7 things to know now: Hernandez kills self; Walmart discounts; Georgia race heads to runoff; asteroid
1. Hernandez kills self: Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was serving life in prison for murder, committed suicide in his cell Wednesday morning, according to the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. The former New England Patriot star was discovered hanging in his cell at the Souza Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley Massachusetts at approximately 3:05 a.m., according to officials. Mr. Hernandez was in a single cell in a general population unit, the statement said. Mr. Hernandez hanged himself utilizing a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window. Mr. Hernandez also attempted to block his door from the inside by jamming the door with various items.
2. Wanted to kill whites: A man in Fresno, California, who said he wanted to kill as many white people as he could, shot and killed three men at random, all within a city block, on Tuesday. Kori Ali Muhammad told police he hated white people and wanted to kill as many as he could before he was caught. Police say Muhammad is also believed to have shot a security guard at a motel last week.
3. Election heads to runoff: A Georgia special election will be decided in a runoff in June after none of the 18 candidates on the ballot got more than 50 percent of the vote. Democrat Jon Ossoff, who garnered national attention and support for his run for the seat vacated by Tom Price, narrowly missed the 50 percent mark and winning the race outright. Price resigned from the House when he became President Donald Trump s health secretary. Ossoff will face Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, in the June 20 runoff.
4. Near-miss today: An asteroid believed to be almost half a mile long will pass by Earth today in what astronomers call a near-miss. The asteroid, nicknamed The Rock by Slooh.com in honor of actor Dwayne Johnson, will pass by Earth at a distance of 1.1 million miles.
5. Walmart discounts: Starting Wednesday, Walmart will begin discounting thousands of items customers order online then pick up in local stores. According to the company, some 10,000 items will be discounted to start with, with that number growing to one million items by early summer.
And one more
Swimmer Michael Phelps says he has not completely ruled out a return to the sport, despite indicating at the Summer Olympics that his incredible career in the pool is over. Phelps, the winningest Olympic athlete ever, told The Associated Press about attending the world championships in Budapest this summer, “The true test will be, if I do end up going over to the worlds this summer, do I have that itch again?”
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