News by the numbers: Aug. 24–30

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September 1, 2020

News by the numbers: Aug. 24–30

Stacker distills the week's news from around the world into key facts and figures. Click through to read more about some of the biggest headlines of the last week.

Hurricane Laura kills 14

Hurricane Laura made landfall in southern Louisiana on Thursday as a Category 4 storm. Bringing flash flooding and 150 mph winds at its peak, Laura left 14 dead: 10 in Louisiana and four in Texas. Officials reported that more than 400,000 people are without power and 200,000 without water in Louisiana.

Actor Chadwick Boseman dies at age 43 from colon cancer

Chadwick Boseman, best known for his roles as King T’Challa in “Black Panther,” Jackie Robinson in “42,” and James Brown in “Get On Up” died Friday at the age of 43 from cancer. Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016 and brought to life many of the legendary film characters we know today while undergoing treatment, privately. The tweet from Boseman’s account announcing his death was at 7.7M as of Aug. 29, making it the most-liked tweet of all time, according to Twitter.

Two men killed in Kenosha protests

Two men were killed in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night during protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Protesters Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, were fatally shot by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, a self-proclaimed police admirer armed with an AR-15. Rittenhouse, who claimed he was out protecting local businesses, was charged with six criminal counts including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide.

Four major sports leagues boycott games in wake of Jacob Blake shooting

Four major sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, MLS, and MLB called off games last week to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The boycotts began on Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play in a playoff game against the Orlando Magic.

India hits record 77,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day

India reached a new COVID-19 milestone last week, recording more than 77,000 new daily cases, making it the largest single-day increase anywhere in the world since the start of the pandemic. Despite record-high cases, the country’s fatality rate—around 62,000 last week—remains relatively low.

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