July 2015 Current Events: U.S. News
Here are the key events in United States news for the month of July 2015.
South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag (July 10): The Confederate flag is removed from the statehouse grounds during a ceremony, ending 54 years of it being on display at the Capitol. A large crowd applauds and chants "U.S.A." while South Carolina Highway Patrol honor guards lower the flag. Its removal comes after a highly emotional debate in South Carolina following last month's mass shooting at a historic African American church in Charleston. The flag will now be placed in a museum.
Four Marines Killed in Recruiting Center Shooting (July 16): A gunman opens fire at a Navy and Marine recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tenn., killing four Marines. Three other people, including a recruiter and police officer are injured. One of the injured men later dies of his wounds. The suspect, identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulzeez, is shot and killed by police.
Gunman Opens Fire in Louisiana Movie Theater (July 23): A 58-year-old gunman opens fire in a Lafayette, La., movie theater during a showing of the film Trainwreck. The gunman kills two people and wounds seven others before killing himself. Amy Schumer, the star and screenwriter of Trainwreck, responds to the shooting on Twitter. Shortly after the news of the shooing breaks, she tweets, "My heart is broken and all my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Louisiana."
Boy Scouts End Gay Adult Ban (July 27): The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ends its ban on gay adult leaders. The organization's new policy is effective immediately and ends a controversy that has gone on for years. The new policy is approved by the BSA National Executive Board by a 45-12 vote. In a Yahoo News Video, BSA President, and former Defense Secretary, Robert Gates says of the new policy, "For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us. Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for good." The policy does still allow church-sponsored Scout groups to ban gay adults for religious reasons.
Tom Brady Appeal Denied, Four Game Suspension Upheld (July 28): After hearing Tom Brady's appeal, Commissioner Roger Goodell decides to uphold Brady's four game suspension over the deflategate scandal. In a 20-page statement, the league writes that Goodell's decision is largely based on the fact that Brady had an assistant destroy a cellphone he used the week of the game. The cellphone is seen as potential evidence. For the team's role in deflategate, the New England Patriots have been fined $1 million and lost two top draft picks.
Confederate Flag outside South Carolina statehouse
Source: Charles Krupa for Associated Press