5 news stories you ignored because of the Zimmerman trial

By Jessica Huseman
@JessicaHuseman

With every news channel consumed by the George Zimmerman trial and his recent acquittal, many people have forgotten that other things were happening in the word. We thought we’d fill you in. Here are the five stories you probably missed because you were so glued to the television because the fate of George Zimmerman obviously has a profound impact on your daily life. Sarcasm intended.

1. The coup in Egypt

Protesters wave the Egyptian flag after the military takeover. Photo by Moravsky Vrabec.

Protesters wave the Egyptian flag after the military takeover. Photo by Moravsky Vrabec.

On July 3, Egypt’s military ousted President Muhammad Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, in a military coup after only a year in power. The removal followed weeks of protests by thousands of people, which the Egyptian government largely ignored. Adly Mansour — a former judge — has been sworn in as both chief justice of the high constitution court and president, and Mohamed ElBaradei — a former United Nations nuclear watchdog and Nobel peace laureate — has been sworn in as vice president.

2. The immigration debate

Immigration

Despite a comprehensive immigration reform package being approved by the Senate last month, the House has yet to make any real progress on the issue – though the debate surrounding the bill has become heated. Republican House Speaker John Boehner has long said that the House would not take up the Senate’s version of the bill, and that they would create their own. While the Senate’s version included a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and significant expansions to border security, it is not yet clear what the House will include in their version.

3. 33 people die in a train explosion in Quebec

Photo by Jonathan Wiggs of the Boston Globe

 On July 5, a parked Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway train derailed and accelerating downhill into the small town of Lac-Magentic in Quebec before exploding. The death toll is officially 33, but another 17 are missing and presumed dead. Dozens of buildings were also flattened in the historic center of the small town. An investigation revealed that the cause of the derailment was inadequate hand brakes set when the train was parked.

4. The U.S. House approved the farm bill without food stamp aid

Getty Images

Getty Images

On Friday, the House narrowly passed the farm bill after stripping all food stamp provisions from the bill. The vote in the house was 216-208, with no Democratic support. Twelve Republicans voted against the bill. The food stamp and nutrition program costs $78 billion, and made up much of the farm bill’s cost. Republicans have said they will vote on food stamps when they can consider the program on its own rather than as a part of a larger bill. The Senate passed the legislation last month with the food stamp provision, and some feel that negotiations could allow a compromise that would still include the initiative in the final package.

5. Janet Napolitano resigns

Janet Napolitano

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned on Friday to run the University of California and its system of colleges. Napolitano, who has handled many of Obama’s most controversial national security issues, thanked the president for appointing her and expressed confidence that the DHS would “continue to perform its important duties with the honor and focus that the American public expects” in a statement. She will remain in her post until September.

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