Morning Security Brief: Mexican Elections, Yellowstone Supercomputer, Security Guard Charged with Murder, and More

By Carlton Purvis


►Top candidates for Mexico’s presidency all say they would shift the country’s drug policy to focus less on stopping drugs from flowing into the United States and more on stemming the violence in Mexico. The candidates hope to better equip the police to face the cartels, but would like to eventually pull the Mexican army out of the fight. American policy makers worry Mexico may “turn a blind eye” to cartels.

►The National Center for Atmospheric Research is building a supercomputer, named Yellowstone, which could help predict weather more accurately by giving scientists a look at how regional weather patterns influence weather worldwide. “For example, once scientists use Yellowstone to help predict the melting of ice at the North Pole, which means significant change in nearby waters, they can better predict the patterns of storms that form in the Gulf of Alaska. Then Yellowstone can help predict how those storms will deposit snow atop the Sierra Nevada, down to precise changes in elevation on individual faces of mountains,” the LA Times reports.

►A Miami security guard has been charged with murder after shooting two men outside of a club. Lukace Shane Kendle said he felt threatened after seeing the men rolling joints in a car in the parking lot. “According to an arrest warrant, he heard someone shouting and saw Smathers jump out of the vehicle. That's when Kendle allegedly shot Smathers about four times and then fired at Byrd while Byrd was hiding under the truck. He died at the hospital. Authorities said he was shot 11 times. Smathers is in critical condition,” the Associated Press reports. 

►In other news, Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for several recent attacks on Nigerian churches and has vowed to continue launching attacks on the “Nigerian state and its security apparatus as well as churches until we achieve our goal of establishing an Islamic state in place of the secular state." ♦ After a U.S. raid killed 18 civilians last week, the U.S. has promised Afghanistan that it will no longer launch air strikes in residential neighborhoods. ♦ And Colorado’s wildfires continue to grow, prompting evacuations and burning 14,000 acres with “no hope for containment,” officials say. 



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