2017: The Year That Was—Part II

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By Veronica Mackey

A $722 million class action lawsuit was filed against the EPA on behalf of more than 1,700 residents impacted by the Flint, Michigan, water crisis.
Bill Cosby escaped a possible conviction and jail time when a Pennsylvania jury of 7 men and 5 women could not agree whether he was guilty or innocent of aggravated sexual assault. The judge declared a mistrial.

O. J. Simpson was released on parole from a Nevada prison, after serving 9 years on charges including kidnapping, robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.
Millions turned their attention to the sky to witness the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. from coast to coast in 99 years.

Vehicles continued to be a weapon of choice in cases of domestic and international terrorism. At least 13 people were killed and about 100 injured after a van plowed through a crowd of people in a popular tourist district in Barcelona, Spain. A 29-year-old man in a rented pickup truck mowed down several people on a busy bicycle path near the World Trade Center in New York, killing 8 and injuring almost a dozen.

Sadly, a new record was set for the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas when 58 people were killed and nearly 500 were injured. Authorities said 64-year-old Stephen Paddock turned a gun on himself after shooting massive rounds of ammunition from automatic firearms at a crowd of concert goers.

Kobe Bryant retired not 1, but 2 jerseys, punctuating his illustrious 20 years with the Lakers. No. 8 and No. 24 now hang in the rafters with jerseys of other Lakers greats like Jerry West and Magic Johnson.
The Golden State Warriors came back to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers and capture the NBA title after losing the championship in 2016. The West Coast vs. East Coast series went 7 games.

We said farewell in 2017 to Della Reese, Al Jarreau, Don Rickles, Mary Tyler Moore, Charlie Murphy, David Cassidy, Aaron Hernandez, and Adam “Batman” West.

 

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