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Six presumed dead after Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key bridge collapses, Kate Middleton announces cancer diagnosis

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Six presumed dead after cargo ship crashes into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key bridge

Six are presumed dead and two are hospitalized after a cargo ship lost power and collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, causing a collapse early March 26.

The ship “Dali” issued a mayday call, which enabled authorities to block traffic approaching the bridge, according to Maryland Gov. Wes Moore. The ship then hit one of the bridge’s supports, causing the bridge to collapse and sending the span plunging into the Patapsco River, according to the Associated Press.

“I’m thankful for the folks who — once the warning came up and once the notification came up that there was a mayday — who, literally by being able to stop cars from coming over the bridge, these people are heroes. They saved lives last night,” Moore said.

The collapse could disrupt shipping in Baltimore, which is one of the busiest ports in the United States, according to The Guardian. Shipping traffic was suspended after the crash.

Coast Guard officials called off the search for six construction workers who were filling potholes on the bridge at the time of the collapse, according to The New York Times.

“Never would you think that you would see, physically see, the Key Bridge tumble down like that. It looked like something out of an action movie,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott in a press conference.

 

Princess of Wales Catherine Middleton announces cancer diagnosis

After online speculation about her health, Catherine Middleton, Princess of Wales announced to the public that she is battling cancer in a BBC Studios video.

The princess was taken to the hospital in January for a planned abdominal surgery, according to CBS News. It was then announced that Middleton would be unable to continue her public duties for the upcoming months and that her public appearances would resume after Easter.

She made a return to social media with a post for the UK’s Mother’s Day with an image of her and her children, which came under fire for being highly edited. The photo was eventually removed from multiple news agencies including Getty Images and the Associated Press, according to the BBC.

After the extended hiatus from the public eye and the edited image, online communities began speculating on the timeline of Middleton’s surgery and questioning the princess’ welfare. Rumors and concern for Middleton called the Royal Family to action, with a video being released of the princess officially announcing the state of her health. 

Her medical team originally had thought her condition was non-cancerous, but after her surgery it was confirmed that there was cancer present, said Middleton. There has been no confirmation of what kind of cancer she has at this time.

Middleton is currently undergoing preventative chemotherapy. While she said she is in good spirits during her recovery, Prince William and her are asking for privacy while working through this with their young family in the pair’s public statements.

“My work has always brought me a deep sense of joy and I look forward to being back when I am able, but for now I must focus on making a full recovery,” said Middleton in her public statement.

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William Woodring, Senior Editor-at-Large | he/him
Will is a senior majoring in public relations. He is originally from Medway, Massachusetts. In his free time, he enjoys listening to music, writing, reading, and running. He is interested in political journalism and hopes to go into politics after graduating. Follow Will on X @woodringwill
Julia Capraro, Editor-at-Large | she/her
Julia is a sophomore broadcast journalism and psychology major from Canton, Massachusetts. In addition to writing for the Journal, she is President of Suffolk Visual Arts Club. She loves cooking, crochet and reading in her free time.
Leo Woods, Photo Editor | he/him

Leo is a senior political science major with a minor in journalism from Clinton, Connecticut. He has photographed political events, protests, performing arts groups and documented Boston Pride for the People for the History Project. Outside of Suffolk, Leo is an avid Dungeons and Dragons player and podcast listener. After graduation, he plans on attending law school and working in politics.

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