Dustin Steinhoff, News Editor

Local

Lamar Catchings, a 20-year-old St. Louis County inmate, was found dead in his cell March 1 following days of health deterioration. According to a report from the county medical examiner obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch April 11, Catchings’ cause of death was acute promyelocytic leukemia.

The condition causes life-threatening blood-clotting or bleeding problem if not treated, according to the American Cancer Society. The disease can be detected through the use of blood tests.

Due to the advances in the treatment and diagnosis of this disease over the years, acute promyelocytic leukemia is known by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to be the most curable form of adult leukemia.

For a person to develop leukemia and die before it is diagnosed is “not common at all but that’s not to say it can’t happen,” the medical examiner, Dr. Mary Case, said in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It happened in this case.”

National

Prominent Democratic attorney Greg Craig was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday. He is being charged with providing false statements and hiding material information in connection with work he conducted for the country of Ukraine.

Craig’s indictment does not come as a surprise considering Craig’s own lawyers stated they anticipated this outcome March 10.

Craig’s case originated from the findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation, with Craig being amongst the highest-profile Democrats to be charged for a crime stemming from Mueller’s investigation.

According to the charges against Craig, his work in Ukraine in 2012 as a partner at the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has been called into question. The Justice Department claims it was President Donald Trump’s future campaign manager Paul Manafort who arranged for Skadden to be hired to work in Ukraine.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia is handling the case against Craig in connection with the national security division of the Justice Department.

International

The president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, has been arrested and forced to give up his position of power following a military coup.

The military coup to overthrow Bashir follows over 30 years of his rule of Sudan, which he himself obtained through a military coup.

In a televised statement given April 11, Sudanese Defense Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf stated that Bashir’s government has been disbanded. He also stated that to oversee the transition of power from one leader to the next, a military council will assume control for the next two years.

The uprising against Bashir’s rule had become popular in the country, which was further supported by the thousands of Sudanese citizens who flocked to the streets following the president’s removal. The streets of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, were flooded with celebration once news of Bashir’s fall spread across the country.

However, according to CNN, the cheers came to a halt following the defense minister’s announcement. A crowd even formed and began chanting, “The people want to topple Ibn Auf.”

Despite the fall of Bashir, it appears Sudan’s political struggle has not reached an end quite yet.