What’s Happening This Thursday, April 19

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Castro no more

NFL regular season schedule will be released this evening at 8 p.m. ET.

With this news, you’ll be able to start planning your Sundays for this fall.  With 32 teams on the board, it will be interesting to know the sequencing of the games.  What can we expect to see?  We will see the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles to kick off the season on Sept 6 on home ground.  We can expect to see a few repeats from last season’s classic games, like what we saw between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.

Waco April 19, 1993, Branch Davidian Religious sect.

Today marks 25 years since the deadly Waco disaster.  This religious sect saw FBI agents use tanks to inject tear gas in an effort to force its leader David Koresh and his followers to surrender.  What happened next will be forever in history, several fires broke out, killing Koresh and 75 of his followers.  This event was fueled by a previous gov’t raid on Feb 28.  The raid resulted in 6 Branch Davidian’s and 4 federal ATF agents die after a gun battle erupted.

Prince’s death was almost two years ago.

An announcement will be made today if anyone will be charged in the two-year long investigation around Prince’s death.  The legendary singer died at 57 after he was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park estate on April 21, 2016. Prince’s death was from an accidental fentanyl overdose, which is a synthetic opioid, which is 50 times stronger than heroin.

One candidate in line to replace Castro.

Today Cuba National Assembly formally announced a relatively unknown Communist Party official to be Raúl Castro successor as president of Cuba.  This historic shift has made Miguel Diaz-Canel the successor to Castro.  Raúl Castro who was the brother of Fidel Castro will likely retain his title as head of the Communist Party.  After nearly 60 years Cuba is seeing someone outside the Castro family be the country’s leader.

Puerto Rico expected to be in the dark a while longer.

While the priority is to restore power to hospitals, banks, and the San Juan Airport the rest of the island is expected to remain in the dark for at least 24 more hours.  The blackout happened after a crane toppled a transmission line from Cobra Energy, a U.S. private contractor.