Newsbytes: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations, Officer Killed in the Bronx, South Korea Protests, Squirrel Attack

By Staff Writers Hannah Chou & Jenny Miao

Local — Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Downtown Fremont
The City of Fremont recently installed eight new publicly accessible, dual-port electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Six of the EV charging stations are located along Capitol Avenue between Fremont Boulevard and State Street, in Downtown Fremont. These stations will provide 12 on-street EV charging spaces, supporting the city’s transition to a cleaner transportation economy. The charging cost is $1.50 per hour. EV adoption is a major greenhouse gas reduction initiative, and the 94539 zip code area is already home to more electric vehicle drivers than any other zip code area in California.


National — One Officer Killed and One Wounded in the Bronx
Veteran New York Police Department Sergeant Paul Tuozzolo was killed, and Sergeant Emmanuel Kwo was wounded on November 4 in the Bronx, New York, after a confrontation with a robbery suspect. The suspect, 35-year-old Manuel Rosales, had allegedly been attempting to force his way into a woman’s apartment and opened fire after seeing the police, shooting Tuozzolo point-blank and Kwo in the leg with a semi-automatic gun. The two officers were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where Sergeant Tuozzolo later died;Sergeant Kwo’s injuries are believed to not be life-threatening. The suspect, Rosales, was pronounced dead at the scene.


International — Protests in South Korea Call for President Resignation
Tens of thousands of South Koreans gathered in Seoul on November 5 in a protest to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye. The protest follows news that her secret adviser, Choi Soon-sil, was accused of undue influence over Park. Choi was arrested for fraud and abuse of power to allegedly extort money from Korean businesses towards her own foundations. According to BBC News, Choi also allegedly helped choose presidential aides, edit presidential speeches, and even choose the president’s clothes. Park apologized on national TV on November 4.


Quirky — Squirrel Injures Several People at Florida Senior Center
A squirrel went wild in Sterling Court, a senior center located in Florida between Orlando and Daytona, Florida, on November 3, injuring three people and prompting an unusual 911 call.  The creature began attacking the people outside, latching onto one person before being thrown inside the facility where it continued its rampage, the Daytona Beach News Journal reported. The staff and residents of the retirement home managed to chase the squirrel out of the area, but it is unclear as to how the squirrel first got into Sterling Court. The squirrel attacked again on November 7 and was shot dead.


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