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News Wrap: ‘Unite the Right’ trial begins, boosters approved for all adults, Chinese tennis star goes missing

November 21, 2021

Summary

In this News Wrap, jury deliberations began in Virginia in the civil trial of white nationalists at the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to repeal controversial farm laws, after thousands of farmers protested against them over the past year. The Biden administration voiced concerns about leadership at the U.S. Postal Service.

Terms: 

civil trial: a trial based on a lawsuit filed by an individual or organization against another. A civil trial is not a criminal trial, but some individuals or organizations can face both criminal and civil penalties for the same actions but in separate trials.

Five Facts

  • What legislation passed Congress last week?
  • Who is now eligible for COVID vaccine boosters, according to the CDC and FDA?
  • Where in Europe are officials planning to impose both COVID lockdowns and vaccine mandates?
  • Why are the organizers of the “Unite the Right” rally facing a civil trial?
  • How have Chinese officials explained the disappearance of tennis star Peng Shuai?

Focus Questions

Why do you think the Biden administration is expressing concern about management of the Post Office now?

Media literacy: Was there an item in this news wrap that didn’t make sense to you, or that you wish had been covered in more detail? If so, what?

For More

The House of Representatives passed a large bill last week that funds things like environmental initiatives and social programs like childcare. It will still need to pass the Senate to become law. To find out what is in the version that Congress passed, see this breakdown from the White House.


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