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Reality Check Recap: June 6th, 2014

Posted June 6th, 2014 @ 9:50am

There’s been another university shooting. 1 person was killed and two were injured when a 26-year-old man opened fire at Seattle Pacific University. A student security guard tackled the gunman while he was reloading, and other students helped jump on top of him. Police haven’t released a motive yet, but they don’t believe the gunman was student at the university.


There’s drama between Verizon and Netflix. Back in April, Netflix and Verizon Internet made a deal that would give Netflix users faster connections. But now Netflix feels like Verizon customers are getting too much buffering, so they’re putting a message on Verizon users’ computer screens that says their delays are caused by the Verizon network being too crowded right now. Verizon is pissed, Netflix is pissed, and Verizon is threatening legal action.


Today is the 70-year anniversary of the D-Day landings during World War II. 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. President Obama is in France today, paying tribute to the servicemen who took part in the mission. The invasion of Normandy by the Allies contributed to the Allies winning the war.


And here’s my favorite story of the day. A man in a gorilla suit was mistaken as a real gorilla and taken down with a tranquilizer gun. The man was dressed up to help zoo employees learn to deal with an escaped gorilla. But a veterinarian who apparently didn’t get the memo shot him with a tranquilizer that had enough juice to take down a 400-pound gorilla. The man is in serious condition.


And here’s a story that will make you put your phone down more often. A man in China’s retina became detached after too much texting with his girlfriend. The 26-year-old was texting for so long that he began to see flashes, before discovering that his left eye’s retina had become detached. He had to have immediate surgery. Experts say this is a rare occurrence but can happen when we over focus as “we strain to find a 3-D image on a close-up 2-D screen.”


And California college student may soon need to sign a written agreement before they have sex. The bill states that students who want to have sex must essentially establish that there has been "an affirmative, unambiguous, and conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity." The legislation is a reaction to the issue of rape on college campuses.


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