Northeastern University criminologist James Alan Fox, the leading researcher on the topic for the past 35 years, tells Reason, "There is no evidence that we are in the midst of an epidemic of mass shootings." The number of incidents and casualties are simply too small to make such claims and, he stresses, the media coverage of shootings often ends up creating a false sense that gun violence"which is at or near historic lows"is ubiquitous and growing. read more
Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced this week it has built the first two Class 8 battery electric Freightliner eCascadias for customers at its research and development centre in Portland, Oregon. The trucks are part of Freightliner's Electric Innovation Fleet and built to test the integration of battery electric trucks into large-scale fleet operations.
The US Navy will replace the touchscreen throttle and helm controls currently installed in its destroyers with mechanical ones starting in 2020, says USNI News. The move comes after the National Transportation Safety Board released an accident report from a 2017 collision, which cites the design of the ship's controls as a factor in the accident. read more
Sarah Silverman has said she was recently fired from a film after producers unearthed a still of her in 2007 wearing blackface for a comedy sketch. "I didn't fight it. They hired someone else who is wonderful but who has never stuck their neck out. It was so disheartening. It just made me real, real sad, because I really kind of devoted my life to making it right." read more
Alfredo Rodriguez, the butler of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has died, and with him the location of a black book', which allegedly details "the full scope and the extent of Epstein's involvement with underage girls", and contact details of the businessman's celebrity friends. Rodriguez died at the age of 60 after suffering from mesothelioma last week, his widow Patricia Dunn told DailyMail.com.