10 Things You Need to Know for Monday, August 29

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10 Things You Need to Know for Monday, August 29

A firefighter walks past a collapsed house in Italy after Wednesday's earthquake.

A firefighter walks past a collapsed house in Italy after Wednesday's earthquake.

Angelo Carconi/ANSA, via AP Photo

A firefighter walks past a collapsed house in Italy after Wednesday's earthquake.

Angelo Carconi/ANSA, via AP Photo

Angelo Carconi/ANSA, via AP Photo

A firefighter walks past a collapsed house in Italy after Wednesday's earthquake.

1. FOOTBALL OPENS SEASON WITH DECISIVE WIN

The varsity football team began their year Friday night with a 59-33 win over Tremper High School. Senior Brandon Lind led the offensive charge with multiple touchdowns, while junior Andrew Hare had a pair of interceptions that helped cement Antioch’s lead. The boys play at Moline High School next Friday.

2. MASSIVE QUAKE ROCKS ITALY

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake rumbled through central Italy on Wednesday. At least 291 have been killed, with hundreds more injured. Multiple aftershocks have been recorded since then. Area officials suspect that poor construction standards may be to blame for many deaths.

3. LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE KICKS OFF NLCC

Student leaders from the eight schools in the new conference met at the College of Lake County for a day-long leadership conference on August 18. The conference now includes Antioch, Grant Community High School, Grayslake Central High School, Grayslake North High School, Lakes Community High School, North Chicago Community High School, Round Lake High School, and Wauconda High School.

4. NFL QUARTERBACK MAKES BOLD STATEMENT

San Francisco 49er’s quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the National Anthem at Sunday’s preseason game in protest of the racial inequality American experiences. Kaepernick, who has faced heavy criticism for his acts, is black; the quarterback position has historically been dominated by white athletes. Kaepernick has long been an outspoken advocate for racial equality.

5. RAISED DRUG PRICES SPARKS OUTRAGE

The pharmaceutical company Mylan has come under fire for their massive price hike over the past decade for their signature product, the EpiPen. EpiPens are a vital life-saving device for millions of Americans with allergies. Mylan blames the threat of external competition for the price hike.

6. NEW FOOD POLICY INCREASES SAFETY

The new rules require disinfectant wipes in every room, no food distribution outside of cafeterias and designated eating areas. Many students are disgruntled by the new changes which, unlike in previous years, make it difficult to eat throughout the day.

7. LOCHTE CHARGED IN BRAZIL

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte was charged with filing a false robbery report on Thursday. Lochte and three other swimmers claimed to be robbed at gunpoint during the Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympics. It was later revealed that the robbery never happened; the men were confronted by security at a gas station after entering the station drunk.

8. TRUMP EASES UP ON IMMIGRATION POLICY

Republican nominee Donald Trump has faced questions this week about his dedication to his original hardline stance on immigration, which his campaign says has not changed. Meanwhile, Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have been trading verbal blows all week, with both calling the other a “bigot” in the same week.

9. BURKINI BAN STRUCK DOWN BY FRENCH COURT

Several towns banned the swimwear for Muslim women in response to the numerous terror attacks executed by radical Islamist groups in France in the past year. France’s highest court struck the law down late last week after the global community responded to the law with outrage.

10. BAD WEEK FOR MAINE POLITICIAN
A recording surfaced this week of Maine governor Paul LePage leaving an explicit-laden message for a state lawmaker Drew Gattine. LePage went on to tell reporters that he wishes to duel Gattine. LePage claims that Gattine called him a racist, which Gattine denies.

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