Image: People gather near flowers and candles left in tribute to victims the day after a truck ran into a crowd at high speed killing scores and injuring more on the Promenade des Anglais who were celebrating the Bastille Day national holiday, in Nice, France, July 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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There doesn’t seem to be a day without news of horrible violence somewhere in the world. This latest attack in Nice has happened after a seemingly never-ending stream of news stories about tragic killings. Dallas. Police Shootings. The nightclub massacre in Florida. So how do we process another horrific event like this?
Roxane Cohen Silver, UC Irvine
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack in Nice. But ISIS has committed or inspired similar attacks in recent months. But reports indicate that the battle against ISIS has the group losing ground. It may even be preparing for a time when it no longer controls any territory when it no longer has a caliphate. Is that making the group more dangerous?
The Los Angeles author and teacher Carolyn See died Wednesday in Santa Monica. She was 82. Sometimes called the Grande Dame of Southern California literature, See was known for darkly comic novels of life in Southern California like “Golden Days.”
One word: “Ghostbusters!” Yes, it’s finally here. In our weekly look at the latest movie releases, our critics talk about the all-female reboot. Also this week, Bryan Cranston returns to the world of drugs in the thriller “Infiltrator”; and Woody Allen’s latest, “Cafe Society,” starring Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.
The opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics is exactly three weeks away. And despite everything we’ve been hearing about shoddy construction and incomplete venues, street crime, strikes, pollution, the Zika virus, athletes are getting ready and the show will go on. In recent weeks American swimmers, gymnasts, and track and field athletes have been competing in Olympic trials for a coveted spot on the U.S. team.
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