1. Ferguson, Missouri, experienced its ninth night of unrest on Monday as protests again turned violent. Despite the arrival of the National Guard, more than 30 people were arrested, some from as far away as California and New York. Authorities blamed the clashes on a small group of individuals looking to turn the protests violent.
Common Ground Public Relations said in a tweet on Monday that it is helping the city’s likely overwhelmed media relations department field calls from members of the press. It did not provide other details about its work.
We are providing short-term assistance to the City of Ferguson's media relations dept. in fielding media inquiries during this tragic time.— Common Ground PR (@CommonGroundPR) August 18, 2014
The site Talking Points Memo and many users of Twitter pointed out the lack of diversity on the St. Louis-based firm’s staff page.
Nearly 8 million tweets have used the hashtag #ferguson since last weekend, according to data from Twitter.
Here’s a brief rundown of events that took place overnight in Ferguson:
- Protestors threw rocks at MSNBC host Chris Hayes and demanded he "tell the true story" of what’s happening in the St. Louis suburb.
There is just a terrible dynamic that exists right now btwn protesters and police and I don't know what solves it, but can't go on like this— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) August 19, 2014
- In response to an Amnesty International tweet stating the US should improve its human-rights record, think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies responded that the group should "suck it."The think tank later apologized, saying it is reviewing its internal social media policies.
Did this really just happen? pic.twitter.com/CkVEkrdoGH— Allen McDuffee (@AllenMcDuffee) August 19, 2014
- US Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to visit Ferguson on Wednesday to lead the federal government’s response to the unrest.
- Missouri Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, put in charge of the city’s security last Thursday, defended rules that forbid protestors from congregating in one place, saying dissent is allowed as long as demonstrators keep moving. He explained that a crowd gathered in one area makes it difficult for police to discern protestors from rioters.
2. Pop star Taylor Swift is maxing out social media to promote her new album, 1989, which is due out in October. Swift revealed the album’s title via a live-streamed event on Yahoo and answered fans’ questions from social media.
3. Childhood cancer awareness groups and the management of the Empire State Building are clashing on social media. The organizations claim the landmark is callously dismissing their requests to turn the top of the building gold for one night to raise awareness of pediatric cancer. Meanwhile, the Empire State Building counters that its employees are being bullied.
4. Aeropostale has brought back former chief executive Julian Geiger to run the company, as CEO Thomas Johnson quits its board of directors and the top executive role. The clothing retailer’s stock is down 73% in the past year.