10 Things You Need to Know: February 24-28

Read about some of the most important things that happened each week here on Sequoit Media.

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College Planning Night at ACHS

Antioch Community High School’s sophomore and junior classes were invited to the high school’s auditorium to learn about how to plan for their education after high school. The lecturers were Annabelle Vinson and Megan O’Rourke, who are both college admissions representatives from Iowa and Rhode Island with 25 years of experience between them. 

“I decided to go to college night because I thought it was really important to have my parent with me to start navigating how I’m going to go about [college],” junior Lilya Ocampo said.”

Some points made were how to fill out financial aid forms and how to choose a college depending on their successful majors.

 

CDC Warns Americans to Prepare for Possibility of Coronavirus Outbreak

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that there will be an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in the United States, prompting the spread of safety precautions. According to an article from the CDC, there are travel bans, including a level 4 travel advisory— avoiding non-essential travel to China. Some tips highlighted from the protection section of the article include: avoiding contact with sick people and avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

 

Earth Found to Have a Second Moon

According to the Minor Planet Center, a mini-moon was found orbiting Earth. This second moon is only 1 to 6 meters across, which is very small when understood that Earth’s main moon is 3.5 million meters across. The mini-moon was first found on February 15, 2020 according to AlterNet. It was found that this is not a new satellite because it has been orbiting the Earth for three years. Since it has such a small volume, it can not maintain orbit for long periods of time due to the gravitational pull between the much larger moon and the sun. Therefore, it should only be around Earth for one more rotation.

 

Former Egyptian Strongman Who Held Three Decade Hold on Power Dies at 91

Egypt’s president for nearly 30 years, Hosni Mubarak passed at 91. Mubarak stepped down after a popular revolution in 2011 and was removed during the Arab Spring revolution. Qatar owned news site Aljazeera found that he will have a military funeral in the country’s capital of Cairo. Many military officials will attend, but it is still unclear with the current Egyptian president will. Mubarak’s coffin will be airlifted from a mosque and taken to his funeral in Cairo where he will be buried.

 

Harvey Weinstein Charged With Third Degree Rape and Criminal Sex Act

Former filmmaker, now sex offender, Harvey Weinstein has formally been charged with one count of rape and one count of criminal sex act, these counts are individually connected to the allegations made by Mimi Haley and Jessica Mann. According to the LA Times, Mann was the real persuasion factor for the jury. Mann spent three days testifying with her emotional story. Seeds of doubt were reportedly planted by the defensive attorneys, although the final argument presented by the prosecution undercut the defense’s argument.

 

Man Found Innocent After 23 Years in Jail

Lamonte McIntyre was 17 years old when convicted of the murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn. According to the Epoch Times, McIntyre spent 8,583 days behind bars when he had done nothing wrong. His lawsuit against the state was under the mistaken-conviction statute that Kansas passed in 2018. This law allows those wrongfully convicted to seek compensation from the state. McIntyre’s compensation included not only counseling, a tuition waiver and two years of state health care, but 1.5 million dollars as well.

 

New Lows for Wall Street Since Coronavirus Outbreak

Fear of the economy coming to a halt has caused The Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq to fall into correction territory from their recent highs, according to the Washington Post. The United States stock market fell on February 27, 2020 the worst it has since the financial crisis of 2008. This was due to a case of Coronavirus found in California. The reason had such an impact on investors was because it was the first case of this disease to have not been caused by travelling to a foreign country. The United States isn’t only affected economically because European stocks have also entered correction territory, which is when it has dropped more than 10 percent.

 

 One of the ‘Hidden Figures’ Whose Calculations helped land Apollo 11 On the Moon Dead At 101

Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician whose calculation helped land Apollo 11 on the moon died at 101 years old. According to WHSV-3, Johnson was one of the “computers” for NASA, calculating rocket trajectories and earth orbits by hand, she is also recognized as one of the “Hidden Figures” from the movie about the first group of African American female aerospace workers. NASA’s Independent Verification and Validity Facility in Fairmont, Virginia, was named after Johnson in July of 2019, to commemorate her work as an aerospace worker.

 

Shooting at Molson Coors Beverage Co. Leaves Five Dead 

Five employees at Molson Coors Beverage Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were killed on Wednesday, February 27, by a 51-year-old brewery employee. According to USA Today, the gunman killed the five workers before killing himself. The victims and gunman’s names were not released to the press in respect for their mourning families, the motive for the shooting has not been released yet either, although it has been revealed that he was fired from his job prior to the shooting. The event will be remembered as one of the worst mass shootings in Wisconsin history, behind a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek that killed six, as well as a shooting at the Sheraton Hotel in Brookfield.

 

World’s Oldest Living Man Dies at 112 in Japan

Chitetsu Watanabe, the world’s oldest living man died in Japan at the age of 112, on Sunday, February 23. Watanabe’s Guinness World Record was awarded to him just this month, on February 12. According to the Epoch Times, he was 4 years shy of the world record for the oldest man ever held by Jiroemon Kimura, at 116 years and 54 days old back in 2013. Watanabe said the key to living a long life is “not to get angry and keep a smile on your face”.

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • After meeting, Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg become fast friends
  • Locust outbreak in East Africa spreads to Congo
  • Survey found that about 40% of United States adults are obese
  • House of Representatives pass anti-lynching law 100 years after first attempt
  • Nurse in Madison Wisconsin sentenced to 13 years of prison for harming infants in the Intensive Care Unit