread to other buildings.

According to a fire service spokesman, officials have no reason to believe that the fire was a result of terrorism or arson. The Paris fire brigade was quoted by Paris media as saying the fire was potentially linked to a renovation project on the spire. However, the building has not yet been deemed safe enough to investigate the exact cause of the fire.

French president, Emmanuel Macron, promised the nation on Tuesday night that he would rebuild the cathedral that he called "a part of us." Macron also claimed that the renovated Notre Dame will be "more beautiful than before" within just five years, a timeframe that most experts find impossible.

Much to the relief of the church, a significant collection of art and holy objects inside the church had been recovered. In a tweet later, the city's mayor Anne Hidalgo thanked firefighters and others who formed a human chain to save artifacts. "The crown of thorns, the tunic of St. Louis and many other major artifacts are now in a safe place," she wrote.

Despite the devastating images, luckily no one was killed. However, two police officers were injured and one firefighter was seriously injured among the over 400 firefighters that fought the blaze for hours. After fully extinguishing it, firefighters continued cooling the building overnight in order to fully secure the remaining two towers.

The French prime minister Édouard Philippe said France will launch an international competition for architects to redesign the roofline of the cathedral. He said an estimation of the cost of rebuilding the cathedral had yet to be made. However, French billionaires, multinationals and private citizens have so far raised €880m (£762m) for the restoration. In terms of when the landmark would be reopened, Notre Dame's rector said he expected the building to remain closed to the public for five to six years.

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The Nike Boycott Has Gone Too Far

All about the Nike ad that's causing a scene.


It was back in 2016 when Colin Kaepernick decided not to rise for the National Anthem during a preseason game for the 49ers. This led to a huge polarized reaction from the country. Some were proud of him for refusing to support a country who continued to have race and equality issues. Others believed it was a disrespect to the country and the military for not standing to honor the country's history. It was almost all forgotten until Nike released its new ad campaign on Monday.

Nike released an ad campaign with Kaepernick as the spokesperson. It featured a picture of the athlete with the quote, "Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything." Other athletes were included that are standing up for equality in this country. Usually, companies don't take political stances because it can cause backlash from their customers, ultimately resulting in a possible loss of profits. Here, Nike didn't care! They believe that the stand they are taking for equality outweighs the possible loss of profits.

Then, customers... retaliated. A "Nike Boycott" was beginning. Spread throughout social media were videos of people burning their Nike products. Shoes, shirts, socks. People even decided that cutting off the Nike logo from their products was a way to boycott Nike.

In my opinion, this boycott is a little too far. I understand that everyone has their own political opinion, but burning clothes that were bought makes no sense to me. There are people all over the world in desperate need of clothes. Sending them Nike clothes would most likely be an amazing gift. So why don't people just donate them, instead of lighting them on fire?

Not only that, but at the end of the day, it is one picture. Yes, it stands for something, a more equal country possibly. But also, one celebrity endorsement isn't worth all of this waste of products. Understandably, people will stand for what they believe in, but please think of other people if you decide you want to get rid of some Nike products.

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'House Of Horrors' Parents Sentenced To 25 To Life

The Turpin's were sentenced for their horrific crimes of child abuse.


The house of David and Louse Turpin has been called "The House of Horrors" for a very good reason.

They plead guilty to the 14 counts of abuse and torture of their 12 children, ranging in age from 2 to 29. All of the children were reported to be seriously malnourished, except for the 2-year-old who seems to have been spared the abuse that their older siblings were enduring.

The horrific 911 call that sent police to their house was played in court, detailing the severity of their horrific living conditions, including being beaten, living in filth, starved, and never being allowed out of the house.

It was a blessing for the children that their parents plead guilty, as it spared them the difficulty of having to testify in court and relive the abuse. However, they were present at the courtroom during the sentencing and requested that police comfort dog Raider stays by their sides for the ordeal.

They were seen petting the dog throughout the day as the Judge and audience were regaled with all of the horrible details, including partial audio from the 911 call mentioned above. The eldest sibling did make a witness impact statement while staring down her parents who were just across the room.

The parents claimed that their homeschooling and "discipline" had the best intentions. The Judge, Bernard Schwartz called them "cruel and inhumane" for shackling, starving, and depriving their children of showers.

As they go to face a punishment that is fitting of their crime, the children begin for the first time to live normal lives and learn about themselves. While they have not spoken to their parents since their arrest about a year ago, and have said that they still suffer nightmares, they are doing their best to be survivors, not victims. Two of the children are said to be college, one for software engineering. They are going to movies and concerts, and one sibling has apparently become extremely good at Scrabble.

Their attorney, Jack Osborn, seems to be proud of his clients and speaks of their resilience.

I wish the Turpin children happiness as they begin their new life and am glad to see their parents jailed for their crimes.

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