10 Things You Need to Know for Monday, January 18

Last week's news Sequoits must know for this one.

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1. GOODBYES IN GREAT BRITAIN

Two British pop culture icons passed away this week. Legendary singer David Bowie, 69, died of cancer just two days after releasing his final album. Actor Alan Rickman, 69, passed away after a battle with cancer on Thursday. Rickman was best known for playing Professor Snape in the “Harry Potter” movies.

2. CRIMSON TIDE ROLLS THROUGH CLEMSON

Alabama beat Clemson in the College Football National Championship game on Monday 45-40. This is the Crimson Tide’s fourth national championship under coach Nick Saban in eight years. Clemson was unbeaten this season before Monday night.

3. IRANIAN SANCTIONS LIFTED

The country had been restricted for years over international fears of their growing nuclear capabilities. As a result, Iran reacquired billions of dollars of assets and the right to sell oil internationally. Iran and the United States also began swapping 12 prisoners late last week.

4. RECORD POWERBALL FINALLY WON

Three winners will split the $1.6 billion jackpot. In total, 371 million tickets were sold by Wednesday, mostly due to the unprecedented media coverage. This won’t be the last giant jackpot we see, either; changes to Powerball have made it harder to win the jackpot, allowing it to grow larger.

5. NATIONAL SPEECH QUALIFIER HOSTED AT ANTIOCH

The third and final qualifier of the season was on home turf Saturday. After three rounds followed by a final, eight Sequoits qualified for the Grand National Tournament in Sacramento, California.

6. TERROR ATTACKS SPRINKLE GLOBE

Al-Qaeda attacked a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso on Friday. Meanwhile, ISIS has been responsible for attacks in Philadelphia, Paris, Istanbul and Jakarta in the past two weeks. Defense Secretary Ash Carter and FBI Director James Comey have both expressed concern last week at the 1,150 deaths ISIS has caused outside of Iraq and Syria.

7. RACE TO ELECTIONS SPEEDS UP

President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address on Tuesday. His confidence was only broken when speaking of what the future might hold. On Thursday, another GOP debate allowed the multiple Republican candidates to reach out to voters. The field was reduced to seven primary candidates, moving some hopefuls to undercard debates.

8. WRESTLING HOSTS “PACK THE PLACE”

Sequoit wrestling hosted a tournament Thursday night, with middle school athletes joining high-schoolers. The night ended with main events in the North Gym between potential state qualifiers on stages. Dylan Lampert, Jeremiah Reyes, Pat Schoenfelder, sophomore Drew Porter and senior George Bessette all won their weight classes.

9. US STOCK MARKET STUMBLES

Fear of China’s crashing economy and low oil prices have pulled the American economy down with the rest of the world. Saturday’s announcement of international sanctions being lifted from Iran forced oil prices even lower. However, many markets should stabilize once oil comes out of free fall.

10. AID REACHES STARVING SYRIAN TOWN

Malaya, Syria has been under siege for months while the government has been trying to regain the city from rebel militias. The second round of aid trucks reached the city on Thursday, the same day the United Nations called the starvation of the town a war crime.