The 7 things you need to know for Monday, July 4

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Russia claimed control of a key city in eastern Ukraine yesterday.

  • Onde? Lysychansk, the last major Ukrainian foothold in the Luhansk region, which borders Russia. Ukrainian forces withdrew after weeks of brutal fighting.
  • What it means: The loss gives Russia access to capture much of the rest of eastern Ukraine, its main goal. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to retake the city.

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Ohio police released video of officers shooting a Black man dozens of times.

  • The details: 25-year-old Jayland Walker was killed by police last week while fleeing a traffic stop in Akron. The shooting has sparked outrage and demands for accountability.
  • The latest: Police said yesterday that Walker was hit more than 60 times. Eight officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid leave pending investigations.

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The Uvalde school police chief resigned from his city council post.

  • Why? Pedro “Pete” Arredondo was responsible for officers’ delayed response to the school shooting in Texas last month, which left 19 students and two teachers dead. He was sworn in secretly a week after the shooting; he’s still on leave from his school district position.
  • What happened that day? Police went against long-standing guidelines and expected over an hour to confront the gunman, leaving children trapped.

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A gunman opened fire at a mall in Copenhagen yesterday.

  • What we know: Three people were killed and four were seriously injured, officials said. Police arrested a 22-year-old Danish man and said they don’t suspect it was an act of terrorism.
  • This shooting is especially shocking for Denmark because mass shootings are rare in Scandinavian countries, which have strict gun laws.

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Data privacy risks surrounding abortion are not hypothetical.

Rising prices and soaring rents are making homelessness worse.

Summer is becoming hotter, longer and more dangerous.

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