Mar 29, 2019

Community gathers at Christchurch national memorial service

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New Zealand held a national remembrance service for victims of the Christchurch massacre on Friday (local time), as the country continues to grieve the 50 people who died in the mass shootings on March 15.

Driving the news: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the sombre, but sprawling crowd, which welcomed her with a standing ovation.

"Racism exists, but it is not welcome here. An assault on the freedom on any one of us who practices their faith or religion is not welcome here ... Over the past two weeks, we've heard the stories of those impacted by this terrorist attack. They were stories of bravery, they were stories of those who were born here, grew up here, or who had made New Zealand their home. These stories, they now form part of our collective memories, they will remain with us forever. They are us."
— Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

She concluded her speech by saying "As-Salam Alaikum," meaning "peace be upon you," in Arabic.

What's next: The shooting suspect will appear in court in early April.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred's decision to grant Astros players immunity in exchange for confessions about their sign-stealing scheme has undermined his reputation — and he only made himself look worse on Sunday.

The interview: In a 45-minute conversation with ESPN, Manfred asserted that public shame was punishment enough for the Astros. He also called the World Series trophy "just a piece of metal" and said that taking a title away from Houston "seems like a futile act."

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Worries are growing that the economic impact from the novel coronavirus outbreak will be worse than expected and that markets are being too complacent in factoring it in as a risk.

What's happening: The number of confirmed cases has already far outpaced expectations and even those reports are being viewed through a lens of suspicion that the Chinese government is underreporting the figures.

National newspapers thrive while local outlets struggle to survive

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While big national newspapers grow stronger, local newspaper chains that have for decades kept the vast majority of the country informed are combusting.

Why it matters: The inequity between giants like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and their local counterparts represents a growing problem in America as local communities no longer have the power to set the agenda for the news that most affects them.